Marc Aliana is a rock singer, songwriter and guitarist born in Barcelona and currently located in Oakland, CA, who has earned nominations in the American Songwriting Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Competition. Aliana’s latest release is “Front Page Superstar (Edu Freud Remix).” Barcelona-based producer Edu Freud delivers a fresh take on the original track, blending its surf guitars and enigmatic story line with elements of 90s electronic, trip hop, and drum and bass.
“Front Page Superstar” was Aliana’s first single and it served as an introduction to The Entertainer, a concept EP which follows the rise and demise of an anonymous character’s desperate quest for success and celebrity. Edgy guitar riffs, 80s-evocative synths and leg-tapping beats provide a cinematic atmosphere to the story, blending an indie rock and no wave foundation with the more electronic side of krautrock.
Aliana’s adventure in the US started in 2011. Landing in Los Angeles with a cabin-size suitcase, his Telecaster guitar, and no plans beyond a one-night stay at the cheapest hotel by the airport, he wound up in San Diego playing his first show in the country just a few days later. From there, he ventured out on multiple for-hire tours across the US, Mexico and Japan. The less glamorous side of touring came paired with survival-mode budgets which often had him sleeping on strangers’ couches, airport floors, or No-Country-For-Old-Men-esque motels.
Attracted to its world-famous rock scene and cinematic history, Aliana relocated to LA and soon started writing his own material. However, vocal damage forced him to put singing on hold and completely rewire his technique. In 2015, Aliana was hired as the lead guitarist with Burn The Floor, an internationally renowned dance production that took him on a year-long world tour. He used his time off to resume writing, while retraining his voice in empty theaters and laundromats. Aliana later set up his home studio in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he produced and recorded The Entertainer.
Aliana is currently supervising the editing process of a music video, which was shot in Hollywood last March and he co-directed himself. This video is set to support the release of The Entertainer EP in the late summer of 2018.
In 2015, Marc Aliana’s composition “The Best Song In The World” earned him nominations in two international US-based songwriting competitions. This unreleased title was a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen, with whom Aliana had a fortuitous encounter in an unassuming cafe during his time in LA. It was also one of the first songs that Aliana ever wrote in English.