Born in London on August 2nd to an English father and German mother, Mark grew up in a musical environment. His parents loved jazz and classical music and often hit the London nightclubs back in the 60´s.
A close friend of Mark´s aunt Erika who was a drummer from Marburg, Germany gave him a pair of sticks at the age of six. That was it and Mark got his first drum kit at 9.
Greatly influenced by the music of the 70´s and picking up records of family friends, he found his way to loving drums and music more than anything.
Kitchen utensils and washing detergent boxes helped the first steps into making as much noise as possible and exploring new sounds.
Listening to all the great drummers of the time he found his way developing his own style and mainly points out Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, Pierre Moerlen and much later Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa to be some of his mentors.
The 70´s Prog and Jazz Rock scene also greatly influenced him, and rock drummers Ian Paice and John Bonham had left a huge mark in his playing,
Mark always mentioned that 1972´s Deep Purples “Made in Japan” was key and the trigger to it all. Not to mention that all Zeppelin albums where just magic.
In the late 70´s Mark was captivated by Rush and Neil Peart changed it all, there had been no other, his playing was just magical!
Of course other drummers like Brian Downey, Keith Moon, Cozy Powell, Nicko McBrain, Alex Van Halen and the fascinating Simon Philips also greatly influenced Mark´s playing. Jamming along to their music was key and Mark closed the second circle in drumming.
Mark grew up in 3 countries and speaks fluent English, German, Greek and some French. Over the past 37 years he has been working as a professional musician with known bands and artists worldwide, who gave him a great reputation in the international music industry as a musician, songwriter and drummer.
Bands in his roster such as metal/rock bands HELLOWEEN and METALIUM, Deep Purple’s frontman IAN GILLAN and JOE LYNN TURNER, KINGDOM COME and HARDLINE, Nwobhm SARACEN and TANK, Greek rockers FIREWIND and OUTLOUD, Whitesnake’s, Thin Lizzy´s and Dead Daisies Bass player MARCO MENDOZA, the mighty SCORPIONS ……. shall we go on?
Mark has recorded and played drums on over 55 long players and samplers, he worked with legendary Producers Chris Tsangaredes (RIP) (Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen ….), Charly Bauerfeind (Helloween, Blind Guardian, Halford, Molly Hatchet, Saxon ….), Frederik Nordstrom (In Flames, Arch Enemy, Firewind….), Kip Winger (Winger, Alice Cooper … ) and Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids), Kostas Kalimeris (Black Rock Studios) a.o.
Mark added: “It´s been an exciting ride working with so many different and devoted musicians. I am very grateful and can consider myself lucky to have lived these times and toured the world. I gained such a wonderful life experience, the greatest gift of all.
It´s been a bumpy road from time to time, but an honour to have worked with so many talented Musicians around the world.
All I can say is….. never give up and stay true to your dreams and goals!
Playing drums has and will always be my baby! I love being on the road and love sitting behind my kit doing what I do. Doing also other things to keep the money coming in, has unfortunately become a certain routine, but it´s nothing unusual nowadays the way the Music industry has turned and now with the pandemic more than ever!!
Once a musician…… always a musician, that´s the way it goes! Life is full of surprises and when you think your career came to an end, another door opens!”
After five years with Firewind, non stop touring, 3 Studio albums, a live DVD and double live CD, Mark left the band in 2010 and focused on TAINTED NATION, which was a remarkable British band featuring Pete Newdeck, Ian Nash, Pontus Egberg and Joel Peters. They recorded two albums and played a limited number of shows.
A few years later after Mark´s divorce, he decided to leave the UK and move to Germany in 2014, when he fit in for THE SCORPIONS in Bahrain at the Grand Prix.
In November 2018 Mark flew to Italy to record the drums for former Gotthard´s Hammond player Neil Otupacca´s new band “VANISHING SIGNS”. Their debut album was released early 2020.
Mark does a lot of studio work besides his main bands GOD´S ARMY, who have their third studio album coming up on vinyl in 2021 and Joe Stump´s (Alcatrazz) TOWER OF BABEL also with a second album in progress, the Swedish Jimi Hendrix tribute “THE FUZES” feat. Martin Dagger and Magnus Rosen (Hammerfall) and the Deep Purple /Rainbow tribute from the UK “RISING FROM THE DEEP”.
Mark also took the position as touring drummer with the VIVALDI METAL PROJECT in 2018, who had released their limited edition DVD “The four seasons live in concert” on November 29, 2019!
VMP is now gearing up with their second studio album “EpiClassica”, another massive all star production featuring Mark, Mike Portnoy, Mike Terrana, just to name a few…..
Mark announced his new project “OCEAN´s EYE” in October 2019!
Not exactly a solo project but with former band mates he will bring a “Best of …..” his career to your stage.
Mark said: “Ive been thinking about this for a long time and some people in the industry also urged me to do it!
It´s time to do your own thing!
Originally planned was a best of live set…. music of what I´ve done with bands as a touring artist, drummer or writer.
A truly rich and versatile list of songs of different genres. Editing this together, promises a very interesting set and with these guys on board….. nothing to worry about :)… .everything our fans deserve!”
Unfortunately due to the Covid 19 pandemic the whole concept froze and has been postponed most likely to 2022.
Mark used this time to write new music and lyrics and sees a possible studio album in the nearest future ……
‘Bon Scott said: It’s a long way to the top, if you wanna rock’n roll…… bloody right he was! There were times when I felt like kissing show biz goodbye.
I truly thank those who kept me away from these terrible thoughts and believed in me.
Peace my friends, be rock, keep your hands off drugs, but on da ladies, have fun and get laid as much as you can! Stay away from dating sites, they bring you nothing but trouble :), enjoy the real thing in life and you will be the one who’ll make the next generation swing!
Ah yes, let´s hope that this madness will soon end and be able to tour again!! Good luck to us all ….. !”
Cheers, the PFC!!