childhood in musical family
“Marthus” (birth name Martin Škaroupka) was born on January 20th, 1981 in Brno, Moravia, the Czech Republic, of which is where he currently resides. From his early childhood he was raised to love music. Martin credits his Father, Ladislav “Obludárium” Škaroupka, formerly and currently of the band “Dogma Art”, for instilling in him his dedication and love for music. Ladislav took his son with him to a majority of his band rehearsals and concerts in and around the city of Brno, which gave Martin the strong foundation he works from today.
At the age of 6 though the age of 13, Martin started attending piano and singing lessons at LŠU Brno. During that time there were no drums lessons available at any of the music schools so he began to take private lessons from Prof. Cupák, a member of the prestigious Janáček opera in Brno. Finally at the age of 15 (1996) he was admitted to Leoš Janáček Conservatory, where he graduated with a major in drums and minored in piano as an additional instrument.
First metal bands
After his graduation from the Janáček Conservatory Marthus began playing with various bands of various music styles. In that same year, his first studio enterprise was released with the band “Animal Farm”, which was directly followed with another studio CD with band “Pink Chubby Cigar”. In 1997 Martin began playing live shows with bands like Monestery, Pluggulp; of which one CD was recorded, Happy Death (2 CD’s recorded) and “Scharnhorst”. From that band “Scharnhorst” Martin met and collaborated with guitar player ‘Ashok’ (recently Root, Equirhodont) and went on to participate in the recording of a CD.
In that same year Marthus and his long-time friend Khaablus founded a band called “Inner Fear”, in which Marthus was responsible and credited for all compositions, keyboards and drums. In that first year they released their first demo, and until 2003 released two more mini-CD’S and three full length albums; out of which only the last two were officially released.
other metal bands
Even with a full schedule with “Inner Fear”, Martin continued to show his drive, determination and versatile playing ability and in 1999 recorded a CD project with “Entrails” where he met ‘Root’ guitar player Petr “Blackie” Hošek. In 2000 Martin went on tour to be a guest drummer for another Czech band called “Melancholy Pessimism”. He continued on as a session drummer for a few live shows with ‘Root’ singer Jiří “Bigboss” Valter, in his solo project “BigBoss”. In 2001 Martin took his place on the drum throne in a band called “Pandemia” and set out on a European tour with them.
filming own dvd and joining venom's guitarist "mantas"
2003 first came his first cooperation with bands “Equirhodont” and “Galactic Industry”. Besides active playing with these bands Marthus also did studio and live session work with multiple bands of various genres during this time. In the summer of 2004 Marthus went back into the studio and filmed his first independent drumming DVD “MarthusMusic” Vol.1. Directly after filming he moved from the Czech Republic to England, where he proudly joined and had the privilege of playing with legendary “Venom” guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn in the band “Mantas” (now “Dryll”). Along with his collaboration with “Mantas”, in 2005 Marthus started working with Czech power/speed/symphonic metal band “Symphonity” (Ex. Nemesis”).
In January 2006 Marthus recorded the drums tracks for the new “Symphonity” album “Voice from the silence”. Directly following Marthus went back into the studio to record the last part, Vol 2 of his independent drumming DVD “Marthusmusic’.
joining cradle of filth
In the fall of that same year he left “Mantas” to take the prestigious seat behind the drums in the band “Cradle of Filth” and immediately embarked on a European tour. At the end of the “Thornography” tour, Marthus went back into the studio with “COF” and recorded the “Godspeed on The Devils Thunder” album (2008) followed by touring all over the world.
I would like to take the honor of thanking with all my heart, my parents Ladislav and Eva, for whom I would not be the man or musician I am today with out the love, support, encouragement and morals they instilled in me…..with out them I would never have been able to fully realize what I love most in the this world…..music….