The duo of Paul Codispoti and Tony DiLorenzo came together during their college days. They honed their skills performing in various original and cover bands and playing live shows. The pair logged plenty of studio hours writing and recording. Creative ambition was their driving force.
Tony DiLorenzo's compositions are as diverse as his musical influences.
He fuses elements of Rock, Nu-Jazz, Electronic and World into his own unique blend. The common denominator in all his compositions is the use of virtual and hardware synthesizers to emulate an ensemble of live musicians.
Born to artistic parents, Tony DiLorenzo was destined to become a musician. His mother studied voice but pursued a career in animation. His father studied trumpet but pursued a career as a professional photographer. As a young child, Tony uttered the five words that most parents dread – "I WANT TO PLAY DRUMS." His parents took a deep breath and enrolled him in the local music school to begin drum lessons but ultimately piano would become his instrument.
A few things attracted Tony to keyboards. He was about 10 years old when he caught a band of high school students playing in a local park. The organist was playing a dual-manual Farfisa from the early seventies. He thought "that looks cool" when he saw the colorful switches and heard the sound blasting from the rotating Leslie speaker. Hearing "Where Have I Known You Before" from Return To Forever and "Brain Salad Surgery" from Emerson Lake and Palmer really put him over the top – he had to play keyboards. That's where it all began.
Paul Codispoti is blessed with a distinctive, identifiable voice.
When you hear Paul's vocal chops and power you could easily imagine him going note for note with many of the revered vocalists from the classic rock era. Not content to coast with his natural born talent Paul studied voice formally with some of Manhattan’s best vocal coaches. This training enhanced his ability and taught him to “protect” his voice. These coaches prepared him for the strenuous life of a working vocalist.
Performing several shows per week and then hunkering down in the studio for hours at a time can take a toll on a singer but Paul can deliver the goods and then kick in some sort of vocal “turbo boost” to bring a performance to a new height. He has the ability and artistic instinct to feel the song and interpret the words. He knows when to lay back and he knows precisely when to deliver that “knock out punch.” As if this wasn’t enough, Paul is also a gifted Lyricist.