Five Firsts: Greg Marek of Formula 5

Greg Marek (on the left) with Formula 5
Greg Marek (on the left) with Formula 5

NAME: Greg Marek
INSTRUMENT: Drums/Vocals

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … first album. summer between eighth and ninth grade I bought Led Zeppelin’s “How the West Was Won”. It was so powerful. I learned so much from John Bonham. He gave me the foundation for my playing.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … My first concert was a Dave Matthews Band show at SPAC. I think I was 16. It was great. Carter is such an influence on my playing. The man is an absolute master of the skins.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … My family is full of drummers on both sides. My grandfather played a lot of big band stuff back in the day. So for my 13th birthday he bestowed upon me his 1950s Ludwig jazz kit. I knew the gem that I had but played it anyway. It now sits safely stored away, but I do keep the snare out because it sounds sooo nice.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … Oh boy. To be honest, it was either “Damnit” by Blink 182 or “The General” by Dispatch.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I went to a pretty small school, so my selection of kids to play with was pretty slim. Despite this, I organized a pretty sweet trio with my buddy J.T. Maple. We did a lot of covers. Ironically, we were called the Trio.

Greg Marek slips behind his drums to power his band Formula 5 at the Guthrie Bell Production Christmas Party at Red Square in Albany on Saturday night (December 10). Formula 5 will hit the stage after the McLovins, who kick off the festivities at 7pm. Tix are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.

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  1. Normando says

    “Carter is such an influence on my playing. The man is an absolute master of the skins.”
    – Tucker Max, referencing President Carter’s Playboy boast, “I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times.”

  2. Formula 5 says

    The Line up for Saturday’s show is actually the McLovins from 7-10PM and then Formula 5 from 10:30-2 so get there early to see the McLovins. Hope to see you there!

  3. Greg says

    Thanks for the tip, Formula 5. The correction has been made…

  4. Formula 5 says

    Not a problem Greg. Just wanted to make sure everyone knew to get there early to see the McLovins at 7! Should be a good night!

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