You know how sometimes an artist comes along and you just know that you're in for the time of your life? That's what happens when you hear a truly great Tensnake
record – and right now there are already a dozen of them spinning out there in the disco hemisphere. Remember the first time you heard the dreamy, (new) romantic synths of `Congolal' or the impossibly yearning `In The End (I Want You To Cry)'? Or the feeling you felt in your feet when the Supernatural
melody from `Coma Cat' first drifted into earshot? With only a handful of releases and remixes to his name, it's still early days for the man known to his nearest and dearest as Marco Niemerski. But let's get one question answered straight away: what exactly is a Tensnake
and is there any way to avoid being bitten by one right now?
"Actually, it was a random word creation and now it's something people remember," laughs Marco, who lives and makes music at his home in Hamburg, Germany. "I was searching for something unique – for example, in Google, you immediately find me and it looks good, iconic even. I seem to remember seeing the words written on my desk. Even Japanese people can say it!"
Born in 1975 and raised on a diet of disco, soul, boogie and funk, Marco started listening to the radio and recording shows on tape with 80s pop stars like Simple Minds and Duran Duran. "I grew up in the suburbs where there was nothing to do except listen to music so the radio was the most exciting thing around me. But my older brother was into D*Train, Shalamar, Raura and other boogie stuff. I was maybe ten – there it is again! But later I listened to everything. When I was 16, I would drive my Vespa and listening to stuff like The Who and The Small Faces, the UK sound. But then I came back to electronic music…"
With remixes and productions aplenty incoming for Atzaro, A-Trak
and Prins Thomas
and live-set that showcases his broad individual talent and a record collection that Andy Weatherall or Harvey would be proud of, it comes as no surprise that Marco is already appearing as a live artist on party flyers from Frankfurt's legendary Robert Johnson club to London's Fabric and Corsica Studios. Later this year you'll be able to see him at The Big Chill and who knows, maybe even a trip to Ibiza – which come June, is where `Coma Cat' will be waiting for him when he lands.