The music of Banco de Gaia is best categorized as ambient dub, but Marks works to cross genres, often using Arabic and Middle Eastern samples against a bass heavy reggae, rock, or trance rhythm to produce deeply textured tracks that progress layer upon layer.
n 1978, Marks began his musical career as a drummer in a heavy metal band.
Marks moved to Portugal in 1986 and played Beatles music for tourists. He first delved into electronic music in 1989, when he bought a digital sampler. The first tune he recorded on it was called "Maxwell House."
In 1997, Banco De Gaia put together a five piece band that included Ted Duggan (drums), Ashley Hopkins (bass), Larry Whelan (wind synth, saxophone and ethnic flutes), and Gary Spacey-Foot (percussion and saxophones).
The band reduced in number to just Marks, Duggan, and Hopkins in 1999, and then just Marks and Duggan from 2000 until 2003; when Marks went back to being a solo artist.
On 20 September 2009, Banco De Gaia played an album launch show for his album, Memories Dreams Reflections at Dingwalls in London. This show was to celebrate twenty years of Banco De Gaia. Marks was joined on stage by three members from the original five piece band, Hopkins, Whelan, and Duggan and vocalist Maya Preece, who sang on the latest album.(wiki)
Banco De Gaia - Live at Glastonbury
"This is a recording of the complete set performed on The Avalon Stage, Glastonbury Festival, England on June 24th 1995. We have tried to capture the spirit of the occasion rather than achieve technical perfection. No blame."
Thanks to: Sandy, Rob, Dave, Gigs, Andy, Johnny, Ash, Magnus, Malcolm, Kath, Haydn, Will & Hugh (s'pose) - the many & varied crew types. Also Paul & Roz, Jo, Chris@Obsolete, CSE, Skan, VAT, Doggies, Whirlies, Transglobals, EBNs, Bongies, Michael & Planet Dog, Ultimae, Taylor & Mammoth, The Pyramid Builders of Antarctica & all other deserving beings. Who put sugar in the curry?
Uncredits: Due to a rather complicated legal and political situation, we were unable to clear a vocal sample used on '887'. We have therefore had to edit that section out, which has left the track less than perfect, but it seemed best to still leave it on the CD anyway. Let's pray for the day when we will ALL appreciate music for what it is, rather than for it's financial or political value...
released 29 July 1996
Written and performed by Toby Marks
Recorded on the LPD Digital Multitrack Mobile by Ivor Richards and Simon Roberts
Mixed at World Bank by Rob Risso
Artwork By [Design] – Atomic Baby
Photography – Alan, Andy