Born and raised in Italy, Pino moved to America at the age of 26. He was hired for a tour as a drummer and percussionist for Rock singer and former member of the group “The Out Laws” Rick Cua. Once Pino landed in Nashville for rehearsals it was love at first sight, after the tour Pino decided to relocate to Music City where he has resided since.
Pino’s focus as a percussionist/producer has evolved within a very musically and culturally diverse environment. He studied percussion with Mac Poldo at the school Mac co founded with the legendary Ginger Baker, well-known as the former drummer for Cream.As one of the original Muzik Mafia Members as well as in his personal journey as a percussionist, studio and live concert producer, Pino has performed and or worked with the likes of Chet Atkins, Big & Rich, Kid Rock, Scott Weiland & Duff (Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver), Arturo Sandoval, Ravi Coltrane, George Clinton, Jewel, Robert Randolph, Keith Urban, Tito Puente, Martina Mc Bride, Gretchen Wilson, The Wilson Sisters (Heart), etc. His experience in performing and creating multicultural events showcasing such a variety of artists, is evidence of his diverse and “out of the box” thinking.
Pino’s own studio productions accomplishments include compositions co-written and or produced by him for various motion pictures inc. Justin Timberlake “In time”. Bruce Willis “Cold light of day”” Matthew McConaughey’s Magic Mike, as well as songs on ABC, NBC and HBO. soundtracks for various sitcoms. Additionally, Pino was selected amongst 500 drummers and percussionists as a feature on “Sticks and Skins”. A photo biographical book of some of the best drummers & percussionists in the world. Sticks & Skins is proudly displayed at the Smithsonian in the archives of the Grammy Museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame.