Marco Coti Zelati
Marco “Maki” Coti-Zelati is a musician, producer, founding member, main songwriter and bass player of the Italian metal band Lacuna Coil.
Born in Milan on 19 August 1975, he has always been surrounded by musical instruments thanks largely to his father who is also deeply passionate about music. Having spent his formative years listening to bands such as The Beatles, Dire Straits, Iron Butterfly, Deep Purple, Steely Dan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pink Floyd and many others, in 1988 he started to play music himself, commencing as a self-taught guitarist until 1995 when he started his bass career.
As a former skater and Judo student, his great passions in addition to music include drawing, graphic design and art – specifically for the band’s merchandise and artwork for which he is largely responsible. In addition, Marco is a keen cook and can often be found in the kitchen having been a professional cook prior to Lacuna Coil.
To date, he has written 9 albums with Lacuna Coil, produced 4 albums as Artistic Producer and Songwriter and has published many of his drawings in association with the band, notably in the merchandise designs and artwork for Lacuna Coil. In addition to this, he has also produced artwork for various other bands and has indeed cooked for many established industry legends such as Iced Earth, Rob Zombie and producers Don Gilmore and Jay Baumgardner.
His musical career can be traced back to 1993 when he founded the band Sleep of Right with current Lacuna Coil singer Andrea Ferro along with Michelangelo Algardi (drums) and Muriel Peretti (bass), combining a mix of Hard Core / Punk Rock with Doom influences / Gothic Metal. Following its foundation, Sleep of Right began to be known for playing during Skateboard contests, including the Made in Bo ‘of Bologna and various other concerts in Social Centers and in occupied schools.
Between 1993 and 1995, Sleep of Right underwent a series of changes. The most influential being the recording of the first song “Bleeding Souls” which was released on a compilation of Milanese underground bands called Noise of Bolgia. It was around this time that the band began to receive interest from third parties and indeed received its first reviews in magazines. The arrival of Cristina Scabbia into the band alongside a change in some of the elements of the group led Maki to change instruments. Shortly thereafter, the band changed its name to Ethereal and in 1996 recorded its first promo, comprising two tracks on a music cassette called simply “Promo 96” featuring the songs “Shallow End” and “Frozen Feeling”. Subsequent to this, the band secured a record deal with Century Media Records.
After signing with Century Media, the band found that it had to change its name to Lacuna Coil for copyright reasons and from that moment on, Marco found himself abandoning the kitchen to go 100% into the world of music.
The following year, Lacuna Coil recorded its first EP – “Lacuna Coil” in Germany with producer Waldemar Sorychta at the Woodhouse Studios and 1 month later found themselves on tour in Europe supporting Moonspell. 2 months after this, Lacuna Coil performed for the first time at the Lisbon Coliseum in front of more than 5,000 people.
Subsequently, Lacuna Coil has spent the last two decades performing all over the world with many notable and legendary established bands such as The Gathering, Sentenced, Lacrimosa, Dimmu Borgir, Samael, Tiamat, In Flames, Grip Inc, Anthrax, Typo 0 Negative, POD, Disturbed, Static X, Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Rob Zombie, Black Sabbath, Black Label Society, Dragonforce, Lamb of God, Hatebreed, Slipknot, Deftones, Korn, System of a Down.
In addition to Headline and supporting tours, Lacuna Coil has performed at many of the most prestigious festivals around the world including Dynamo Open Air, Gods of Metal, Graspop, Heineken Jammin Festival, Ozzfest, Gigantour, Wacken Open Air, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Sonisphere, Rockville Festival, Rocklahoma, ShipRocked, 70000 Tons of Metal. The band has also played the main stage of the legendary Download Festival in England and has gone on to sell in excess of 2 million records worldwide.
Among the achievements of the band, its songs have been used in the films Resident Evil – Apocalypse, Alien vs. Predator, The Devil’s Hideaway – The Cave, Alone in the Dark, Underworld: Evolution, Masters of Horror II and indeed during 1 episode of the TV series Criminal Minds. Furthering its audience even wider, it’s music has also featured on video games including Vampire the Masquerade – Bloodlines, Guitar Hero III – Legends of Rock, Guitar Hero World Tour and Rock Band I and II.
A stand out point remains that Lacuna Coil are the only Italian band apart from the historic PFM band (Premiata Formerai Marconi) who have entered the chart Top 200 of the American Billboard Chart. This began with its third album Comalies in 2006 at 178th place, in 2008 at 28th place with Karmacode, in 2009 at 16th place with Shallow Life, Dark Adrenaline in 15th place in 2012 and again at 27th place in 2014 with Broken Crown Halo.
After learning and honing his craft working alongside established and respected producers including Waldemar Sorichta, Don Gilmore and Jay Baumgardner, maturing and making the most of all the concepts learned, he decided to start producing both Lacuna Coil and other bands/Artists including MellowToy, Genus Ordinis Dei and Melissa VanFleet.
Currently, after having toured the world with the Delirium World Tour throughout 2016/2017, Lacuna Coil concluded with a sold out show in London at the 02 Kentish Town Forum on January 19th 2018 in celebration of the 20th. Anniversary of the band. This will also be released a DVD in the Autumn of 2018. Marco is now currently in the process of mixing the sound for the DVD whilst writing the next Lacuna Coil Record, which is expected to be released during 2019.