Mark “Moke” Bistany – Drummer/Producer

Drumsmack TV Guest: Mark "Moke" Bistany

Drumsmack TV Guest: Mark “Moke” Bistany

Mark ‘Moke’ Bistany was born on July 9 in Peabody, Massachusetts. At the impressionable age of 15, with the music of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Rush, and Van Halen ricocheting inside of his head like a pinball machine, it was the defining time where he would make his career choice.

Watch Mark “Moke” Bistany on Drumsmack TV Episode 89

Drums were his first choice while in the Peabody High School band, however over the years Moke has acquired a bit of bass experience and also plays the piano by ear.

Moke passion was encouraged early on by some well-known drummers including: Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs, Steve Morse Band, Winger), Jonathan Mover (Joe Satriani, Aretha Franklin, GTR), and Gary Chaffee (teacher to Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta). Moke attended Berklee College of Music on a full scholarship, staying there for six months.

The time had come for a more prominent move to gain mainstream exposure which began in 1984 with a band named Tyrus with many bands in between, including the Switzerland-based rock band Mud Slick in 1993.

Mark Moke Bistany

Mark “Moke” Bistany

Moke joined the band Impelletteri in 1992, which was led by the band’s namesake, guitarist Chris Impellitteri. Moke appeared on Impelletteri’s 1993 EP Victim of the System under the label JVC Entertainment in Japan. He then went on to play a two-month gig with Lenny Kravitz in 1994. In 1996, he joined a new band called Cellophane, becoming a staple in the Los Angeles area performing at local hotspots The Whisky, The Troubadour, The Roxy, and even scoring an opening spot at a surprise show by Rage Against The Machine at The Dragonfly.

Cellophane had reached a recording deal and had been signed to Virgin Records, and subsequently released their self-titled debut CD in the fall of 1997. They eventually disbanded, after years of touring. In 2000, Moke worked as the Music Director for rapper DMX. Then in 2001 came OTEP, which was put together with Moke’s assistance in less than two weeks. In six months the band landed a record contract. Moke’s time with OTEP, he appeared two of their albums: Jihad EP (2001) and Sevas tra (art saves) in 2002. Moke joined HED in 2004 and appeared on two of their albums. He joined Puddle of Mudd in 2005 and left in 2007.

These days, Moke spends most of his time producing.

Watch Mark “Moke” Bistany on Drumsmack TV Episode 33


3 Comments

  1. David Clement January 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Mark “Moke” Bistany is one of the greatest drummers ever! Mark Bistany has a groove and style that crosses punk into the wildest urban stylistics!

    MARK BISTANY is the man!!

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    • Brad Crowell February 3, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      Heck yeah David. We’ve had a blast getting to know Moke!

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  2. Fabian Giametti February 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    Thanks for the Interview with Mark Bistany. Really, Moke was the secret weapon of Puddle of Mudd and I wish he would go back with that band. It is wild to think how drummers like Mark are so good.. but they are still “underground”. Keep up the great work Jeff!

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