Ron Lanzilotta is a 22 year old bass player both classically and jazz trained with over 14 years of performance experience. Having found his passion for performance at an early age, Ron decided to attend Boston's Berklee College of Music where he received his BA in Music Business/Mgmt in 2013.
Ron is trained as an electric bass player and is also proficient on upright bass. He is comfortable playing jazz, hip hop, funk, punk, world music, and even world music and is also an experienced composer, arranger, and band leader. Check his profile for links to his bands' music.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 15 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
You can expect me to bring gratitude to any gig that I accept because frankly, I'm happy to be able to make a living doing what I love. Especially due to my experiences at Berklee College of Music, I feel comfortable tackling any musical situation even if given very little lead time. You can expect the utmost professionalism, the most tasteful choices while playing, and most importantly, somebody who brings a positive and encouraging vibe to any musical situation.
I have the equipment to provide for any musical style or setting. I own an Ampeg B2Re amp and an SVT 410 cabinet, suitable for anything in between a 30-seat cafe to Madison Square Garden.
Above all, I'm flexible to work with and always open to suggestions. I definitely consider myself a team player and have lots of experience playing in bands and getting used to the subtleties of dealing with many complex personalities in the same room :)
"Circle the instrument that you want to play". An 8 year old Ron and his mother stared at the sheet of paper on their dining room table underneath the stained glass lamp that had always adorned the room. Self-conscious and unsure, Ron circled "double-bass". He was worried that his mother would be upset that he hadn't chosen "violin" or "cello" or maybe just deferred his choice until the 4th grade when you were allowed to join the concert band. Truthfully, Ron wanted to play the double-bass because he knew it would earn him a spot in the back of the orchestra... a spot where nobody would ever see him or notice if he made mistakes.
His mother smiled. "I hoped you would pick that instrument. You can branch out with that one. Every style of music needs a bass player", she said.
The irony of this decision did not strike until years after his private classical lessons, years after one of his 7th grade friends had introduced him to classic rock music and they started jamming to Led Zeppelin and AC/DC in his basement. It happened after Ron had formed his first band, Poofy and the Busboys. A ridiculous name for a ridiculous group of musical misfits who slowly would gravitate their styles toward one another. Their style was anchored by a versatile rapper who pushed them towards a beachy, funky hip-hop sound. They logged thousands of rehearsal hours in Ron's basement, sometimes playing for 6 hours straight after school. They would learn and grow with one another in that basement. It was their dojo.
During this time, Ron led the band's writing process and organized the weekly rehearsals at his house. It was only a matter of time before Poofy and the Busboys burst out of that basement and onto a stage. Despite being too young to enter the bars that they would perform at, Poofy began a tight circuit around some New York City clubs and built a formidable local following. All the while, Ron was coming to a realization: there was no other feeling that compared to being on that stage. He couldn't get enough of it. This would be his job. This would be his life.
When it came time to apply to colleges, Ron only had one in mind. Despite being accepted to all six of the schools that he applied to, he only wanted to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Ron declared as a music business and film scoring dual major while fully pursuing his passion for performance. In his first year, Ron met some of his best friends and formed two more distinct groups: Mals Totem and Evolfo Doofeht.
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