WITH DINO FIORENZA
our editor in Italy, Salvo Russo.
musician Dino Fiorenza is a bass player virtuoso. He played with
Zack Wilde, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Paul
Gilbert, just to name a few.
Fiorenza, who is also bass- teacher, writes for the Italian
magazine "Chitarre" and for the American websites
Truefire.com and Basslessons.com. Our italian editor Salvo
Russo, as Sicilian himself, is obviously very pride and
interested in Dino Fiorenza`s rock-fusion solo album "It's
important" for the label Fog foundation.
was successful in obtaining a short yet very interesting
interview with this great artist. This interview gets the title
"Smoke On The Water"... Deep Purple? Maybe...
On The Water
Well…I can’t ask about you about your entire carrier until now…you
could write a book about it…can you give us a short description
of main steps ?
thanks for your compliments I hope to merit, say that my career
began playing in small clubs in my home town in Sicily, where I
pointed out to me immediately for my technique explosive, then
began playing in the American base SIGONELLA them I was spotted by
a drummer Berklee graduated who returned at home, he spoke about
me of a guitarist GD, who contacted me for a tour in the United
States, from there the list of my live and studio collaborations
Dino…you…and the bass…the bass and you…The bass is the
most “unknown” instrument for many superficial listeners…not
for metal music of course…when did you realize that it was “your
I was a kid, my cousin gave me Deep Purple's album "Made in
Japan", just put that record, the bass of Smoke On The Water
burning me, and realized that this must be my instrument. I like
to think that I played for the first b-side, and if I put the
You have played with a lot of famous artists…Which are those one
who had impressed you the most?
the artists I have played and will play that teach me something
and I am impressed by what they do, but if i must speak one,
surely STEVE VAI
Let’s talk about this album…How could you describe it? It’s
an instrumental tribute to bass…but not only…isn’t it?
album is myself, all my life put in eleven instrumental tracks, it
isnt a tribute to the bass, but a great party to which all the
instruments involved and have fun
What about your favorite music?
am a true metalhead
Dino…You’re a bass teacher known in many parts of the world…what
could you suggest to all those who wants to begin to play this
advice I always give to all my students is to always express their
personal musical idea, it is not the technique that makes someone,
but their ideas, do not be satisfied with the extras on the stage
of life, but the protagonists
Dino...Nowadays ..it’s not a good period for all musicians …and
it’s getting hard to make great profit from it…how is it
changed the life of all those musicians who were rich 20 years
like a musician is really difficult, and as I said before, you
have to be really expressive to make music career, and now a
musician should be able to do everything, teach, session man,
clinics etc. ...
Dino…what can you tell us about the imminent future? Is there a
new collaboration or album in project?
preparing a new instructional DVD, the second album, I'm recording
many album as a session man, I'll do the clinics in New Zealand,
Asia, and the USA, and as usual i'm playing to music expo for
MARKBASS, glorious Italian brand of which are happily endorser.
..As you can see I am not bored
Ok…the game of tower for you too…that’s our final question…
you’re on a very high tower, and three artists are with you…you
have to push down two of them, saving the third one…For you
Myung Billy Sheehan Steve Harris
Sheehan, is my best friend, and my best music inspiration