bio

Singer/songwriter Mitch DiStefano is a musician’s musician. From playing iconic NYC clubs to wowing guitar seekers with his expertise at world famous music shops, from teaching rocks star on the rise to Broadway stars performing on the Great White Way, from working with aspiring songwriters to those recording albums, Mitch knows music.

 

He first picked up the guitar at 10 (thanks Mr. Frank!) but quickly left old standards behind, dreaming of rocking out to AC/DC and Kiss. Exploring classic rock, pop, country, and heavy metal along the way to hone his skills, he was inspired by local club bands who motivated him to to be up on stage himself. At the same time he was learning from musical masters at Alex Musical Instruments, Rudy’s Music Shop, and Matt Umanov's, about custom built guitars and basses, boutique amps, unique effects—gleaning input both from the experts on the floor and the rock legends who stopped by for new/old Fenders and Gibsons. 

 

Through music shop contacts and friends in the business he sat in jam sessions and sorta bands, learning the art of playing and working with other musicians, putting ideas together to create new and original sounds and songs. He played bass in projects with Roar, Dashboard Mary, Flesh n Blood band and more and went back to straight up guitar to play with Silverboy, Perforated Head, Jane Jensen, Marianne Pillsbury playing in places like CBGBs, Limelight, Cat Club, Mercury Lounge, Arlene's Grocery, Industry, The Delancey, The R-Bar, The Palladium, The Bitter End, and at festivals including Vans Warped tour,  SXSW, NXNE Toronto, CMJ NYC, and the Millennium music festival in Harrisburg, PA. 

 

Beyond life in the band (or many bands in Mitch’s case), he’s written a host of memorable songs, has been in the studio with countless artists, has taught kids and adults both bass and guitar, has mentored fledgling songwriters, and taught nervous and new performers how to be on stage. Currently working on a new a new project after wrapping a CD with a quirky collaborator, Mitch continues to be a force in NYC’s innovative and vibrant music scene.