Dave Marks is one of the UK’s top bass players. With a deep love of songwriting and composition, he fuses a deep sense of groove with an ear catching melodic approach to the instrument.
Currently working as a freelance bassist, over the last twenty years Dave has toured, gigged, recorded and guested with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Robert Plant, Rick Parfitt, Carl Palmer, Mel C, Hurts, Paul Young, Wishbone Ash, Martin Fry (ABC), The Drifters, Lou Gramm (Foreigner), Simon McBride, Jo Harman, Rick Parfitt Jr, Belinda Carlisle, Bonnie Tyler, Carol Decker (T’Pau), Nik Kershaw, Odyssey, Kim Wilde, Nick Hayward (Haircut 100), Pete Cox (Go West), Jason Donovan, Les McKeown (Bay City Rollers), Nick Van Eede (Cutting Crew), The Real Thing, Ola Onabule, Stanon Moore, Kirk Fletcher, Denny Illet, Dusty Ciggaar, Boo Hewerdine, Paul Carrack, D:Ream and many more.
Dave is also a versatile multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, arranger, engineer and mixer. An experienced studio musician, he has worked on both sides of the glass, bringing musicality and a wide-ranging skill set to all of the sessions that he’s been involved in.
Dave has written extensively for Bass Guitar Magazine, starting as a gear reviewer, before moving on to interviews (including quite a few cover features) and eventually establishing a long running series of monthly columns, covering technique, styles and melodic bass playing.
He has also worked as an educator for many years, teaching, delivering masterclasses and writing courses at diploma, degree and Masters levels in a number of internationally respected institutions including The Guitar Institute, Guitar X, The Academy of Music and Sound, Thames Valley University, London College of Music and Media, University of Chichester and The International Guitar Foundation.
Dave proudly endorses EBS amps and pedals and Elixir strings.