Marco „Don Privacy” Valerio, the US
1. For the first question we want to know when did you start to play the bass guitar? Was it easy for you to learn bass?
Since I was a kid I had been captured by “that sound”, digging the bassline of any song I heard. I could start playing only at 17, and it felt very easy and familiar on the first years. Then, the deeper you want to go into details and understanding, the more work you need to be satisfied by your own musicianship.
2. Playing on the bass for you is… Hobby? Job? Lifestyle?
It’s a life supply.
3. Who is your musical inspiration among bassists?
John Paul Jones, TM Stevens, Bobby Vega, Francis Rocco Prestia, Flea, Cass Lewis, Marcus Miller, Tim Commerford, Les Claypool, Mick Karn. And I would say Greg Phillinganes as a keyboard-bass player. These one inspired me for different reasons, but they’re not necessarily my favorites ones. It’s a different thing.
4. Do you play any other musical instruments? If you start to learn another one which would you like?No I don’t, just some chords and basic stuff on guitar. I’m a regular “air drummer”, so I guess I should start that (laughs)
5. Musical instrument with which you can be associated with is…
Well, I don’t know… I would love to be associated to a Korg MS-10.
6. Tell us about the projects in which you participate?
I play in EXILIA since 2007. The band came out in 2002 on a major label deal, then we chose to be independent, but we kept on touring all over Europe and USA, and released 6 albums. Our ever-growing fan base is really loyal and supportive, and the next album is coming out in some months. I am very grateful to be a part of this project and most important, I really love the songs I play!! Go and check www.exiliamusic.com
7. What do you feel on live performances? How friendly and open are you with your fans?
The live performance is a moment of bliss, it’s sublime. That moment is almost the reason I put all of my work and energy for. I always give my best to be 100% friendly and open with fans: without them, no band would exist.
8. What do you like except music? Can you imagine yourself in other areas of life?
Of course I do: I got also a degree in Physiotherapy and Water Therapies. Helping sick or disabled people recover gives a higher purpose to your life, the lessons you learn from them and their gratitude are priceless. Water is surely my natural element, and my favorite one on a metaphorical side, so I love anything related: swimming, diving, surfing, sailing, travelling seaside, etc.
9. Maybe other bass players or those who start to learn bass are reading this article now. Let’s talk about technical stuff. Which brand do you prefer? Does quality of music depend on the guitar’s brand or of the skill of the bass player?
Obviously the “quality of music” is not about any instrument’s brand. To be accurate, talking about brands is misleading: there are good or bad single instruments, to be checked with your own hands and ears. Anyway, I’m generally a Leo-Fender-guy, so I love old MMs and G&Ls too. But I had the chance to check many different basses from different brands, and a lot of them were somehow great.
10. And the last question is about your musical dreams and plans. What are you planning for the future? What are you dreaming about? What should we wish for you?
Same answer for all three questions: to create and play wonderful music, and to perform that music around the world as much as possible.