Mark is not just the lead vocalist for Complete Madness but also one of the founding members and partners of Complete Madness.
He didn’t show much interest in music at school, but shortly after leaving school he realised it was all he wanted to do. However, vocals were not his first choice and he decided to go out and buy himself a guitar and started having lessons. Shortly after he put together a punk band playing music by bands such as The Clash and The Sex Pistols. When he started Beat the System with Derek Wood he began as the guitarist, but when the lead singer decided to leave Mark was given the opportunity to show his talents as a singer and front man. With no real vocal training to speak of the first few years as lead vocalist were not the easiest, often losing his voice. So he decided to seek out vocal training in the form of opera singer Peter Firmani. He had 25 lessons in total and says it is the best money he has ever spent, “Learning how to breath properly whilst belting out 25 songs a night makes a hell of a difference”
Mark has performed as the lead vocalist and front man with Complete Madness for the last 25 years.
LEAD GUITAR/BACKING VOCALS
Derek Wood began working for British coal (Formally NCB) from the age of 15 until the age of 37 (1971 – 1993). In was at this time Derek first began to show an interest in becoming a musician. He started playing the guitar but did not take it seriously until in around 1985 when he formed a band with Mark Keegan called ‘Touch and Go’ (not the same band as mentioned in other band profiles), this band then became ‘The Touch’, then ‘Beat the System’ and then finally in 1992 Complete Madness. Derek has played a key role in the development of Complete Madness over the last 30 plus years, both performing in and running the band, helping it grow into the business that it is today.
Kevin is the newest member of Complete Madness. Although he has only been playing the saxophone for nine years, he has recently graduated from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Popular Music and has already made an impression on the professional music scene. He has previously played around the country with some of the UK’s biggest tribute bands; playing the music of UB40 and Prince, as well as session recording work. As such, he is a very versatile player with a wide-range of musical experience however; his chosen musical genre is SKA and Reggae. Kevin combines all of this experience to help him bring the music of Madness alive and you’ll hear him blasting some of Madness’s most memorable sax lines with enthusiasm and style! Kevin is an exclusive user of Hanson musical instruments. He’s a true nutty boy at heart.
Colin began his music career during the era of New Wave with Liverpool band VHF before moving to Germany to join the pop/rock band Twelve Drummers Drumming. After a few successful and meteoric years they were caused to disband prematurely due to health problems, and so Colin moved back to Liverpool in 1986 where he joined The Merseybeats. He has also played for The Bay City Rollers and was Denny Laine’s (ex Wings & Moody Blues) keyboard player. The artists that Colin has worked with have collectively spent over 1000 weeks on the UK singles charts! Colin now lives in Linthwaite (near Huddersfield) - whose entire population now seems to have joined Complete Madness.
Brett started his professional music career in 2000 with Complete Madness. After touring and recording with the band for 6 years, Brett left the band to open a new drum school - Quikstix Drumschool in Barnsley (www.facebook.com/QuikStixDrumschool), South Yorkshire.
Having run four teaching practises and continued gigging with many bands in the professional circuit from Abba Revival to One Way, Brett proudly accepted the offer to rejoin Complete Madness in 2017, it gives us great pleasure to welcome back Brett.
Brett is sponsored by Evans Drumheads, Promark sticks, and Amedia Cymbals.