In the early days of techno, Marco Carola was among a select few in southern Italy caught by the genre. Italo disco and house were the sound of the region. But it never really appealed to the Neapolitan DJ/producer. He instead helped to create his own techno scene there by learning how to produce the music from Detroit and the UK that was so inspiring to him. Eventually Naples became too small for his ambitions, and Carola moved on to Frankfurt, one of techno's hubs in the early '00s. It was there that his aims turned international and his hard techno sound matured into a sleeker, more minimal proposition.