Mike DiFiore is a 31-year-old guitarist, songwriter, music producer, and recording engineer from London, UK. Today, we would like to present you his video cover of the song by Dire Straits, “Tunnel of Love.”
Now, we would like to introduce to our fans and followers Mike DiFiore, because this is the first blog article about him on our website. Our team has been in touch with him, so he told us interesting facts about himself.
“Although I’m not currently working in the field, I studied Music Technology at university and have a Master’s Degree in Music Engineering and Production. I’ve been playing the guitar since the age of nine when I took lessons on the classical guitar. This was the foundation of my finger-picking, which has shaped my playing today.”
“After working my way up through the grades, I got my hands on an electric guitar at the age of 14 (after being introduced to the music of Queen) and have been stumbling forward ever since. Growing up, my dad always played CDs from Dire Straits, Bryan Adams, and The Eagles during long car journeys, and these eventually became my biggest influences. The three songs that start each CD – ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Summer of ’69’ and ‘Take It Easy’ – are the most poignant.”
Mike also wanted to share some of his favorites songs from different artists, bands, and idols. He said: “My favorites (for serious tone chasing, amongst other things) are Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, Joe Bonamassa, and Queen. I also love Bob Marley’s music, for holiday vibes. My top five albums have to be ‘Golden Heart’ (Mark Knopfler), ‘Alchemy: Dire Straits Live’ (Dire Straits), ‘A Night At The Opera’ (Queen), ‘Slow Gin’ (Joe Bonamassa), and ‘Exile On Main St.’ (The Rolling Stones).
“’Tunnel of Love’ is my favorite Dire Straits song. Although, I’m currently avoiding it after spending so long preparing my cover version), but a close second is ‘Telegraph Road’. I would love to try that one, but I have my mindset on a couple of Mark Knopfler’s solo tracks first – watch this space!”
For this video cover, Mike DiFiore played the lead guitar and vocals. The song is originally written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. Mike DiFiore for this video cover has used Fender Special Edition 50s Stratocaster electric guitar.
“Looking back, I wish I’d put in the effort to better understand music theory. Despite ‘studying’ it, as with many parts of early education it did not interest me at all. As a result, I am constantly ‘discovering’ things that I should probably already know, and I’m sure that there are many other things that I’m missing that would completely transform my playing.”
“I have always felt that the most important thing is to feel the music and to listen to what resonates with you. Personally, I get no better feeling than when I sit down with a guitar and play in the wonderful dynamic style of Mark Knopfler,” he finished it.