Session guitarist, composer and producer based in London, specialised in blues-rock, jazz and pop. www.daniricciardiello.com
Dan is an eclectic guitarist, composer and producer with a creative and dynamic approach across a vast range of music styles.
He began studying classical guitar at age of eleven. 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 to New York City where he spent few months playing with 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 live. In 2015, holding a BMus in Jazz Guitar from the Conservatory of Music San Pietro a Majella, he moved to London where he now works as a session musician, teacher, composer and producer. He also collaborates with music studios located around the world from London to Los Angeles, writing music for movie trailers and for different artists.
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Dani is an amazing and talented musician. He is committed to music and is a complete professional along with being a great person to work with!
Working with Dani is such a nice experience, I must tell. You will feel welcomed and comfrotable at all time. He is professional and friendly at the same time. Whatever you need he is able to do it. I worked for 3 big productions with Dani and I am always surprised by his availability, flexibility and professionalism. He can really do everything. Thank You Dani, for being the artist you are, the world should have more people like you. Thank you also for your help, time and patience and for having created a nice studio where other artists like me can feel free to dare! The best
Interview with Danilo Ricci
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can I ask for one or more revisions?". Of course! I can add as many revision you think we need for the project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Jeff Beck, Bill Frisell, Robben Ford, John Mayer, 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.
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'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: 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 strongest skill?
A: Eclecticism, harmony and music theory, arranging, sounds, improvisation.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, rock-blues, pop, jazz, trip-hop, funk
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn to play an harmonic instrument ;)
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: What do you like most about your job?
A: My job is my hobby :)
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 are you working on at the moment?
A: Gigs, trip-hop productions, movie trailers.
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 ;)