Francesco Mendolia studied at the Academy of Music, Santa Cecilia, in Rome Italy and later refined his technique under the tutelage of influential international drum players such as; Bernard Purdie, Clyde Stubblefield, Billy Cobham, Horacio Hernandez, Dennis chambers, Gavin Harrison, Bobby Durham, Tommy Campbell, Peter Erskine, Gene Jackson, Dave Weckl, Ian Paice and Mel Gaynor.
Francesco has performed with an impressive array of renowned artists such as The Ennio Morricone Orchestra, Imagination and Leee John, Jack Savoretti, Atmosfear, Maysa Leak, Jocelyn Brown, Leon Ware, Mario Biondi, Sun Energy and El Topo. In 2008, Francesco became the resident drummer of Incognito – with whom he has toured extensively and has recorded on 4 studio albums. He is also currently the drummer in the touring Michael Jackson musical ‘Thriller Live‘.
In 2008, Matt Cooper recommended that Bluey check him out. Francesco took Bluey’s advise to move to the UK and with the help of Matt set up camp in London where he proceeded to expand his musical horizons and establishing himself as one of the most sought after on the European scene today. “He is a hard working dynamic character with boundless energy” says Bluey.
Francesco has also helped to create a more vibrant music scene in London as he spearheads his now legendary jams sessions at the Caipirinha Bar in Archway. The sessions showcases London’s finest musicians and singers alongside all the new faces we should be looking out for. Francesco Mendolia aka the Facebook Killer, aka the Chewing Gum Assassin… Nuff said!