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May 13th

May 13th

It’s a very strong feeling, and you don’t really realize immediately that you are going to record your music here. In the Temple, in the Vatican of rock’n’roll, in the Fort Knox of pop music, where everything started.

I’m here again, after two years, with a new project, with my old friends Roby Maffioli, Moreno Buttinar and Michele Bonivento. We’ve been sharing music for decades, and this new album is about a decade, the sixties. No nostalgia, No back to the good old days. Actually, I am taking a new musical road…

Today is the first day, and we meet Rob Cass, the producer. We’ve worked together in 2014, and it was important for me to have the chance of doing it again. Rob has the special skill of making you performing and sounding at your best - and when I feel I’ve done my best, well… I’m happy. He has also the “Ears”, which is all you need, as George Martin used to say.

The first half of the day is taken for checking all the instruments, levels, for getting in the right mood. Once you’re comfortable, you can start rolling the “tape”.

I’ve brought just one guitar, my old Fender Strat - but I’ve found a couple of new friends here. One is a great surprising instrument, a Gibson Firebird: sparkly, powerful and born for rock’n’roll. The other is a ballsy and strong Les Paul.

Roby Maffioli is using is beloved bass, the Sadowsky - sounding better than ever here.

 

TAMA Drums UK and UFIP cymbals delivered right in the studio a wonderful kit for Moreno Buttinar - so he can play with the same set he uses in the “real life” - Lucky boy!

Michele Bonivento has some juicy choices: THE Hammond RT3, 1958, has been used on iconic albums like “The dark side of the moon”, “Let It be”. It’s full of mojo!!!!

Piano wise, he seems “quite happy” with a Yamaha grand. Another lucky boy!

It’s been a long day, and we’ve recorded 6 songs (out of 10!). We’re happy. See you tomorrow!

 

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