Having begun his childhood with Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits on repeat, a young Anthony Chiofalo desperately wanted to play “Piano Man” himself. So at age 5, he began piano lessons. While he did succeed in giving his teacher a headache, he did not get anywhere near Billy Joel capability. But he still loved the music.

When it was time to choose an instrument in 3rd grade, Anthony followed his cousin’s lead and chose the clarinet — a mistake which would haunt him, as well as fellow school band members, for years. Nonetheless, at the behest of his parents, he stuck it out until 8th grade. As much as he despised the clarinet and structured school band environment, when he turned on the radio, he still loved the music.

But things changed when Anthony found his sonic niche in his early teens, by listening to KROCK spin classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” He continued to dive further into the rock genre upon discovering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon in his Dad’s CD collection and watching VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock countdown. At age 13, when he found a guitar in his grandparents’ basement, he began down a road he’d never be able to turn back from.

Chio spent his teen years bouncing from band to band as a guitar player and songwriter. He studied Jazz Guitar for a year in college before dropping out of the music program due to its rigid, traditional structure (…sensing a theme here yet?). For a little while after that, Chio put music to the side to focus on other things. However, he’d find it was too big a part of him to stay there for long.

Chio returned to music and began seriously writing and arranging original songs in anticipation of taking the reigns as an indie rock artist. His first EP, Unlearned Lessons, is the culmination of that journey.

With the momentum of his first release, his two current bands, and ongoing composition and collaboration opportunities, Chio is seriously looking forward to the road ahead.