Ian Mosley

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Ian Mosley
Ian Mosley onstage with Marillion at their 2009 weekend festival in Montreal, Canada.
Ian Mosley onstage with Marillion at their 2009 weekend festival in Montreal, Canada.
Background information
Born (1953-06-16) 16 June 1953 (age 68)
GenresNeo-progressive rock
Years active1975 – present
WebsiteIan Mosley's page at the Marillion website

Ian F. Mosley (born 16 June 1953, Paddington, London, England) is an English drummer. He is best known for his long-time membership of the neo-progressive rock band Marillion, which he joined for their second album, Fugazi, released in 1984. He had previously been an in-demand session drummer. Mosley's abilities have been widely praised, including by former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, Meshuggah drummer Tomas Haake and critic John Franck of AllMusic. Modern Drummer has characterised him as a "drumming great".[1]


Early life[edit]

Mosley studied percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under teacher Gilbert Webster and, aged 18, played in the orchestra for the musical Hair.[2] His first professional band was Darryl Way's Wolf.[3] Mosley played drums for former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett, both on two of his solo studio albums and on tour. He played for Gordon Giltrap.[2][4] He also played on the 1975 album Birds by Dutch band Trace.


Mosley joined Marillion in 1984 after a long search for a replacement for drummer and founding member Mick Pointer, who had left the band acrimoniously in 1983. He was the fifth drummer to play for Marillion and was frontman Fish's choice for the role, who had been unhappy with the band's previous drummers. Music critic John Franck stated Mosley's "spot-on drumming was the perfect foil for Marillion's meticulous musicianship".[5] He is still a member of Marillion.

Other projects[edit]

In 2001, Mosley joined saxophonist Ben Castle, son of entertainer Roy Castle, and they recorded a jazz-themed album together, Postmankind. The album also featured guest performances by John Etheridge, Steve Hackett and Marillion members Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas.[6]

Mosley played on fellow Marillion bandmate Pete Trewavas' and Eric Blackwood's Edison's Children album In The Last Waking Moments..., playing drums on the epic 16 minute "The Awakening".

Musical style[edit]

Mosley's drumming skills have been praised by Steve Hackett, who has described him as "a phenomenal drummer" and "phenomenally fast". He has also said that Mosley's economy on the drums is "every bit the equal" to Phil Collins, Hackett's former Genesis bandmate.[7]

Mosley has been cited as an influence by Tomas Haake, drummer of Swedish extreme metal band Meshuggah.[8]

Mosley has stated that he enjoys "playing arrangements kind of in a classical format, which is in movements" but, despite his membership of several progressive rock bands over the course of his career, he does not believe in music labels and distances himself from the "progressive label" that "involves lyrics that quote dancing gnomes, Stonehenge and fairytales, etc."[9]

Mosley's drumming is the subject of a book, A guide to the unique drumming style of Ian Mosley - Marillion's Heartbeat, written by drummer and Marillion fan, Mark Pardy.[10]

In 2019, Mosley published his collected memoirs under the title Do I Owe You Money? - The Collected Memoirs Of Ian Mosley.[11]


  1. ^ Sneddon, Monty (26 August 2007). "Ian Mosley of Marillion". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Ian Mosley, Information & Solo Projects". Marillion. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  3. ^ "10 Questions For Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley". Jem Freelance Writing. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Marillion Biography". Billboard. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. ^ Franck, John. "Fugazi". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Postmankind". Marillion. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Steve Hackett Re-Revisits Genesis". Modern Drummer. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2014.
  8. ^ Hill, Gemma. "Interview with Tomas Haake". mikedolbear.com. Archived from the original on 11 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  9. ^ Dunphy, D.W. (11 February 2008). "Popdose Interview: Ian Mosley of Marillion". Popdose. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  10. ^ Pardy, Mark (2015). Ian Mosley - Marillion's Heartbeat. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN 978-1500956851.
  11. ^ Mosley, Ian; Wistow, Georgina (2019). 'Do I Owe You Money? - The Collected Memoirs Of Ian Mosley. Wizofmos Publishing.

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