Francesco Mascio

Guitarist, Composer & Producer

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Guitarist and Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Producer and Music Researcher.

Francesco Mascio, Italian guitarist and composer, was born in Cassino in 1981. He has a multi-year career to his credit with a four-digit number of concerts both in Italy, from Turin to Caltanissetta, passing through Milan, Bologna, Rome, Cosenza, Naples, both overseas in Europe and the United States. Numerous albums including "Europa Jazz Quartet" (2012), "Mantras for a New Era" (2013), "Ganga's Spirit" (2015), "Jaggae" (2017) which led him to play at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, "Wu Way" (2018), "I Thàlassa Mas" (2019), "Preview" (2020) and "My Standards (2022). He had the opportunity to play with the great masters of Jazz such as Tony Monaco, Francisco Mela, Shawnn Monteiro, Fabrizio Bosso, Flavio Boltro, Karl Potter, Crystal White, Gegè Telesforo, Maurizio Giammarco, Rosario Giuliani, Pippo Matino, Giovanni Imparato and many others.His compositions have crossed numerous styles to reach today a completely original and characterizing production. Like all artists, he does not like to be identified with a specific genre but, if we wanted to find his place, we could make him part of a peculiar "Jazz Crossover". His vocation is clearly experimentation, from East to west, without borders, because Francesco Mascio absorbs every experience, lived and observed, and transforms it into a profound suggestion that, through music, he shares with the rest of the world

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Interview with Francesco Mascio

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: "A Song for Peace" is my latest single. On this track I played guitar, thought about the guests who recorded their instruments, made the arrangements, edited, mixed and everything in between. When I listen to it I think I can feel very satisfied.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: My new album, the tenth.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: I always recommend myself, due to my great versatility towards musical work.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both analogue and digital, as I believe that both approaches can bring advantages to an artistic production.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: To be honest about whether it can be right for them or not.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love music in all its manifestations, and I love creating it even more, so I'm always willing to try my hand at a new job.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Can you do this or that? I answer accordingly if yes or no, very simply.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: Often the client formulates in his mind an idea of music or arrangement that he is not always able to externalise, without letting himself be enticed by different proposals.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I inform myself as much as possible about how to imagine their product, to try to satisfy them as much as possible, while working in a personal and original way.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: To approach especially if you need an original product, and not extremely uniform to the mass market.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: My top 5 guitars.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I started studying music 35 years ago, and playing concerts about 25 years ago.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: A very open and personal style, which many have tried to define with the term Jazz Crossover.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: In general I would like to work with artists who have more experience than me, to be able to share the cultural baggage with them.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: The important thing is to be original, and not be afraid to differentiate yourself from the mass sound.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Different types of music, although my main genre is a very original form of jazzcrossover.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Knowledge of music, 35 years of experience in studying harmony, rhythm, arrangement and much more.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Originality, emotion, spirituality and professionalism.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Composition, recording of various instruments, especially electric, classical, acoustic and fretless guitars, arrangement and entire productions of musical pieces.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: The studio is essential and professional, the result of over twenty years of experience, focused on a compositional approach that ranges between different musical styles.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: There are so many, from the ethno world to jazz, from folka to R&B, passing through classical to pop and much more.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Creating a piece of music, arranging and performing different instruments including guitars, bass, percussion etc.

Francesco Mascio - A song for Peace

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GenresSounds Like
  • John Scofield
  • John Butler
  • Pat Metheny
Gear Highlights
  • Electric
  • Classic
  • Acustica and Fretless Guitar
  • Electric Bass
  • Keyboards
  • Percussion
  • Violin and a lot of other instruments.
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