Dani Ricciardiello. Session guitarist, composer and guitar teacher based in London, UK. www.daniricciardiello.com
Danilo Ricciardiello is an eclectic guitarist with a creative and dynamic approach across a vast range of music styles.
He started studying classical guitar when he was eleven years old and, after few years, the study of modern music such as blues, rock and jazz, totally captured him. During these years he gained a deep knowledge of these styles studying under the guidance of the well-known Italian teacher, composer and arranger Giancarlo Perna with whom he also studied arranging and composing. The love and devotion for music took him even to New York City where he spent few months playing for local artists and attending lessons with some of the top international players and teachers (Jonathan Kreisberg, Adam Rogers).
As a session musician, Dani has enjoyed playing in different bands and for different kinds of artist in studio and at many venues. In 2015, holding a BMus in Jazz Guitar from the Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella, he decided to move to London where he also works as a session musician and composer, collaborating with studios based in London and Los Angeles to write music for movie trailers.
Also, Dani is very active teaching students of all ages and different styles, doing guitar masterclasses regarding his favourite music genres and writing arrangements for his band classes. He's always committed to share the passion for the guitar.
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Interview with Dani
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: ..a guitar, a computer and a master keyboard to have them all! Kidding, just a guitar and a looooot of strings!!!ehehe ;)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Gigs, trip-hop productions, movie trailers.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both! ..sometime you want that, sometime the other, some other time you need both! So why having limits.. ;)
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job is my hobby.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: To look for somebody that truly like the project, that can put time and effort on it being available and committed. Somebody interested to add to the project a bit of himself.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn to play an harmonic instrument ;)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, rock-blues, pop, jazz, trip-hop, funk
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Eclecticism, harmony and music theory, arranging, sounds, improvisation.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The aim for me it's always to add personality and emotion to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depending on the kind of job. If I have to compose/produce a piece, my basic creative process usually starts looking for a few music elements to mix or simply to start from. A big part of time is spent to find different/new sounds, playing around with new and vintage sounds/effects. Then, I'll try different arrangements (from minimalistic configurations to full band arrangements including for example brass sections or strings).
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: The Studio, for me, is a vital place to the creation of a piece of music. This is why I like it to be very inspiring. My personal home music studio is in a converted warehouse in Sydenham (South East London), close to the overground station. There are two main areas used for music. The recording setup is pretty minimal and consist mainly in a Logic/Apple workstation, Akg/Shure microphones and different effects.. I like to think that the strongest tool is the talent and creativity of the team of musicians I work with.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, John Williams, The Motown Sound and many more...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Guitar recordings, live sessions, collaborating with songwriters, arranging, composing, recordings, full productions with a creative team of great musicians.