Marcus O’Dair

Marcus O'Dair
Marcus O’Dair
Senior Lecturer in Popular Music
Marcus O’Dair is the author of Different Every Time: the Authorised Biography of Robert Wyatt (Serpent’s Tail, 2014). Shortlisted for the Penderyn music book prize, it was a Radio 4 book of the week and a book of the year in the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Sunday Times, the Evening Standard and Uncut magazine.

Marcus has written for publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Irish Times, Uncut, the Arts Desk, the Quietus, Pitchfork, Caught by the River, Wire and Jazzwise. He has interviewed everyone from Ed Sheeran to Cecil Taylor, via Brian Eno, Bjork, John Cale, Julian Cope, Paul Weller, Julie Christie, Shaun Ryder, David Gilmour, John Peel, Nick Cave, the Mighty Boosh and Kevin Keegan. He can be heard now and again on BBC 6 Music (Freak Zone, Freakier Zone) and BBC Radio 3 (Jazz on 3, the Essay). He has been interviewed on CNN and presented music podcasts for the Independent, Music Week and the Barbican.

As a keyboard player, double bassist and manager, Marcus is one half of Grasscut, who have released three acclaimed albums (Ninja Tune, Lo Recordings). Grasscut have performed at Cecil Sharp House, the Union Chapel, the ICA, Koko and Tate Britain, as well as in France, Luxembourg, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Poland and Slovakia, and had airplay from Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, 5Live and 6Music. Marcus was previously a founding member of Bellows (Cake/Candid), who performed alongside Led Bib and Polar Bear at venues including the Southbank Centre, the National Portrait Gallery and the Vortex. As a session musician, he also spent several years on retainer with Passenger, performing at festivals including V and Latitude and live on Radio 2 and Radio 4, but somehow managed to leave before Let Her Go became an international number one.

Marcus has spoken at the University of East Anglia, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Liverpool University, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Falmouth University, University College Cork, York St John University, University of Northampton, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the V&A, the Barbican and various festivals in the UK as well as in Dublin, Oslo and Vilnius. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he previously taught at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music and SAE London.

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