Geno Carrapetta

Dark Bells’ drummer Geno Carrapetta is a man of many talents. As well as performing with Gentlemen, he commands an impressive solo project...

Anita Awbi
  • By Anita Awbi
  • 6 Jun 2014
  • min read
Dark Bells’ drummer Geno Carrapetta is a man of many talents. As well as performing with Gentlemen, he also commands an impressive solo project that’s woozy with atmosphere and fuzz.

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, but now residing in London, Geno’s music has been shaped by his diverse and eccentric tastes, and from years of performing, recording and touring with many different bands.

For the past four years, amid a busy touring schedule, he’s stuck to a steady habit of releasing a solo record each year, resulting in four unique and personal musical artifacts.

His latest instalment, Privé, is a nine-track set inspired by his love of French music and cinema from the sixties and seventies. It was released on Monday (2 June) through RIP Records.

We spent 30 seconds with him to find out more…

I first started writing music because...
I felt that I had ideas, feelings and moments that I needed to capture that can only be done by music.

I have been making music since...
I was about age 13. I have been playing in bands since then, and have been writing, recording and touring in various different parts of the world. But I started properly doing my own thing at the end of 2010 when I relocated to Europe and started recording my own albums.

My music is...
For people who are looking for something a little different in today’s musical environment, the kind of people who like albums, concepts, experiments and perhaps have nostalgia for the past.

You'll like me if you listen to...
My new album Privé.

My favourite venue is...
Piazza Margherita in my family’s home town Sorbo San Basile in the mountains of Calabria in Italy - a unique setting and my favourite place to have performed.

Music is important because...
I believe music can make a situation good or bad, a good time can become a magical time, music helps you transcend.

My biggest inspiration is...
The moon and the sea.

My dream collaboration would be...
Myself, Demis Roussos, Salvador Dali, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Julio Iglesias all collaborating on a grand music and film project set in very exotic locations all over the world - and it took place in the seventies.

To try me out, listen to my song...
Éternité, the lead track of my new album Privé is a good place to start.

If I wasn't making music I'd be...
Living in a hut beside the sea, painting and sailing.

In 10 years time I want to be...
Living in a hut besides the sea, in Spain.

https://www.facebook.com/genocarrapetta?fref=ts
https://soundcloud.com/genocarrapetta/eternite#t=0:00