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Reader Spotlight: Carlo Dellepiane

Carlo DellepianeIf you’re a regular reader here, you’ll know I love the Reader Spotlight. It might just be my favorite thing we do here.

This week, I’m thrilled to share Carlo Dellepiane’s story. Carlo is about to embark on his next big step in his musical career, which is awesome. But wait until you read the advice his father gave him (below) as well as his answers to the “Superpower” question.


I am a graduate in classical upright bass. I played electric bass in Italo Dance acts (Italian star Neja) as well with Kirk Fletcher, Sonny Rhodes, Sean Carney and other blues artists.

I also played in the first official Lloyd Webber approved production of Evita The Musical in its Italian translation. A pretty demanding bass and upright bass part.

I was born in Genoa Italy in 1990, and I’m now trying to build a totally new career and life in Australia. I’m moving to Melbourne this month.


Genoa / Italy, leaving this month bound to Melbourne, Australia

Day gig:

My day job is teaching bass and upright bass. I have been lucky enough until now to have live situation which were active enough to allow me to pay my academical studies.

I graduated in June 2015 and soon realized I would have to move.

Years experience:

I started in 2002, so these have been the most fun 13 years of my life so far.

Bands & Gigs:

I have been performing for the last two years with the Dany Franchi Band where I had the chance to play electric, upright and to co-write songs, like this one:


  • Fender Jazz 1972 (bought in the USA in a studio and now flying with me to Australia)
  • Fender Jazz V Deluxe
  • Avalon U-5
  • Ampeg SVT 3
  • MarkBass cabinet 1×15″
  • Handmade Upright Bass
  • Line Selector Boss
  • EBS BassIQ and OctaBass
  • …and the Upright Stand (also nicknamed the Love Machine by a conductor…)

Why I play the bass:

My dad once told me. “Play the guitar, and you will be one in a million. Play the bass, and everyone will want to know you. But you have to practice.”

He used to play bass when he was young. He works as a Fresh Pasta artisan, but has elephant ears and always pops in when I practice!

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Give me a drummer, and I will make him sound great!

Give me a piece of written sheet music, and I will make it sound great!

Give me both and I promise everybody in the room will be having fun!

My influences:

Laurence Cottle, Jaco Pastorius, Leonard Cohen, Larry Taylor, Stanley Clarke, Pino Presti, Big Joe Crawford, Bob Stroger, Piero Umiliani, Augusto Martelli, Mina, Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine (the best columns I will ever read, seriously), Simon and Garfunkel, Garry Tallent, Victor Wooten, Paul McCartney, Bill Stuve!


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Mike Matthews

Great job on Birdland – well done.