Markus works as a professional violinist, composer, music producer, and DJ. He was born and raised in Austria and started having fun with a wide variety of instruments at the age of five: violin, drums, percussion, piano, guitar, didgeridoo, composing and conducting. After being trained in classical music for over 15 years, he started playing in rock and blues bands and soon also toured internationally with DJs from around the world.
Markus studied Music Education (violin/drums), Project Management and Music Production at the Anton Bruckner Private University of Linz as well as the Vienna Music Conservatory and took acting classes at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna and the Open Acting Academy. He started composing and producing music professionally in the early 2000s. After creating Animasound (www.animasound.com), he worked as a music producer and sound designer for the movie, film, and computer gaming industry for over a decade and then decided to dedicate more time to his own musical projects.
For many years, Markus toured internationally with his EDM duo Fatmagic (www.fatmagicmusic.com), has released two full studio albums and a couple of EPs, and won multiple awards.
In 2009, Markus moved to San Francisco and two years later to Los Angeles to work as a studio and live musician, composer, music producer, and sound designer. He promotes a whole foods plant-based lifestyle, which he discovered as his way of contributing to a healthy future of our planet.
In 2015, Markus moved to Hawai’i and started playing a variety of dance parties in the jungle under the name MaxFx (www.soundcloud.com/musicbymaxfx) and created Earthlings United (www.earthlings-united.org), a series of events to promote a whole foods plant-based diet and Markus’ three favorite ingredients: regional, seasonal, and organic.
After working on music in Hawai’i over the past 1.5 years, his latest project has formed and received the name Son of Mars. Son of Mars (musicbysonofmars.bandcamp.com) has recently released his debut album “Interdimensional” under the Australian label Merkaba Music by Kalya Scintilla. His performance is essentially DJing with live looping electric violin + didgeridoo. Son of Mars is the space to earth musical manifestation of an ongoing celestial journey throughout the furthest reaches of the cosmos with terrestrial origins in the volcanic jungles of Hawai’i Island.
Influences: Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Reich, Deep Purple, Fatboy Slim, Daft Punk, Apollo 440, Propellerheads, Shpongle, Kalya Scintilla, Trentemoller, H.U.V.A. Network, KiloWatts…
“The Son of Mars has landed. An interdimensional entity, equipped with a 5-string electric violin, a telescopic didgeridoo, and some DJ gear starts live streaming Space to Earth vibes straight into your auditory canals.”
“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” -Salvador Dali