Ali Mac is a drummer, percussionist, contemporary dance accompanist, workshop leader, S.E.N.D. music practitioner and session musician, based in Manchester, UK.

Career highlights include:

Signed to Virgin/EMI Records in 2014 as a co-writer and drummer for Zimbabwean soul artist ‘Thabo’.

Became an official Ludwig Drums Artist in 2017.

Became an official Istanbul Agop Cymbals Artist in 2019.

Percussionist in Disney's The Lion King - UK Tour 2022 (dep)

Accompanist at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Performed in the BBC Radio1 Live Lounge.

Reached #2 in the iTunes Jazz Album charts with "Flight" by John Waugh's (The 1975).

Graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2009 - BA (hons) Degree in Jazz Studies.​

As well as a career in performance, he is proud to be a musician/accompanist at the prestigious Northern School of Contemporary Dance, accompanying technique classes in contemporary dance and ballet, at FE, BA and MA levels as well as performances. He's also accompanied Rambert on tour during their residency at the Manchester International Festival.

Ali proudly represents a number of music charities, as a music practitioner and mentor, using music to help young people with multiple disabilities and complex needs to express themselves and communicate through music.

Performed | Recorded with:

John Waugh (The 1975),  Judge Jules Live, 

Thabo (Idris Elba, Naughty Boy), 

Disney's The Lion King UK Tour,

Gentleman's Dub Club, Submotion Orchestra, Renegade Brass Band,

Keith Allen, Luz (Corrigan), The Lottery Winners,

Sam Vicary (Cinematic Orchestra, Hunrosa),

The Demon Barbers (BBC Folk Awards Winners).

Back Chat Brass, Gary Stuart’s Graceland.


Ludwig Drums | Istanbul Agop Cymbals.


Sessions & 
Sample packs

Sample Packs BUNDLE:

All 354 unique samples are available as a 4 pack bundle for "Pay As You Feel".

 Contact Ali to receive the full bundle Zip file & PayPal details..

HAND PERC: 43x unique hand percussion hits, scrapes, grooves and one-shots.

CLAPS & CLICKS: 43x unique hand clap and click samples | 38x soul-clap stacks.

BELLS & SHELLS :54x ambient sound effects, dry and with effects.

CONGAS & BONGOS:100x conga fills & grooves | 10x bongo fills | 50x timbale hits & fills | 3x conga improvisations.

Bespoke sessions:

Ali's unique sample packs are for your enjoyment and to use in your songs, recordings and productions.

If, however your track is at a different tempo, or you need something more specific adding to your music,

you can contact Ali to organise a bespoke remote recording session.

Recent clients include:

Westwood Instruments | John Waugh (The 1975) | Luz

Marlow Gospel Choir | Nick Hobs (The Human League) | Thabo.


& Training

Ali thoroughly enjoys and is very proud to represent a number of music charities based in the UK. He acts as a music leader and mentor for Live Music Now and as a lead artist & music practitioner for Jessie's Fund and Olympias Music Foundation.

Ali uses his knowledge of music and experience of working in SEND settings to create musical activities that can be used to help aide the self expression and communication of young people with severe learning difficulties and profound needs.

Over the past 11 years Ali has visited hundreds of SEND schools, as well as young offenders prisons, medium secure units, adult day centres, nursing homes and interactive performances.












Past outreach projects include:

S.E.N.D. group music making.

One-to-one creative interaction.

Music for communication.

Long term residencies.

Staff training.

Team building days.

Drumming workshops.

Composition and songwriting workshops.

Recent clients include:

Rockschool UK - National workshop Tours.

NYMAZ - Samba workshops.

Suffolk Music Service - Staff training day.

Beat Autism - ASD music residency.