Money Mark
Money Mark in March 2007
Money Mark in March 2007
Background information
Birth nameMark Ramos Nishita
Born (1960-02-10) February 10, 1960 (age 62)[1]
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, pop rock, hip hop, nu jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
InstrumentsKeyboards, piano, melodica
Years active1991-present

Mark Ramos Nishita (born February 10, 1960), known professionally as Money Mark, is an American producer and musician, best known for his collaborations with the Beastie Boys from 1992 until 2011.

Early life[]

Born in Detroit to a Japanese-Hawaiian father and a Chicano mother, Nishita moved with his family to Los Angeles, California when he was six.[2]


His first album Mark's Keyboard Repair (1995), was made up of keyboard driven pop-funk songs recorded at demo quality. Guy Ritchie used a song from the album in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. This was followed up by the Third Version EP in 1996 and Push the Button in 1998, for which Mark received critical praise.[3] Whereas his 1996 EP was similar to his debut, Push the Button was extremely eclectic, combining aspects of rock music and pop with soul, funk and hip hop.[3] This LP was met with good reviews, as was his 2001 follow up Change is Coming which had a tropical yet danceable disco and funk sound.[4]

Mark met the Beastie Boys during their migration to the West Coast, through mutual friend Mario Caldato Jr., who asked Mark (who was working as a carpenter) to fix the wooden gate at the entrance of the property where the band were staying when they were recording Paul's Boutique.[5][6] He helped them build a studio, and quickly became a principal collaborator. He performed, wrote, and collaborated on every Beastie Boys album from 1992's Check Your Head to the group's final album, 2011's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. Mark co-authored the Grammy Award winning album The Mix-Up.

Money Mark contributed the keyboard phrase that opens and underpins "Where It's At" from Beck's 1996 album, Odelay. He played keyboards on tour for the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet in support of their self-titled album. He has since become a full member of the quintet, appearing on the live EP with Damo Suzuki called Please Heat This Eventually and several other albums, with his debut full-length collaboration with the group being the Quintet's second LP release, The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange. In 1996, Money Mark contributed the song "Use Your Head (Use A Sua Cabeca)" to the AIDS benefit album Red Hot + Rio produced by the Red Hot Organization. He also contributed songs to Red Hot's Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin and Red Hot + Rhapsody a tribute to George Gershwin. In 2004 Mark scored and played all instruments for HBO's first ever documentary prime time series, "Family Bond's," directed by Steve Santor. In that same year, Mark also contributed original songs and score cues for "Along Came Polly," "Fun With Dick and Jane," and "The Devil Wears Prada."

In September 2006, Money Mark signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records label. Brand New By Tomorrow, his first album with Brushfire, was released in February 2007. In late 2006, he opened for Gnarls Barkley at the Riviera Theatre in Chicago. In 2007, Money Mark and The Woodrow Jackson Orchestra recorded a cover version of Love Unlimited Orchestra's "Love's Theme" for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association. Money Mark composed original music for the 2008 documentary film Beautiful Losers.[7] Mark scored and played all instruments for HBO's first ever documentary prime time series, "Family Bond's," directed by Steve Santor.

In 2011, he contributed the Mario C. Remix of "Tropicaliá" with Beck and Seu Jorge, and played Hammond B-3 organ on "Look Around" from the Red Hot Chili Peppers album I'm With You, as well as a version of the song "Tropical Affair" with Thalma de Freitas and João Parahyba for Red Hot Organization's most recent charitable album "Red Hot+Rio 2." The album is a follow-up to the 1996 "Red Hot + Rio." Proceeds from the sales will be donated to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS/HIV and related health and social issues.

Mark scored the Slamdance Audience Award- winning and critically acclaimed documentary film, Getting Up: The Tempt One Story.[8]

Money Mark, working with Mike McCready and Stefan Lessard, contributed to many of the tracks used in the soundtrack to the 2011 film Horrible Bosses.

He performed in 2011 with Karen O on her pop opera Stop the Virgens.[9]

Over the course of his career, Mark has done recording sessions with the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Nile Rodgers, Yoko Ono, Carlos Santana, Lee Scratch Perry, and Jorge Ben, Dangermouse, Moby, Mixmaster Mike, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Seu Jorge, Jack Johnson, The Mars Volta.

He was a regular guest on DVDASA, a podcast hosted by David Choe and Asa Akira. He is also part of the band Mangchi with David Choe and Steven Lee.

In the spring of 2016, it was announced that Money Mark would be touring with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, a collaboration between Les Claypool and Sean Lennon. From the Prawn Song Newsletter, "Les Claypool and Sean Lennon’s newly formed band The Claypool Lennon Delirium will hit the road this summer for an extensive tour of the United States. Rounding out the band with Les and Sean will be Money Mark on keyboards and Paulo Baldi on drums. In addition to playing Bonnaroo, Vertex and Peach festivals, The Claypool Lennon Delirium will play a number of headline shows across the country."

On July 31, 2020, he was featured on Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda’s third studio album, Dropped Frames, Vol. 2, on the track “Isolation Bird.”

Solo discography[]

Money Mark discography
Studio albums7
Live albums1

Studio albums[]

Live albums[]

Extended plays[]



Releases on Mo' Wax[]


Collaboration discography[]

With the Beastie Boys
With Banyan
With Danger Doom
With Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group
With Hello Seahorse!
With Big Sir
With the John Butler Trio
With Nação Zumbi
With Joseph D'Anvers
With Yo Gabba Gabba
With Kinky
With Shawn Lee and Tommy Guerrero
With Red Hot Chili Peppers
With Linkin Park
With Halo Orbit
With The Claypool Lennon Delirium
With Molotov
With TT


  1. ^ Radio Piper [@RadioPiper] (10 February 2017). "Happy Birthday to ... Mark Ramos Nishita noto come Money Mark nato a Detroit, 10 febbraio 1960 è un musicista,..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ "Money Mark | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  3. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Dance Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. p. 226. ISBN 0-7535-0252-6.
  4. ^ Dowling, Stephen (June 1998). "Money Mark: Push the Button". Vox (92). Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Leroy, Dan (12 May 2018). "What happens when you rent out your house to the Beastie Boys?". salon.com. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  6. ^ Mack, Bob (20 April 2017). "Living X-Tra: Spin's 1992 Beastie Boys Cover Story". spin.com. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  7. ^ "SIDETRACK FILMS / Beautiful Losers". Archived from the original on September 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-01.
  8. ^ "IMDB Getting Up". IMDB.
  9. ^ "Karen O in STOP THE VIRGENS". Vivid Sydney.
  10. ^ link Vinylnet.co.uk Archived 2007-07-02 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "I Big Sir (Juan &..." Facebook. Archived from the original on 2022-02-26. Retrieved 2012-04-17.

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