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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
Encore awards
4th Encoreversary
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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, Deep house, Electronica
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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

Too Close - Alex Clare
Destination Calabria (Radio Edit) - Alex Gaudino, Crystal Waters
Bubblin - Anderson .Paak
Tints - Anderson .Paak, Kendrick Lamar
Am I Wrong - Anderson .Paak, ScHoolboy Q
Le Bleury - Anomalie
New Space - Anomalie
Canal - Anomalie
Levels (Radio Edit) - Avicii
Fireflies - Bassjackers, Luciana
Narco - Blasterjaxx, Timmy Trumpet
Hold It Down - Brooks
Finesse - Bruno Mars
24K Magic - Bruno Mars
That's What I Like - Bruno Mars
Superstition (C2C Remix) - C2C
The Rain - Calvin Harris
How Deep Is Your Love - Calvin Harris, Disciples
I'll Be There (feat. Nile Rodgers) - CHIC, Nile Rodgers
Get Lucky - Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers
Welcome to Jamrock - Damien Marley
Get Low - Dillon Francis, DJ Snake
When a Fire Starts To Burn - Disclosure (C2C Remix)
Latch - Disclosure, Sam Smith
Voices - Disclousure, Sasha Keable
Don't Gas Me - Remix - Dizzie Rascal, BEEZ NEEZ
Bucovina - Drop Department, SuitStatic
Can't Stop Playing (Remix) - Dr. Kucho, Gregor Salto, Oliver Heldens
Don't Start Now - Dua Lipa
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Shape of You (Bhangra Remix) - Ed Sheeran
Pjanoo - Eric Prydz
American Boy - Estelle, Kanye West
GDFR - Flo Rida, Sage The Gemini, Lookas
Native Son Prequel - Remix - Gramatik, Leo Napier, Jenaux
Good Times Roll - GRiZ, Big Gigantic
Spaceman (Remix) - Hardwell
Memory - Haywire
Believer - Imagine Dragons
Mi Gente - J Balvin, Willy William
Make Love (Remix) - Joe Stone, CHIC
Perfect Strangers - Jonas Blue, JP Cooper
Day 'N' Nite - (Remix) - Kid Cudi, Crookers
Gopher Mambo - Leandro Da Silva
Source - Lucas & Steve
Doppler - Madison Mars
Light It Up (Remix) - Major Lazer, Nyla, Fuse ODG
Uptown Funk - Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
Summer Days - Martin Garrix, Macklemore, Fall Out Boy, Haywyre
Intoxicated (Radio Edit) - Martin Solveig, GTA
Chase The Devil - Max Romeo
Drop That - Me & My Toothbrush
Can't Get No Love - Me & My Toothbrush, Croatia Squad
Turn It Around - Merk & Kremont
Beat It (Basé Remix) - Michael Jackson
Step Up - Mike Williams, Tom & Jame
Twisted - Missio
Boogie Wonderland - Mr. Belt & Wezol
Good Times - Mr. Belt & Wezol
Gecko - Oliver Heldens, Becky Hill
This Groove - Oliver Heldens, Lenno
Jogi - Punjabi MC
Mundian To Bach Ke - Punjabi MC
Magalenha (ft. Sergio Mendes) - Simon Fava, Gregor Salto, Sergio Mendes
Make It Bun Dem - Skrillex, Damien Marley
Boneless - Steve Aoki, Chris Lake, Tujamo
Azukita - Steve Aoki, Daddy Yankee, Play-N-Skillz, Elvis Crespo
One (Your Name) - Radio edit - Swedish House Mafia, Pharrell Williams
Go - The Chemical Brothers
Lola's Theme - The Shapeshifters
Saxo - Thomas Newson, WILL K
Money Maker - Throttle
Hit The Road Jack - Throttle
September (Remix) - Throttle, Earth, Wind & Fire
Secrets - Tiest, Kshmr, Vassy
Freaks - Timmy Trumpet, Savage
Move One Me - Tom & Jame, Holl & Rush
Drop That Low - Tujamo
Riverside (Remix) - Tujamo, Sidney Samson
Back In Town - Tuxedo
Do It - Tuxedo
Higher - Ummet Ozcan, Lucas & Steve
Wearing My Rolex - Radio Edit - Wiley
Boasty - Wiley, Steflon Don, Sean Paul, Idris Elba


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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£190
Up to 1 hour£310
Up to 2 hours£405
Up to 3 hours£500


From customers:

Lise S, 2 years ago

Merseyside's answer to Evelyn Glennie!

Sian R, 2 years ago

Seen in Leeds today and was amazing

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