I grew up in Chicago in the 70’s and 80’s. Listening to bands like Aerosmith, Kiss and Led Zeppelin. When the 80’s rolled in I fell in love with guitar the second I saw Warren DeMartini fall through the ceiling and land on a table playing his guitar solo in the video for “round and round”. That was it, I was hooked. I started playing guitar and never looked back. My biggest influences muscly are bands like Queensryche, Dokken, Aerosmith, Dio, Def Leppard and the list goes on. My guitar influences are Warren DeMartini, George Lynch, Bill Leverty, Vivian Campbell, Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo.
I love music and play Guitar for the band Catalano and have a solo release available worldwide on Rogue Records which is a diverse compilation of songs that reflect many of my musical influences. There are no rules when it comes to style, genre or sound. These are the words I live by. Experimental, grove, rock, metal, pop call it what you will. Music should come from the heart and deep from your soul. When I pick up a guitar I play what I feel inside this translates to my unique style and sound that I do not label. Its music, it’s my art.
Catalano was a project that was born out of my recording sessions for my solo album “Only a Dream”. After recording the album I got a few guys together and started the band. Knowing I needed a second guitar player I called my brother John and told him to dust off his gear and get back in the game. We decided to call the band Catalano in honor of our brother Nick who had passed away in 2001. With the right guys in the mix we started writing sessions and hitting stages across the city and the Midwest. We decided to bring an energetic live show that is reminiscent of an 80’s arena rock show. No one was doing that anymore and it was seen as an old fad. We still believe that rocking hard on stage and enjoying our music with our fans is the best thing in the world.
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