Devo band member and founder Mark Mothersbaugh is featured in one of Kent State University's new commercials. Mothersbaugh, an Akron native, formed the New Wave band with fellow Kent State art student Gerald Casale, '70, in the early 1970s. The band's name comes from de-evolution, a term the two coined following the May 4 shootings on campus. They decided that what they were observing in the world was not evolution, but rather de-evolution.
In addition to Devo's success, Mothersbaugh has become a successful composer, writing musical scores for film and television. He founded Mutato Muzika, an audio services company, in Los Angeles in 1989. He is known for his work for Rugrats, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Yo Gabba Gabba, The Royal Tenenbaums and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Most recently, Devo released its first album of new material in 20 years, and Mothersbaugh and his band mates spent the past summer doing concerts across the country. Mark also wrote a custom music score for all three commercials.
Find out more about Kent State graduates' successes at: www.kent.edu/experienceforlife