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Mark 'Tomo,' Thompson-tomothedrummer is a pro drummer and percussionist. Session player and teacher.

I have been playing drums since 1985. Like many musicians, I have gained much of my experience through playing with and supporting various bands, as well as playing session. I knew I'd want to stay with drums for the rest of my life, playing and teaching, so I put in for my Grade 8 Drum Kit exam with RSL. After developing a style all of my own over the years, I just about got through the exam!

 

 

After playing for over 30 years I am now am a session player, teacher, coach and percussion practitioner. Working with young people and in the community is at the heart of everything I do, as music has given me so much in terms of confidence and expression, and I want young people now to discover the same for themselves.

 

I have been fortunate enough to work with some very inspiring individuals. Meeting the legendary Anika Nilles and classic session player Geoff Dugmore at the London Drum Show has been one of many key moments. I am inpired by Benny Greb, Stuart Copeland, Aaron Spears and Eric Harland to name a few. 

 

Currently working as a professional Session drummer and DJ and Drum Teacher

 

Personal Statement

I have a special interest in the amalgamation of percussion and electronic music, both in composition for commercial projects and for the benefit the community around me. This ‘hybrid,’ approach is at the heart of the modern music industry at present, and an approach that excites me.  I am currently teaching Drums up to Grade 8 and delivering Electronic, DJ, percussion and hybrid Music Workshops.

 

One of main focuses at present is a development of a workshop named ‘Music Madness,’ which aims to use music as a tool to deal with some of the challenges associated with mental health and wellbeing.  

Education & Training

University of Leeds: BA Hons Theatre Arts and Music 1991

                            

University of Sheffield: MA Commercial Theatre & Film 1995

Rock School: Grade 8 Drums 1997  

Continued Professional Development: Hertfordshire Drum School, Advanced Drum Course with John Vooght 2012

Continued Professional Development: London Drum Show, Drum Workshop Geoff Dugmore 2014                                                                            

Continued Professional Development: London Drum Show, Drum Workshop with Anika Niles 2015

Also attended professional development workshops with, Rick Latham LA based session player.

In 2018 I was invited to play in Los Angeles at ‘Hollywood Studios,’ by John Garvin, pro session player and Hollywood writer.

Completed the 'Music in Mental Health,' Training led by Community Music Wales. 2019. 

Bands, Music Events & Highlights 

Session Drummer for various projects. 2020-21

SandraiseR (Jimi Hendrix/Rory Gallagher tribute) Dep Drummer England and Wales tour. 2019.

Y Moniars (Dep Drummer) Folk rock. 2019

Penna Bach (Drummer) including ‘Eisteddfod 2017-18’ Folk.

George Mudd Band (Drummer) Blues band. 2017-18

Storyville Mob Original (Drummer) including ‘Snowdon Rocks Festival with Mike Peters, ‘Gwyl bwyd Caernarfon’ & Supported tour for Toya Wilcox. 2012-14.

Bangor City Football Club (Resident DJ)

Headline agency for pro (DJ) Nottingham, Manchester, Liverpool. London, Saudi Arabia.

Independent DJ T/A tomothedj.com Corporate and party DJ. Style (Open Forum.)

X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent for Butlins Head of Entertainments.

Chesney Hawkes at Butlins (Manager)

Alvin Stardust at Butlins (Manager)

 I have also worked professionally with Gary Puckett, Right Said Fred, Sash, Two Unlimited,

Exhibit A (Drummer) Including support for ‘Wet Wet Wet’ (Amnesty International festival 1988.)

 

Music Software

Literate in Ez Drummer, Logic Pro X, Reaper, MPC 2.0, Serato DJ Pro, Ableton Live and Sibelius.pottersdrummer-com

Other Information

I am a full member of the Musician’s Union.

News links:  https://walesexpress.com/specialist-treatment-at-wrexham-hospital-helps-top-drummer-give-pain-the-elbow/

a full member of the Musician’s Union.

News links:  https://walesexpress.com/specialist-treatment-at-wrexham-hospital-helps-top-drummer-give-pain-the-elbow/

 

                              

                                

 

           

 

                  

 

On the home page above, there is a list of some top professionals in the music and TV industry that I have had the privilage to meet & collaborate with.

 

I teach from my home but travel far and wide. Whatever level you are, I hope that I can help you to develop your practice. Your first lesson with me is always free, after which, I typically ask for 25 pounds per session. 

 

Mark Thompson

 

Drummer | DJ | Music Events & Production  

07801 056 749| www.tomothedj.com 

Recent news article on tomo https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/health/holyhead-drummer-gets-beat-back-12940068.amp

Below are studio recordings and a number of pictures plus some you tube stuff/audio from soundcloud.

Drum Set ups.

 

PDP Platinum Series 4 piece. 

 

12", 16", 20", 14"x 5" Snare all Maple shells.

Tama Hardware with Dixon Pedals.

Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals. 10" Radiant China, 14" Sultan Hi-Hats, 16" Sultan Crash, 18" Dark Legend Crash, 19" El Negro Crash, 20" Sultan Ride. 

 

1972 Vintage Fibes 5 piece.

 

12", 13", 16", 22" 14"x5.5" Snare all Fibre glass shells. 

PDP Hardware and Dixon pedals. 

Zildjian 'Avedis Cymbals.'  10" Splash, 14" New Beat Hi-Hats, 16" & 18" Medium thin Crashes, 21" Sweet Ride. 

 

I also use the Odery Cafe kit for very small venues and teaching. 

 

Sticks are Zildjian, heads by Remo and Evans, Thrones by Ahead. I also carry a Mapex 'Black Panther,' 14"x5.5" Maple snare drum as a back up. 

 

Mics by isk, earplugs by Ultimate hearing, Roland drums and PDP/DW/Dixon pedals. 

In order to reach me:

Mark 'tomo,' Thompson

Anglesey, North Wales,

UK

LL65 2BG

07801 056749

mark@tomothedj.com 

or

markandrewlukethompson@hotmail.com



Professional musician: 

Musician, dj, producer, drummer and percussionist. 

 

Musicians Union Member/10 million public liability insurance/PAT tested compliant/completely self contained.

Worked with top names and acts.

Sash, Anita Doth, Paul Weller, Carole Decker, Toya Wilcox, Comedy Dave, X Factor and Britains Got Talent. 

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