At the age of six, Michael was heavily influenced by his dad strumming and singing Italian folk songs and the odd country tune on guitar. He was also listening to ‘The Shadows‘, which were regular tunes played on his guitar.
At fifthteen he left school to train as a cabinetmaker. During this time he still retained his passion for guitar by playing with local covers bands. At the age of twenty Michael decided to give up his trade to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time guitarist. Opportunity arose in 1991 when local singer songwriter Hugh Wilson appeared on the popular television show ‘Starseach’ and won the whole series. Hugh and manager Glenn Wheatly approached Michael to join him in his band. This lead to an amazing nine months of recording of three singles, an album, recording film clips and extensive touring. For Michael the highlight of the year was performing several times on his favourite show “Hey Hey it’s Saturday”. This was exactly what Michael wanted to do with his career.
Over the next eighteen years Michael further established himself with a solid career as a session guitarist by playing and recording for many Top 10 national and international artists.
His playing/ touring experience and recording credits include,House guitarist for the world wide hit TV show The Voice (Australia), Delta Goodrem,Keith Urban,Lionel Richie,Seal,Joel Madden,Marvin Priest (Musical Director) , Roachford, Mica Paris, Rahsaan Patterson.Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ricki-Lee, Jessica Mauboy, Brian Macfadden, Deni Hines,Paulini.
In August 2008 Michael was featured in Guitar Player USA magazine as ‘Editors Top 8 MySpace players’. He has also appeared in countless endorsement advertisements in various magazine.
2011 had proven to be a big year .It started off with a master class tour ” Funk Fusion” which successfully sold out to 30 different venues around Australia.
In the July 2011 edition of Guitarist Australia magazine Michael was voted 11th in the top 25 AustralianGuitarist of all time.http://michaeldolcemusic.com/interveiws/
2012 kickstarted on a high , being offered the job as house guitarist for the Australian version of the world wide hit TV show “THE VOICE”. The show extended into itunes releases which saw Michael’s playing showcasing on 10 number 1′s and countless top 40 placings in the space of 4 months.
Setting new records within the Australian music industry.And is currently playing season 2 of the voice.
For Michael it has been a lifelong dream to write and record a guitar instrumental album. Known for his unique feel, smooth technique and melodic approach, ‘Everything til now’ his debut album infuses all the different influences and styles he grew up playing and listening to over the years -blues ,country and jazz fusion.
The album was written over the course of 3 weeks and took over 10 months to complete, due to touring commitments .The album consists of Australia’s top session players . Michael is really proud of what he has achieved in this time and hopes to share more
Michael currently is endorsing Charles Cilia Guitars, Bogner amps, Takamine Acoustics, Xotic Pedals, Fractal Audio.
music in the future.