Birthday: September 21, 1965
Musical Influences: Deep Purple, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy, Kiss, UFO
MARKUS GROSSKOPF was born in Hamburg on 21 September 1965 and is currently the bass guitarist and one of the only two founding members of Helloween who are still in the band. He started playing bass at the age of 15 when he became friends with a drummer and a guitar player. They were looking for a bass player, so he bought his first bass and started jamming with covers of the Sex Pistols or the Ramones. Some time later he decided to leave in the hope of finding a heavier band with more opportunities to play live. That is when he met Kai Hansen and joined his band Second Hell. Second Hell soon joined forces with former Powerfool guitarist Michael Weikath, which then led to the original line-up of Kai Hansen (guitars/vocals), Michael Weikath (guitars), Markus Grosskopf (bass) and Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums).
Markus currently writes some of the band’s songs, most of which were initially used as a B-sides, but since Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, which contained three songs accredited to Markus, tracks written by him have regularly been present on the albums. Besides Helloween, his first side project was Shockmachine, where he played both bass and rhythm guitar. Their first album, Shockmachine, was released in 1998. Markus has also collaborated as a former member on bass on the albums of Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia project.
He has also worked with the band Kickhunter, who released their first album Hearts and Bones in 2002, with Markus playing the role of bass, guitarist and producer. The Little Monsters album was released in 2007. His latest and most intimate, important and ambitious project is his bass-guitar work called Markus Grosskopf’s Bassinvaders, where he joins forces with relevant musicians in a unique job!