Future I Can't Leave Behind
Stefano is a New Jersey via Boston now Los Angeles transplant. Picking up the guitar at age 13, he dove head first into the satan loving rock 'n roll of KISS. In comparison to the AM radio upbringing of The Bee Gees, Olivia Newton John, and America, this was a major rebellion. But soon these rock roots grew deeper and stronger with the discovery of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Beatles. But when MTV came around it created a Pop/Rock monster. While simultaneously hating video, killing the essence of music and secretly consuming copious amounts of videos while playing hooky from school, Stefano blended his love of true rock guitar grit, with pop song sensibilities and perfomance art. What is unique and also second nature to Stefano is his ablility to not only be a gifted and craftsman like singer/songwriter in his own right, but to also have the great skill to be able to help make others shine as well. Wether it's by providing extra or lead guitar duties, playing bass or adding excellent and tasteful harmonies, Stefano brings his artistry as a musician and performer to others music in a way that never outshines but always brightens each performer he accompanies. In 1995, after kicking around the NYC scene for several years in and out of bands he tried to develop, Stefano moved to Boston to join old school friends in the band Little John. Stepping in on bass, and fulfilling a dream of being the John Paul Jones/Paul McCartney of the band, LJ went on to sign with EMI in New York and released there debut CD 'Derailer' in '96. Things didn't go as well as they would have wanted and the band was dropped, but not without enough in their pockets to continue, start there own label and release not only a second record but other bands and compilations as well. Stefano's yearning to get back to his own music soon began to take hold and he recorded 'Stefano' in 1997. Receiving great press and some national airplay, he toured in support and realized he was ready to move on to his own career and decided to make his way to LA to continue his musical development. Since then he has produced two more CD's of his stuff, started another group with singer/songwriter/pianist Cindi Law, called Proper Villains, recording 2 E.P.'s as well, and performed with and produced some of Los Angeles' hottest singer/songwriters and bands such as Jerry Wagers, Michael McCarthy and Kelly Burgos, whose debut CD, produced with Sheila E. will be out in 2006. Look for new Stefano and Proper Villains CD's in 2006 as well. A new CD is currently in the works and he can be seen performing in the Los Angeles area.