Biog

Mez has drummed for as long as he can remember. He was given a toy drum kit when he was 5 years old and on his 16th birthday (after years of pleading) his parents bought him his first proper drum kit.
His main musical influences growing up were Madness, The Police, The Clash, Ian Dury & the Blockheads and the Kinks.
As well as rock & pop, he has a passion for soul, doo-wop, rhythm & blues and jazz.
He was first inspired to pursue a life in music by his uncle Cary Baylis (guitarist & songwriter) who remains a hero of his.

Mez also plays guitar, piano, bass and sings - often providing backing vocals for artists he works with including Van Morrison and Madness.

Drumming influences are too numerous to list, but some of his favourites are: Stewart Copeland, Woody Woodgate, Al Jackson Jr, Phil Collins, Earl Palmer, Roger Hawkins, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Sonny Payne, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr, Brian Bennett, Bernard Purdie, Steve Ferrone, Karen Carpenter, John Bonham, Dave Grohl, Topper Headon.

He is a BMus(Hons) graduate of Trinity College of Music London where he studied Drum Kit and Percussion. During this time he joined the National Youth Jazz Orchestra with whom he toured the UK.

Mez is currently drumming for music Legend Sir Van Morrison and is the percussionist for iconic British pop group Madness.

He has also had the pleasure of working with: Sir Tom Jones, Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, Imelda May, Joss Stone, Georgie Fame, Maceo Parker, Candy Dulfer, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Farlowe, Clare Teal, Jason Rebello, Shaun Escoffery and many other talented artists.

Live: BBC Proms in the Park, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea JAzz Festival, Primavera Sound, Chris Evans' Carfest, The Big Feastival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Bestival, Vintage Festival, Pori Jazz, Bluesfest, Viva Las Vegas (USA), Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

TV and Radio: Glastonbury, The Chris Evans Breakfast Show Radio 2, The Alan Titchmarsh Show ITV, The Wright Stuff Channel 5, Tony Blackburn's 50 years of broadcasting on the BBC, Robert Elms Show BBC London.
Theatre: West End production of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre.


Mez recently formed rhythm & blues band Mez & the Fezzes; featuring tenor sax-man Phil Veacock (Jools Holland). The group can be seen at vintage festivals across the UK.