Meet Mark Marxon, a musician hailing from Australia who has a great outlook on life. He’s seen plenty of highs (and some of the lows), but keeps his head high while he makes his living playing music.
Mark is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of January 27, 2014.
A lucky start found me in the music biz as my first “real” band landed a solid record deal with INXS’ Garry Beers’ record company. I experienced airplay on radio and TV, was given two basses from G&L and was made a public sponsor. But as a lot of stories like this one goes, the band broke up… no more record deal… no more sponsorship… But I still had music and I still had the bass guitar to keep me company.
I kept playing and touring whereever I could and finally decided to study music at University. I also studied with Steve Hunter (Chick Corea/leading Australian bassist) for six months. Now I have finished my BMUS degree at Newcastle Uni and enjoy being a fulltime musician who supports his family with only music.
I am currently teaching, creating my first Ep as a band leader, finishing my Bass e-book and enjoying being an in demand session player in NSW Australia. It doesn’t come easy, and you have to hustle every day, but being a musician is truly the greatest privilege to me and I thank the universe every day for allowing me to continue!
Newcastle, NSW, Australia
14 years, but I’ve been playing music for 23 years now
Bands & Gigs:
I play in a few acts, work as a session player and live in the studio. I gig twice a week on average, sometimes more.
- Lakland 55-02
- Warwick basses
- Jazz basses
I like lots of different gear but I’m very fond of 4-string basses
Why I play the bass:
I got offered some work as a bass player, and as soon as I played one I was instantly hooked! I decided to make it my main instrument straight away.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
The amount of good luck I have! The bass gods always provide me with talented musos to play with… haha.
Every interaction or thought I have on this planet influences me musically.