Starting taking piano lessons almost by chance, Valerio instantly fell in love with the instrument and music in general. Since then he’s been perfecting his technique and knowledge of music with different teachers, studing classical music as well as modern styles like jazz, pop and rock. He has played with different bands, without any preconception for genres, sharing the stage with the Italian blues band Tacsi or the Vasco Rossi tribute band Sensazioni Forti, playing in tens of venue for hundreds of shows.
He discovers progressive music thanks to Dream Theater and quickly joins a tribute band, the Dream Team. He then becomes a member of the progressive metal band Drivhell, with which composes and records an EP and a full album, A Journey as a Life, receiving very good reviews.
The year 2008 is very important for Valerio’s career, as he joins the progressive band The Watch for the last leg of its tour dedicated to the Genesis music. He then joins the band, with which he’s still touring at present, with a new show every year.
While playing around Italy, Europe and Canada with The Watch, Valerio is also a music teacher. He likes many kind of music, mostly progressive but maybe his real love are soundtracks from movies and videogames.
Thanks to it’s new place in the band Dropshard, Valerio can explore again new flavours of music, sounds for its keyboards and any ideas he’d like to put in notes.
His biggest influences are Dream Theater, Genesis, Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Michael Nyman, Placebo, Coldplay, Sting and many more…
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…and lots, lots of samples from very old synthesizers, mellotron and dusty keyboards!