Carmine Dio: Country Music Artist
Jessica Gilbert: Carmine, it’s a real pleasure to have you in TSM. Thanks so much for doing an interview for the magazine. 🙂
What inspired you to get into music?
Carmine Dio: I had some tough times growing up and lyrics to some songs helped me get through them. So, I wanted to share my thoughts with other people, and hopefully it would help them get through and let them know they weren’t alone.
Jessica Gilbert: At what age did you start singing and writing songs?
Carmine Dio: I was in my early thirties when I wrote my first song “RADIO OF GOLD.”
Jessica Gilbert: Do you have other members in the family who are musically talented?
Carmine Dio: My father was a great performer, singer, and most of my family sang and played instruments at one time or another.
Carmine Dio: “Boys Night Out” actually was the last song I had written on this album. And it turned out to be the most fun, and it was a catchy title. So I named the album after this song. The other songs have one meaning or another to them. Most of them were experiences that I have gone through.
Jessica Gilbert: What’s your process for writing lyrics?
Carmine Dio: Well, sometimes they come to me while I’m driving or when I listen to music. Mostly slow songs, they’re my favorite to listen to. They get my mind in the mood, and thinking about things, and then I start writing. Usually, I get a bunch of ideas written down and then try to put it all together 🙂 Sometimes that goes well and sometimes not. lol.
Jessica Gilbert: And where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Carmine Dio: Things I go through, or other people go through in life. And listening to music, playing the keyboard, or strumming my guitar.
Jessica Gilbert: You’ve opened and performed with a variety of artists such as: Craig Morgan, The Bellamy Brothers, Mel Tillis, Collin Raye and Suzy Boggers. What is your most memorable experience?
Carmine Dio: They were all very nice. Just being around them and thinking they are just like us. Collin Raye is one of my favorites. Many of his songs I used to and still do listen to today. So, that was cool performing on the same stage.
Jessica Gilbert: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?
Carmine Dio: Well, there are many songs I like from many artists. Garth Brooks, Collin Raye, Tim McGraw, John Michael Montgomery; these are the guys I listened to when I first starting listening to country.
Jessica Gilbert: It’s wonderful that you’re actively involved with charities (Capital District N.Y. disability telethon, Andrew Warriors Foundation and Operation Adopt A Soldier), and make a difference helping others. Are there any charity events coming up that you’ll be involved with?
Carmine Dio: Well, I am always looking and open to anyone who needs entertainment. At this time no. I also own a karaoke and DJ service. CARMINE’S KARAOKE & DJ SERVICE. So I’m out there performing in adult home facilities and places like that to try and put some smiles on there faces.
Jessica Gilbert: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
Carmine Dio: I would help kids with special needs; Try and find cures and things to help their disabilities because they are innocent as all kids are. For I have an autistic child and I see first hand their everyday challenges.
Jessica Gilbert: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
Carmine Dio: “GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING”
Carmine Dio: I just want to thank you for having me involved with the magazine. I love to hear feedback from any of your readers. And look out for a new album in the spring. Please CHECK MY WEBSITE OUT AT: CARMINEDIO.COM
Jessica Gilbert: Thanks again for doing this interview and wish you all the best in the future.
Carmine Dio: THANK YOU VERY MUCH! THIS WAS AN HONOR TO BE APART