DARIO DE CICCO
Birthdate: February 2nd, 1979
Birthplace: near Caserta, Italy
Career History: I started playing piano at the age of 9. I’ve studied Piano and I graduated in 2001 as privatist student. I’ve studied Composition at “S.Pietro a Majella” Conservatory (Naples). I’m following my composition and orchestration studies there. I’ve discovered rock/metal music at the age of 10...very early when I bought my first metal albums: “MASTER OF PUPPETS” and “NO PRAYER FOR THE DYING”...I’ve started in the best way!!! My first band was a power-epic-metal band named Exsurge Domine but in 1999 I was out; I met Emanuele and founded MIND KEY with him.
Favourite Bands & Artists: Journey, Whitesnake, Toto, Giant, Bad English, Queen, Europe, Signal, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Winger, Evergrey, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foreigner, Van Halen, Incognito, Elio e le Storie Tese, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Mr. Big, Hardline, Black Sabbath (Dio/Martin Eras), Dio, Fair Warning, Elegy, Harem Scarem, House of Lords, Chick Corea’s Elektric Band, Strangeways, Weather Report, Survivor, Yes, Def Leppard, Rush, Kansas, Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton (rock era), Malmsteen, Ozzy Osbourne (solo career), G. Benson, Richard Marx, P. Daniele, F. Battiato, Sting.
Favourite Keyboardists: Jonathan Cain, David Paich, Alan Pasqua, Chick Corea, Mic Michaeli, Kevin Moore, Derek Sherinian, Jon Lord, Rick Wackeman, Herbie Hancock, Steve Porcaro, Michel Camilo, Don Airey, G. Giuffria.
Fab Five Band: David Coverdale (vocals), Dan Huff/Steve Lukather (Guitars), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Mike Porcaro (Bass), Deen Castronovo (drums).
Favourite Albums: WHITESNAKE – 1987; JOURNEY – Frontiers / Escape; GIANT – Time to burn; IRON MAIDEN – Seventh Son of a Seventh Son; TOTO – Isolation / Tambu; STEVIE WONDER – Songs in the Key of Life / Innervisions; BAD ENGLISH – S/T; QUEEN – A Kind of Magic; DEEP PURPLE – Burn; DREAM THEATER – Images and Words / Awake; ELIO E LE STORIE TESE: Eat the Phikis; EUROPE – Out of this word; OZZY OSBOURNE – No more tears; SIGNAL – Loud & Clear; RAINBOW Rising / Long Live R’n’R; WINGER – S/T – In the heart of young; SYMPHONY X – The Divine Wings of Tragedy; MR. BIG – Lean into It / Bump Ahead; MICHAEL BOLTON – Soul Provider; U2 – The Joshua Tree / Actung Baby; INCOGNITO Tribes, Vibes and Scribes etc. etc. It’ a long long list (and I have consciously omitted all my beloved classical composers and artists. We should never end :-)).
Personal live gear:
- Keyboards: KORG Triton Extreme 61 workstation / ROLAND XP 80 workstation;
- Extra: ULTIMATE AX-48B support.