Setting his focus on a soulful, honest approach to making music, Buffalo, NY’s Michael DiSanto has spent more than half his life cultivating a versatile, authentic, and diverse guitar style that has become truly his own. Passionately incorporating elements of R&B, Gospel, Reggae,
Blues, Neo-Soul, and Jazz into his playing, he has become a “first-call” guitar
player for artists at the local and national levels.
Michael has played for national recording artists Noel Gourdin, Chantae Cann, and Quadir Lateef. Recently, he has had the privilege to share the stage with Blue Note artists Soulive, and legendary soul drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie. He has also opened for India.Arie, The Roots, Marcus Miller, and Average White Band, just to name a few.
Michael holds down a handful of weekly gigs and can regularly be seen playing alongside the top musicians in all genres that Buffalo has to offer.
Spending much of his time as a studio musician, DiSanto works for Hip-Hop/R&B label Thinkalot Records. He will also be featured on a track produced by Will Holton for critically-acclaimed jazz saxophonist Najee’s upcoming album.
Michael was named “Top R&B Guitarist” at the 2009 Buffalo Music Awards. His work has also earned him endorsement deals with Myka Guitars and Divided by 13 Amplification.
“Back in the day, I used to have my records alphabetized and separated by genre. Only when I dug deeper into music and saw how closely everything was
connected, was I able to put Bob Marley next to Maxwell, and Maxwell next to
Charles Mingus. This was my first step in understanding music on a more meaningful level.
Taking down those barriers helped me to develop a diverse style that is my own,
allowing me to be comfortable playing any type of gig. I can go from a gospel
service on a Sunday morning to a reggae gig that evening without having to re-calibrate
When I stopped trying to “play guitar” and started using the guitar as a tool to make music, I truly began to hear music. Now, I just try to play music that sounds like life.”