“One of the most Jaw Dropping players in the UK” – (Rhythm Magazine)
Mark Heaney was born in London in 1970. He started taking an interest in drumming when he was 5 years old. After showing a natural ability his father bought him his first kit when he was 9 years old. By the age of 10 he was working semi professionally in his Fathers show band playing clubs and dance halls around the country. He has been drumming ever since.
Mark has recorded and toured with many artists, producers and bands such as Tomoyasu Hotei, Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, U2) , Youth (Killing Joke, The Verve) Garrett Lee Aka Jacknife Lee (U2, Bloc Party), David Botrill (Placebo, Dream Theater), Andy Gill (Futureheads, Young Knives), Gang of Four (Band Member 2006-2014), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Gwen Stefani), John squire (The Stone Roses), The Seahorses (Band Member 1998-1999), The Freelance Hellraiser, The Shining, Simon Tong (The Verve), Simon Jones (The Verve), Nick McCabe (The Verve), Simon Dawson (The Stone Roses, New Model Army), Badly Drawn Boy, Klaxons, S Hit Disco, Howie Day, Threshold and many more.
Heaney was a member of Post Punk Legends Gang of Four from 2006 until 2013. He has recorded on albums Return The Gift, Content, Ep’s Second Life, Glass and Broken Talk. Heaney has toured extensively with Gang of Four worldwide covering North America, South America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. He has also performed with the band on Later with Jools Holland, The Late show with David Letterman, The Old Grey Whistle test, Massive Attacks meltdown, ZDF Germany, Huey Morgan show, XFM, KCRW, KEXP, Radio 2 and many, many other broadcasts.
Heaney is an accomplished composer creating Epic soundscapes and Dark grooves for Film and TV worldwide. He has also written Bespoke bodies of work for many of the worlds best music houses including De wolfe music, EMI, Sony, Extreme music, Wrong Planet and others.
In 2015 Heaney formed experimental jazz Quartet Extemporize. The band features Pete Billington Keys, Stuart Henderson Trumpet and Jerry Soffe Bass.
“A muscular yet madly skilled player. Mindblowing”. (Modern Drummer)
“Mark Heaney is a machine”. (Time Out)(Tim
“One of the most Jaw Dropping players in the UK”. (Rhythm Magazine)
“Might just be one of the most important drummers in the country”. (Rhythm Magazine)
“Heaney is a serious player, throwing down Vinnie inspired “what the heck was that”? moments”. (Mike Dawson – Modern Drummer)
“A reflection of our times, both musically and technologically”. (Percussive Arts Society)
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“And then he started playing and jaws were literally seen to drop, Who’s Mark Heaney then…You’ll See”. (Rhythm Magazine))
“The Bonham-esque type capabilities of Mark Heaney”. (NME)(N
“Sitting behind all this is dextrous drum basher Mark Heaney who is reminiscent of John Bonham in his hey-day”. (NME)
“A drummer of surgical precision”. (Andy Gill – Gang of Four)-Gang of Four)
Mark will be running a Master Class at our Swindon centre on Friday 29th January (12pm-2pm)