Mark Gritsenko is a singer-songwriter and music producer best known as a leader of a rock band Marakesh.
Formed in 2006 and named by Billboard as “solid and manifestly eclectic sound”, the band soon appeared in the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack, reaching over 1,5 million views on YouTube. This led the band to touring all over Europe, including open air festivals and a support slot for Placebo.
Along with his band work, Mark has been successfully giving music lessons in Berlin and worldwide via Skype.
Started graduating as a vocalist at the Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety Arts
Released debut LP
Released an EP and several music videos followed by a 9-month long tour
Received a vocals degree
Released a second full-length LP
Released a second EP supported with a 20 dates European tour
Featured in the Grand Theft Auto IV video game soundtrack
Performed as an opening act for Placebo
Worked as a music producer for The X Factor show
Provided music for Carling, Watsons and Shake Cocktails commercials
Became an endorser for Shamray Guitars
Started a side project Four Phonica
Performed at Berliner Pilsner Music Award
Provided music to TV shows on RTL, VOX, SAT1 in Germany
Toured over 10 cities of Germany
Started a side project Siamese Youth
Won remix competition of a British synthwave artist Futurecop! and a US record label/network NewRetroWave