Michael Jochum started as a musician in the early 1980s playing alongside Richard Gibbs in the band Zuma II, which had an eponymously titled record released by Pasha/CBS Records. He also played drums in Jackson Browne's World in Motion and toured with him for over four years.
He is mostly known for his work as part of Korn's backing band. He played 2nd percussion and donned a pig mask during the See You on the Other Side and Family Values 2006 tours, as well as their MTV: Unplugged performance. During the MTV: Unplugged, Jochum was the lead drummer, since David Silveria was then on hiatus.
Jochum left the back-up band shortly after Korn's 2007 European Tour, due to setlist changes that did not involve Jochum's drumming.
Jochum returned to the Korn world in November 2007 following Joey Jordison's return to Slipknot. He was also a member of Jonathan Davis' acoustic solo tour band. He was back out of the band in 2008, replaced by Ray Luzier for Korn's early 2008 European tour.