Mel Gaynor (UK)
#Simple Minds, Robert Palmer

Paiste Artist Since Feb 2010



Mel Gaynor was born on the 29th May 1960 in Balham, South London, UK. With a mix of Brazilian, English and Jamaican blood, Mel is a true international artist.

Mel grew up in Colliers Wood, attending Rutlish School foor boys in Merton.

Mel started playing at the age of 11 with his Mom's knitting needles. He owned his first small drumkit at 12. At 15 he owned his first professional drumkit.

On leaving school he started his first tour with The Flirtations. He also joined Gonzales and his first band involvement with Birmingham band Muscles.

Starting to record on the Brit funk scene in the 80's with bands such as: Lynx, Central-Line, Heatwave and as a member of Light of the World. Mel has played along top acts such as: Elton John, Tina Turner, Samson, The Associates, The Pretenders, Robert Palmer and many more.

As we all know he's a band member with Simple Minds and Light of the World, along with beginning his adventures as a solo artist.

Mel Gaynor got into the network of clinics and masterclasses. Among his activities and all the styles, he's been playing along the years, Mel is exploring new dimensions with his new band, The Fusion Project, created with a French keyboard-player: Stéphane Deriau-Reine.