We had the good fortune of connecting with Simone Feroci and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Simone, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I was born and raised in Parma, Italy. Since even at a young age I’ve always shown an interest in music, my mum had me join the city’s choir. I’ve done some cool things with them (like singing at Pavarotti & friends 1998), then rock’n roll happened and amongst other bands I discovered Red Hot Chili Peppers: I fell in love with Flea’s bass lines so much that at the age of 12 I decided I’d start playing bass, and to this day I never stopped, I guess! From there to touring Europe, moving to London (Uk) and finally to the States.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a bass player and music producer, I always strive to deliver the best for the people I work with, wether I’m supposed to play on stage or participate in studio sessions. I think discipline is paramount, in a sector that very often brings musicians to the excess: not saying I’m a saint (I’m definitely not), but surely I like to rely on my “sober” self before work.

I think what made me overcome the challenges is my stubbornness and my refusal to settle for less: even if it means hard work, it will always pay off, this is what I learned. Hard for others to get on board with this but hey, it’s part of the selection process when it comes to start working on a project.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Definitely Hollywood, but I’m a big fan of the outskirts. Long Beach is a great hangout, as well as Orange County. The food scene in Los Angeles and SoCal is amazing and definitely worth exploring, plus the festivals that involve food and music: you never know, might bump into some very cool people there!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Since where I come from people are not familiar with the fact that “musician” could be a job, very little people believed in me: I want to thank those who did, who helped me in abandoning my comfort zone and diving into the unknown. I want to thank my beautiful wife for always supporting me, I feel like I’m blessed having her on my side: I’d like to thank ShoutOut magazine for giving people a chance to emerge in the panorama.

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