To start over, perseverance pays off. There is no real end to your dreams when you are blessed with talent. Like the Italian South African born songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Craig Pietropaolo. Born on 2 August 1994 in Alberton Gauteng, Pietropaolo was best known as the bassist of Alchemy the House cover band at Sundowners Sports Bar & live music venue.
He picked up his first instrument, the guitar; at age thirteen while attending high school at Marist Brothers in Linmeyer. It was during that time that he formed his first band Thunderkill (later called Martyry) and began writing songs. Martyry was unsuccessful, however, has never performed live in the local scene and released only one single, “Redemption”, in April 2013.
Pietropaolo got his first taste of the stage at age seventeen as a stand – in guitarist for the thrash metal band Empery in 2011. He then spent the next few years teaching himself to sing and play the bass guitar, performing small open mic and charity shows with musician friends and studying audio technology at the Academy of Sound Engineering. In February 2014, he became the new bassist and backing / clean vocalist of the metalcore band Inceria, with whom he enjoyed many successful performances in the local metal scene. Eventually taking part in the 2014 Wacken Metal Battle. Following the band’s break-up seven months later, he joined the Afrikaans electronic rock outfit Die Heartbreak Revolusie as their guitarist. DHR had the honour of performing with local rock giants Prime Circle at the annual Academy of Sound Engineering student party at Roxy’s Club Melville on 12 June 2015.
Pietropaolo launched his solo career on 26 June 2015 with the release of his debut single, “Starting Over”. The official music video for the song was released on 8 December 2015. The song received airplay on numerous platforms throughout 2016, including Tuks FM 107.2, Mix 93.8 FM, DSTV’s DMX Campus Rock Channel 816 and KCR College Radio in San Diego, California.
Listen to Craig’s new single here https://soundcloud.com/craigpietropaolo/secrets