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Reader Spotlight: Valerio “Fluido” Celentano

Valerio “Fluido” Celentano

Meet Valerio “Fluido” Celentano, a bassist who was born in Italy but has made his way to New York City in pursuit of his musical career.

Valerio is quite the character, as you’ll soon see. I’m not sure I’ve met a person here who has even close to the musical interests as he does – or one who plays that many styles on a single gig.

Valerio is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of November 10, 2014. (You could be next)!

Bio:

Born and raised in Italy, Valerio “Fluido” Celentano plays every flavor of rock he could find – Queen, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Elisa, Jimi Hendrix, Ligabue and Vasco Rossi, to name a few.

While this was going on, he also studied jazz and listened to a lot of funk. He says he’s still not sure which is his favorite kind of music, “[because] I love Rage Against The Machine and Katy Perry [equally],” the bassist shares.

He’s pretty sure he’s found the best gig in the world in NYC: #artofkaraoke. One stage, over 200 songs, one live band and a crowd ready to fill up the stage! He says he can play Metallica and Britney Spears all in the same night.

Valerio is an endorser of Manne Guitars, Galli Picks, EsSe Cable, Carl Martin, STAGG, Mojopin Fx, Sansone Strings, Tooks, and Hartke.

Location:

New York / USA

Day gig:

Thinking about being the next big Youtube thing… but i have no ideas :)

Years experience:

About 17 years

Bands & Gigs:

Moving to USA meant starting over, trying to grow up, learning new styles and meeting new people. So far I’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with: Keith Robinson (Beyoncé, Vanessa Williams, James Brown), Richie Cannata (Beach Boys, Billy Joel), Jason Rosen, Jeremy Salesi, William Ruiz and many others.

New York also means original projects: music with the amazing Michelle Dove (Secret in the Hood). I’ve also joined the New York-based bands BB Batts (as a guitar player), Nessa Dove Band, Alex Newman Band, Awangarda, Prime Prophecy and Cracked Alice.

Gear:

Present:

  • Hartke HA350, 4×10 XL (endorsment)
  • I’m currently playing a 6 strings Ibanez SG, i don’t even know why! (actually, it’s because it looked good on me, that’s why)
  • Manne Malibu 4 (endorser)

Past:

  • Markbass head and speakers
  • Yamaha BB
  • Sting Ray 5
  • Precision 4
  • Jazz 4

Why I play the bass:

I was playing guitar – without a pick – and my teacher said “Listen to this song (‘Moby Dick’). You should try it.”

I didn’t know that riff was guitar and bass in unison. It was at that point I fell in love with bass and rock ’n’ roll.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Learning different styles and being able to handle different kinds of music. I also sing a little, play drums a little, and I think about music before thinking about the bass.

My influences:

Led Zeppelin (MUSIC, not only JPJ), Jimi Hendrix (crazy composer), Black Sabbath (aggressive bass lines)… and so many others. I can’t name them all.

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