Years active 1995–present
|Name Mark Hamilton|
|Origin Truro, Cornwall, England|
Genres Rock, pop, heavy metal, emo
Instruments Electric and acoustic guitar, vocals, drums
Labels Warner Bros. Records, ICC/Elevation
Role Guitarist · markhamilton.org.uk
Associated acts Josh Doyle, Vicky Beeching, Doug Walker, Martyn Layzell, Miriam Jones
Record label Warner Bros. Records
Mark Hamilton is a British lead guitarist who plays for UK rock band Quench, (ICC Records). He has also played for Warner Bros’ Top 40 artist Doug Walker and features on Doug’s debut album Fear Together (2009) (produced by Danton Supple – producer of Coldplay’s X&Y etc.) as well as ex Dum Dums frontman Josh Doyle in the USA, Vicky Beeching and Martyn Layzell (Survivor Records). He has also appeared with various other artists for TV and recording sessions including Italian superstar Elisa, on the same bill as Destiny's Child at an MTV Live event. His most recent tour is as part of Josh Doyle's band on his current UK tour in May 2009.
His nickname 'Magic' originates from a Doug Walker radio session on Dermot O'Leary's BBC Radio 2 show, where O'Leary referred to Hamilton as 'Magic' after misreading his name on a handwritten note.
Other projects Mark has been linked to include Breakbeat/Punk/Thrash band Psalmistry, pop band TVB and comedy 70s Funk/Disco covers band The Mojo Collective.
Mark Hamilton was born in Truro, Cornwall, England and lived in Newquay, Cornwall for the first few years of his life. His family then moved to Alton, Hampshire where at the age of 16 he taught himself to play guitar. His first real taste of playing in bands was on The University of Exeter band scene, where he won the award for best guitarist two years running at the Battle of the Bands competition. He graduated from Exeter University with a Law Degree, a qualification he has never used as he has played guitar professionally since graduating. He has lived much of his adult life in Oxford and has also been involved in the Oxford music scene. Mark also has a Diploma in Contemporary Music (with Honours) from the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford).
Endorsements: Mesa/Boogie, Line 6, Picato Musicians Strings, Pedal Train Cases.
Plus guest appearances on recordings by Psalmistry and Freeslave