German Drummer Marco Minnemann was born in 1970 and started playing drums at the early age of seven. When he was thirteen he was hired to play his first tour as a professional drummer. Later on, Frank Zappa's music became his biggest influence and he started to take lessons from drummer Abbey Raidar (Blood, Sweat and Tears). Later on Marco joined several major German acts like the crossover band "Freaky Fuckin' Weirdoz", rocksinger "Nina Hagen", fusionband "The Kick", and the very successful crossover band "H-Blockx". Marco joined this latter band in 1997, replacing initial drummer Mason (real name: Johann-Christoph Maass) but departing in 1999. He was replaced by Steffen Wilmking. During 1997-1999, Marco and H-Blockx played over 200 gigs together.
In 1995 two fateful things happened to Marco: His band "Illegal Aliens" released their first CD "The Golden Dolphine", and he started to endorse Meinl Cymbals.
Marco kept on composing and recording his own music and consequently his band "Illegal Aliens" released their album "Red Alibis" in 1997, followed by "The Green Mindbomb" and "Time" in 1998. Marco played numerous Meinl Clinic Tours all over Germany, including the International Frankfurt Musikmesse in the years 1998/1999/2000. His popularity increased rapidly and soon he became one of Europe's hottest and most gifted new drummers.
In 1999 Marco got invited to play the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in New Jersey, USA and.....