Antonio Di Nardo Thinks Musicians Should Stop Competing
Antonio Di Nardo is a musician/bass player. We wanted to ask Antonio a few questions because he’s incredibly experienced and very talented. As expected, he had many things to say on the subjects we inquired — especially that one touchy subject!
Salve, Antonio! You are an extremely prolific bass player – the amount of bands and projects you have been part of is staggering! How do you find the time and energy to be so musically active?
I think I like to look inside and really understand one thing at a time. I believe my projects are like friends! They are all different, with their own character, but I always grow particularly attached to some.
Introduce your current musical projects and tell us what makes each one special for you!
In this period of my life I am part of the Pure, an alternative project with music and lyrics in English. It’s a band marked by the continuous research of ourselves and the mystery that unites everyone outside of our planet. We have created a concept album entitled ‘Atlas.’
I collaborate with various artists even remotely through software exchanging our music sessions, dealing with management and booking.
Do you think musicians should be competing less and helping each other more? That’s a big boiling point of ours here at Drooble!
Yes, absolutely. Less envy and less competition and more support! The music should unite, but unfortunately, with the new record market everything has changed. Many bands have power but poor quality music, and many young bands that are willing to sacrifice themselves to their art simply remain in the cellar because they have a different idea or not enough money.
The 90s are long gone, the producers are no longer there to notice you and ask you to sign a record contract. Now everyone are competitors and the power is in the media. I think it is not a simple matter to deal with! Some problems always existed and will always remain, but the truth is that music tastes, listeners and sales still define a band.
What is the best way to support an independent musician?
Make a lot of concerts to be known with your own music and believe in it. I think there is no better way!
Looking at how many bands you have been in, the music scene in Italy seems burgeoning! How do you feel about it?
The Italian music scene is at a historical moment in which many people listen to a certain genre for fashion, culture, and to share with their friends an idea of the moment. A small part does not care about fashion and continues to listen to their ideals. Respect…
What is it about playing bass guitar that really carries you away?
I started with the guitar, although I’m left-handed. But then I left almost immediately to choose a softer sound, with the peculiarity that I play the bass in a standard way while being left-handed — I’m used to it now.
What are your favorite software and hardware tools for music production?
I use logic to pro tools, but I think that all the production work should be done in the studio with competent people ,doing everything yourself is certainly cheaper but not efficient.
Out of all the live shows you played, which one was the most memorable, and why?
I played in front of 3000 people for a memorial of Chester Bennington! Sure, they weren’t our songs, but so much of those people praised the music that I really understood what you feel when you have so many people singing under your bass or guitar line. Beautiful emotion!
What is your biggest musical goal?
I have no goals, every day is a continuous search and discovery.
How has being on Drooble helped you as a musician?
Supporting other people instantly and being supported. Any doubt or question you have, there’s someone in the world who can help you and answer your question!