Tiago Michelin's musical journey began when his parents met at the Berklee College of Music, and as a toddler he was a fixture at their rehearsals and gigs, Jazz and South American music constantly on rotation at home. One night, his father, pianist/composer Nando Michelin, came across a dilapidated vintage Westwood drum set in the basement of his weekly gig, and this became his first substitute for the pots and pans at home.
While being raised in Brazil, he learned how to play traditional Brazilian percussion through capoeira lessons in school, while continuing his drum set studies at ProArte music school in Rio de Janeiro. By fifteen, living back in Cambridge, he knew music was his calling, and began performing in Nando's band, in addition to attending the New England Conservatory preparatory school with a full scholarship. At eighteen, he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and in 2015, graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Performance.
Since then Tiago has relocated to Brooklyn, NY, where he continues to teach, accompany dance classes, and perform in the city, and all over the world. He performs regularly with wide variety of bands outside of the jazz scene, like the Silver Arrow Band, and . Some names which he has performed with include Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Kenny Werner, Sean Jones, Edsel Gomez, Helio Alvez, Leo Blanco, among countless more.