Interview: Dino Fiorenza

Dan McAvinchey: Dino, when did you first get interested in the bass, and how did you learn and progress as a player?

Dino Fiorenza: I started playing bass at age 18; it all started after a relative of mine gave me Deep Purple's album "Made In Japan". As soon as I played the CD, by chance I put it on the wrong side, and I heard the riff from "Smoke On The Water", and the beginning of the bass, well, that literally struck by lightning around me. Ever since then I decided that I played bass.

Dan McAvinchey: Your latest CD, "It's Important", was released by Fog Foundation. Tell us about that relationship.

Dino Fiorenza: I know the Fog guys for a long time, and I always appreciated their professionalism and humanity. I had several proposals with major labels, but now the music business is really hard - no one does anything serious for you. When I decided to make my record, it was natural to turn to them because I knew they would do the best for me, and so it was!

Dan McAvinchey: How did you write the songs for "It's Important"? Was it a collaborative approach, or did you work alone?

Dino Fiorenza: I composed all the songs, I worked alone on the structures and harmonies of the songs, but when I called the various musicians, I gave them absolute freedom. I wanted their art, not just their hands! It would be useless to call all these musicians and do not let them vent. All the musicians who play on my record, they are all great friends called to be part of a great important party.

Composing music is not difficult. I did not follow very specific patterns or charges. I take my bass and I play. "It's important" is all by me, my emotions, my joys, my anxieties, myself!

Dan McAvinchey: Which of the tracks from your album do you enjoy playing the most?

Dino Fiorenza: I love to play all the songs on my record, they are all my children, but perhaps the song that I like to play most often during my clinics is "Liquid". All the techniques I use are featured in that song - and then it is really a metal song.

Dan McAvinchey: Do you get the chance to showcase your instrumental music before a live audience?

Dino Fiorenza: Yes, I have already performed the songs on my record in a live setting with great musicians, including my great friend Mistheria on keyboards, which, in addition to playing on the disc, has always accompanied me during the live shows, and collaborated with me on many other projects.

I hope I can still play a lot, and around the world, as I always have!

Dan McAvinchey: Are you using any social media sites to promote your CDs and music career?

Dino Fiorenza: I think this is a question that you should ask the Fog, but I can assure you they are doing their utmost to promote my record and all those produced by the Fog. I repeat, they are perhaps the only label that really does their job well!

Dan McAvinchey: From a publicity and promotion standpoint, what do you find is working best for you at the moment?

Dino Fiorenza: The only thing that works well now is a label that ensures your disc is everywhere. Today, what does not work is the music download - this just ensures that the music industry is over. So now if you think of making a record to sell it's crazy - the disc is only done today as a personal honor, one of the reasons that pushes you to do so is the visibility you receive from it. So if you do not have a good label behind you that causes this to happen, all this is useless.

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Dan McAvinchey: Why do you think some music fans prefer instrumental music over traditional vocal oriented music?

Dino Fiorenza: I think the world is beautiful because it is varied. I created and released an instrumental album because I'm a bass player, and I wanted to introduce myself as a bass player. But it is possible that in a few years I will produce a disc with a great singer.

Never say never.

Dan McAvinchey: Other than guitar-oriented music, what other kinds of music do you like to listen to?

Dino Fiorenza: I love all music. I like listening to great bands like Mr. Big, Pantera, and Deep Purple, among others.

As you can see, I not only love instrumental music, which is what I like to do, but I love to hear great bands supported by great singers.

Dan McAvinchey: OK, let's wrap it up now, what are your plans for the future?

Dino Fiorenza: I'm doing a second instructional DVD, and the third instructional book that will come out next year.

I am preparing another album and I'll tour next year, doing many bass clinics around the world.

Thank you very much for your support, your time, and your commitment to music.

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After playing in many bands, touring Europe, working with Steve Vai, and teaching at music college, bassist Dino Fiorenza steps to the forefront with his solo CD, "It's Important". This is an instrumental CD that features a great roster of guest guitarists, including Frabrizio Leo, Alessandro Benvenuti, Prashant Aswani, Dave Martone, Neil Zaza, Marco Sfogli and Jennifer Batten - just to name a few.

Dan McAvinchey hooked up with Fiorenze for this cyber conversation and interview to get more insights into this fascinating musician.