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Ali Mac

Name: Ali Mac

Qualifications & Place of Study: BA (Hons) Jazz Studies, Leeds Collage of Music.

Favourite show played: BBC RADIO 1 Live Lounge.

Desert Island Disc: Voodoo – D’angelo. This album has everything on point.  Musicality,  production, lyrical content and performance.

What you love about music: not sure…..still working that one out.

Motto: If you fail to prepare, you should be prepared to fail.


Ali Mac is a drummer, percussionist & drum programmer with thirteen years of performance, touring and recording experience.

He signed to Virgin/EMI Records in 2014 as a co-writer and drummer for Zimbabwean soul artist ‘Thabo’.

He became an official Ludwig Drums Artist in 2017.

Ali writes, records, tours & performs with artists and bands, and dedicates all remaining time to recording bespoke drum and percussion tracks for producers, DJs, dance companies, film makers and both signed & unsigned artists from his home studio.

Other highlights include supporting Ella Eyre, broadcasting from the BBC Radio1 Live Lounge and playing the Vevo Stage at The Great Escape Festival. Ali has toured with numerous artists and bands extensively around Europe and the UK as well as South America. In 2015 Ali helped The 1975’s saxophonist John Waugh, reach number 2 in the iTunes Jazz album download charts.

Festival Performances:

Glastonbury, Latitude, Shambala, Kendal Calling, The Great Escape, Live at Leeds, Secret Garden Party, Bestival, City Sound (Liverpool), Manchester Jazz Festival, Cropredy, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cambridge Folk festival, Lisbon City Festival, plus more.


TV:  BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, BBC2, ITV, C4, (UK) ), Sic TV (Portugal).

Radio:  BBC Radio One, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 2, Radio 6, Radio 3, BBC World Service, Cool FM (Bahamas), with various artists.

​​Support Tours: 

Anthony Hamilton, Eric Roberson, Omar, Cody Chesnutt, Hot 8 Brass Band, Avery Sunshine, Too Many Zooz and George The Poet among other artists on UK tours.

Performed with:
John Waugh (The 1975), Jack Flash , Omah Puente (Courtney Pine), Eddie Hick (Roots Manoeuvre), Jim Corry (Corrine Bailey Ray, Jamiraquai), Submotion Orchestra, Sam Vicary (Cinematic Orchestra), Thabo (Wilkinson, Tensnake, Idris Elba, Naughty Boy), The Funtime Frankies, The Treme, Gary Stuart’s Graceland, and The Demon Barbers.

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2021/22 Dates

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