Carmin Turco
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Carmin Turco

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
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"Review of 'I'm Gonna Hurt You' single for"

"Singer-Songwriter Carmin Turco offers up melodic Alternative Pop with a hint of indie flavor. Fluid, rootsy guitar lines and whispered vocals lead up to an explosive chorus in this heartfelt and serious Indie pop." -

"Review of 'Angel'"

"…a very real songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent. A really promising, keep-an-eye-on-this-guy kind of talent." - Rhythm & News Magazine

"Recent Q&A with Vents"

How did you get started with all this??
I began my career on stage at CBGBs when I was only 16. I've been playing music all over the country since then.

What's the message to transmit with your music??
I don't think I have an overall message that I'm trying to communicate... or, if I do, it's something like, beware... the course of love rarely runs smooth.

What's your method at the time of writting a song??
I write alone, usually when things in my life are either fantastically good or horribly dismal... I prefer the former to the latter.

Which is your music influences??
My songwriting is influenced mostly by music from the 70's... Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Neil Young - but my musical interests run the gamut from Classical to TripHop.

What plans do you have for the future??
I am working on songs for a new release entitled, 'Simple, Now'. The recording will tell the story of one couple's adventures in love... and it has a happy ending!

Which has been the funniest prank you have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
I once joked to an audience at New York's Mercury Lounge that, apart from being a musician, I was also a male stripper. However, I added, in order to set myself apart from other male strippers, I would BEGIN my show nude and slowly put my clothes back on. :)

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you and your band (If any) are, ¿Who would you send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
I tour solo... so I'd have to say, um, me and, also, me.

Which country you would love to play?
I'd like to play Ireland. I hear the audiences are good listeners and the club/pub owners appreciate the musical talent. Plus it's beautiful there (and I have a thing for freckles).

With which bands you would love to share stage??
Well, only because I think it would be great, sweaty, dancing fun.... GOGOL BORDELLO, hands down, no contest.

Are you OK, with the direction the band is going actually?
No, I'm rarely satisfied. I'd like to be performing more and look to do so in 2011.

Check out more of this artist by going to:
- Vents Magazine


Angel - (LP) - January, 1999
I'm Gonna Hurt You - (Single) - September, 2001
The Times They Are A-Changing - (Single) - January, 2002
Tricycle - (LP) - August, 2003
Elephant Shoes - (LP) - February, 2006
Simple, Now - (EP) - September, 2010 (re-released 2012)



After years of live performance experience, singer and songwriter Carmin Turco officially arrived on the New York music scene in 1999 with the release of his debut album, 'Angel', to some critical acclaim and earning him the Sennheiser Songwriter of the Year award.

His second release, 'Tricycle', brought him increased notoriety and reached sufficient national sales and radio airplay to be eligible for a Grammy nomination (a great success for any independent artist).

Carmin went on to write and record the single 'Back On Track' with veteran producer Bob Casale (from the art-rock group, Devo) and performed nationally with tour support provided by MasterCard, Merrill Lynch and Amtrak - a tour which included a performance on Broadway at the historic Hudson Theater.

Having studied songwriting and performance at The Actor's Institute in New York City, Carmin was a featured performer at the International Shakespeare Festival in Toronto, Canada and went on to create “Interpretations”, a computer-assisted live music-and-art experience for the hearing impaired.

Also an accomplished technologist, Carmin has garnered some Internet accolades including winning attendance to 'TechStars 2007' with a mobile application the press called, “Revolutionary”.

A performer at heart, Carmin continues to tour internationally with the industry press calling his work, "Powerful", "Promising" and "Heartfelt".