|It was the summer of 2003 and MP3.com's active message board community was heating up as well -- with flame wars.
Along came Chaz Fanaro, looking to cut through the negative noise. He began to interview many of the musical artists who pitched a tent on the popular indie music forum. Others pitched in with questions of their own. July of 2003 could have turned ugly, but thanks to the interviews blanketing the forum, it became a home for insight and mutual respect.
The forums were wiped clean by Vivendi in December, 2003. The interviews live on.
MORE INTERVIEWS WITH CHAZ
Unsigned but ready!
A kind of acoustical/electrical/pop/rockish type thing with lots of sings.
John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, The Bugaloos, Alex Chilton, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Grateful Dead, Micky Dolenz, Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, Andy Partridge, Danny Partridge, Roy Orbison, REM, Tom Petty
Beatles, Grateful Dead, Eagles, Byrds, Tom Petty
Dino Romanelli- vocals and guitar. Album was recorded with keyboardist Roy Woody, guitarist Brent Meyer from Masque, and multi-instrumentalist JJ Brown.
Dino Romanelli- Acoustic Guitar & Lead Vocals Ron Anfuso- Lead Guitar & Vocals Tony Bartholio- Bass Tom Beattie- Drums
Vocals, guitars, piano, organ, bass, drums, mandolin, etc.....
Not yet....but feel free to write something great!
Redondo Beach, CA - USA
Chaz the Spaz
Dino, what have you been doing with your music lately?
I've been playing as many live shows as I can, both with my band and solo. Been writing a lot of songs, and doing a lot of networking here in the LA area. It's been kind of hectic as I'm looking for a full time drummer, but I've had some very talented friends willing to fill in for shows. I have a show on July 24th that I hope to record & make a CD from.
Chaz the Spaz
That sounds great Dino. It sure as hell beats hanging out on-line. Do you mention MP3.com, hand out or sell any MP3 CDs at your shows?
I had a couple thousand CD's made, so I don't use the MP3 ones. Yet. They are interesting, though...the album cover on the MP3 version has no words, and it contains a bonus track (!). Everyone who comes to my shows gets a DinoDollar (remember those?) It has my MP3 site address on it. But I encourage people to buy from CD Baby more than MP3. Better product and much better service.
I just made the connection of "guitarist Brent Meyer from Masque" being on your cd. Masque are one of my favorite bands around and Brent is a very good guitarist. Does he help you out on live shows too?
Funny about Brent Meyer. He was working as sort of a consultant to my engineer while I wasn't there, helping with vocal & guitar tracks. He laid down a couple of acoustic tracks that were previously just not working. I've spoken to him on the phone, but he's the only person involved in the making of my cd that I have never actually met in person.
Chaz the Spaz
How did you first become interested in music?
My father was a musician his entire life. When I was born, he was playing all the clubs in Las Vegas, where I was born. His band was called The Make Believes, and he went by the stage name of Tony Knight.
Later, I decided to play the cello in 4th grade. I later switched to saxophone, then traded that for a bass when I started my first band. That gave way to guitar when I started writing songs.
Chaz the Spaz
What are your goals and what do you have planned for your music?
Right now, I'm in search of a permanent drummer and better management. I hope to record some new songs by the end of the year, and I have a new project in a new direction that I'm getting started.
I also am working on a project in which my band will play local schools here in LA to try to encourage kids to take up music, since music programs in the LA school system have all but disappeared. I'm also working on doing some benefit shows for some of the local animal groups in my area.
And then I want to go back to Hawaii & play a show with Eddy Free.
-- Rick Munarriz