Marcel Rodríguez-López

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Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez
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Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez in 2008
Background information
Birth name Marcellus Rodriguez-Lopez
Also known as Eureka the Butcher
Born (1983-09-29) September 29, 1983 (age 30)
Bayamón, Puerto Rico
Genres Progressive rock
Experimental rock
Psychedelic rock
Electronica
Salsa
Occupations Musician, Drummer, Percussionist, Keyboardist
Instruments Synthesizer
Clavinet
Bongos
Congas
Maracas
Shekere
Drums
Associated acts The Mars Volta, Zechs Marquise, Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Thieves of Always, Funeral Party

Marcellus (Marcel) Rodríguez-López (born September 29, 1983) is a multi-instrumentalist musician and younger brother of Omar Rodríguez-López. He is best known as the keyboardist and percussionist of The Mars Volta and the drummer for Zechs Marquise. He also produces electronic music under the moniker Eureka the Butcher.

Biography[edit]

Marcel has been noted as to playing the bongos, congas, drums, cymbals, Maracas, keyboards and shekere.

He formerly played in the band Thieves Of Always, which is led by Ralph Jasso, who was a member of The Mars Volta (led by his elder brother Omar) on tour in 2002. He joined The Mars Volta mid-tour in 2003 at Omar's request. Since then Marcel has been the constant member of The Mars Volta and the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. For a few years he contributed only percussion to both bands, then later became the keyboardist for both. He is also a founding member of El Paso band Zechs Marquise, which includes his brothers Marfred on bass and Rikardo on keyboards and trumpet; he initially played keyboards and percussion but switched to drums after the band's original drummer left. Since his brother Rikardo joined Zechs Marquise, Marcel is now solely drums for the band.

Marcel also played live with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2006 during their North American tour (for which The Mars Volta was the support act), contributing bongos to "Hump de Bump" and congas to "Charlie." He has also appeared along with the band for the Gnarls Barkley tour, playing nearly every song of the set, starting with the Dallas show, January 13, through the Sunrise, Florida show on January 31, 2007. Marcel also played clavinet during performances of "Warlocks," which was originally played by Billy Preston on the studio recording of Stadium Arcadium.

In addition Marcel has acted in his brother Omar's film The Sentimental Engine Slayer.[1]

At a show of Zechs Marquise, Marcel had this position on fast playing musicians: "You see some guys playing their death metal, but they play really soft with the volume turned up loud to play fast. That doesn't take as much skill as playing loud and fast. If you can play loud and fast, that's a whole new level".

Omar Rodríguez-López recently spoke out about the relationship with him and his brother:

Because of our age difference I didn't really get to know him because I left home at a very young age. We're eight years apart and I dropped out of school and left home when I was seventeen, so he was very small. When I finally came back to the family structure and made amends then I was always on tour. And so I got to discover my brother by inviting him into the band. It was sort of always the idea that I would bring him into the factory eventually. When I did that's how I got to know him - through being on the road and being on tour.[2]

Discography[edit]

Solo (as Eureka the Butcher)[edit]

  • Music for Mothers (2013)[3]

With The Mars Volta[edit]

With Omar Rodríguez-López[edit]

With Zechs Marquise[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

External links[edit]

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