DeRado's love of music and recording started with a pair of headphones
and his father's massive record collection. He absorbed a wide
of musical styles, finding an affinity for artists ranging from the
of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Derek and the Domino's, to
like Earth Wind and Fire and the Brothers Johnson.
the age of nine Den got a chance to meet his ten year old cousin, Dave
Diorio, who had already been playing drums for several
After watching Dave play along to Rush's Tom Sawyer -- he was hooked
In 1989 Sean left for Miami University and Den for SUNY Oneonta. After two years without his favorite guitar player, Den convinced Sean to drop his studies in Engineering, and enroll in Oneonta's Music Industry program with him. They were soon back together, and by 1991 they were learning the ins and outs of the music business by day, and playing at night. Needing to fulfill their internship requirement, they chose a summer job at CER Studios under the guidance of Joe Santora and Peter Zaage. During 12 weeks of intense sessions at CER, they became good friends with Joe and Pete and developed an interest in their unique musical style.
graduating from Oneonta and struggling to find musicians with the same
drive and love for music, it became obvious that Pete and Joe were the
missing half to Den and Seans' musical pairing.
While with Joey Shaker, Den studied the Gary Chester method with Chris Adams, learning independence exercises and honing his groove. He credits studying with Chris, reading Modern Drummer and most of all his bandmates for making him a better musician.
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