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 multi-instrumentalist. His session work includes recordings and live shows with Italian composer Teho Teardo, heavy rock guitarist Paul Gilbert, the chamber progressive rock ensemble TROOT, Chrysta Bell (Texan chanteuse and femme fatale, long time collaborator of film director David Lynch) – just to name a few. As a solo artist, Marco has opened shows for Marillion, Stick Men, Adrian Belew, ORk and more.
His debut album One Time, Somewhere features the talents of Francesco Zampi, Pat Mastelotto, Rob Fetters, and iconic artist Mark Kostabi on most tracks. The result is an extremely fresh and diverse record. Critically acclaimed drummer Pat Mastelotto 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 and interesting atmospheres and contrasting moods. Days of Summertime has some fascinating sounds.”
A second solo album, Dime Novels, came out at the beginning of 2014. The record was produced by Machera and long-time collaborator, Francesco Zampi (who also contributed sonic treatments to the songs), and features Pat Mastelotto, Tony Levin, Markus Reuter (of King Crimson and Stick Men fame), Andrea Faccioli, Jennifer Maidman (Penguin Cafe Orchestra, David Sylvian), among others. When asked about the record, Machera said: “I think Dime Novels sounds like an adventurous pop record. It’s quirky, imaginative, cinematic at times. Each song has a distinctive feel.”
His latest solo effort, Small Music From Broken Windows, was released in the fall of 2017. An intimate, personal and reflective album, based on “The Outsider”, a short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
In 2014, Marco co-founded the band EchoTest with American bassist Julie Slick (Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Crimson ProjeKCt, Springs). The electric bass has a prominent role throughout their compositions – compelling ‘bass duets’ pushing the boundaries of progressive and loop music. In the ever-evolving and experimental worlds of modern progressive rock and avant garde jazz rock, their free-flowing improvisations and strongly melodic songwriting have combined to help them shape an unique identity and garner a growing reputation for their intriguing and surprising albums and their rare and captivating live shows alike.