An accomplished musician in his own right, Marco and friends formed a 1980s New Wave band called The Elektrics. Marco played lead guitar, sang backup, and wrote much of the material. Soon thereafter, the Elektrics were discovered opening for Blondie at CBGB. They were signed by Capitol Records and received a six-figure deal. After releasing two albums on Capitol, Marco and his band toured widely, sharing the bill with rock legends like Alice Cooper and Robert Palmer. After a spell, Marco decided that life on the road was not for him. His stories about those times may, as Marco puts it, "amuse, disgust, and bedazzle!"
Learning the basics in sound engineering from The Power Station in NYC, Marco returned to the Washington DC area to produce and engineer several projects at top recording studios, there. After a time, he opened shop, close to the place he and his wife decided to call home.
Serving as mentor, senior engineer and producer for artists at various locations, and recording, mixing and mastering from his home studio, Recording Arts, Marco has become an icon in the DC music community. Perhaps known best for nurturing artists of varying genres from demo and debut CDs to multiple recording endeavors, the walls of his studio attest to the time spent and the rewards he and his staff continue to accrue.
From the early 1990s to present, the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) has presented Marco 13 WAMMY awards for 'Producer of the Year’. The series of awards were launched, in part by emmet swimming's debut CD release. Honored for his years of recognition, Marco is now considered a WAMMY "emeritus".
Displaying proficiency at bringing out the best in his artists, he added engineering, production and musical talents to four releases by Xyra’s early band, Verborgen and its offshoot, The XYRA Band. All four albums garnered international airplay, favorable reviews by major media, and two received Grammy nomination votes.