Mark Wilson (musician)

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Mark Wilson
Birth name Mark Spartacus Wilson
Born August 1980
Origin Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Genres Indie, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, Jeweller
Instruments Bass, piano, harmonica, backing vocals, percussion, synthesiser, sampler
Years active 2001–2012, 2016-present
Associated acts The CA$inos, Jet, DamnDogs, Peter Garrett
Notable instruments
Fender Precision bass guitar

Mark Spartacus Wilson (born August 1980) is an Australian musician, originally from Geelong.[1][2] From 2002 to 2012 he was the bass guitarist of the Melbourne-based rock band, Jet.[3][4] He was asked to join them by three founding members, Nic Cester, Chris Cester and Cameron Muncey, but initially refused out of loyalty to his then-current group, The CA$inos. Days later he rang up Muncey and the Cesters and agreed to join their group instead.

Wilson plays a vintage Fender Precision, in either sunburst or white, with a pick. Wilson also plays piano on some tracks ("Look What You've done", "Seventeen", "She Holds a Grudge"), and occasional percussion, samples, synthesiser and harmonica. He sometimes provides backing vocals ("Rollover DJ", "Beat on Repeat", "Times Like This") He co-wrote "Start the Show" with guitarist, Muncey. On 24 October 2007 Chris Cester and Wilson co-wrote and, under the name, The Vice Lords, produced a song, "I Spy I Spy", for the Japanese former duo, Superfly.

In 2011 Wilson and Chris Cester formed a side project, DamnDogs as a 'doom-disco' band, with Louis Macklin on keyboards (touring member of Jet), and Mitch McIvor (Cester's cousin) on guitar.[5][6] On 9 August they issued a five-track extended play, Strange Behaviour.[5][6] In March 2012, Jet disbanded and Wilson had left DamnDogs.[5]

In 2016, Wilson returned to playing music, playing bass in Peter Garrett's backing band, The Alter Egos. Months later, it was announced that Jet would be reuniting in 2017 to open for Bruce Springsteen on his Australian tour.

In 2017, Wilson forayed into Jewellery design, and has recently been commissioned to design a wedding ring for his friend Pat of Twerps fame.

Wilson is also well known for his passion for border collies.

Instruments and equipment[edit]

Electric bass[edit]



  1. ^ "IMC - Jet". Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  2. ^ Ready, Jet, go! New album on the way Retrieved 25 September 2010
  3. ^ MacKenzie
  4. ^ Spencer et al, (2007) Wilson, Mark Archived 11 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine. entry. Retrieved 16 February 2010.
  5. ^ a b c Welsh, Caitlin (12 April 2012). "Chris Cester: 'You Become Somewhat of a Cliché'". Mess+Noise. Sound Alliance. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Mathieson, Craig (9 July 2011). "Damn Dogs". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Who's who of Australian rock / compiled by Chris Spencer, Zbig Nowara & Paul McHenry". catalogue. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 February 2010.