I quit my job as a big city lawyer, and now I'm here to pursue my passion! I was getting sick of people telling me I shouldn't be stuck in an office, so now let's get stuck in a studio together! Outside of playing and composing, I'm a touring guitar tech heading out with Steve Vai in 2022.
Hi, I'm Dante! Guitar is my primary instrument, both electric and acoustic. I'm extremely comfortable recording anything ranging from simple, supporting guitar parts to absolutely face melting solos for your song. I'm also very comfortable composing pieces from scratch for video games or film.
As a player, I have worked for a decade in gigging bands of many genres, including funk, hip-hop, rock, progressive metal, and classic rock/blues. In the studio, I have recorded on rap, hip hop, metal, prog, and rock productions.
As a composer, I've written and recorded three self-titled albums, and also one album with my band, Fly in Formation, which has almost 50K streams on Spotify. I composed and produced this music, and played all of the guitars on the albums. These albums include songs ranging from acoustic finger-style inspired by Andy McKee, to epic orchestral progressive metal.
My main influences are Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Joe Satriani, Plini, Andy McKee, and Jeremy Soule (Elder Scrolls).
I have appeared as a guest guitar teacher on Guitopia, a premier guitar education website hosted by Dave Weiner, 20 year member of Steve Vai's Band. I will be working as a guitar and bass tech for Dave and Philip Bynoe on the upcoming STEVE VAI - INVIOLATE tour.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
8 ReviewsEndorse Dante Frisiello
I've shared the stage with Dante multiple times, and it's been a pleasure. He's prepared, has excellent tone, and is definitely a cut above in terms of musicianship and technical skill. Above all else, his passion for music shines through in all he does - you always get 110%(+!) with Dante.
Dante did a guest solo for my upcoming EP and it sounded absolutely incredible. I met Dante through my brother and he’s been nothing short of a great friend and an amazing musician
Dante and I have been pals since 2018, when we met at an Intervals concert. Ever since, it’s been an absolute blast hanging and collaborating with him. I have the pleasure of being his rhythm guitarist in our band, and he’s even done some guest work on my solo project. Nothing but great things to say about this guy. Get him on your next musical endeavor now!!
I had the privilege of playing multiple live shows with Dante and I highly recommend him to anyone needing a competent, creative, and hard working musician. I was blow away by his passion and skill; not only during live performances but in his dedication to composition and writing. He's a jack of all trades and I would recommend him to anyone looking to collaborate!
I had the pleasure of working with Dante this past year in my band Del Florida. He is the most professional & prepared guitarist I’ve ever worked with. Not only does he bring experience & enthusiasm, he brings positivity and creativity to every session. I highly recommend Dante for any gig, composition or collaboration.
Best guitarist I've ever worked with in both skill and professionalism. He absolutely slays it technically on electric and acoustic guitar but also can really dial in his tones and sonic character to fit any project - highly recommended!
I have had the honor and privilege of spending a massive amount of hours in the studio with Dante. It can all be summed up with one word; Perfection. He will not rest until the project is perfect. Between his immaculate guitar playing, his genius compositions, and his powerhouse work ethic, Dante is THE musician you want to be around.
Dante is a fanTASTIC player and composer and all of the things. He is so committed to his instrument and the music. Best thing about working with Dante is his attitude… no better person to work with than somebody who listens, learns, communicates, and always wants the absolute best product and outcome. Highly highly recommend on all fronts!
Interview with Dante Frisiello
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever serves the purpose! In the studio, I'm open to anything to get the job done. I'm an amp snob live, though :) nothing beats a smoking hot tube amp kicking out air through a pair of 4x12s!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I went to law school in DC and ended up working in large law firms for three years after that. Music has always been my passion, but I never envisioned myself able to have it as a career. I've worked extremely hard to get to the point now, where I feel confident enough to hold myself out at a pro level. At this point though, I believe I've just won myself the opportunity to work way harder at the craft. But that IS the reward. For me, in the corporate world, I realized nothing feels worse than a passion left unfulfilled.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Dr. Disrespect. Although he isn't a musician, he's absolutely an artist, and one of my favorite people around. His free spirit and creative energy is incredibly inspiring. It would be insanely special to make something with him, or just sit by the infinity pool with cigars and gin and tonics! After that, no doubt I'd say Jacob Collier, because I'm sure I would walk away from that hang feeling like my life has completely changed. Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson - those two guys are my biggest musical idols and inspired me to love music when I was a little kid. I'd also love to spend time hanging out and jamming with Tycho, Rick Beato, Aaron Marshall, and Jon Hopkins.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Always set your guitar up professionally before recording! That means well-stretched new strings, no buzzing notes, and don't forget intonation or else everything past the 12th fret will be useless!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Communication. I love communicating with people, am very extroverted, and my life is run by my artistry. Because of that, I love working with other artists, and take critical feedback very well. I'm always seeking improvement, and every project is an opportunity to both make people happy and inspired, and to learn and grow myself.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you want your listener/audience to feel when they experience your art? This question usually covers everything important emotionally. From there, it's more specific - who are your influences, and of course, all the specifics about my deliverables.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Energy, passion, and my unique musical voice. As a guitarist, I'm always thinking about how to serve the song and the artist, while still bringing surprises and other elements to keep things creative and exciting. I'm not your average guitar hire - I like to really add as much as I can to make things fun and original!