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The Hitmaker (aka Nicholas Markos), has been called “a hipper underground version of David Gray” by Chicago Sun-Times and "almost bewilderingly eclectic" by Greg Kot of NPR's Sound Opinions. Writing the score for several independent films and doing remixes with Styx, Journey, and REO Speedwagon as The Hitmaker; he's a subtle wizard of Pop music. Nicolas is a slave to no genre performing as an opening act for Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, and the Violent Femmes while writing for artists like Taylor Mills of the Brian Wilson's band.


From Pop-Rock to Ambient and Electronic music, The Hitmaker (aka Nicholas Markos) deftly shapes musical colors to suit his songs. Operating in a variety of genres (under a various of pseudonyms), Markos consistently delivers music with real soul and emotion. His live-performance credits include opening sets for Bob Dylan, Melissa Etheridge, The Violent Femmes, Todd Rundgren, Roger McGuinn, Squeeze, and many others. His recorded works are brought to life with guest appearances by some friends: Todd Sucherman (Brian Wilson, Styx), Mike Zelenko (Material Issue), Howie Kantoff (Poster Children), Eddie Carlson (Poi Dog Pondering), and Mark Schwarz (David Singer & the Sweet Science).

In addition to producing and performing with other artists, while making music for numerous TV and radio commercials, Markos has composed music and provided songs for several independent films, including the documentaries Trashed (Oxi Productions) and Vincent: A Life in Color (Zweeble Films).




Genres for This Artist

Total Tracks: 28

Instrumental Tracks (7 Tracks) | Vocal Tracks (20) | Sound Effects |
Music Genres For The Hitmaker
Christmas | Electronic | Indie Rock | New Age | Pop | RnB | Rock | Singer/Songwriter | Soundalikes |

Sound Effect Genres For The Hitmaker
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SMILE - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2002
The Hitmaker Gentle acoustic guitar and voice song about missing someone, perfect for a mood like The Replacements' "Skyway," Coldplay's "See You Soon," or Nick Drake's "Pink Moon." Mixed Vocals, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Singer-Songwriter
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Singer/Songwriter, Folk Singer-Songwriter
275099 2:07 Med Slow 91   


THAT WHICH I SHOULD HAVE DONE I DID NOT DO - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker epic synthpop in the vein of Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile, and Ultravox, Male Vocals, Soundalikes, Peter Gabriel
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Soundalikes, Peter Gabriel
854325 6:00 Med Slow 83   


ON THE RADIO - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2015
The Hitmaker If Hall & Oates and Van Halen cooked up a delicious dessert with The Raspberries on top, it would be "On the Radio." A sweet little love song that gets right to the hook, with catchy guitar riffing and a cool drum break. Male Vocals, Rock, 80s Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, 80s Rock
849979 2:26 Medium 125   


I HEARD YOU TWICE THE FIRST TIME - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2001
The Hitmaker Beatlesque acoustic ballad. Male Vocals, Rock, Roots Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Roots Rock
275095 4:25 Medium 107   


CAN'T STOP - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1996
The Hitmaker Bittersweet song about romantic regret over a pulsing synthpop bed, with soaring guitar. Great for romantic drama or any piece that needs an uplifting guitar coda. Male Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Indie Rock, Alt Rock
275049 6:34 Medium 109   


DISAPPEAR - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1999
The Hitmaker Rock song in the vein of U2's "One" and Oasis about triumph over heartbreak. Great for dramatic piece, and the instrumental coda will work for any sequence that needs a triumphant lift. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Pop Rock
275092 3:24 Med Slow 95   


HELLO SUN - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2002
The Hitmaker Acoustic & voice song about acceptance of the past and redemption for the future, in the vein of Counting Crows or Oasis, perfect for indie film or romantic drama. Male Vocals, Rock, Folk Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Folk Rock
275094 5:26 Med Slow 97   


GIMME ALL YOU GOT - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1996
The Hitmaker U2-style song of triumph, built on delay-pattern electric guitar and driving tom-tom and drum beats, great for drama, action, sports. Male Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Pop Rock
275093 4:27 Medium 116   


SPINNING AROUND IN CIRCLES - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2000
The Hitmaker Groovy, slightly psychedelic song with a Lenny Kravitz vibe, good for a romantic film or a commercial that needs a hypnotic hook. Mixed Vocals, Rock, Melodic Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Melodic Rock
275100 5:25 Med Slow 91   


MY TWIN BED - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2008
The Hitmaker Fun pop song with a retro 60's feel (like the La's or the Kooks) about two people fitting in a twin bed; perfect for indie film or romantic comedy. Mixed Vocals, Rock, Pop Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Pop Rock
275097 4:01 Med Fast 145   


COOL WATER - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker U2-style guitar-driven groove conveying determination and hope, great for film or commercials that want to lift a scene without making it too busy or fast. Male Vocals, Indie Rock, Alt Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Indie Rock, Alt Rock
275050 3:08 Med Slow 93   


SPIRIT - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker Pretty, slow-pulsing epic synthpop track in the vein of Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile, and Ultravox, perfect for romantic drama, a contemplative scene, or a commercial with a big cinematic feel. Male Vocals, Pop, Dream Pop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Pop, Dream Pop
268267 7:19 Med Slow 82   


STARCROSSED - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker Suspenseful, driving piece with strummed electric guitar and building, intense tribal drums, great for a dramatic or action sequence, or a commercial that needs a darker undertone. Male Vocals, Pop, Dream Pop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Pop, Dream Pop
268268 4:08 Med Slow 97   


NEO SUPER THROUGH - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1992
The Hitmaker Epic synth-pop in the vein of Ultravox, Brian Eno, or the Blue Nile. Male Vocals, Pop, Euro-Pop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Pop, Euro-Pop
268264 4:47 Med Slow 87   


HEAVEN - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker epic synthpop in the vein of Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile, and Ultravox, Male Vocals, Pop, Dream Pop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Pop, Dream Pop
268263 5:45 Med Fast 135   


MAKE A DIFFERENCE - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1994
The Hitmaker Groovy Marvin-Gaye style song about coming together to make a change in the world, perfect for dramas, and also for any piece that needs a mellow groove. Mixed Vocals, RnB, Soul music
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - RnB, Soul music
275096 5:13 Med Slow 82   


BIRDY DELUXE SUPERSTAR - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1999
The Hitmaker Oasis-style big hook with driving beat--makes you want to crank up the radio! Male Vocals, Indie Rock, Britpop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Indie Rock, Britpop
275090 4:01 Med Fast 131   


PROMISED LAND - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 2000
The Hitmaker Rock with a gospel/soul tinge, along the lines of the Black Crowes. Male Vocals, Rock, Roots Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Roots Rock
268265 3:13 Medium 110   


ECCE HOMO - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1998
The Hitmaker epic synthpop in the vein of Peter Gabriel, the Blue Nile, and Ultravox, Male Vocals, Pop, Dream Pop
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Pop, Dream Pop
268262 5:04 Medium 124   


OH YEAH, COME ON, TAKE IT EASY, BABY, IT'S ALRIGHT - (by The Hitmaker)  Year: 1996
The Hitmaker soulful, powerful pop-rock in the vein of the Who or U2. Mixed Vocals, Rock, Melodic Rock
Type Play Track Info Catalog ID Min:Sec Tempo & BPM Price Control
Full Track - Rock, Melodic Rock
275098 4:09 Med Slow 101   

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