Name: Jerome Marcus
Location: London, UK
First MSI: Appearance: 15th February 2015
Profile: With a background as a successful session musician, Jerome Marcus is one of the country’s leading ‘fixers’ specialising in providing consultancy services to the music industry.
He has a vast range of experience having joined the music instrument industry in 1990 with Arbiter Group Ltd. He has worked in Artist Relations for companies including Sabian, Vic Firth, Remo, Gretsch, Gibraltar, Toca, Latin Percussion and Arbiter AT.
His working relationships with drum artists include Dave Weckl (Session Great), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Jo Jo Mayer (Nerve), Alan White (Oasis), Daniel Erlandsson (Arch Enemy) and many more. He is also responsible for adding new blood drummers to various companies endorser roster as Karl Brazil (James Blunt), Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse), Ian Matthews (Kasabian), Pete Ray Biggin (Mark Ronson) and his reputed associations continue to scale the heights of the industry.
He has also been involved in organising product placements with such prestigious brands as Madame Tussaud’s, Levi’s, Selfridges and Harrods; he has also worked extensively with TV media, including arranging competitions with MTV and Kerrang! TV, and has been responsible for organising the supply of product for incorporation in such household TV advertising as EON and Weetabix adverts. Music magazines such as Metal Hammer, Kerrang! and Rocksound, together with mobile phone company Orange, further round out his past clientele.
As a musician himself, Jerome ‘started hitting things’ at the tender age of six years when his grandfather bought him his first drum kit. He played in several bands on the pub circuit and recorded jingles for the local radio station Plymouth Sound before moving to London in 1981 and joining the Johnny Mars Blues Band, who supported Wang Chung, Haircut 100, Cutting Crew, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, The Fix and many more throughout the 80’s. In 1998, he joined The Sweet after singer Brian Connoly died and toured for a few years with Slade. Jermone currently plays with fellow MSI: Panelist Sam Kelly in “Station House” and also has a video project called Mad Bad & Dangerous with Spike Webb, (available on YouTube) which consists of a series of interviews documenting the fun side of a drummer’s journey through their career. Jerome is also a brand ambassador for Carrera Drums, working closely with another MSI: Panelist Dave Carrera.