An American citizen, fluent in English and Italian, John's interest in music started in his early childhood, listening and learning to appreciate music in every form and style. A self taught guitar and electric bass player with an extraordinary musical ear, John soon found that the technical aspect of music reproduction was what would have led him to his present and successful career, first by mixing for local bands in clubs, followed by 9 years in one of Italy's leading recording studios. After a long time sitting behind a studio mixer, he naturally went back to his initial interest; live sound mixing.
A graduate at Forrest Sherman High School in Naples Italy in 1975, John's first job was working with his father's editorial distribution company, mainly addressed to the US Military bases in Italy and part of the Mediterranean.
Finally on his way to the consumer audio world, John would soon be hired by Germany based H.E.A.T. (Harman Europe Audio Team), as sales representative for 5 leading brands in the Hi-Fi market, at the NATO audio retail point in Naples Italy.
While operating as sales representative, John was also involved in mixing club bands and after two years of selling Hi-Fi, in 1979 he was offered a position as FOH Engineer for Italian pop star Pino Daniele, and in 1980 with Edoardo Bennato, two of Italy's leading and top selling artists to present day. This "new" professional activity brought forth the desire to refine his skills and learn more about what he was walking into and soon decided to follow a course at The Recording Workshop in Ohio, USA. John graduated with a final rating of 99.9%, making "Top Of The Crop" (3 out of 84 students) of the school's 1980 winter session.
Back in Naples Italy, he was hired as Staff Recording/Mixing Engineer at Executive Studios, operating there between 1982 and 1991. During these years, John recorded and mixed productions for some of the biggest names in the Italian music business, who until then were unaware of this studio. Most of these recording artists would soon become his future "live" artists.
John is well known and respected among the many Italian audio rental companies, production services and artists that he has had the opportunity of mixing live. One of his most important and long term collaborations has been with Lombardi Service in Termoli, Italy, presently one of the most requested sound companies and definitely the owner of the largest stock of Adamson Audio systems in southern Europe today. The company's choice to acquire the Canadian brand came after John's suggestion to distinguish this rental amongst its competitors, offering the superb audio quality and technical characteristics of this brand, appreciated during the following 5 years of touring with artist Gigi D'Alessio, as well as the large number of other Italian productions and festivals.
During the summer of 2004, John was fortunate to meet extraordinaire producer / artist, Nile Rodgers, with whom he cooperates to this day as FOH sound engineer and Tour Production contact for the artist, teaming up with two of his best friends and major professionals, stage manager/sound engineer Toni Soddu and sound engineer Marco "Tower" Dellatorre.
Besides various important international festivals, John has been responsible for major productions, curating technical management for the "Freak Out Montreux" event, during Montreux Jazz 2012, an event that covered ten hours of live music and DJ performances in the Stravinsky Hall.
John has lived the crossover between analog and digital audio and was one of the first to pioneer on pro audio digital mixing systems in Italy. John's preference of digital mixers is based mainly on setup time reduction as well as the internal processing capabilities and smaller footprint, although he still believes that nothing will ever be equal the creativity and quality obtainable with high-range professional analog mixers. However, regardless of digital or analog, the tools for this trade are only the medium with which John is able to express his musical sensibility.
John has lived most of his life in Naples Italy, but is now stationed in Tuscany, minutes away from beautiful Firenze.
John is also translator for Nile Rodger's website blog, in Italian: http://www.nilerodgers.com/blogs/pianeta-c-in-italiano.