Here's the much anticipated new album from my band EchoTest!
February 17th, 2017
Marco Machera and I are proudly presenting a new EchoTest album, exploring new heights in our collaboration with our third release: "From Two Balconies". Displaying an even higher production value, a new member (drummer Alessandro Inolti), many more guests (Pat Mastelotto, Tim Motzer, Ali Wadsworth, Ian Gray, Greg Rosen, and Sarah Anderson), the record is a departure from the heavily instrumental and bass-dominated "Fourth Dementia" (2014) and "Le Fil Rouge" (2015). The tracks chronicle a contemporary tragedy, the resulting resonance of characters trapped in a tempestuous tormented limbo. It features lead vocals on 7 out of 10 tracks—Marco takes this role on a few songs, but he also shares this job with Mike Visser (Imaginary Tricks) and Claire Wadsworth. "From
Two Balconies" is a modern-sounding, yet classic record that defies genres, showcasing music that is truly progressive in nature. Featuring artwork by the legendary Derek Riggs.
New album and east coast mini tour!
January 1st, 2017
Hey everybody—exciting news here—I've been working on another EchoTest album with Marco Machera, and we're finally ready to unleash "From Two Balconies" on February 1, 2017. This will be celebrated with a small mini tour around the northeastern US at the following venues:
UPDATES! SOLO PHILLY GIG + SOUTH AMERICAN SHOWS WITH THE ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO
September 26th, 2016
Well hey there, folks—I've been quite the busy bee since we were in the studio working on the EchoTest album I last mentioned... we've had loads of fun playing a very successful string of shows in Italy and the United States throughout the year. As for the record, we've just recently received the masters, so expect that to reach your ears some time in 2017... meanwhile we have some other new merchandise items over on my bandcamp store—check out "live in philadelphia [official bootleg]", featuring incredible performances by Pat Mastelotto and Tim Motzer as well as a new ET tee shirt designed by yours truly.
So what else have I been up to in 2016? After my big birthday show in January (thanks to all of you guys and gals that attended) I hopped on a plane to Tel Aviv, where I started a month-long, jam packed tour across Scandinavia and Europe with the Adrian Belew Power Trio. I am very happy to share that we have just announced some more dates at the end of November in South America, which is one of my favorite places EVER to perform live music:
November 21—Buenos Aires
November 22 —TBA
November 25—Santiago (with good friends The Aristocrats)
November 27—Sao Paulo
Lastly for the those of you in the Philly area: I'll be playing a rare solo set at Kung Fu Necktie this Saturday, October 1. Doors at 11PM. Tickets available here
Birthday Show at Ardmore Music Hall
January 14th, 2016
Hey guys! I'm very excited to announce that I will be celebrating my 30th birthday and the completion of my third album with EchoTest on January 30th at the Ardmore Music Hall. My good friends in HMFO (with whom I have shared the stage in the past) will be opening the evening with a set of sweet Hall & Oates tunes, followed the always-incredible Out of the Beardspace. Of course I am most excited that my bandmates Marco Machera and Alessandro Inolti will be flying all the way over from Rome to play with me too... EchoTest's official debut in the Philly area is surely not to be missed! And hey, I only turn 30 once—come hang!
One year after their debut "Fourth Dementia," the brand new studio album by EchoTest (Julie Slick + Marco Machera) is released: "Le Fil Rouge."
October 5th, 2015
The album was recorded at The Bunker Home Studio in Latina, Italy, during the summer of 2014. Mixed by Todd Mecaughey at Cambridge Sound Studio in Philadelphia, USA and mastered by Mark Trewella (Full Circle Mastering) in Philadelphia, USA, over the course of January 2015.
"Le Fil Rouge" consists of Julie and Marco playing bass duets, with the much appreciated help of Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew Power Trio, The Crimson ProjeKCt) on drums, Sarah "Flossy" Anderson on strings, Eric Slick (Dr. Dog, Lithuania) on drums, and Mike Visser (Springs, Imaginary Tricks) singing lead vocals on "The Drift."
Please consider supporting EchoTest by downloading the album on Bandcamp. Physical copies are also available on CD (signed and un-signed).
Welcome to the updated website!
June 3rd, 2015
We wanted to make the website easier for you visitors to find information... so what's new that I need to tell you about right now?
"Le Fil Rouge" is completed—thanks to the successful crowdfunding campaign Marco Machera and I had at the beginning of the year. We don't have a firm release date yet, because we've decided to try and find a label willing to put the album out (under our new band name, EchoTest). We feel this record marks a real step forward from "Fourth Dementia", so we agreed that there's no need to rush: we're taking our time to do whatever will be needed to gain as much attention as possible for the new music. Since we've also re-branded the project, we've also launched our own website
Since we're withholding the new music, let's give you a little more information about the album: Le Fil Rouge is once again a bass duo record—almost everything you will hear was played on our trusty green axes. The über-talented Tobias Ralph (of the Adrian Belew Power Trio and Crimson ProjeKct) played drums on all songs, with the exception of "The Drift" (which features Julie's brother Eric Slick from Dr. Dog on the skins, and a very special guest appearance by Mike Visser from Springs on vocals). We're also very happy to have had violinist Sarah Anderson on board again (on "Les Bouclés Bleues" and "A Pleasant Torture"). As usual, the album was completed by Julie's team in Philadelphia: mixed and co-produced by Todd Mecaughey at Cambridge Sound Studios, and mastered by Mark Trewella at Full Circle Mastering. We hope you will enjoy the new songs as much as we do!
We're also in the process of scheduling more touring in the USA in August. The dates we played last January on the East Coast were a real success on many levels (way beyond our expectations) so we're excited to do this again (and again and again, hopefully). And hey, if you have any booking inquiries please don't be shy, and contact the email linked to this page. We're definitely going to be on the West Coast in the second half of August, so for those of you lefters who missed out in January should finally have a chance to see us. We'll be on the East Coast in the beginning of the month too, and of course, for you happy TOAPP's, we'll see you at camp! (insert crimson honk)
Fourth Dementia Tour Dates
Janurary 25th, 2015
Julie and Marco are about to undertake a short tour of the east coast of the USA. They'll be joined by Pat Mastelotto and guitarist, Tim Motzer. With special guests Out of The Beardspace.
1/27— Gypsy Sally's, Washington DC
1/28— 8x10, Baltimore, MD
1/29— NJ Proghouse, Dunellen, NJ
1/30— Hard Rock Cafe, Philadelphia, PA
1/31— Spectrum, New York City, NY
julie slick + marco machera—le fil rouge—the next album
December 16th, 2014
after releasing our acclaimed debut record of bass duets, "fourth dementia", in july 2014, we (julie slick + marco machera) are ready to make the next step, and bring a whole lot of new music out to the world with our second full length release, "le fil rouge." but we need a little help from you, our dear friends. see, in order to deliver the best product possible (high quality mixing and mastering, special guests on the album, special care of the artwork design and packaging options) we require some additional financial backing. of course we have amazing rewards in store for those who will make their contribution.
obviously the cost to produce this album is way more than $100 (it's more like a couple thousand), but we wanted to assure you that we'd reach our goal, and therefore you are guaranteed to receive your rewards... so please keep this in mind as you invest!
thanks for taking the time to check out this campaign, and happy holidays!!!
Having met through the Three of a Perfect Pair Music Camp in 2010, bassists Julie Slick and Marco Machera started collaborating in April 2014, when Julie flew to Italy right after her Crimson ProjeKCt European tour, to play a short run of shows in Tuscany. Very spontaneously, some brand-new songs were written during a couple of days rehearsals and played to very appreciative Italian audiences. The impromptu ‘bass duets’ ended up being so satisfying and well-received that Julie and Marco eventually decided to write more material together and record an album. Nearly one month later, “Fourth Dementia” is completed: not the typical bass-dual project, the recording reinvents the role of solo electric bass and brilliantly displays the songwriting abilities of the duo; a captivating combination of loop music, ambient soundscapes and interlocking bass patterns, always melodic yet aggressive and edgy at times.
The bass guitar has a prominent role throughout the record, however more tracking was provided by acclaimed drummers Eric Slick and Pat Mastelotto, and violinist extraordinaire Sarah Anderson.
JUL 5—SPRINGHOUSE SOUND—KING OF PRUSSIA, PA—TICKETS
JUL 6—SPRINGHOUSE SOUND—KING OF PRUSSIA, PA—TICKETS
JULY 7—IX—CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA
JULY 11—JAMMIN' JAVA—VIENNA, VA—TICKETS
JULY 12—JOE SQUARED—BALTIMORE, MD—TICKETS
JULY 13—1984—WILMINGTON, DE—INFO
with Eric Slick on drums:
JULY 17—UNDERGROUND ARTS—PHILADELPHIA, PA—TICKETS
JULY 18—MERCURY LOUNGE—MANHATTAN, NY—TICKETS
JULY 19—BUSHWICK STARR—BROOKLYN, NY—INFO
JULY 20—PA'S LOUNGE—BOSTON, MA—TICKETS
JULY 21—SPRINGSTOCK—NORWICH, CT
The Terroir album design by Dejha Ti has been completed – and we’re giving you a sneak preview! I’m excited beyond belief to share it with you… so excited, that I actually had some really high quality posters printed up. These will be VERY limited edition – 50 signed & numbered on 12w x 18h 80lb Silk cover stock. I’ll be selling them at this weekend’s house concerts with Tim Motzer (guitars) and Dejha Ti (live visuals). These will go fast, so buy your’s now for $40 (plus shipping).