Drumazine: Hello Matteo! Welcome to Drumazine! For those people reading who might not already know you, please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career as a drummer.
Matteo D’Ignazi: Hi guys!!! I'm Matteo D'Ignazi from Pisa (Italy), i'm 25 years old and i'm a drum teacher and a touring musician, so i divide my life between drum lessons, the stage and the recording studio.
Dzn: And did you have lessons at school, or with a private drum teacher?
MD: I began to study with a great teacher; Giampaolo Pellicci. He gave me great advice and he prepared me a lot about technique with the help of great books like Stick Control, Syncopation, Gene Krupa, and also i started listen to great drummers like Steve Gadd, Gary Chaffee, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta & David Garibaldi. I have studied with other great musicians; Fabrizio Desideri, Christian Meyer, Piero Borri & Andrea Spinetti and I have a diploma (with merit) from Drumtech, a great music college in London, where i had the opportunity to study for one year with Bosco de Oliveira, Erik Stams, Giuseppe Grondona, Darryn Farrugia & Philippe Castermane. Also i have participated in many masterclass's with some of the worlds most famous drummers, like Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, David Garibaldi, Horacio Hernandez, Benny Greb, Steve Smith, Gregg Bissonette, Pete Lockett, Maxx Furian, Stefano Bagnoli, Ellade Bandini, Maxx Furian & Cristiano Micalizzi.
Dzn: Was your teacher at that time an inspiration?
MD: Absolutely, all my teachers were, and still are my great inspiration. So this is a beautifull thing for the teacher and for the student, because it means that something concrete has been created deep in the soul.
Dzn: Have you had any other form of education in drums and/or music?
MD: I like to play guitar, and I'll soon begin recording a new album of my personal project called Ozlo with another talented musician, Filippo Cosci. The songs are composed by myself and by Filippo and I will be recording the drums, guitar and synthesizers. For me this is another important goal in my career as a musician.
MD: I'm very lucky because I never had problems physically.
For practice... How many drummers use a metronome?? Most drummers use them I think. I personally have always used and studied with a metronome, (the greatest friend of the drummer) :)
MD: Yes. Listen to as much different music as possible! Don't stick to a single genre; open your mind! Also, study with a metronome, watch the great drummers and go to concerts.
MD: Thank you to STOCCO DRUMS, DIRIL CYMBALS, AGNER DRUMSTICKS.
Currently i'm playing with:
a postrock/experimental band called NUT (I recorded 2albums), i'm touring Italy, Germany, England. You can find some stuff on youtube or google, or check these pages:
a garage/indie band called Strange Flowers: Tour started 17th december, 50 gigs in Italy, Germany, Spain, France, England over the next 6 months.