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Percussionist and composer from Liverpool based in Leeds
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Having started learning piano and violin aged 10, Mike’s interest in music was born and continued into secondary school where he progressed to the drum kit which ignited his passion for percussion. Having achieved grade 8 drum kit by the age of 16 he was successful in his application to Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he furthered his percussion education studying with Paul Patrick, David Hext and Sophie Hastings. It was at Chetham’s when he began lessons in composition under the guidance of Dr Gavin Wayte which sparked his interest in film music and started him on the path to becoming a composer. During his time at Chetham’s, Mike played in various prestigious ensembles, orchestras and bands, performing in venues such as The Bridgewater Hall, Milton Court, Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham town hall, Litchfield Cathedral and Band on the Wall. Mike recently graduated from Leeds College of Music where he was involved with many of the classical ensembles and more notably was invited to join 80’s pop music icon Marc Almond on his UK tour in 2016. This was part of a collaboration to celebrate 50 years of the college and included performing in Leeds Town Hall and the Royal Festival Hall to crowds of around 3000 people. Whilst at college, he also toured with the LCoMSU Camerata which was the first ever classical ensemble from the college to go on tour and included performances in Germany, Amsterdam and Belgium. As well as these performances, he composed and arranged a number of pieces for the various ensembles and orchestras, taking inspiration from the film and trailer music genres and from artists such as Hans Zimmer and Two Steps From Hell. Recently, he participated in work experience with trailer music production company Gothic Storm gaining valuable knowledge from professionals in the film music industry and composing a piece with help from the company’s CEO Dan Graham. This composition was performed by Maghull Wind Orchestra in a workshop with Bill Connor (who has orchestrated many of Hans Zimmer’s works) who made the comment: “Mr Zimmer would be pleased with this.” As well as his performances involving classical percussion, he is also part of a recently formed percussion duo ‘Inpulse’ who are currently signed to Jonny Ross Music and frequently perform around the UK. Now a recent graduate of LCoM, Mike is now a Marimba One Discovery Artist and is working towards developing his solo career both as a performer and composer and has aims to record an album of marimba music with the hopes of being signed to the Sony Masterworks record label in the near future.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Experimental, Military, Electronic, EDM, House, Ibiza club, Marching, Pop, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, African music, Afrobeat, Reggae, Samba, Indian music, Caribbean music, Brazilian music, Calypso, Classical, Classical crossover, Film / TV music, Originals, Covers, Easy listening
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Event types:
Private event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Composer, Orchestrator, Producer, Transcription, Perfect pitch
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Song list

Lola's Theme - The Shapeshifters
Destination Calabria (Radio Edit) - Alex Gaudino, Crystal Waters
I'll Be There (feat. Nile Rodgers) - CHIC, Nile Rodgers
Memory - Haywire
Am I Wrong - Anderson .Paak, ScHoolboy Q
Good Times Roll - GRiZ, Big Gigantic
Back In Town - Tuxedo
Finesse - Bruno Mars
Boneless - Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo
GDFR - Flo Rida, Sage The Gemini, Lookas
How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris, Disciples
Get Low - Dillon Francis, DJ Snake
Azukita - Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, Elvis Crespo
Spaceman (Remix) - Hardwell
Le Bleury - Anomalie
The Rain - Calvin Harris
Welcome to Jamrock - Damien Marley
When a Fire Starts To Burn - Disclosure (C2C Remix)
Jogi - Punjabi MC
Make It Bun Dem - Skrillex, Damien Marley
International Anthem - Flux Pavilion, Doktor
Do It - Tuxedo
Shape of You (Bhangra Remix) - Ed Sheeran
Down The Road - C2C
New Space - Anomalie
Mundian To Bach Ke - Punjabi MC
Superstition (C2C Remix) - C2C
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Latch - Disclosure, Sam Smith
Too Close - Alex Clare
Pasilda (Inpetto Remix) - Helena Legend, Inpetto
Fireflies - Bassjackers, Luciana
Beat It (Basé Remix) - Michael Jackson
Next Episode (Trap Remix) - Snoop Dogg Dr. Dre, CAKED UP
Native Son Prequel - Remix - Gramatik, Leo Napier, Jenaux
Get Your Way - Brasstracks, Roses Gabor
Go - The Chemical Brothers
Pjanoo - Eric Prydz
Light It Up (Remix) - Major Lazer, Nyla, Fuse ODG
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
Intoxicated (Radio Edit) - Martin Solveig, GTA
Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue, JP Cooper
Believer - Imagine Dragons
Levels (Radio Edit) - Avicii
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
American Boy - Estelle, Kanye West
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Same Hearts - Remix - Pat Lok, Bear Mountain
Get Lucky - Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
Wearing My Rolex - Radio Edit - Wiley
Don't Gas Me - Remix - Dizzie Rascal, BEEZ NEEZ
Day 'N' Nite - Crookers Remix - Kid Cudi, Crookers
Saxo - Thomas Newson, WILL K
Gopher Mambo - Leandro Da Silva
Bucovina - Drop Department, SuitStatic
Samba De Janeiro - Leandro Da Silva
Voices - Disclousure, Sasha Keable
One (Your Name) - Radio - Swedish House Mafia, Pharrell Williams


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£250
Up to 2 hours£350
Up to 3 hours£400


From customers:

Lise S, 1 year ago

Merseyside's answer to Evelyn Glennie!

Sian R, 1 year ago

Seen in Leeds today and was amazing

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