Italian by genetics, Glaswegian by birth, Marco Bernardi obsessively coaxes his hardwired analogue dreams into livid life by focusing on using analogue hardware, stripping it down to the real deal of man and machine working in synchronized harmony. With a wealth of releases in the last decade on some of the most esteemed labels in the business, such as Planet E, Clone/Royal Oak/Frustrated Funk, Crème Organization and Rawax, Bernardi is about to unleash his next assault on the world from his base in Bristol. 2013/2014 sees the launch of his own label: Take the Elevator, as well as debut EPs on Futureboogie, Hypercolour & M.O.S /Delsin.
Often you need to go backwards to move forwards.
And crouched in the eye of this proverb is Marco Bernardi, the Italo-Weegie alchemist of electronic sound. Stripping out the lazy laptop from his production set-up and focussing on simply “old fashioned machines” he then sets these controls to the centre of integrity - this man is obsessively coaxing his hardwired analogue dreams further into livid life.
Today, Bernardi is about to unleash his next assault on the world from his furtive Bristol bunker, including launching his own label: Take the Elevator as well as debuting on Hypercolour .M.O.S /Delsin plus Detroit’s seductive stable of Planet E. But let’s rewind a little. Over the last decade Marco has been honing a level of techno sorcery until it easily inhabited the same quality niche as his heroes of Drexciya, UR, Orlando Voorn,and Legowelt.
He’s released albums and crucial 12”s on labels as serious as Clone, Frustrated Funk, Abstract forms, Soma, Rawax, Dutch imprint Creme/Bunker and Dave Clarke’s Whitenoise – and now in 2013 he’s about to ascend to yet another level. Carl Craig has heard enough to sign the man to Planet E for his ‘Star Traveller EP’, simultaneously connoisseurs of deep electronica Abstract Forms are lining up another Bernardi banger alongside their mainstays of Kirk Degiorgio and Gosub whilst the sizzling stable du-jour of Hypercolour is gobbling up Bernardi’s taut and tumbling electro as they get primed to release the ‘No-One Seems To Care EP’. This pan-Atlantic clamour for the Bernardi brand has evolved after a relentless sharpening of the man’s sound. Remixes for Drexciya’s Henrich Muller, Orlando Voorn, Convextion, Slam, 2562 and Redshape were matched by gushing journalism from Clash, Resident Advisor, FACT, Little White Earbuds whilst his debut on Soma in 2007 ‘2fiveonine’ was proclaimed by dance bible DJ Mag as: “The BEST Album of 2007”.When asked for a quote to explain his notorious rise into the world’s elite production peerage, the elusive musician simply shrugged and wisely murmured: “Have clean hair, love your mother, always buy machines.
Such simplicity has been the key to this man’s success. From Berlin’s top clubs, to Glasgow’s underground lairs such as the Sub Club, Paisley’s rave palace of Club 69 and into staples such as Barcelona’s Loft or London’s Fabric - his trail has blazed, and there’s been no stage so far denied to him. Bernardi achieves a rare trick: restoring your faith in a near exhausted sound by developing his own detailed narratives which are fuelled by the simple yet kinetic desire to make you dance.
And we’re not going to stop anytime soon....