One night at Looking Glass Studios, David Bowie was working with producer Tony Visconti on Heathen and Mario was asked to fill in for Sterling Campbell on drums for "Space Oddity" and "I Would Be Your Slave" as they rehearsed for the Tibetan Benefit show at Carnegie Hall. (To make this visual even better, Philip Glass was on piano, Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) on guitar, Visconti on bass and Bowie at the mic.)
Meeting David and Tony brought Mario recording work directly with David Bowie and engineering and mix work with Tony Visconti. Among the projects Mario recorded with David is the Stealth soundtrack with producer BT and scores of unreleased demo work. Little did Mario know that his range of field would open up to much more than recording and come to include mixing, producing, live sound and FOH mixing.
Mario recorded the new release by David Bowie entitled The Next Day (Iso/Columbia). For a good part of the past two years, Mario worked with David's producer, Tony Visconti, at The Magic Shop in New York City on this amazing release. The Next Day debuted as the #2 selling album in America and #1 in 21 countries across the world!
Previously, Mario has been spending quite a bit of time in Toronto mixing Serena Ryder live, handling FOH for New Year's Eve Live in TO and MuchMusic's Video Awards featuring Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and many other artists outside on the streets of Toronto. Additionally, he was handling live sound for Susan Boyle on television programs The View, Fox & Friends, The Today Show and Piers Morgan and recorded Laurie Anderson for an upcoming project.
Mario's spent some time on the road with Prince, Nine Inch Nails and David Byrne (over in Brooklyn) handling live sound.
Mario produced and mixed Girl In A Rat Suit's EP, recorded Julian Lennon for Tomi Swick's EMI/Canada release, mixed The Silo's FLORIZONA CD and mixed Laurie Anderson's Grammy-nominated Homeland (Nonesuch) CD. He also worked with The Madison Square Gardeners, The Waines (from Italy) and Alexa Ray Joel.
Mario's recorded Anti-Flag at their Pittsburgh-based studio, mixed Alejandro Escovedo's contribution, "Too Little Too Late," for a Doug Sahm tribute CD, mixed Kagero's Japanese Gypsy Rock, remixed a David Bowie single,"Time Will Crawl" and engineered tracks with Linkin Park and Fall Out Boy. He also mixed The Raveonettes for their Beauty Dies EP.
NY indie-darlings, Semi-Precious Weapons' debut release, We Love You (Razor and Tie), was produced, recorded and mixed by Mario. (This indie fav got the band noticed and a massive deal with Interscope records!)
Mario was in Copenhagen in May 2008 producing and mixing
Halph's latest indie release, The World Is As You Are. Earlier,
Mario was tracking punk rock legend Alejandro Escovedo's Real Animal
and power punk favorites, Anti-Flag's Bright Lights of America,
for producer, Tony Visconti, at Saint-Claire Studios for Backporch/Blue Note Records.
With Tony Visconti, Mario has recorded nearly all of Tony's music for the past seven years including Angelique Kidjo's Djin Djin album (Razor and Tie), Neil and Tim Finn's Everyone Is Here (Nettwerk), David Bowie's Reality (Isolar/Columbia), Manic Street Preachers' Lifeblood (Epic), Hugh Cornwell's Beyond Elysian Fields, Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips' L'Avventura (Jet Set), Kashmir's No Balance Palace (SONY/Denmark) featuring Lou Reed and David Bowie, Kristeen Young's X and Breasticles (Sanctuary) and Morrissey's Ringleader of the Tormentors (Sanctuary).
Independently, Mario has produced, recorded and/or mixed Keith Richards, Laurie Anderson, David Torn, Ziggy Marley, Elysian Fields, The Blue Man Group, Rufus Wainwright, Cheyenne, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons) for the Matmos' The Rose Has Teeth In The Mouth Of A Beast CD, indie rock band Halph's Ode To You (Pony) and The Cloud Room's Please Don't Almost Kill Me.
In 2008, Mario won his first Grammy Award for his work on Angelique Kidjo's spectacular, star-studded release, Djin Djin.