Francesco grew up in Calabria (Italy), and discovered percussion playing for himself at age 14. He studied music at the music academy of Cosenza, with a specialism in percussion, and decided he wanted to increase his depth of knowledge further.
He therefore took private lessons, and from 2000 to 2006 he attended a number of workshops and seminars on improvisation methods and techniques with well-known percussionists (such as Christian Meyer and Ettore Fioravanti).
In terms of style, Francesco works with rock, punk, ska and pop, where he can already boast wide-ranging experience in studio and live performance. This includes playing for La Soluzione (alternative rock, Italy) and Twist Contest (rockabilly, Italy), as well as accompanying Susan Cadogan (reggae/ska, Jamaica) on her European tour as a session musician in 2009. Since 2009, he’s recorded five albums, three singles and an EP with The Offenders, and toured the globe with the German/Italian ska punk group.
Francesco started taking teaching lessons with thePlanetDrum in 2012, and has since been trained in our teaching method and curriculum. Francesco joined our team of teachers in October 2015.