Marcus Agundes // Bass player for the Wheeland BrothersMarcus Agundes

Bass Guitar

Marcus Agundes is the super talented “BASS-a-potamus” of the Wheeland Brothers. Nate and Trav first met Marcus back in high school, running cross country together—before Marcus had ever picked up a bass guitar. The brothers first performed with Marcus at a talent show in high school (won 2nd place), but Marcus wasn’t playing bass, he played the sound effects off of a small children’s toy “Safari Country Jeep,” scooting around on stage during a cover of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s Summer In the City. Oh, and he wasn’t Marcus, he was Mix-Master Marcus. It wasn’t until a year later that he began his quest to shred the bass guitar. Marcus is sometimes referred to as the third Wheeland Brother (adopted) and is an integral part of band’s sound.

What’s your favorite music?

It’s so hard to pick one favorite band or artist, so I’ll pick several. Depending on my mood it could be anything—Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Sublime, Feist, PJ Harvey. I go through phases where I listen to a lot of older bands including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Funkadelic, and Hendrix. Obviously I listen to a lot of rock music, but my tastes are pretty eclectic and there are so many others I could name. I’m sure everyone can relate.

What does music mean to you?

Music to me is such a great way to express emotion. Everyone knows how good “The Bends” by Radiohead sounds when you’re feeling down or how much better your mood is when you pop in some Bob Marley. Music is therapeutic for me…and it’s so much more powerful than a lot of people realize. One of my favorite things to do when I go to a concert is look around at how happy people are around me. It really makes me happy just to see how much people are enjoying it. And being lucky enough to be on stage and having people experience that kind of happiness from something that I’m helping to create, however fleeting, is one of the greatest feelings I know. Music is my favorite thing!