Mika Karppinen

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Gas Lipstick
Gas Lipstick - Ilosaarirock 2007.jpg
Karppinen performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Mika Kristian Karppinen
Born (1971-02-08) 8 February 1971 (age 43)
Origin Eskilstuna, Sweden
Genres Rock (see HIM's genre), Deathgrind (with To Separate The Flesh From The Bones), Hardcore (with Valvontakomissio and Ääritila), Metal (with Bendover)
Occupation(s) Drummer, Guitarist, Composer
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar
Years active 1983-present
Associated acts HIM
To Separate the Flesh from the Bones Ääritila, Bendover
Website Official website

Mika Kristian Karppinen, better known as Gas Lipstick (born 8 February 1971), is currently the drummer for the rock band HIM. He is also the drummer of Finnish deathgrind band To Separate the Flesh from the Bones, punk band Ääritila and metal band Bendover. He also was a drum tech for Stratovarius at one point and was on the Stratovarius DVD for a couple of parts. Rare known fact is that Gas was session drummer for one tour of Finnish band named Tarot (known as project band of Marco Hietala - Nightwish). Gas's first more known band before he joined HIM was Kyyria, including two band members Santeri Kallio and Niclas Etelävuori from well known Finnish band Amorphis and singer Ville Tuomi of Suburban Tribe. He sang and played guitar in a Thrash Metal band called Dementia, including guitarist Roope Latvala of Children Of Bodom. In March, 2011 game company SongHi released internet music game with Gas's drum loops.[1]

Mika married his girlfriend Natali in Temppeliaukio church, Helsinki, on 30 August 2008. Mika became a father when his daughter was born on 16 January 2009.[2]

Drum set[edit]

Gas is an endorser of Ludwig drums, Paiste cymbals, Aquarian drum heads and Vic Firth drum sticks. Furthermore, he is an open handed drummer, meaning he plays the hi-hat with his left hand and the snare with his right, opposite to many rock drummers.

Drums[edit]

LUDWIG Legacy Classic (color: Vintage Black Oyster Pearl)

SHELL SIZES:

  • 14" x 22" Bass Drum
  • 6.5" x 14" Black Beauty Snare
  • 10"x13" Rack Tom
  • 16"x16" Floor Tom
  • 16"x18" Floor Tom

HARDWARE: LUDWIG Atlas Pro

  • 1 x Hi-Hat stand PRO LAP16HH
  • 1 x Snare stand PRO LAP22SS
  • 3 x Boom Cymbal Stand LAP37BCS
  • 1 x Straight Cymbal Stand LAP27CS
  • 1 x Drum Throne SADDLE LAP50TH
  • 1 x Bass Drum Pedal LAP15FP
  • 1 x Tom Holder Stand

CYMBALS: PAISTE

  • 1 x 15" Formula 602 Classic Sounds Medium Hi-Hat
  • 1 x 18" Twenty Custom Collection Full Crash
  • 1 x 20" Twenty Custom Collection Full Crash
  • 1 x 20" Twenty Custom Collection Metal Crash
  • 1 x 22" Masters Crisp Ride[3]

DRUM HEADS: AQUARIAN

13" Rack Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

16" Floor Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

18" Floor Tom

     Top       Response 2 Coated
     Bottom  Texture Coated

14" Snare

     Top       Hi-Energy
     Bottom  Hi-Performance

22" Kick

     Batter    Force I White
     Front     Force II Black

DRUM STICKS: VIC FIRTH

American Classic Metal

Former bands[edit]

References[edit]

Gas Lipstick in 2007.