Wayne Banks was driven to play bass from an early age by his bass playing uncle and local blues/rock legend Johnny Mayhem. He started playing at the age of 14 and landed his first professional gig at age 20 with the iconic British thrash metal band Sabbat which featured now-acclaimed metal producer Andy Sneap (Megadeth, Killswitch Engage) on guitar. Self-taught for his first six years of playing, Wayne then studied in London with session ace’s Joe Hubbard and Rob Burns, eventually graduating with a Batchelor of music degree from The London College of Music in 2001.
Wayne played bass for Robin Gibb’s solo band from 2003 up until the ‘Bee Gee’ legends tragic death in 2012. Gaining vast experience of worldwide touring, recording, tv and radio appearances. He features on Robin’s 2004 CD/DVD release ‘Robin Gibb Live with the Neue Philarmonie Frankfurt Orchestra’, 2005 double CD release ‘Robin Gibb Magnet tour edition and 2011 release ‘Robin Gibb Live with Danish National Orchestra’.
Wayne has also recorded and toured with legendary producer ‘Micky Most’ at RAK studios, prog rock band Brazen Abbot featuring ex-Rainbow front-man Joe Lynn Turner, German heavy metal band ‘Messiah’s Kiss, original AC/DC front-man Dave Evans, ex-Iron Maiden front-man Blaze Bayley and New York metal band Holy Mother.
Wayne also fronts his own power trio hoof, tours with NWOBHM band Persian Risk and writes and records tv incidental and theme music, as well as a new album with his brother Jason on guitar and New York vocalist Mike Tirelli under the band name ‘Messiah’s Kiss’.