Anthony “Chio” Chiofalo is a musician and writer from Long Island, New York. Aside from working on a follow-up to his first EP Unlearned Lessons, he is currently playing and collaborating with other artists and songwriters. When not working on music, Chio is engaged in creative and scholarly writing. He is the Sam Ash Guitars of Distinction copywriter. You can view his personal blog posts on the News & Thoughts page.
Having begun his childhood with Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits on repeat, Chio found his musical home in his early teens, listening to KROCK spin classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” The New York native 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 early 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. 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.
Spurred by numerous unexpected circumstances, 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.