Born 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 London clubs in the 60´s.
A close friend of Mark´s aunt Erika who was a drummer from Marburg, gave him a pair of sticks at the age of six and got his first drum kit at 9.
Greatly influenced by the music of the 70´s and picking up records of family friends he managed his way into his love for drums and music in general fast.
Kitchen utensils and washing detergents helped the first step into making noise and exploring new sounds.
Listening to all the great drummers in the jazz and rock genre he managed to develop 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 at the time, but rock drummers Ian Paice and John Bonham had left huge mark in his playing,
Mark always mentioned that Deep Purples´s “Made in Japan” was the trigger to it all in ´72 and the Zep albums where just magic.
In the early 80´s Mark focused closely on Neil Peart……. Brian Downey, Keith Moon, Cozy Powell, Nicko McBrain and much later discovered the brilliant Simon Philips, jamming along to their music and closed the second circle in drumming.
Mark grew up in 3 countries and speaks fluent English, German, Greek and some French. Over the past 36 years he has been working as a professional musician with known bands and artists worldwide, who gave him 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, 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, 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 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.
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 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 you’ve come 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 and recorded two albums with them.
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.
Today Mark does a lot of studio work and plays with his bands, God´s Army and Joe Stump´s Tower of Babel, as well as the Swedish Jimi Hendrix tribute “The Fuzes” 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, who released their first limited edition DVD of three hundred copies “The four seasons live in concert” on November 29, 2019!
Mark announced his new project in October 2019!
With former band mates he will bring his “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, gave a very interesting set and with these guys on board….. nothing to worry about :)… .everything our fans deserve!”
Unfortunately due to the Pandemic everything has been postponed and a studio album is planned until further ……
‘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 and do something else.
I truly thank those who kept me away from these thoughts and believed in me.
Peace my friends, be rock, stay off drugs, 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 be over and we´ll be able to tour again!!”
Cheers, the PFC!!