Mike Hellier was born and raised in London. He was introduced to music from an early age. Some of his fondest memories are of his father - a very accomplished classical pianist - playing the piano thereby igniting his interest and fascination with music.
At 7, Mike began playing the violin and then the piano but the turning point in his musical direction came when, at the tender age of 11, he saw Freddie King opening for Eric Clapton and felt deeply connected and captivated by the blues. Shortly afterwards he went along to a Led Zeppelin gig in Earl’s Court and was so moved by the drumming of John Bonham that from that point on he found himself on an unstoppable mission with the drums.
Over the years Mike has developed a formidable double shuffle technique by studying Latin rhythms. This enables him to have the finger technique and control to really swing with a full range of dynamics so appreciated by American blues artists.
Mike has played with Mike Scott from the Waterboys and toured and recorded extensively with some wonderful artists including James Hunter, Johnny Thunders, Sherman Robertson and many more. He has spent the last five years touring Europe with the eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield, appearing with Mud on ‘Later with Jools Holland’ in November 2012 with Jools himself guesting on piano.
Mike is currently touring extensively with Mud and has been hand-picked by Mike Vernon, the legendary blues producer, to be a part of his touring band ‘The Mighty Combo’ which begins touring in the Summer of 2015.