Mike Heaton

Born 18 September 1967.


Mike Heaton (born 18 September 1967) is the drummer for the English rock band Embrace. Heaton is from Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire.

He is nicknamed 'Besty' after the original drummer of The Beatles, Pete Best.

He played the clarinet at the beginning of 'Drawn From Memory' (the title track of his band's second album), and also wrote 'Still So Young' (b-side of 'Save Me').

He is also the manager of an up-coming band from Leeds called Anechoic, who despite still being unsigned, have supported his band at some of their biggest gigs to date, including their Forest tour in June 2006 and their 'Glorious Day' gig at the Millennium Square in Leeds.

On 31 October 2005, directly after his band had played a live gig for Radio One in Leeds city centre, he was rushed to hospital to meet his new baby daughter Connie Rose, as he became a father for the second time.

He has recently opened up his own drum school, based in Squirrel Studios, offering private drum lessons to aspiring drummers and he also mentors a number of young bands in the North Yorkshire area. He has also recently co-opened a bar called 'The Hop' in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

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