Money Mark Ramos-Nishita
Timing is everything. People say
that expression all of the time when talking sports, but
the same is true in music. Money Mark's timing was perfect
when during what became known as the period between Paul's
Boutique and Check
Your Head he was asked to fix the front gate at
the G-Spot (the Los Angeles Beastie Boys' Party House).
Impressed by his skilled hands when it came to carpentry
and gate repair, the band asked him to begin working on
remodeling an old Atwater Village building that became known
as G-Son Studio and Grand Royal's main office.
Over discussions regarding music
favorites, it became apparent that Money Mark was into the
same type of material as the Beastie Boys. Not only was
Mark skilled with carpentry, he was also skilled on the
keyboard, filling a void in the studio when the Beastie
Boys decided to pick up their instruments and jam.
Having been in bands since the 1970s,
Money Mark had been long time friends with Mario
So, it made sense that Mark would
be a natural addition to the Beastie Boys creative process
both in the studio and on the road. If you check the back
of your Check Your Head album, you'll notice Mark
was credited with several of the compositions. Ill
Communication also showcased Mark's signature sound,
and during the following tours to promote the album he was
on stage right along side of the band.
Throughout this period, Mark was
working on solo material. His first release Fido Speaks,
had a very limited press run. Much of that material though
made it onto the MoWax release Money Mark's Keyboard
Repair. "Cry" was the first single that most
people identify as being a solo Money Mark composition.
However, several other songs from that album are still mainstays
in Mark's live sets. Push the Button, which was released
around the time of the Hello
Nasty world tour, gave Mark and his band the opportunity
to play huge venues as the opening act for the Beastie Boys.
Push the Button's most successful single was "Maybe
I'm Dead, and the album sold very well in the UK. In 2001,
Mark released the long awaited Change is Coming and
another album is not far off from being released.