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Meet John-Louis Riccardi, a star guitarist and vocalist that plays for Spice Girls, Mel C, and The Overtones. Louis shares about his love for his instrument and his belief that he’s “always a student” and always learning.

  1. Name: John-Louis Riccardi
  2. Instrument of choice: Guitar and Vocals
  3. My first album was (artist and format): Chris Rea, Road To Hell on CD
  4. What is it about music that you love? It’s the soundtrack to life! It can make a great moment greater, a sad moment bearable and motivate you to be more than you thought you ever could be.
  5. What was the initial spark e.g. a song or band? Watching my dad play at his gigs, I thought “I want to do that!”
  6. How do you think music brings people together? It doesn’t matter what language someone speaks; you can always connect with them through music. I was once in Zimbabwe jamming a Beatles song with a local Shona choir, it was the music that brought us together. We can say with melody what cannot be said with words.
  7. Why does music work for team building? It’s uplifting, inclusive and just fun!
  8. What is your playlist ‘must’ to get motivated or pumped up? I’m a rock guy, so AC/DC or Audioslave for me.
  9. What is your favorite aspect of being a SongDivision artist? The energy. Always positive, and I love being part of a solid team.
  10. If you could describe the SongDivsion experience in three words, what would they be? Uplifting, inclusive, fun.
  11. What is one of your favourite SongDivision memories? An epic online zoom session pulling all kinds of songs out of nowhere. It was a really good band and the client loved it!
  12. What is your favorite:
    Happy place song: Rosanna by Toto followed closely by Loco in Acapulco by Four Tops
    Song you can’t help but sing: Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver
    Song that motivates you: If You Want Blood (You’ve Got it) – AC/DC