Slipknot bassist Alessandro ‘Vman’ Venturella had a conversation with Knotfest’s ‘Defender of The Riff’ this week and talked about the first concert of his life, his first guitar, not liking Nirvana in the first place, and more.
Alessandro Venturella was the lead guitarist of Krokodil and Cry For Silence for many years and he joined Slipknot in 2014. While Vman’s real identity was attempted to be hidden by Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, his left-hand tattoo was found in the video of ‘The Devil I’ and his cover was blown.
In the conversation he had with Daniel DeKay, Vman was asked to recall his journey with music. The Slipknot bassist stated that he was already learning musical theory by 11 years old and after working with piano for a year, he decided to switch to classical.
Vman admitted that he got into heavy metal around 13-14 listening to Guns N’ Roses and confessed that he was not into Nirvana when he was young. He also recalled the school show in which he played ‘Teen Spirit’ and ‘Come As You Are’ and why he played the same solo in both songs.
Here is the statement of Vman:
“Funny story – I wasn’t really into Nirvana at all but they were small little bands growing up at the school. When I went to this bunch, they were into Nirvana and stuff like that, and I was like, ‘OK, I can get into this.’
And I think we did a school show and I was, ‘Oh, OK, yeah, I know these songs, no worries about it,’ and I think we did ‘Teen Spirit’ and then ‘Come as You Are’ but I played the same solo in both songs because I just wasn’t really into it.
I just thought the same solo would fit twice and it did actually, so that was kind of funny.”
You can watch the interview below.