Ok, one thing you will notice as you read the
links below is that I am just oozing (yuck.) with compliments
for all whom I have listed. But that’s exactly my point.
If I didn’t have something really great to say about
someone, then I didn’t include that person here. What
you will find below are great, quality people who are really,
really good at what they do.
Recording Studios &
The Phat Cave www.phatcave.com
This is the site of the studio of my friend and producer of
my record, Curt Marolt. I tell you, there’s no other guy
I would want on the other side of the glass, as Curt is an extremely
talented composer, arranger, programmer, sound engineer and
musician. Did I leave anything out? Oh, yeah, he also loves
the Chicago Cubs, micro-brews and teddy bears. But seriously,
want to do a demo or a record in Chicago? This is the studio
and the guy with whom to do it.
Entertainment Group www.maximentertainmentgroup.com
The site of another extremely talented friend, Joe Dillilo.
Joe plays some awesome guitar and great Bacharach-esque piano
which are very useful in his composing and producing. I wrote
‘True Love’ and ‘I Am Alone’ with
Joe. Also, another guy to contact if you are looking to record
demos, a CD or master in the Chicago area. Also does a fair
amount of jingle composition and web audio.
This is the site/company of ‘C’ Etian, an all-around
great guy. Helped me out many a time with gear, work and a
place to stay. Great with servicing his customers and very
knowledgeable—he’s been in the biz for 32 years!
Soundz is located in the Chicago area (oh yeah, also in Atlanta,
GA) and does sound and lighting for concerts, parties, conventions
and fashion shows. Plus, ‘C’ also operates a DJ
company called The Dance Machine that does really great presentations
for weddings, parties, conferences and the like.
Graphic and Web Design
Elizabeth Stroll www.elizabethstroll.com
I can explain Elizabeth Stroll and her work in one word –
WOW! She’s an incredibly talented and creative graphic
designer, and man, what a photographer. She’s awesome
and has a great mind for design, mood, emotion. She’s
in Chicago. If you can work with her—do it!
the site of kick-butt photographer and web-designer named,
Paglia (shhhh, his real name is Andrea). He’s from the
Milan area and great guy who’s always snappin’
cool pics. He comes to many of my gigs and other musician’s,
and is always very supportive of many groups on the Milan
Artists and Bands
Len Mormino www.broadjam.com/artists/artist.asp?artistID=11136
The site of my cousin and best friend, Len Mormino. Ok, so
that’s one reason why he’s here on the link page.
However, it’s also because he is a great songwriter.
Len is a very positive person; everyone wants to hang with
him because he is so genuine and sincere, and it totally shows
in his writing. He is a firm believer in personal growth and
striving for one’s best. I dig his messages, and they
are presented in a formats ranging from light-pop, dance and
sometimes a bit folky. Check him out, coo stuff!
Vincent Truman www.vincenttruman.net
This is the site of artistic madman, Vincent Truman. I met
Vincent through a songwriter group to which we belonged. Later
he put together a showcase at which I played and we became
friends from that point on. You may notice his name, as he
wrote my bio. His site is a must see. He’s brilliantly
artistic—a songwriter, actor, writer, comic and most
of all—professional goofball. He is hilarious and waaaaaaaaaaay
out there! I love his mind and he is just a great person.
Every so year now (yes, I intended that) when Vincent and
I get together in Chicago, it is great night of laughing,
drinking too much beer, and then too much coffee at the Golden
Corral on, I want to say, Lincoln Avenue? Just think kinda
gross, greasy spoon and you’ll get the picture.
Giampaolo Pasquile (GiamPianoMan)
Where to start with Giampaolo...? Where to start...?
First of all he's from Salerno, which is in the south of Italy
in the province of Campania (about 60km or 40 miles southeast
of Napoli). Now he lives in Milan. Second, he's
just a great, straight-forward, no-bullshit, honest guy.
The type of person I really jive with. Third, WOW!
He's a really, really awesome piano/keyboard player, songwriter
and producer. Fourth, to tie it all together, he's a
really good friend. That's why it's
so cool he's now a part of my band, as well.
But go check out his site and you'll see what I mean.
Coma is a Guns ‘n’ Roses tribute band from Milan
and they ROCK! (Coma is a G’n’R song from the
Use your Illusion 1 album) They are a group of great guys
with whom I always have a good time. From the time I met these
guys, they have been very supportive of what I do. In fact,
they were the first group to ask me to do a tune with them
at a show. (Thanks again, Christian and Simone!) Oh, and if
you want to learn Lombard dialect slang and vulgarities, then
talk with the bassist, Natale. I’ve tried, however,
I’m a bad student, as I’ve only learned (or can
remember ) one phrase which means to f--- off!
Kick Start www.kick-start.it
Kick Start is another cool Milanese group. They are a power
trio fronted by a very talented singer and lead guitarist,
Joey Salati. Along with Marco on bass and Michele on drums
they play their own tunes that lean toward more of a 70’s
AOR sound. Really good.
Fuori Uso www.fuoriusoweb.com
Fuori Uso (Out of Order) is a glam-rock band from a suburb
outside of Bergamo. These guys are just plain cool. Very fun
to hang out with, very sincere, honest dudes who have played
together since they all started playing music as teen-agers.
The awesome thing to see about these guys is that they are
all buddies, they grew up together. Plus, the bassist, Lucky
and the guitarist, Evan (Van Toxic) are brothers. So, yeah,
these guys are tight as buds, and as a band.
I feel the need to get on my soap box here
and express some thoughts. As I have written in the past,
the present state of the music industry—Sucks. Did I
say Sucks? Oh, yeah, it Sucks! The big 4 (yeah, only 4 major
labels left in the world!) don’t want to hear from artists
like me or the songwriters and bands above. The reasons why
are numerous, and I could write text book about it all. A
discourse for another time, as my real point is this: one
of the reasons why I have fans on the globe is because of
the people below. Like me, they do what they do because they
love the music. They all have day jobs, and then do what they
really love for little nothing. It’s a ton of work!
Take a look at each site below and you will see what I mean.
For an independent artist like myself, these people are an
extremely integral part of the industry. We are helping each
other do what we want to do—music. Together we are keeping
REAL music alive. I’m getting down now…#!@%, Blast!
SLAM! is the site of the awesome web designer and journalist
from Milan, Italy, Moreno Lissoni. Go to his site and you’ll
see what I mean. Yes, it caters to more of the 80’s
Rock/Glam rock crowd (not me), which still has a very large
following in Europe. This is, of course, unlike the States
where this whole genre is pretty much dead and its fans are
very in the closet. At the same time, Moreno strives to expose
artists of other genres as well (yup, like me). So you will
see artists of commercial pop-rock, hard-rock and metal. This
site is way pro and FULL of very informative content in the
world of rock ‘n’ roll. Slowly, Moreno’s
work is becoming noticed as Glam acts from the U.S. that want
to tour again constantly contact him for help. My hope is
that he can soon quit his day job and do SLAM! full-time because
he is that good.
Glory Daze www.glory-daze.com
Glory Daze is based in Aukland, New Zealand and is dedicated
mostly to hard rock from the 70’s and 80’s. At
the same time, like Moreno of SLAM!, they look to expose the
world to what is cool and new. George Thatcher heads up Glory
Daze and does a great job with the site. Luigi Cisaria gave
me quite the sparkling review, and we also did a really cool
interview. Great site, great people!
ROCKUM is the baby of Gino Alaches from Lima, Peru. Although
my contact with Gino has been strictly via email, he has always
been very up-front and honest with me. No B.S. here. If my
record sucked he would have reported just that in the review
he did. (Whew! Glad he didn’t think it sucked.) He is,
yet, another music aficionado who started by reporting and
reviewing about hard rock/metal/glam. But now tries to present
what is cool, happenin’ and new, like me-yippeee! (Ok,
so sometimes I like to be dork.)
Melodic.Net is in Stockholm, Sweden and is run by Par Winberg.
Cool guy who runs a very cool site.
– Cool places to hang out
Cathouse is the brainchild of Rock ‘n’ Roll Madman,
rock journalist and goofball---
Roby Comanducci. Cathouse is an 80’s Glam/Metal themed
night that Roby does at various clubs around Milan every Friday
and Saturday night. Everything that was Glam/Rock/Metal hip
in the 80’s can be seen and heard here—guys and
girls with big hair, big boobs (just the women), scantily
clad, make-up, cool boots and, of course, all the popular
and obscure music of the 80’s. For me, it’s like
taking a walk into the past around 1985. Kinda cool, kinda
fun. For everyone else, it’s what is hip now. For example,
my chickie-chick is in love with the Girls, Girls, Girls CD
from Motley Crue. When I asked her if nineteen years or so
of that album was enough since the time it was released, she
gave me this puzzled look that said, “What the hell
are you talking about?” Then it occurred to me, “Hmmmnnn,
when did you first hear this record?” Her response (translated,
of course): “Oh, I don’t know…maybe a little
more than a year ago.” It’s that way here for
much of the music from the 80’s. Well, actually a lot
of American music, it just didn’t arrive in certain
parts of Italy. Kinda funny.