Markbass artist Dino Fiorenza has been featured in Italy's Guitar Club magazine. Here are some translated excerpts from the interview:
Your life is devoted to the bass… Tell us about your first steps in music?
Well... I can tell you that I started playing bass by accident, in 1990, at the ripe age of 18 years, immediately after hearing the legendary Deep Purple album Made in Japan. I stood literally struck by the intricacies of Smoke on the Water, and from there decided that the bass was the instrument of my life. I remember that I worked a whole summer to buy my first (and current) electric bass: yes really him... Mr. Vester! A choice at the time dictated solely by the aesthetic of this bass... I had never seen a bass before! I remember at the store they told me to try it ... I said, "Look, I can't even put it on me... it's ok for me, I'll take it!" My teachers were only discs and friends: I think I owe my abilities to them.
In 2002 you were named Bass Player of the Year and was nominated among the twenty best bassists on the planet. How did you feel?
What did I feel?! You know, like it's great to be nominated... you think maybe you're crazy and you're living a dream. Well... I hope I never wake up!
What kind of setup you prefer? Do you change it up or do prefer to keep it consistent?
My setup is exactly as it was the first day I started playing at the professional level: low Mr. Vester, Markbass amp, mechanical Hipshot and Galli strings. Brands I am proud to endorse.
Projects for the future?
A second album... create new great music... playing lots and lots of music!
What advice would you give to young bassists?
I suggest to not start thinking about what you might or might not do, don't think about what music might offer as a profession... but focus on what makes you feel good and what you love to play. Practice a lot, dedicate yourself and put yourself at the service of music, because... if you take care of music, music will take care of you!
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