MIRKKO DE MAIO
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Birthdate: July 31st, 1984
Birthplace: Pompei, Italy
Career History: I've started to play the drums at the age of 8. At 9 i've started to take lessons with Peppe Merolla (Andrea Bocelli, Eugenio Bennato, Pietra Montecorvino, Raffaella Carrà, Katia Ricciarelli,Ornella Vanoni), Fredy Malfi (Art Essamble Of Chicago, James Senese, Toquino, studio session great), Sergio Di Natale (Dalla, Concato, Raf, Paola e Chiara, Max Pezzali, Gigi D’Alessio, Mietta, Califano, Bongusto, Neffa,RAI's drummer), Maurizio Boco (Amii Stewart, Mimmo Locasciulli, Patty Pravo, Formula Tre, Massimo Di Cataldo), Dom Famularo - Ezio Zaccagnini (M.Ranieri, G, Morandi. RAI's drummer, session great). I've played in two drums contests: during the first one i took the 3th place (i was 15,the younger),and i won the second contest(one year leater) I've also played tourning in UK,France and Germany. I've studied in Los Angeles,at Musicians Institute (PIT)with some of biggest teachers like David Derge, Chuck Silverman, Fred Dinkins, Rob Carson, Donny Gruendler, Stewart Jean, Chuck Flores, Glen Sobel, David Salinas.
I took part to various clinics of my favourite drummers:
Gavin Harrison, Mike Portnoy, Simon Phillips, Elvin Jones, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Virgil Donati, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Manù Katchè, Ian Paice, Maurizio Dei Lazzaretti, Ezio Zaccagnini, Arnaldo Vacca, Ernesttico, Giovanni Imaparato, Billy Cobham, Christan Mayer, Dom Famularo, Maxx Furian, Alessia Mattalia, Pier Foschi,Jojo Mayer, Thomas Lang, Peter Erskine, Billy Ward, Aquiles Priester, Chad Wackerman, Will Kennedy, Todd Sucherman, Kenny Aronoff, Gordon Campbell, Marco Minneman.
I've played & recorded with:
XP8, Vince Carpentieri (Valeria Guida Band,author of his video"Suonare La Chitarra Funk"Polygram Music, G.I.T. professional honor diploma), Emanuele Colella (Mind Key), Mind Colour, Enzo Fiorentino (Don Moye, Tony Esposito, Luca Sepe,Mia Cooper,Orchestra "Festival Di Napoli", session great), Angela Simoni (pop), Mauro Petricelli (short movie sound track), Chains On The Road (rock-progressive-pop), Internal Disfunction (Hard Rock-Glam), Shroomery (rock), Auguille (chill out), Shamat (AOR), Liccardo,DeMaio,Ricciardi Jazz-Fusion Trio, Gianluca Del Fiol (original tracks), Lady Sin (elecctro pop,alternative), R.Apples (Alternative rock), Infurya (Black metal). In July 2010 I attended Barklee Clinics @ Umbria Jazz where i studied with teachers like Ron Savage, Jon Damian and others...
In september 2010 I've joined MIND KEY. A new chapter begins... .
Favourite Bands & Artists: Queen, The Beatles, U2, Deep Purple, Guns & Roses, Motley Crue, Poison, Toto, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Sting, Kiss, Dire Straits, Meshuggah, Dimmu Borgir, Korn, Jackie McLean, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dream Theater, Jethro Tull, Tricky, Portishead, Massive Attacks, Apparat, Journey, Mr Big, Phil Collins, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rhapsody Of Fire, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer.
Favourite Drummers: Vinnie Colaiuta, Roger Taylor, Ian Paice, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Lee, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Steve Smith, Tomas Haake, Omar Hakim, Ray Luzier, Steve Ferrone, Gavin Harrison, Jack De Johnette, Tony Williams, Todd Sucherman. .
Fab Five Band: Freddie Mercury (vocals), Brian May (Guitars), John Deacon (Bass), Roger Taylor (drums), Mirkko De Maio (substitute drummer :D ).
Favourite Albums: QUEEN – Innuendo / The Miracle / Queen 2; THE BEATLES – Anthology (1, 2, 3); STING – Ten Summoner's Tales; PINK FLOYD – The Wall; DEEP PURPLE – Made In Japan; DREAM THEATER – Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence; GUNS'N ROSES – Appetite For Destruction; MOTLEY CRUE - Decade Of Decadence; U2 – Achtung Baby / The Joshua Tree; YNGWIE MALMSTEEN – Odyssey; JACKIE McLEAN - Jacknife; PORTISHEAD - Dummy; Everything of TOTO, John Williams & Danny Elfman.
Personal live gear:
- Drums: TAMA Starclassic B/B (Bubinga/Birch);
- Cymbals: SABIAN;
- Pedals: DW;
- Snare Drums: DUNNETT & DW;
- Drumheads: EVANS;
- Drumsticks: VIC Firth;
- Extra: PROTECTION RACKET Bags, APPLE Computer, PROEL Stage Mixer, SHURE In Ear Monitors.