Emiliano Caroselli grew up in Rome, Italy. His father was an avid collector of cassettes and vinyls and he recalls spending hours on end listening to music. On long car journeys they turned on the stereo and took in the sounds of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Genesis, Cat Stevens, Stevie wonder, Ella Fitsgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lucio Dalla and Mina.
"I remember music being my closest companion, it made every moment of my day magical. I still feel a deep connection to those albums".
Emiliano started to play the drums at the relatively late age of 17. He sought out the best teachers in the area and he applied himself intensively, practising between ten and twelve hours a day.
Emiliano’s passion for the music of John Bonham, Stewart Copeland and prominent jazz drummers gave him a deeper understanding of the drum set tradition and allowed him to expand his musical knowledge considerably. He went on to discover Max Roach, Art Blackey and Elvin Jones. "I realised then that what really captured my attention was the African feel that those master drummers had."
He had the opportunity to experience the African influence for himself when he moved to Cuba to study Afro-Cuban percussion and drum set at the E.N.A. National School of Art in Havana from 1998-2001.
Emiliano moved back to Rome when he was 26 and continued his studies at the S.Luis College of Music and the Conservatory of Music of Frosinone. During this time he formed the band "Juju 4et" and recorded the album "tempi provvisori".
After collaborating with many musicians on the Italian jazz scene and after years of experience as a sideman, Emiliano moved to London in 2012. He played with several bands in various styles of music. His sensitive passionate approach to the drums soon made him an important figure on the London jazz scene.
His receptiveness to all styles of music, combined with a deep knowledge of the roots of jazz, the richness of his dynamics and his attention to interplay with other musicians make him one of the most in-demand drummers and percussionists in London today.
"Each style of music requires a different approach and the proper touch. A drummer must first master a style in order to play professionally. Big band, small jazz combo, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, funk, pop, rock etc. Here in London I get to play in all kinds of different musical settings and apply what I have learned over the years. I would liken it to driving different vehicles, one day you could be driving a big truck, the next day, a racing car or a helicopter or a bicycle."
Emiliano Caroselli is currently involved in several projects and he works with a number of highly regarded artists across London and Europe.