Mario was an important force in the NJ & NY Hardcore, Punk, and Metal scenes. He is best known for his presence as an on-air personality on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. He was also marketing and promotions for Revolver magazine, and a vocalist for December AE and most recently, Low Road.
There are great tributes and write-ups about Mario, his career, and his effect on others. Please visit the following to read some great content celebrating Mario’s life:
I’d like to share my experiences with Mario and the profound effect he had on my life.
Mario was a very good friend. One of the most genuine people I’ve met. I first met Mario when my friend Sabastian played in a band called Ember back in the Pipeline days. He introduced to me to his singer, Mario. Mario and I got along immediately. At that time, he was one of the only guys I know that loved bands like Sheer Terror and also bands like Lifetime. Our personalities clicked right away.
I remember him telling me that WSOU was the main reason why he wanted to go to Seaton Hall. He picked up Hardcore Reality after the previous host, Dan Teleposky left, and later started a show called Underneath the Stars. Mario was the person who introduced me to bands like At the Drive In and Mars Volta. My friendship with Mario would strengthen after I joined bands with Dan Murray, whom he was also very close with. He would ask me and Dan and my previous bands to come in and do interviews. We would come in and wreck havoc in the studio, all under Mario’s watch.
Mario would constantly join my old bands on the road and in the studio. He was just another extension of the bands I have been in. We’d have crazy drunken nights, promising each other we would never retell the events that occurred. Especially blackout events that occurred in party busses.
When I decided to start a magazine, because Mario already had experience with the industry, he would act as consultant, and provide us visibility to industry executives. He opened up my eyes to what it takes to get into that industry, and introduce me to potential investors and contributors.
It’s been a couple of years since I’ve hung out with him in person 1-on-1. Besides bumping into each other at random Black N Blue bowls or bullshitting on Xbox Live or Facebook, the last time we hung out was at the Dillinger Escape Plan basement show in New Brunswick a couple years back.
At that show, we just hung out. Didn’t watch any of the bands, just hung out together, me and him. I’d like to believe that I was the reason why he went, traveling all the way from Yonkers, so that we can hang out that one last time and catch up with the changes that’s been going on in our lives. This last time will be forever ingrained in my memory.
He’s one person that accomplished so much in a short life. With music. With friendship. With radio. With marketing and promotion. With forming relationships.
It makes me smile seeing so many people post about him on the Liquid Metal facebook page. I’m so happy so many people care about him.
My one wish is that I was able to see him at the hospital before he died. To say goodbye on last time. And to let him know of the profound impact he had in my life.