Don’t Let Your Dreams Ever Die
From the age of ten, Aldo Leopardi knew in his soul that he wanted to be a musician. All it took was seeing AC/DC’s “Jail Break” on the television and he was hooked. Musically, Aldo’s early influences also included KISS, David Bowie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom he idolized and who served as an early inspiration to follow the calling of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Raised by his mother in Adelaide, Australia, learning to play guitar was not going to be easy, but Aldo learned early in life to never turn away from a difficult task. His mother made him a deal; do all the research and find a suitable guitar teacher and she would support him. This was the first step toward the realization of Leopardi’s musical dream and he hasn’t looked back since.
By his teen years, Aldo was playing gigs in Australia and by his early twenties; he was self-producing and recording his music. At the same time, Aldo Leopardi was a successful student in dental college, yet always appearing on the rebellious side, sitting in the back of class, sporting a classic black AC/DC muscle T-shirt and crazed hairstyle. Soon, he was managing a thriving career as a dentist. Yet, Aldo always had a plan; quit dentistry, go to Los Angeles and play music. He recognized, however, that the music industry stacked the odds against the artist. It would be a very difficult undertaking, but Aldo was not to be deterred. He made himself a personal promise to increase his odds, financially and creatively, and take control of his musical destiny.
Eventually, Aldo moved to the United States, embarking on a new adventure, the first phase of his plan. Begrudgingly, that phase required putting his music career on hold while he worked endless hours to become a leader in his professional career as a highly specialized dentist (Prosthodontist). While becoming that leader, Aldo never strayed from his love of music, it was the very passion that fed his soul. The music was always there and Aldo soon knew it was the time to fulfill that promise.
It took Aldo three years to record his self-titled album, with every spare moment spent in the studio where he wrote, arranged, sang, performed and produced. His influences ranged from the classics, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen, to today’s Foo Fighters, Powderfinger and Linkin Park. Giving a fresh edge to the classic, guitar driven rock sound, Aldo instantly appealed to a diverse group of fans with his live performances too. Using his own highly precise management skills and unwavering tenacity, Aldo was now doing music on his terms with the start of his own record label, Backslash Records. Along with producer Mark Vargas and director Jordan Horowitz (MTV’s Viva La Bam and Newlyweds), he shot the music video for his song “Always Be”. Aldo Leopardi’s plan had come to fruition. He was living his dream; recording music, performing elaborate live productions and even creating a high caliber music video. Simultaneously, Aldo was touring the U.S. as a much sought-after speaker in field of complex aesthetic and implant Dentistry.
In 2010, Aldo paired up with producer Lee Miles (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Darling Thieves, Puddle of Mudd and Tickle Me Pink among others, in addition to fronting the band Oh My Stars). The EP Villains and Heroes, Aldo’s second release, is an innovative mixture of rock/alternative music along with edgy subject matter, drawn from real life experiences. Other contributions on the disc came from Tickle Me Pink guitarist Steven Beck, engineer Jason Livermore (from the Blasting Room studio, he has worked with Rise Against/Gaslight Anthem/Descendents, Tickle Me Pink among others) and engineer Jason Larson (new Dalton-Hickman Gang album featuring Johnny Hickman and Jim Dalton).
Aldo and Lee rapidly developed a musical chemistry that drove their collaboration on material for the new EP. Lee penned the track “Not Enough”, inspired by his own recent break-up, specifically to highlight Aldo’s vocal talents. Aldo said, “I gravitated immediately to the message and melody. I felt it was a great fit for my voice and also what I was going through at the same time.” On the track, “Love”, Aldo notes, “Dave Astaire, a Mate and co-songwriter from Australia, wrote the original. I later re-wrote the lyrics and changed the arrangement to reflect some of the angst I was feeling, essentially, why is love so difficult to find and hold onto.” He also wanted to pay homage to his rock influences, such as AC/DC and the Angels from Australia, by composing a song with a heavy guitar riff coupled with a catchy chorus. Lee further enhanced the track with additions to the lyrics and arrangement. “My Parade” was developed through a great group effort from the boys in Aldo’s recent live line-up. The core lyrics were written by Aaron Lane and Aldo, reflecting on the egotism of their youth; “how we thought we knew so much,” Aldo laughs, “but of course, we knew shit!” Ultimately, the song is a message of independence from social and religious dogma. The inspiration behind the two-part “The Villain” and “The Hero” came from Aldo’s own experiences. It tells the story of a failed relationship, the jaded process one goes through, and then dealing with the reality and the pain.
Aldo Leopardi has proven himself a constant professional within his dental career, and a rising force on the music scene. Time may pass and paths may alter, but Aldo knows that to succeed in anything, never lose sight of your goals. He is an example to follow your dreams and share your passions.