Domenic Zurzolo – Biography

Western Australian born Domenic Zurzolo grew up in a rural suburb caled Carmel just outside of Kalamunda, Perth. Influenced by his father who played guitar and sang, Domenic began playing the acoustic guitar from an early age.

By his early teen Domenic was given an electric guitar and formed a band with some of his high school buddies, called Powerline. Playing a mixture of covers and originals, Powerline started to gain a following and the band recorded a four song cassett at Shelter Studio called “Fire in the Sky”, featuring three of Domenic’s original compositions. THe band played local venues including the High Wycombe Hotel and the Shaftsbury Hotel, and after five years and a few line up changes the band split.

In The Eighties

By the age of seventeen Domenic began guitar lessons with guitar guru Cliff Lynton. With Cliff’s help Domenic was accepted into WAAPA and spent the next three years studying Jazz, completing his Certificate in Music and Associate Diploma in Jazz.

During this period Domenic played in a six piece cover band, The Chromatics. The band played all the big venues around Perth including the Warwick Hotel, Charles Hotel, Raffles Hotel and the Floreat Hotel and toured the south west and north to Geraldton and east to Kalgoorlie. Some highlights included supporting the Divinyls and Mental as Anything.

After The Chromatics, Domenic teamed up with old school friend and drummer Mark Sutton who was working with Channel Nine as a cameraman. Mark introduced Domenic to TV personality Louise Anotnas (now Louise Anton) and they formed a five piece band. Domenic wrote the song “Experience” dedicated to his niece, Amanda. The band recorded music at Channel Nine studios and Louise sang it for Appealathon.

After the Appealathon project Domenic and Mark recorded original music for the Americas Cup Challenge with engineer Trevor Gains.

Double Trouble

Domenic formed the duo Double Trouble, which was very popular and played all the popular spots around Perth including The Windsor Hotel, OBH Hotel, Henry Africas, The Cock and Bull, Burswood Casion and the Newport Hotel to name a few. Double Trouble had quite a few line up changes.

Kosmic Sound

After completing his Jazz studies Domenic worked at Kosmic Sound (a music store) as a guitar salesman. During his time at Kosmic some highlights include a trip to America from the Roland Corporation to the NAAM music show in LA and a tour of the Fender guitar factory (a dream come true). While in America Domenic visited New York, Memphis and Nashville. Domenic also was involved in clinics featuring Chong Lim and Mitch Farmer.

Freefall

While working at Kosmic and playing in Double Trouble, Domenic played and recorded with original band Freefall. The band recorded some demos with John Villani at Planet Studios and where chosen to play on a home grown album.

Charvel Jackson Long Live the Lead Break Competition

After Freefall, Domenic entered the Long Live the Lead Break competition, held at the Charles Hotel and including ten contestants. Domenic won the Western Australian heat and was invited to the semi final in Melbourne and played at the Palace Hotel, St Kilda.

Angry Anderson

While playing at Gobbles night club on Friday nights early with Double Trouble Domenic was invited to join resident Gobbles band The Night After, and the band backed Angry for a weekend of great gigs.

In The Nineties

John Albert Band

While playing in Broome with Double Trouble Domenic was asked to do some recording for ex Scrap Metal vocalist John Albert. After some demos at Planet studio, the album ‘Through A Mirror’ was recorded at ABC studios. The John Albert Band performed at the 1992 Stompin’ Ground Festival in Broome in front of thousands of people and the event was televised live around Australia on the ABC and Triple J radio. Clips of the concert are still played in Broome on the local TV station.

Now You’re Talking

While playing in Double Trouble and solo Domenic joined Perth Trio Now You’re Talking. The trio held resident gigs at Liars Saloon and the Windsor Hotel, both very popular venues.

Neil Brooks

While playing in Now Your Talking Domenic was asked to do some TV gigs with former Olympic swimmer Neil Brooks. The trio played prime time TV on Brooksy’s Footy Show and Telethon.

After returning from America, Domenic decided to return to University and completed a Bachelor of Music Education Degree.

Europe

In 1996 Domenic and his wife Ingrid decided to go to Europe on a working holiday for a year. Based in Munich, Germany, Domenic began working in the local Irish pubs – Fiddlers Green and The Shamrock among several other venues around Munich and Austria (Salzburg). After traveling around Europe in spring and visiting relatives in Italy, Domenic and Ingrid moved to London. While in London, Domenic played in local hotels and tourist bars including The Redback Hotel and the Prince Alfred.

Back to Perth

Back in Perth, Domenic settled into some part time music teaching, began working solo again and put together trio Love Struck Babies – a popular group playing the Windsor Hotel, Stamford Arms, Leisure Inn and The Bog night club.

The Year 2000 to Present.

Domenic is currently performing in various venues around Perth with his duo West of Centre and also as a solo guitarist.

In 2008 he went on tour around Australia with both of these groups and has continued to work towards the release of a new solo album.

Recordings/CDs

Domenic has released four solo cds over his career of his original work.

Stay

During his trip to America and year away in Europe Domenic had songs for the album “Stay written, recorded and produced by Domenic.

Somewhere in Paradise

After performing in Shark Bay Domenic, inspired  by the beautiful landscape, wrote and recorded “Somewhere in Paradise”, his first instrumental album.

When I See You Smile

The new album by Domenic features original songs – this is a beautiful collection of uplifting songs.

Girls, Cars & Guitars

This is a guitar driven blues/rock guitar/vocal album recorded and produced by Domenic.

View the testimonials of happy clients who have used Domenic as their event Disc-Jockey and entertainer as booked through the Wedding Music Planner.

David and Sinead Tones 19th Decemebr 2009

Paul and Rebecca Graham 2nd January 2010

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