Steve Di Giorgio

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Steve Di Giorgio
Di Giorgio performing with Death DTA in Manchester, March 2015.jpg
Di Giorgio performing with Death DTA in Manchester in March 2015
Background information
Born (1967-11-07) November 7, 1967 (age 51)
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
GenresDeath metal, black metal, thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal, hard rock, jazz fusion, speed metal, symphonic metal, folk metal, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass, guitar, keyboard, vocals
Associated actsDeath, Sadus, Autopsy, Futures End, Control Denied, Testament, Quo Vadis, Vintersorg, Iced Earth, Sebastian Bach, Geoda, Dragonlord, Charred Walls of the Damned, Soen, Obituary, Ephel Duath, Obscura, Anatomy of I, Gone in April, Spirits of Fire
Websitehttp://www.SteveDigiorgio.com

Steve Di Giorgio (born November 7, 1967) is an American musician of Italian descent.

Di Giorgio has played bass guitar in heavy metal and death metal bands such as Death,[1] Autopsy,[2] Control Denied,[3] Ephel Duath,[4] Obscura,[5] Artension, Faust, Memorain, Painmuseum, Suicide Shift, Soen,[6] Vintersorg,[7] Dragonlord,[8] Iced Earth,[9] Sebastian Bach,[10] Obituary,[11] and is a founding member of Sadus,[12] he is a founding member of the jazz band Dark Hall and has played bass in other bands such as Testament,[13][14] Futures End,[15] Synesis Absorption, Mythodea, Charred Walls of the Damned,[16] Anatomy of I,[17] Gone in April, and Spirits of Fire.[18] Along with his bass duties in Sadus he also plays keyboards.

Within his genre, Di Giorgio is respected for his highly technical playing skills,[19][20][21][22] he is also widely credited with being the first bassist to bring fretless bass playing into the heavy/extreme metal genre, and often plays bass by using his fingers instead of a pick. Di Giorgio has stated that his main influences as a bassist are Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Billy Sheehan, Dave Pegg and Charles Meeks.[23][24]

Equipment[edit]

Di Giorgio plays two custom Mjolnir basses by Thor Bass; a custom made 5-string fretless model which he has converted to a 3-string and a custom-built 6 string fretless, he also plays custom ESP basses. He is mostly seen with a F-series fretless 5-string bass in a dark green finish, but also uses a very unusual double-neck construction with a fretted and a fretless neck in one body, he currently uses an EBS Fafner head as his main sound, but has also used Ampeg and Randall in the past.[25]

Steve's bass guitars
  • 4001 Custom Rickenbacker (1981)
  • Fully Custom Homemade Fender-Like Fretless (1991)[26]
  • 4001 Rickenbacker (1975)
  • Custom Carvin BB75F (1996)[26]
  • Custom Carvin BB75 (1999)
  • ESP – LTD F-205 (1999)
  • ESP Custom Forest 5-string Fretless (1999)[27]
  • ESP Doubleneck Bass[28]
  • Thor Bass Mjolnir 5-string fretless (2008),[29] since converted to be played with only 3 strings.
  • Thor Bass Mjolnir 6-string Fretless (2010)[29]
  • Thor Bass Freyja 7-string Fretted (2013)
  • 4003W Rickenbacker modified with a fretless ebony fretboard by Larry Davis (2014)
  • Ibanez BTB1605E with a fretless neck (2016)

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Bassist Steve Di Giorgio". Bassmusicianmagazine.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  2. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Autopsy | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ tacia Proefrock. "Control Denied | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. ^ "Marco Minemann, Steve Digiorgio, Karyn Crisis To Appear On New Ephel Duath Ep". Blabbermouth.net. December 7, 2011. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Obscura To Be Joined By Bassist Steve Digiorgio For Japanese Dates". Roadrunnerrecords.com. May 18, 2010. Archived from the original on April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Former Opeth Drummer Joins Forces With Sadus Bassist". Blabbermouth.net. May 28, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "MusicMight: Artists: VINTERSORG". Rockdetector.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dragonlord | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "MusicMight: Artists: ICED EARTH". Rockdetector.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Steve Digiorgio Confirms Sebastian Bach Gig, Says Sadus Will Record New Album Soon". Blabbermouth.net. November 7, 2004. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  11. ^ "Steve Digiorgio To Tour With Obituary In Europe". Blabbermouth.net. June 10, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  12. ^ "Sadus | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  13. ^ Eduardo Rivadavia. "Testament | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  14. ^ "Testament Part Ways With Bassist Greg Christian, Announce Return of Steve DiGiorgio | Music News". Ultimate-guitar.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  15. ^ Lehtinen, Arto (February 27, 2014). "News, Interviews, Concert Reviews » Steve DiGiorgio – Testament; Death To All; Sadus etc". Metal-rules.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  16. ^ David Jeffries. "Charred Walls of the Damned | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "ANATOMY OF I's Steve DiGiorgio Checks In From The Studio; New Album Title Revealed". Bravewords.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, CHRIS CAFFERY, STEVE DIGIORGIO And MARK ZONDER Join Forces In SPIRITS OF FIRE". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Steve DiGiorgio". Everything2.com. December 11, 2002. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  20. ^ "Forgotten". Emptywords.org. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  21. ^ Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal – Jeff Wagner. Books.google.pl. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  22. ^ To Live Is To Die: The Life and Death of Metallica's Cliff Burton – Joel Mciver, Kirk Hammett. Books.google.pl. September 27, 1986. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  23. ^ "Interview with Bassist Steve Di Giorgio". bassmusicianmagazine.com. October 1, 2011. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  24. ^ "Steve DiGiorgio: Back to Basics with Testament". bassplayer.com. March 17, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  25. ^ Guitar World's Bass Guitar Magazine (June 2007)
  26. ^ a b "Steve Di Giorgio". Fretlessbass.com. February 4, 2015. Archived from the original on June 26, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  27. ^ "Steve DiGiorgio, Extreme Metal Session Ace". Bassplayer. March 9, 2010. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  28. ^ "Bay Area Metal Scene". Bayareametalscene.com. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  29. ^ a b  Bryan Beller (May 11, 2012). "Machines of Death – The Complete Interviews". Bassplayer. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
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  32. ^ "Swallowed in Black – Sadus | Credits". AllMusic. September 11, 1990. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
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