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Marco and Barcelona: a musical relationship

Written by Adriana

We know how difficult can be to adapt to a new city that is not your birth-place, especially if you don’t speak the language or if you want to start a project of any type whatsoever from nothing (making contacts, know the market and the sector in which you want to succeed, find your place, etc.). Because of that, and to make you feel more comfortable in Barcelona, we offer the best long term rental apartments in Barcelona as well as the subjective view of the city from the hand of Marco, an Italian immigrant who lives in Barcelona since almost two years.

Could you introduce yourself and tell us what you do for living?

My name is Marco, I am a 28 years old Italian boy and I have been living in Barcelona since January 2011. I do a lot of things, mainly related to the Internet, but my passion has always been music. In fact, my music band, Berlinist, has born here. With it we want to develop a music concept that is a little different from the Catalan musical standards.

Why did you choose Barcelona as a city to live?

I don’t think I chose Barcelona, but Barcelona chose me. I came here many times as a tourist and have always had the dream of returning to merge with this incredible city.

What do you like the most and the least about Barcelona?

His soul is surely what I like the most. I’m attracted to its communication and the way it is, especially to the musicality of its buildings and streets. What I dislike is the willingness of some to make Barcelona a city almost just for tourists. I think the best way to hear Barcelona is in silence.

As you mentioned, you have a music band with which you are starting to become a little famous… What is your project? Can you give us an overview of the music scene in Barcelona?

I don’t like to talk about a “project”. We are seven people in Berlinist and I think my group is my family here. We speak the same musical language and our relationship go beyond a rehearsal, a recording process or a performance. I don’t know many people in Barcelona music industry; a couple of groups, a friend who is struggling to get us some live performances and a vinyl record, and a very good producer. I know a little about Barcelona musical scene, mostly because I’m lazy and don’t seek for new music groups in general. I am a “grandfather” inside, I like rare compositions and to study ancient musical texts. I have been told that is a very competitive environment with not much money, where everybody is a friend of a friend. I don’t want to seem unfriendly but for now I love the idea of staying out of all this and keep on with my ideas about music.

In your experience, what are the most useful ways to get to the Catalan musical market?

I don’t know what to say here… Everything we have achieved has been by chance. One day while we were doing a load testing on Bandcamp, a musician and music booker here in Barcelona listened to our music. That was weird because the track was just online for half an hour or something. It was enough time for Jose to hear it. In fact, the song had no information about Berlinist, no name or title and he did an amazing job to find and contact us. In that sense we were lucky, but both social media and word-of-mouth are very helpful. Through the Internet you can make contacts but then it is essential to know the people in person.

What recommendations would you give to someone who wants to move to Barcelona and start an arthistic or life project here?

I won’t give any advice because I don’t think these things have a formula. On an artistic level you will soon have to face a livid and dynamic reality. But it is a very complex reality and you will need time to understand it. If you want to start a life here get ready to fight for your dreams, anybody is going to give anything away for free.

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Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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