Liam Mackenzie |

Liam Mackenzie

Liam Mackenzie

Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths, Downtown Mischief

Canadian drummer/percussionist Liam Mackenzie grew up in the country north of Montreal with musician parents, surrounded with instruments and a great record collection consisting of anything from The Police to Earth Wind & Fire. He got his first used drum set on his 13th birthday after trying to decide whether to take up the drums or electric bass. His father played congas and got to open for Santana back in the day and his mother is a multi instrumentalist & teacher who grew up singing, playing piano and guitar from a young age as well. Luckily there was no shortage of musical influence or support in his upbringing.
Liam was self taught until he was fortunate enough to study with Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr (one of Dizzy Gillespie's drummers) while studying music at Vanier college in Montreal. He moved out west to British Columbia at age 19 and has called BC home ever since. He is now based in Tofino on Vancouver Island where he plays with two original bands out of Victoria BC, Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths (reggae) and Downtown Mischief (funk, hip hop, jazz) as well as part time in a local cover band and seasonal work playing with the local choir. Liam currently has some private lesson students and teaches upon request. Playing drums has always been a big motivation and a very important part of his life in keeping him spiritually connected, through life's ups and downs the drums have always been there for him as a source of deep fulfillment.

Most recent recordings include:

Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths (single “Crazy People”) 2019
Downtown Mischief (Comin' Thru Slidin') 2018 Tracks 3,5,11,13
Caleb Hart & The Royal Youths EP (Origination) 2017
Kalua Moa (Post Contact) 2014

Other bands/artists that Liam has played with over the years include:

Bullfrog featuring Kid Koala
Parkside Jones
Kalua Moa (Hawaii)
Buckman Coe
Tasman Jude
Still Watah (Hawaii)
The Novamatics

Bands/artists that Liam has opened for (direct support) include:

Toots and the Maytals
Morgan Heritage
Clinton Fearon
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Mat the Alien
Five Alarm Funk
Tribal Theory
Revival (Hawaii)
True Press
Jah Cutta & The Determination Band
Bif Naked
Saul Williams

My Soultone Set: 

14" Vintage Old School Patina Hi Hats
20" Abby Ride
18" FXO6 Crash
18" Abby Crash
16" Abby Crash (modified)
8" Latin Splash