Marten Andersson (born November 26, 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden) (aka Mårten Andersson) is the bass guitarist for the hardrock groups Lizzy Borden, George Lynch's (Lynch Mob), Starwood and Legacy He is also known for smaller TV and movie acting parts as well as authoring a successful music reference book.
Born as an only child, it was in the outskirts of Stockholm, Sweden that Marten developed an interest in becoming a musician after being exposed to bands such as KISS and Iron Maiden. Marten had a passion for playing various different musical instruments but soon considered bass his main instrument. Marten once asked his father to buy him a guitar only to have the guitar traded in for a bass two weeks later. At the age of 16 he had already performed shows and recorded with various local bands but he had bigger aspirations. He wanted to take on Hollywood. By the age of 18 Marten moved to Los Angeles to study music and it did not take long before he started touring the world and recording with the heavy metal band Lizzy Borden. Named after the band's lead vocalist and known for their outrageous and theatrical stage shows.
Andersson spent the next decade with Lizzy Borden, recording CDs and touring together with bands such as: Deep Purple, Kings X, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen and Motörhead. Lizzy Borden previewed their CD 'Deal With the Devil' and their world wide tour at the 'Wacken open air Festival Germany', in front of 35 thousand people. Longtime Lizzy Borden fan, artist and multimedia entrepreneur Todd McFarlane (best known for his creation of Spawn and stylistic revision of Spider-Man) was enlisted to capture the essence of Lizzy Borden for the Stage show and the CD cover art. Tragedy struck the band on May 17th, 2004 when guitarist Alex Nelson was killed in a car accident and the band broke up soon after. In 2006, Borden announced that they have reformed with new guitarist Ira Black and on November 1, 2007 "Appointment With Death" was released worldwide. The CD also features guest appearances by George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob), Dave Meniketti (Y & T), Corey Beaulieu (Trivium) among others. In early 2008 the band announced various festival appearances including Sweden Rock Festival (Sweden) and Bang Your Head Festival (Germany). Lizzy Borden announced that they have been confirmed as the first-day headliner of the two-day Keep It True XII festival, set to take place April 24-25, 2009 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.
In the late 90's Andersson played with Jessica Simpson's and Jennifer Lopez guitarist Joy Basu, as well as recording two CDs entitled 'Second to None' (1996) and 'The Rocks' (2000) with "The Jonas Hansson Band", fronted by Swedish guitar player Jonas Hansson. Hansson was considered by many as the first guitar ace to emerge from Scandinavia. The group featured members from Alice Cooper, Alcatrazz, Marty Friedman Band (Megadeth) and Silver Mountain.
In 2001, Marten Andersson released a solo project entitled, Legacy with various guest musicians, including Jonas Hansson co-producing and playing lead guitar. Andersson was handling bass and rhythm guitar duties. The CD was mixed and produced by Andersson and Hansson at Mastergroove Studio's in Granada Hills, California with the assistance of Mastergroove studio owner Dave Morse (whose credits includes Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen and Warrant). The CD received excellent reviews in the hardrock, Heavy Metal press but did not generate much noise in mainstreet media.
In 2003, Andersson co-founded the Hollywood rock outfit Starwood with Lizzy (Borden), Joey Scott and Joe Steals. The band, (considered by some an updated, more modern version of Lizzy Borden) released their debut CD "If It Ain't Broke, Break It!" worldwide on Metalblade Records (2005). Their signature high energy rock in the vein of Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses and The Darkness made Starwood popular after just only one album and has gathered airplay in many places over the World with videos for the songs 'Subculture' and 'Bad Machine'. The band did a series of successful concerts in 2005 and are said to be working on a follow up CD.
In 2003, Marten was picked by former Dokken guitarist George Lynch to join his band Lynch Mob. Andersson most recently finished his Fifth tour with the band, which included a marathon 26 shows in 30 days and a much talked about skit on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The line-up was: George Lynch - Guitars, Andrew Freeman - Vocals, Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Dio) - Drums and Marten Andersson - Bass
Marten has been an endorser and long time user of companies such as ESP Basses. Marten switches between 4-string electric basses and 8 string basses, mainly because of the fuller sound and his influence of bass players such as Tom Pedersson of Cheap Trick and Doug Pinnick of Kings X. Marten most recently previewed his 8 string 'Marten Andersson protype' ESP bass at the 2008 NAMM music trade show in Anaheim, CA.
Marten holds bass clinics, music seminars, performs at music trade shows and gives a limited number of private lessons. His book "Make Label Contact" (SCI Publishing), a reference and musicians guide, aimed towards musicians for record companies and demo submissions is widely considered to be a definitive guide for any musician.