Interview with Guitarist
that took place in late February
by Glenn Milligan.
By Leah Burlington Photography
Singer and Guitarist, Charly started to play guitar at the age of 12.
Inspired by Richie Sambora, Adrian Smith, Brian May, Kai Hansen and
the amazing sounds of the '80s. After several sessions as a singer and
guitarist for different projects, in 2001 Charly won a famous Italian
contest with the band Gaia and got a scholarship to study composition
of pop music at the famous institute "CET" directed by Italian
Charly has taken part of several projects like "Rael Superstar"
a Musical written by former Jesus Christ Superstar actor and singer
Glenn Carter and "Billion Miles To See You" by Italian pop/rock
writing the Musical "Life Is Extraterrestrial"
a guitarist for the American Iron Maiden Tribute band Aces High.
He now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
you to play guitar and why?
I decided to play guitar when I was 12 after watching the "Bad
Medicine" video by Bon Jovi. I was simply astonished by that sound
and by Richie Sambora's stage presence. I said to myself "that's
what I want to do in life!".
How is your
family regarding musical talent if so, what rubbed off onto you as a
No one in my family plays an instrument. But music was always playing
in the house. So I grew up listening to a lot of melodies from the radio
and from TV. I used to collect 45' and 33' vinyl records and many cassettes
of various artists. My parents have always supported my passion for
your area like for music and how has it influenced you?
I grew up in Italy in a town called Turin. As I said, I was mainly influenced
by what I was listening on the radio or on TV. When I was in school
I started studying the flute and music theory. Then when I first saw
a guitar I decided to become a guitarist along with seeing Richie Sambora
on TV. During my teenage years I discovered a "secret" world
of musicians. The rock scene of my town helped to open up my view upon
Music and allowed me to meet very interesting people. Also traveling
helped a lot. When I was 17 I moved to Costa Rica and I studied guitar
with a great teacher, Carlos Loria. When I was 24 I won a contest in
Italy on a scholarship in Composition of pop music at the famous CET
institute directed by the legendary Italian author, Mogol.
your 1st guitar and how did you acquire it?
My first one was an acoustic guitar. A cheap model, I don't remember
the brand! My mother bought for me as a present.
league players have caught your attention and why?
Richie Sambora. Brian May. Adrian Smith. Vangelis. Kai Hansen. Kee Marcello.
Why? Because they made me dream with their melodies, their touch and
pieces are you most proud of so far and what influenced them?
I consider my song "Life is Extraterrestrial" a nice piece.
The arrangements are quite accurate. It's pompous, epic and with strong
lyrics. It took me several years to complete that track. I created this
piece thinking "How about if I combine Ritchie Blackmore's hard
rock with Nightwish's orchestrations and some vocals inspired to London's
Also "The Flying Man"
is an incredible tune. Written thinking of Ozzy, I ended up working
with the amazing Dean Collinson (a famous London's musical singer) who
contributed give to the song a classy touch with his great voice!
you to come to the USA and why?
Somehow it happened. When you dream, dream big and things happens! Life
is an adventure, a funny one!
you describe the guitar style of Charly Urso?
Intense, simple, passionate, classical oriented.
set you aside and make you stand out from many other artists trying
to make it at the moment - that X Factor, so to speak?
I have an interesting sense of melody. Somehow people are touched by
my songs and my playing.
been your favourite concerts you have played so far and for what reasons?
I opened once for Paul DiAnno with my band Aces High. The venue was
packed and the crowd was just crazy. There was some magic in the air.
But personally I once played in Japan, just by myself. And I was deeply
touched by the people cheering me up and enjoying my music. What a wonderful
do you like playing most in a show and why?
So far one of my biggest live track was "Ouverture of the Sky".
But now I can't wait to finish and set up my opera "Life is Extraterrestrial"
and play it live. I also play with an Iron Maiden tribute called Aces
High! It's just fantastic! Lot of fun and amazing shows! My favourite
live tunes are "The wickerman", "Moonchild", "Powerslave"...and
so forth! The list is long.
you say is the hardest piece of music you have composed and played and
The song "Life is Extraterrestrial". It took me 5 years to
finish it. I wanted a masterpiece. Very symphonic, epic, of big impact.
So I took my time...and scoured every note in detail. I'm glad also
that a great singer such as Ivan Giannini sung it.
Do you compose
mainly on acoustic or electric - reasons for either?
It depends. Normally the acoustic guitar because it is close at hand.
your preference - Live or Studio work and why?
I really love the creating process of composing and recording a song.
Give form to an idea and putting it into music is such a magical moment.
From a selfish perspective it is priceless. But of course the live act
is unique, because it allows you to share emotions and feelings with
other people. It's a "religious" experience!
in the making for you at the moment?
Right now I'm very focused on assembling my Musical/Rock Opera "Life
is Extraterrestrial". It's a hard rock concept album, very philosophical.
Tells the story of an ancient extraterrestrial race, the Elohim, which
25.000 years ago came on Earth and thanks to their advanced science,
created all forms of life on this Planet. After sending several prophets
to help humans to awake and evolve... and after the explosion of the
atomic bombs in Japan, they decide to send one last messenger to spread
the truth about the origin of life and guide the human beings towards
a golden era. Is inspired by the book "Intelligent Design"
written by Rael.
the funniest things that have happened to you so far on and off stage
and what makes them so memorable?
Uhm let's see... Once while playing, a girl yelled my name and showed
off her boobies. Another funny moment was when I put my foot on a monitor
and this thing has moved and was about to fall off the stage. I barely
managed to stand with great embarrassment.
been the coolest artists you have met so far and why?
I had the privilege to meet Kai Hansen of Gamma Ray. He's one of my
great heroes. I almost cried when I met him. We had a nice chat and
took some pictures together. He's a very cool guy! I met also another
of my heroes, Kee Marcello, ex-Europe. I told him: "I play guitar
also because of you...the solo of "Superstitious" made me
dream so it's a great joy for me to meet you"...he was very moved
and hugged me! Yes, great memories!
always want to stop as an artist in your own right or want to be part
of a bigger band or just a band in general - reasons why, either way?
Music is something magical. You can play by yourself and be happy, you
can play with a band and be happy or you can simply listen to it, be
a spectator and be happy. I believe Music is a communion, a ceremony!!!
So it's fantastic to play with a band. Actually my biggest musical dream
is to play one day, at least one of my songs with a Symphonic Orchestra!
your hopes and dreams for the future?
The song "Imagine" by John Lennon describes pretty much what
I hope for the future on a general level. Personally I'm already happy
to share my music, give some happiness and joy through my songs and
my lyrics...and Yes as I mentioned previously...I dream to play a concert
supported by a Symphonic Orchestra!
you most proud of so far and why?
I'm a creative, a dreamer and an optimist. I try to stay positive and
look at the bright side of life.
you like to say to fans and future fans that may be reading the interview?
Everything is sweeter by taking a chance, so let's enjoy the ride together!
Support arts, music, poetry and give peace a chance :)
For BOOKING - discussion
for session work, mgmt, label, touring, festivals, events, etc. Talent
Manager/Publicist, Gigi Bishop of GGB Promotions at 310-409-6229 firstname.lastname@example.org
~~ Charly Urso at 619-204-7734 email@example.com