Born in London, England 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 through a family friend, Mark was given a pair of sticks when he was six and got his first drum kit at the age of 9.
Greatly influenced by Jazz and Rock drummers of the 60’s and 70’s, he slowly 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 greatly influenced him at the time, but rock drummers Ian Paice and John Bonham also left their mark in his playing and set his life on fire.
In the early 80´s Mark focused closely on Brian Downey, Keith Moon, Neil Peart, Cozy Powell, Nicko McBrain and later on Simon Philips and jammed along to their music and closed a circle in drumming.
Mark grew up in 3 countries and speaks fluent English, German, Greek and some French. Over the past 33 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 the legendary 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 and am grateful to have had the privilege to have met them all, tour the world and 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.
I´d also like to say that “The Best is yet to come!”
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 daily routine, but it´s nothing unusual nowadays the way the Music industry has turned!!
but we don’t give up and just carry on, life is full of surprises and when you think you’ve 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 divorced, 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 in his studio and has two bands, God´s Army and Joe Stump´s Tower of Babel, both with new releases in the pocket.
Mark also took the position as touring drummer with the Vivaldi Metal Project, who announced on September 6, 2019 the release of their first DVD §The four seasons live in concert” as a limited edition of three hundred copies on November 29!
Look out for upcoming Tour dates with his solo project in 2020!
Soon we will reveal everything about it!!
‘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! It’s 2019 and I am proud to say that I am still having a lot of fun in making music and playing the drums, although the music industry has changed and is at stake and hardly pays the bills, I stay optimistic with my head up high and will proudly bring my solo project to life next year!
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 a real date and real life and you will be the one who’ll make the next generation swing!’
Cheers, the PFC!!