Born in 1971 in the city of Brasília as Marco Aurélio Mendes, Bacalhau began his career as a drummer in the band Little Quail and The Mad Birds., Founded in 1988. In the band he participated in three albums and an EP.
After leaving Little Quail and The Mad Birds, he founded the band Rumbora, in which he participated in two albums 71 and the Positive and Operative Army.
He recorded with important names in Brazilian music such as Herbert Vianna, DeFalla, Gabriel o Pensador and Domenico +2. He also participated in the soundtrack of the book and children's play, "Eu e meu Guarda-Chuva" (composed by Titã Branco Mello and Cabine C. Ciro Pessoa).
He played with the English band The Mission in São Paulo and Recife, and on the program Altas Horas, by Serginho. He worked in the product development area at Orion Cymbals and had a line named after him, which has been out of print since February 20, 2008.
In 2002, he became a drummer for the São Paulo rock band Ultraje a Rigor. Currently, in addition to joining the band for shows and recording discs, Bacalhau is part of the program The Noite with Danilo Gentili (SBT) together with the band Ultraje a Rigor.