A true ambassador of playing the groove, Mark Claydon is known in musician’s circles as the man to hire for the fattest beats in town. With an impressive and extensive CV including hit singles with Liberty X and regular work with The Getup, Rhoda Dakar, Lizzie Deane, and tours with Soul legend Sir Joe Quarterman and Gizelle Smith, his playing is in high demand.
Specialising in old school Funk and Soul, Mark has years of live and studio experience and caters for a variety of demands, from Musicals to Break-beats, T.V Commercials to Classic Swing. Past performances include appearances on ITV, live sessions for BBC Radio, work with EMI Records, Virgin Records and Dreamworks Productions. His work has taken him to multiple countries across the world including Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Belgium and The Maldives.
As an educator, Mark’s teaching focuses on playing music as a primary function before technicalities, enabling students and recipients of master-classes to acclimatise to whatever musical situation as quickly as possible.
Mark uses and endorses, Ludwig Drums, Impression Cymbals,Vater Drum Sticks, Protection Racket Cases, Slapklatz Damper Gels and Lion Cajons.