Del Aitchison (aka Del Solo) has been playing music since the age of 5, and serves as bassist and vocalist in Ferengata. A talented singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, he started his first band at the age of 15 when he was living in Southern Alberta. For more than a dozen years they performed in Western Canada and had regional success there. In the late ‘90’s, Del relocated to Florida, and teamed up with Dave Laracuente to create Feedback (now Ferengata). Del has had the privilege of appearing onstage with "Mark Gray (Exile)" and "Kenny Olson (Twisted Brown Trucker Band)" as well as opening for "Southbound" and "Salvador".
David Laracuente (aka Dave Lara) has been around the music business since he was 14 years old, and serves as guitarist and vocalist in Ferengata. He has written music for both TV and radio, including "Access Hollywood". In the mid-1970’s, Dave and his band "Spice" opened for "The Isley Brothers" and "Patti Labelle". "Spice" recorded an album for boxing promoter "Don King" at American Star Studios (West Virginia) ... a single from that album "Everything is You" reached #16 on the Billboard Charts. Dave's next band, "Spring Fever", was named as one of New York City's most promising acts by WNBC radio in 1980. Dave has played as a session musician in some of America's top studios including "The Electric Ladyland Studios", "Hit Factory", and "The PowerStation", among others.
Jose Lorenzo is another drummer / percussionist that works with Ferengata, and played on all the songs on their 2006 CD. He was born in Cuba in 1973 and moved to NYC in 1980. There he grew up listening to all different types of music: Hip Hop, Latin (Cuban, Salsa, Merengue), Rock, and later Club music (House, Techno, etc.), Reggae and Jazz were part of his normal listening routine. He began playing drums in 1994 and percussion in 1996. His playing combines technique, feeling, and showmanship. In New York, Jose served as drummer for three original bands (Birthmark, Peter’s Blade, Anomie Mind) in NYC from 1994 to 2003, including studio work from 1995 to 2002. He also appeared live in top NYC & NJ venues such as CBGBs, Continental, Downtime, Coney Island High, Don Hill’s, Maxwell’s, Love Sexy, Pyramid, China Club and Club Deep, among others.
Jose Caro (Joe) was born in Manhattan, NY. At the age of eleven, his father bought him his first drum set. His mother pushed him to take drum lessons, even though he didn't want to! Joe played drums with Dave in one of his early New York bands, and now years later, he joins Ferengata on percussion and rhythm guitar. Joe grew up during the influence of the British invasion and the Motown and Latin sounds of the 60's. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Temptations, Santana, and Willie Colon are some of Joe's favorite bands.
Gary De Michele started on guitar at age 14, then played bass, then keyboards and now specializes on drums. He was tutored by famed "Tonight Show" drummer Louis Bellison for a short time. After moving to Florida in 1980 he founded the first "60 Cycle Hum". In the mid 1980's, Gary worked with many local and national recording artists in his 24 track studio in Tampa playing a variety of instruments and producing on many albums and dozens of 45 singles. In 1984 he and Mike Carleton released a 45 single (I'm Waiting - She Makes The Moves, by Carleton-De Michele) in England and Europe. The "B" Side "I'm Waiting" became the fan favorite and the duo successfully sold 50,000 copies. Gary has also played with numerous other bands in New York, Iowa, Illinois and Florida, including the Tampa based bands "60 Cycle Hum", "BlackStar", "Metro", "Altus" and "Third Planet". Throughout the years, Gary has also opened for several national recording stars since his first, at age 15, playing guitar on stage with his band “The London Burrs” opening for the "Young Rascals" at the Juliet Theater in New York.
Special thanks to our guest vocalists on the 2006 CD:
George “Definite” Aber, doing the Jamaican raps on “Nerd” and “Feugo en mi Corazon",
Tammy Jo (who finished in the top 14 finalists out of 2500 entrants for the worldwide “Voice of McDonald’s” competition)
Summer Pfieffer and Joanna Rose
You guys rock!
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