Andrea Federici started studying music when he was a child, playing flute and xylophone in the school’s band but he didn’t show any real interest until he was 14 when he saw one of his friends playing a Fender Stratocaster.
He immediately decided to buy a cheap Fender copy which was soon abandoned in the closet, replaced by the interest for video games and films.
After listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album Stadium Arcadium, Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals (quite different and unusual albums for a 14 years old, uh?!) and to some of his favourite video games and film soundtracks he decided to pick up the dusty guitar, buy his first Marshall Amp and take private lessons.
That is when he properly started studying music at Accademia Nova in Rome, under the guidance of guitar master Leonardo Vitacolonna.
He immediately loved Funk, Blues, Rock and Hard Rock bands from the 60s, 70s, 80s and he started giggin in the capital with young Italian bands such as Radiodrama.
Later on he started listening to Metal, Progressive and Alternative bands from the late 80s and 90s, further widening his musical tastes as well as his skills on the electric guitar.
At the age of 19 he decided to move to London and study at the ICMP, achieving the Higher Diploma in Popular Music Performance and BTEC Edexcel Level 5 while taking private lessons from the Metal master Martin Goulding.
He started teaching music privately while continuing his studies on ICMP's BMus (Hons) in Popular Music Performance where he had BBC composer Maurizio Malagnini and arranger/cellist Audrey Riley as his teachers for the Arranging and Composing class.
Thanks to their talent and the beauty of their work Andrea started his journey into composing for film, ads and video games.
Collaborating with his classmate Stefano Torchio he composed for several music libraries companies; inspired by the work of Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Ennio Morricone, driven by the passion of a video game and film lover, he tries to learn, compose and experiment new ideas every time, blending together his old musical influences with the most recent ones.