Mark Gritsenko is a singer-songwriter and music producer best known as a leader of a rock band Marakesh.

Called by Billboard Russia as “solid and manifestly eclectic sound”, Marakesh’s music is influenced by the 90s alternative rock, combining overdriven guitars with electronic soundscapes and emotionally charged vocals. Originally from Ukraine, the band is now based in Berlin.

Formed in 2006, the band soon appeared in the Grand Theft Auto IV video game soundtrack and actively toured throughout Europe. In addition to headline shows and festival appearances, they performed as an opening act for Placebo. To date, Marakesh released two full length albums and two EPs.

Along with his band work, Mark has been successfully giving private music lessons in Berlin and worldwide via Skype.



Started graduating as a vocalist at the Kyiv Municipal Academy of Variety Arts.


Started an indie rock band Marakesh.

Released a debut album.


Released an EP and several music videos followed by a 9-month long tour.

Received a vocals degree.


Released a second full-length album.


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.

Launched an interactive project #Songblitz.

At the moment actively touring Germany.