about us

The Mik Maks are an award winning independent children’s act. Brothers Joel and Alan McInnes have enormous fun performing their quirky songs for children and adults. The band also boasts the world’s best drumming Panda ‘Drums the Panda.’ They write and perform their own songs that focus on engaging children through colour, actions and movement. Judged ‘Best Kids Live Show’ in the land in 2018 The Mik Maks wow their young audiences across the country and world via several online streaming platforms. The Mik Maks YouTube channel has received over 300,000,000 views!

Joel

Joel is energetic and passionate and aims to give every child a unique experience. He is the eldest of the brothers. Keep up with his dance moves if you can.
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Joel is from a Primary Education background. With over 15 years teaching experience, Joel specialises in engaging both entire groups and individual children.  He simply knows what children love!

In his spare time Joel loves nothing more than being in the outdoors with his three children, wife and dog Maggie.  There favourite place to be is the family farm in the tiny town of Wickliffe.

 

Al

Hitting a power note or wowing the crowd with a ballad, his voice is the core of The Mik Mak sound. Al is the third eldest of the brothers and the tallest. Al loves nothing more than meeting young families after the show.

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Al is 192cm tall (10 centimeters taller than Joel)  He has 10 years teaching experience as a Secondary PE teacher. Al has been performing in cover bands since the age 16 and is a self confessed music buff.  Al lives and breathes every element of The Mik Maks and he recently recorded and produced the latest Mik Maks album ‘PLAY’

When he’s not performing Al loves hiking with his three young children and lovely wife.  

‘Drums’ the Panda

He’s our big old friend, he’s so much fun, he’s the cuddly one, his name is Drums. ‘Drums the Panda’ brings the magic to The Mik Mak stage and yes…he really is the worlds best drumming Panda!”

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Not only a talented musician, Drums the Panda is also an incredible artist. Did you know all Mik Maks artwork is designed by Drums?  That includes all album artwork and the 1000’s of images that appear in our YouTube animated clips!

Drums the Panda loves rolling down hills with his three young children and lovely wife.  In his spare time Drums loves caring for his bamboo garden.

 

The story behind The Mik Maks

Why we do what we do.

“Our mother Pamela instilled the love of music and performance in us from an early age. Family gatherings would involve a lot of guitars, singing and carrying on like pork chops! It was at one such gathering that we decided to write a song for our children. One hour later of creative fun ‘Bruce the Hairy Crocodile’ was born”.

“From that moment we were hooked. We could see instantly the joy it gave to the people around us. We love bringing families together through music. We love hearing stories of entire families dancing in the kitchen or singing along together in the car. That is why we do what we do”.

Eighteen months ago the Mik Mak family suffered the enormous loss of youngest brother and pink Mik Mak Deano.  After a period of mourning and absence from the stage The Mik Maks once again performed due to the overwhelming support of their fan base. 'The incredible support we received was truly overwhelming and gave us the courage to continue doing what we love,' commented Joel.

'The Mik Mak music also gives us an opportunity to stay connected with and develop the incredible work Deano had previously done. There's a little piece of Deano in everything we do. We're incredibly grateful for this.' Stated Al.

Currently, The Mik Maks YouTube Channel has had 270,000,000 views and their latest released song debuted at number 2 on the Australian children’s ITunes charts. The band have released 3 albums and 2 Live DVD’s.  More songs are in the creative pipeline with a new album due to be released in late 2019.

The Mik Maks own children play a very active role in many of their clips and song writing process.  Known as 'The Mini Maks' this tribe of talented young performers feel right at home on stage or on the screen.

 

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