Starting at the tender age of 3 on a tin drum given to him by his grandma, Mark was playing his first kit at 6 after his music teacher expressed a wish for him to pursue an instrument of percussion. Years of playing along to Bonham, Moon and Copeland followed before the last of a string of school bands turned into a session for Atlantic records. "They didn't sign us but I was so close I smelled it."
"I have Steven Adlers addiction to thank for my break with Yorkshire outfit Little Angels" with whom he played from 1991-1993. "Matt Sorum landed the GnR stool after Adler was sacked, that left the Cult throne free and Michael Lee was sacked after auditioning for the Cult behind the Angels back. I was called because I roadied for them when they were making waves in Scarborough, I always kept in touch." It was the second time Mark had auditioned for the band, the first time being when Michael Lee was hired. Mark quickly developed a taste for the road, recording Jam the final Angels album of three.
11 hits over their 6 years with Polydor records was quite an achievement and the band built a solid live reputation in the UK. "People from my home town told me at the time I was lucky to get that gig," says Mark of his time with the Angels, "I just told them I'd practiced every day for 16 years and luck had nothing to do with it, like the Gary Player quote...'the harder I work, the luckier I get.' That's my motto and it's not all about practice either." Skunk Anansie followed in 1994 after a chance meeting with Skin at the first Kerrang! awards. The band had just completed work on their debut album Paranoid and Sunburnt (with drummer Robbie France) and Mark was again in the right place at the right time. It was then also that he began his relationship with Yamaha and Zildjian too, relationships that have entered their 17th year in 2010. "Tina and Bob have always been amazingly supportive and a large part of what I have achieved. You can't do these things all alone, there are many people who help along the way, teachers, parents, friends, bandmates and Zildjian, Yamaha, LDC and Vic-Firth to name a few."
The band built a solid fan base the world over with a relentless tour/record/tour/record schedule of over 6 years and with 2 further albums, Stooshand Post Orgasmic Chill. With over 6 million album sales, many awards, front covers, prestigious supports slots, headliners and critical acclaim later, the schedule that had seen them build so successfully from indie darlings to rock giants, ultimately split them up in 2001, with exhaustion cited as their reason.
In 2002 Mark was asked to join Welsh/Japanese trio Feeder, after the untimely death of co-founder and long time friend Jon Lee. Many more tours followed and 3 studio albums, the multi-platinum Comfort In Sound, Pushing The Sensesand Silent Cry, followed by their last release on Echo, the SinglesGreatest Hits compilation. But this tempestuous 6 year run was coming to an end, "it'd happened twice before, you learn to read the signs." In October 2008 Skunk Anansie made plans for a greatest hits album, Smashes and Trashesand European tour. It was the end of Mark's time with Feeder. 'Smashes...' was supposed to be a one off deal, but after falling back in love with each other, the music, the philosophy and mechanics of the band, Skunk Anansie decided to keep writing and are releasing their 4th studio album Wonderlustreon V2 in Sept 2010. "I'm so happy to be back where I belong" says Mark, "I am the drummer in my favourite band. It doesn't get much better than this. You can keep all the awards. They're nice, but what is most important is playing music I love and not having to compromise that part, everything else is a bonus. We went out on tour after 8 years away with nothing but word of mouth and a healthy live reputation built up by die hard fans on the internet and everywhere sold out. We re-started exactly where we left off, it's just incredible."