Marco Machera is an Italian musician/songwriter. He likes to say, “I don’t play music – I make it happen.”
Mainly known as an accomplished bass player, he is also a singer, guitarist and drummer. Marco supported the acclaimed band, Marillion (awarded #1 album of the year 2012 by Prog Rock Readers Poll) during their concerts in Italy in January 2013. Additionally, Marco played bass for Paul Gilbert, one of the world’s premier guitarists during some of his clinic tour dates in 2009 and 2011. In December 2012, Marco joined David Lynch produced Texan chanteuse and femme fatale, Chrysta Bell, for the Italian leg of her European “This Train” tour.
Back in 2009, Marco scored the soundtrack for a live performance scripted by actress/director Martina Sacchetti and performed at the WCA Theatre of the University of the Arts of London. At the same time, he also started working on what would become his debut solo-album – One Time, Somewhere.
“I write the music I would like to hear,” Marco says “…and I try to bring to life what I hear in my head. While the concept of ‘unconventional music’ is pretty much relative, these songs are my humble try in terms of giving new life to the overused pop song formula. Like a photographer who captures a moment in time, I wanted to convey images, memories and feelings into music. I did not focus on musicianship, but on a sense of aesthetic. The aim was to create a unique blending of sounds, which had to work as a whole.”
One Time, Somewhere features the talents of Francesco Zampi, Pat Mastelotto, Rob Fetters, and Mark Kostabi on several tracks. The result is an extremely fresh and diverse album. Critically acclaimed drummer Pat Mastelotto, who plays on the record, says: “I had a lot of fun working on Marco’s record. One of the first tracks he sent me sounded like The Beatles with Tom Waits! What a band that would have been,” and also added: “We have stayed in touch throughout the year as Marco overdubbed and mixed, so I can tell he has a keen ear for details without loosing the big picture. It’s pop packed with nice surprises.”
Here’s what legendary guitarist and songwriter Steve Hackett has to say about One Time, Somewhere: “It is really good and well crafted and I very much enjoyed it. Beautiful voice at the beginning and interesting atmospheres and contrasting moods. Days of Summertime has some fascinating sounds.”
The new record, titled Dime Novels, is out on January 28th 2014. The album was produced with the collaboration of Francesco Zampi, and features Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Markus Reuter, Andrea Faccioli, Jennifer Maidman, Pete Donovan & Kevin Andrews. Music journalist Nick DeRiso, writer for Something Else! Reviews, praised the album: “Along the way, Dime Novels, newly issued on Innsbruck Records, finds the guitarist and percussionist furiously pushing at the walls of musical convention. There are moments when the album sounds like prog, others when it sounds like an ambient fever dream, others still when it sounds like something that couldn’t be farther away from either construct. Dime Novels is as challenging as it is entertaining — and a huge leap forward for Machera.”
In April 2014, Marco shared the stage with brilliant bassist Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Crimson ProjeKCt, Springs) for a short run of shows in Italy. The duo eventually started writing material for a collaborative effort, which is expected to be out in June 2014. The bass has a prominent role throughout the compositions – compelling ‘bass duets’ pushing the boundaries of improvisation and loop music.
“I just love the Pigtronix Infinity looper. The possibilites at your disposal are… infinite! Really a unique and beautiful way to expand your bass playing experience.”