Mark Brzezicki is known as one of the UK’s most respected and prolific drummers. He first found fame with the band Big Country in the early 1980’s, however, his enviable CV spans several decades and reads like a who is who in the music industry. Natal are proud and honoured to have Mark Join their elite artist roster and have him representing the brand.
In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Mark had already established himself in London as a busy session drummer as part of a rhythm section with bassist Tony Butler known as “Rhythm for Hire”. They both where already working and recording with Pete Townshend’s solo album Empty Glass .
It was through this connection that in 1981 Mark and Tony were asked to perform with Pete Townshend at the Right to Work concert at Brockwell Park, London.
After the concert, Mark and Tony were approached by the manager of a new band looking for a rhythm section to complete their line up. The record company Phonogram needed a great rhythm section to secure a major record deal. The newly formed band and record company were delighted with the line-up and a record contract was signed between Phonogram and all the new band members of Big Country.
Big Country had great success in the UK, including 4 top 10 hits and eight top 20 hits.
Their debut album The Crossing reached number 3 in the UK charts and scored a number 18 in the USA Billboard charts.
In 1983, the band also had a hit single in the USA with their song In A Big Country and received two Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
In 1984, their album Steeltown reached number 1 on the UK charts.
Mark Brzezicki was the house drummer for the Prince’s Trust All Star band from 1987 to 2007.
In 1986, he performed with his band Big Country at the Prince’s Trust Rock Gala concert. Mark’s band and session work had already gained momentum and got him noticed, when in 1987 Midge Ure whom he had previously recorded with, asked Mark to come on board as the house drummer along-side Phil Collins as a member of the All Star band.
In 1988, Mark was asked to perform at Wembley Stadium for The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, which was broadcast to 67 countries to an audience of 600 million.
After 40 years in the music industry, Mark has performed with a vast number of artists and some of the biggest names in the music industry from Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Elton John, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, The Bee Gees, Ben E King, Procol Harum, Midge Ure, The Cult, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Howard Jones, Bill Medley, Brian Adams, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (ABBA), Joan Armatrading, Paloma Faith, Alison Moyet, Jamie Cullum, Lionel Ritchie, Ultravox, Indochine, Taylor Hawkins, Nick Kershaw, Mark King, Rick Astley, Tears for Fears, KT Tunstall, to name a few, and he is still as busy as ever with his band Big Country and recording new material for artists all over the world. He continues to be one of the busiest drummers to this date.
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