Vincenzo Thomas Amato, Los Angeles musician, club promoter for the Brig
By Tom Farrell
Vincenzo Thomas Amato, the son of a brass player for Wayne Newton, has been a valuable member of the Los Angeles music circuit for over a decade, both as a performer and a club booker. We caught up with "VTA" recently and asked him to share his insight as a performer and a promoter. Here's what he had to say: *How is being a promoter in Los Angeles these days?
VINCENZO: There are a lot of fish in the sea but it's all who ya know :-)*How long have you been booking clubs?
VINCENZO: Since 1996*Where are you booking now?
VINCENZO: The Brig, Venice Beach, Ca. www.thebrig.com
past venues: Lucys 51, The Waterfront Concert Theate, The Santa Monica Bar & Grille, The Universal bar & Grill, The Cat Club, Mountain High Ski resort.*Who are some of your musical influences?
VINCENZO: Tom Waits, Bob Marley, Miles Davis, Sublime, The Gratefuldead, Tool, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Chili Pepper Dave Matthews band... and on and on...*Your dad was a regular play with Wayne Newton? Did that influence you as a musician? You ever get to meet Wayne?
VINCENZO: Yes my father Tommy Amato played Bass, trumpet, and conducted for Wayne Newton for over 17 years... of course ! I love big band music, jazz and everything from those times... Oh yes many times.... I call him "Uncle Wayne" !*What are you working on currently?
VINCENZO: My own music as always! *Any new releases on the horizon?
VINCENZO: I'll be releasing a summer music sampler from Bandwagon Productions & SilverBack Music soon ! check out www.bandwagon-productions.com
for release dates and where to download the free sampler !*What's you recording process like? Home recording? Studio?
VINCENZO: To tell ya the truth I'm a huge fan a great live recordings so I try to record my shows every time and release the best versions... that way when ya hear my music on line or a cd and come to a show it sounds like what ya heard !*Any advice to up-and-coming performers out there?
VINCENZO: Break a leg ! haa.. but seriously I would just say stay true to what inspires you to write and perform your original music !