Marco Benevento. Michael Benevento
The Tornados, because I've been learning a lot about [producer] Joe Meek and his contributions and inventions in the engineering world. The confluence between musicians and inventors goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. Even the words "invent" and "improvise" are often interchangeable. I think that musicians are often fascinated by inventors because they themselves have thought of something that they'd like to invent to change the world of music! In fact, I have a fascinating invention that I'm working on building with a friend of mine who attended MIT. I cannot reveal any details just yet.
The Tornados used an instrument called the "clavioline" which is one of the earliest, coolest TUBE-powered keyboards. It was made in 1947, and if you look hard enough you can actually buy one! It was meant to sit underneath the piano and there was a volume control that you could operate with your leg. Jack White used one on "Icky Thump" and The Beatles used it on "Baby You're A Rich Man." I'd say those are two HUGE influences in my life right now.
Marco Benevento is a keyboardist. His latest album is called Between The Needles And Nightfall. He wrote in recently via e-mail.