Electric Freestyle Violinist
Markus 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. An interdimensional entity, equipped with a 5-string electric violin, a telescopic didgeridoo, and a loop station starts live streaming Space to Earth vibes straight into your auditory canals.
His unique style is a well-balanced blend of improvised performance, inspired by elements of his musical career and iconic artists, such as Jean-Luc Ponty, Andrew Bird, Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Reich, Jimi Hendrix, and Miles Davis.
Based out of Hawai'i, Markus Mars has consistently produced music that pushes the genre-specific boundaries of what music could/should be.
Jean-Luc Ponty, Andrew Bird, Nigel Kennedy, Mark O'Connor, Johann Sebastian Bach, Steve Reich, Shpongle, Michał Urbaniak, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Vassar Clements, Miles Davis.
Markus Mars is an electric freestyle violinist and live looping artist based on the island of Hawai'i.
Markus Mars, born as Markus Fahrenberger, is a multi-genre violinist, music composer, drummer, music producer, DJ, creative thinker, blogger and plant-based food lover.
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, touring with several Symphonic Orchestras and Chamber Orchestras, he started playing the drums and electric violin in rock and blues bands. Markus soon discovered his passion for electronic music and started performing and touring internationally with DJs from around the world.
Markus studied Music Education, Project Management and Music Production at the Anton Bruckner Private University of Linz as well as the Vienna Music Conservatory. To improve stage presence, he took acting classes at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna and the Open Acting Academy.
He worked as a professional music producer and sound designer for the gaming and film industry in the 2000s before moving to San Francisco, CA.
Since 2008, Markus toured internationally with his EDM duo Fatmagic, who he released three albums with and worked with Grammy-winning audio engineers Warren Huart and Evren Goknar at Capitol Records in Los Angeles. Together with Radina Veliova, the band won multiple awards and promotes a conscious lifestyle and plant-based whole foods diet.
After touring 30 countries with more than 50 bands and playing more than 3000 shows, Markus moved to Hawai'i in 2015 and started playing a variety of dance parties in the jungle under the name MaxFx. He founded Earthlings United, a series of events to promote a plant-based lifestyle. Earthlings United became the manifestation of his yearlong passion to create fairness through awareness by thinking things through and is now a blog and lifestyle community.
Combining his newly discovered passion for DJing with live looping violin and didgeridoo, his solo project came to life. In 2017, the Son of Mars has recently released his debut album “Interdimensional” under the Australian label Merkaba Music by Kalya Scintilla. 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. 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.
Markus creates his unique sound with a variety of electric and acoustic violins along with digital effects, effect pedals, and loop stations. Since 2012, his favorite instrument is a 5-string Ned Steinberger violin and a variety of effects and amp combinations, depending on the genre.