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Born in Newport Beach, California, but traveling all over the entire West Coast, Marcus is a one man band, DJ, MC, Singer, Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer.
Selling over 1,000 CD's on his own, Marcus has been busking didgeridoo, percussion, guitar, and singing for a living since 2007. A five year stay in Joshua Tree had Marcus happily learning Didgeridoo, percussion, and starting a few bands. The perfect antidote for the Jazz/Classical focused community college he'd just left behind to pursue his dreams.
A regular player at World Famous Pike's Place Market and Folklife in Seattle for many years, Marcus mixes up a wide variety of styles from Hip Hop, EDM, Reggae Dub, Funk, + World Music (everything they don't teach in college…).
Marcus is an experienced MC/freestyler, multi-instrumentalist, live looper (RC-50), and beatboxer.
Many West Coast festival performances such as Fairieworlds, Oregon Country Fair, Mystic Garden, Beloved, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree Didgeridoo Festival, Pike's Place Market and Pike's Place Market Busker fest (Seattle), Northwest Folklife, Seattle Hempfest, Capitol Hill Block Party w/ the Weed Bus, Olympia Hempfest, Eugene Hempfest, Jefferson state Hemp Festival, Ashland Summer Music Festival, Reggae in the Trees, Selma Circus, Indijinus, Chuckwalla, Sagefest, Apple Jam, Jefferson State Hemp Expo, Takilma Barter Fair, Midsummer's Dream, the Ashland Music Festival, and the Northwest Reggae Fest.
A few recent highlights include drumming for Alcyon Massive's sets, drums 4 Gaudi's Dub set, didgeridoo with Hope @ OCF (Nahko/Medicine for the People). Percussion for The Cultivators, Ras David, Alcyon Massive. There have been many spontaneous stage appearances freestyling with Jah Sun, Mista Chief, Evton B (Indubious), Alcyon Massive, Marko, and Frankie Hernandez. Marcus has performed several performances with legendary percussionist Brent Lewis, and guitarist Clive Wright (Cock Robin) at many venues in Joshua Tree as the band Tribe Zero. He's also played with Ganga Giri, percussion/didge w/Tyler Spencer, didgeridoo w/ David Blonski, Arjuna, beatbox/MC/Radioactive/Flowerbox - (Michael Franti), Victoria Williams/guitar, drums/Alcyon Massive, drums/Nelly's Echo, and as beatbox/cypher leader.
Marcus has also played many different instruments for many bands: Prema Mayi/Vedic/Qetesh/Sister Molly Rose, 100 Watt Mind. Keys for the Southern Oregon hip Hop collective with Matty T from Indubious. Didgeridoo at the Beloved festival for Liquid Fire Mantra...later joined by DJ Cheb I Sabbah spinning an epic set.
Marcus was a regular performer in Joshua tree for almost five years. Also he served as housekeeper to the Joshua Tree Inn where he met his throat singing teacher. Taking care of Gram Parson's old room served as a haunting and inspiring time in his life. Marcus also performed at the first Joshua Tree Music Festival with 'Capatain Soularcat' and later "Kundalini Rising" and was a lead in the "overtone singing choir" with Arjuna. Also at the Joshua Tree Didgeridoo festival he regularly was a performer and host of the Open Mic/Jam stage. In Cailifornia his moniker was Mark Zero, with a short lived supergroup titled "Tribe Zero". Clive Wright from Cock Robin was a solid contributor. Marcus has been playing the Oregon Spring Fair in Roseburg for five years. He plays regularly with many of the world's best didgeridoo players.
He's currently producing with Ableton Live, Logic, Maschine, and RC-50 loop station, DL-4 delay, and the Traktor control S4, tons of plugins, plus Melodyne, Waves, Ohmietc. Marcus rarely ever uses pre-made loops. Full SAIL Summer Intensive NSGW graduate. MIDI Lab Assistant 'Digital Performer' - Riverside Community College 1995-97.
Marcus began piano at age 3 at the Yamaha music school. He spent most of his early years (8 to 17 reading, drawing, writing poetry, and short stories with ambitions to be a professional writer. Seeing the limitations with a career in poetry,and after watching the Doors, he decided to focus more on music.Marcus performed at the Joshua Tree Music Festival with "Kundalini Rising" and was a main vocalist in the "overtone singing choir". Also at the Joshua Tree Didgeridoo festival he regularly was a performer. He hosted the open mic stage there for years. There he was called Mark Zero, and a group formed magically one day called "Tribe Zero".
Marcus attended the National guitar Workshop for many years. Finally completing a week intensive with Full Sail's summer recording course.
More private guitar lessons followed, lot's of practice, as well as community college.
In college (Riverside, CA) he studied music theory, MIDI/recording/jazz improv, classical guitar, choir and vocal lessons. He played jazz guitar in the school band, percussion in the orchestra, and classical guitar in the ensemble. He worked in the MIDI computer lab for a years as a tutor.
At home he studied even more to fill in the gaps- getting funky, learning reggae, motown, hip hop, dub, rock n' roll. electronica, and recording mostly with Digital Performer. He learned the art of jamming from the young rockers in jam bands that were attending school
Eventually he dropped out, sick of stuck up, bitter, not-cool Jazz/Classical music teachers, and tuned completely into making the music and art he really wanted to. Leaving the city behind he ventured biblically into the desert for five years. Music then found him.
In Joshua Tree he discovered world music, didgeridoo, hand percussion, and the art of yoga/meditation- the missing links.
He performed at the Joshua Tree Music Festival with "Kundalini Rising" Also at the Joshua Tree Didgeridoo festival he regularly was a performer. He hosted the open mic stage there for years. There he was called Mark Zero, and a group formed magically one day called "Tribe Zero".
Marcus has also played handdrums alongside DJ's for many ecstatic dances