Leyton Greening is an accomplished drummer, recording artist, and teacher, currently based in Auckland. He will help anyone out that he can or lead them to the right person.
Leyton has been a professional drummer for over 30 years. He started out from humble beginnings, and is now regarded as the go-to-guy for live backing performances, having worked with Todd Rundgren, Leo Sayer, Bonnie Tyler, Delta Goodrem, Brooke Fraser, Topp Twins, Stan Walker, Ronan Keating, Annie Crummer, Greg Johnson, and Annabel Fay, to name a few.
Originating from the East Coast of the North Island (Rongomai Wahine), Leyton came from a musical family: his father is an accomplished drummer and singer, and his mother is a singer and keyboard player.
At the young age of 14, Leyton started gigging in the Auckland music scene, backing various artists who were performing the club circuit at the time, including Billy T James, Tom Fields, and Tony Williams.
Leyton eventually auditioned for band gig – a Top 40 Cover Band – on board the SS Oriana cruise ship. He got the gig and stayed with them for nine-and-a-half years.
Leyton later moved onto Australia, gigging in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and the Gold Coast with various Australian artists, including Bill & Boyd, Doug Parkinson, and Street Life.
Leyton later returned to New Zealand, where he co-managed Karamea Studio in Napier. He then moved to Palmerston North, where he taught under-privileged young and old musicians as part of Polytechnic Learning, teaching the students about music theory, practical, stage craft, PA systems, lighting, practice and rehearsal schedules, and instrument maintenance.
In 2014, Leyton and his writing partner, Lois McIver, released an album, Whaia, under Whaia and the Mahician, which was runners up at the 2015 Vodafone Music Awards Music Awards.
Leyton’s recording credits include: Kiri TeKanawa, Topp Twins, Jonathon Cameron, Head Like A hole, and Herbs. He’s also been a regular TV performer, appearing on programs such as Singing Bee, Wanabe A Popstar, Maorioki, X Factor, Fight For Life, TV3 Christmas In The Park, Variety Show, and the first 5 years live to air Dancing With The Stars.