Clockwork began in late 2010 in London, but in reality was born long before. Francesco Leali spent his youth in training as a classical musician. As his interest in electronic music grew, Francesco decided to harness his conservatory qualifications to foray into the electronic medium, and what began as a hobby became his passion and career.
This project manifests itself in two forms. In the studio he is a producer of subtle and melodic techno. Behind the decks he blends booming, moody bass with dark, stripped-down rhythms. As the project took shape, Francesco developed his technique with his former DJ partner Federico Maccherone, but eventually the two parted ways after which Francesco began focussing on his dynamic live sets with his friend and co-worker Avatism.
Clockwork went on to earn critical acclaim with 2013's full length album B.O.A.T.S. ("Based On A True Story"), which Resident Advisor referred to as a gloriously "dark and dubby dreamscape." Following the success of B.O.A.T.S., he decided to return to his hometown, Milan; from Berlin in order to focus on new productions and perhaps a new direction for the project.
Thomas did not buy his first vinyl record when he was 10 years old, nor was he born out of the love of two underground jazz musicians. Despite an extremely dull and standard childhood during which he barely learned to play drums, his moody small-room music has been released on labels such as Vakant, Dumb-Unit and Haunt.
Much to everyone’s surprise, his recent releases, doom-laced live sets and collaborations have lead him to rise to similar popularity to other artists with more interesting biographies.
Max's style is all over the spectrum of electronic music: ranging from playful minimal and house, to deep techno. As a student in Arizona he was constantly raising the bar for underground music. The originality of his DJ sets got him recognized throughout the state and he performed at various large-scale events featuring big name guests. Eventually, his love for deeper and more experimental sounds led him back to his natural habitat of the San Francisco bay area.
After settling into the bay area Max refocused his direction into jam sessions in the studio. Working hard on mastering his gear and developing production technique, he always strives to define his own sound. While surrounded by a wide range of electronic sounds in the bay area, Max still felt there was a shortage of techno events. As a result, he teamed up with his dear friend and music aficionado, Brian Knarfield and founded the event series Direct To Earth (DTE), based out of Oakland. DTE has now established itself as a key player for the underground techno movement in Oakland and San Francisco. It continues to provide a home for the underground dance music community, and techno throughout the bay area.
Since moving to the bay area Max has performed at shows featuring artists such as Dustin Zahn, Raiz, Max Cooper, Heiko Laux, Pig & Dan, Tim Xavier, Luke Hess, Marco Bailey, [a]pendics.shuffle, Jay Tripwire, Evil Eddie Richards, Balcazar & Sordo, Noah Pred, Nico Stojan, Echospace and Octave among many others. He has also released his first EP with Seeder and saw it reach #11 on the Beatport minimal charts. Max commonly tests the waters by sneaking some original productions into his DJ sets. He is a frequent performer at the bay area's most celebrated nightclubs and undergrounds and has also made appearances in Las Vegas, Colorado, Black Rock City, and throughout Arizona. Be on the lookout for more releases to come soon!