Credits include Elton John, Slash, Gilby Clarke, members of Weezer, Pearl Jam, Guns ‘n Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, The Runaways, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, and many others.

Official videographer for rock supergroup Velvet Revolver for the life of the band from 2002-2008. Went on to work with many of my idols, directing their videos and producing their music. In 2014 I teamed up with my friend and long-time collaborator Scott Weiland to transform his private studio into a world-class commercial recording facility, while serving as studio manager and chief engineer.

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My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Rocco Guarino:

  • Ing J
  • Ing J
  • Ing J
  • Joe Roncetti
  • Due Voci
  • Babylon Saints
  • Babylon Saints
  • Babylon Saints
  • Babylon Saints
  • Amanda Overmyer
  • Amanda Overmyer
  • Scott Weiland
  • Pou Piam
  • Pou Piam
  • Gina Gershon
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver
  • El Tule
  • Stevie Salas
  • Velvet Revolver
  • Velvet Revolver

Gear highlights

  • MCI 528b console
  • Neve BCM10 sidecar
  • Neumann U47
  • Black Lion FM192 converters
  • Genelec 1031A
  • Studer A80 2" Tape Machine

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Interview with Rocco Guarino

Analog or digital and why?
It's all analog in the end.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
To remain transparent.
What do you like most about your job?
The music and the personalities.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
QUESTION: How long does it take to make an album? ANSWER: The whole time.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That it's well-defined.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Genre, instrumentation, number of songs, schedule, budget.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Fix it in pre-production.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Neumann U47, Neve 1073, Teletronix LA-3A, Laptop, Pro Tools
What's your typical work process?
Pre-production, usually two songs per day. Record drums first with all band members in the live room. Then bass, guitars, and keys overdubbed in the control room. Vocals recorded either in the live room or in the control room.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
20+ years
How would you describe your style?
Can you share one music production tip?
Leave time for happy accidents.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock and pop.
What's your strongest skill?
What do you bring to a song?
Tight arrangements, sonic ear-candy, catchy parts.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Lavish Studios: 3,000 sq. ft., 30' x 45' live room, grand piano, lounge, kitchen, office, control room, reserved parking.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Writing, arranging, producing and mixing music. Directing, editing, and coloring film and video.