Mark Wilson

Mark Jeffrey Wilson (born August 1980) is an Australian musician, originally from Geelong. From 2002 to 2012 he was the bass guitarist of the Melbourne-based rock band, Jet. 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. In March 2012, Jet disbanded and Wilson had left DamnDogs.

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.

Instruments and equipment

Electric bass

  • Fender Precision
  • Epiphone Jack Casady

Acoustic bass

  • Takamine Acoustic Bass

Amplifiers/heads

  • Ampeg SVT Classic Amp Head
  • Ampeg SVT810 Bass Box
  • Fender TB-1200 Head
  • Fender Pro Series Bass Amps
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