How old were you when you started to work as a professional guitar player for a band back in Italy?
I was probably 18 or 19 and eager to realize what I always wanted to do with music. At the time I was almost freshly graduated from high school, I was free and the only real commitment was for the Conservatory which I honestly couldn’t find more enjoyable. So I started to do auditions and to hang out with as many musicians as I could.
Do you remember having other musical experiences before all that?
I started to play guitar when I was 13 and suddenly played in friends bands for fun. A few years later I had my biggest musical experience ever which gave me the chance to be, even for a brief time, part of a famous TV show and a member of the orchestra in the background. Working for bands instead led me to tour around Italy and play for big crowds.
How was playing for the first time on a big stage in front of thousands of people?
That was awesome, I remember being in Verona, near the Arena and experiencing one of my favorite sensations ever. At the beginning it was frightening to be honest; I was worried of making mistakes, breaking a string or even falling on stage -awful things to imagine! Then I realized at the end it wasn’t bad as I thought would be.
What’s the difference between a TV audience and a concert crowd in your opinion? (TV audience finta live people vera, preferisci 100mila volte questa perche’ senti il calore del pubblico vero. If you ask me what I prefer…)
Well, it depends which audience you refer to. The TV audience in the studio is most of the time smaller than a live concert crowd; The people watching you at home are probably more than you would imagine instead, but you don’t think about that when you play, hopefully. Also the people seated in the studio are taught to act or move in a certain way and this is something easy to notice. If you ask me which of the two I enjoy most I would definitely say the concert people; They are unpredictable, powerful and they bring out that live response that is not possible to experience with any other kind of crowd.
Can you talk more about this first Italian band you started working with? (dire genre etc…)
I started to work as a guitar player for the band Verseta when I was about 19. I knew they were looking for a guitar player so I did an audition for them together with other people and a week after the singer got back to me saying I was in the band. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure I wanted to be in a pop-rock band but they were pretty known in Italy and that was a chance for me to play a genre I hadn’t play before. We started to tour right away after that.
In addition to Verseta have you worked with other bands or artists?
I’ve been with Verseta for a year and in the meantime I was involved in other projects as a recording musician. I suddenly had the chance to work for this young singer-songwriter named Davide Mogavero who was having huge success after participating in a famous TV talent show and he was gathering different professional musicians in order to create his own band. After a few months I realized I was too busy to be in two bands so I had to decide which one to choose and I ended up leaving my previous project with Verseta.
How did the collaboration with singer Davide Mogavero get started?
I remember receiving an email from the manager, he knew me from my TV participation and he knew also I was already busy with a band but he offered me the chance to be part of this new group he was forming. I said yes right away cause I liked the genre and this guy was really gifted with an awesome voice. Playing for him I also had the chance to be in a specific role other then being a normal guitar player and this made me grow up musically more and more.
You have mentioned the chance of having a specific role in this project, can you talk more about that?
Davide gave me the chance to participate actively during the production and writing of his own songs and that was something I hadn’t experienced in the previous projects I was into. Thanks to this opportunity I started to develop an interest for subjects like composition and arranging which I had the chance to study thereafter.
Talking about your current projects instead, do you still have the chance to keep in touch with your previous collaborators?
After I came to the US, I started to be involved in different projects and bands so I can’t say I’m still a huge part of what I left in Italy, but I definitely keep in touch with those people I’ve worked in the past and I enjoy to play for them when I sometimes go back to my country.