Carl Restivo

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Carl Restivo
Genres Alternative rock, Folk rock, Hard rock, Acoustic rock, Rap rock, Pop rock, Hip hop, Pop
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Producer
Instruments Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Keyboards, Drums
Labels Columbia, Epic
Associated acts Rihanna
Satellite Party
The Nightwatchman
Street Sweeper Social Club

Carl Restivo is an American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and sound engineer. His unique abilities as a lead singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards) have landed him spots on tour with Rihanna from Good Morning America in New York to Abu Dhabi and everywhere in between, Tom Morello's Freedom Fighter Orchestra supporting The Nightwatchman, Perry Farrell's Satellite Party, and Street Sweeper Social Club featuring Boots Riley which toured with Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction.[1]

As a producer/writer/arranger, Restivo's skills with multiple instruments and genres have led to some of his most significant professional accomplishments. Restivo co-wrote a song with Perry Farrell called "Go All The Way (Into The Twilight)" that was released on the Twilight soundtrack. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy and has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. Restivo also co-wore the song “Underground” which was Jane’s Addiction’s #1 track on their album “The Great Escape Artist”. His song “The Promised Land” can be heard in the end credits of Martin Scorsese’s film Revenge of the Green Dragons set to be released Fall 2014. Restivo recently finished the in game music for Sony’s Playstation 4 game “Infamous: Second Son”. Most recently, he scored projects for the FX including their campaign for the upfronts as well as their advertising for the FX Movie Channel.

Restivo has recorded, produced and/or written songs with Wyclef Jean (co-wrote “Linda” from “The Preacher’s Son” album and was one of the featured artists an honor he shared with the likes of Carlos Santana, Missy Elliott, Redman), Perry Farrell, Jerry Wonda, 50 Cent, Nuno Bettencourt, Mick Mars, Dug Pinnick, Steve Perry, Patti LaBelle, Big Pun, Kurupt, Xzibit. He played the acoustic (rhythm and lead) guitar on the smash hit "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean.

As a guest artist, Restivo has contributed as a lead guitarist and vocalist with Wyclef Jean and The Ed Palermo Big Band, as a bassist and background vocalist with Extreme. Restivo has also performed lead vocals and/or guitar or bass with such artists as Slash, Ben Harper, Trent Reznor, Billy Idol, Taio Cruz from Angels Stadium to England at BBC’s Radio 1’s Big Weekend Festival to a crowd of 70,000 people, Jason Derulo, Jerry Cantrell, Stewart Copeland, Steve Vai, Jason Bonham, Travis Barker, Flea, Dave Navarro, Jackson Browne, Sammy Hagar, Iggy Pop, Robbie Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Graham Nash, Deborah Harry, Gilby Clarke, Peter DiStefano, Stephen Perkins, Cypress Hill, Joe Satriani, Wayne Kramer, AFI, Napoleon Murphy Brock, and Mike Keneally.

Restivo is originally from New Jersey and graduated from NYU. He moved to Los Angeles in 2006 to follow his music dream and also help young rockers along the way, accepting the Music Director position of the new Paul Green School of Rock in Hollywood, California at the request of Paul Green himself. He left the School in 2010 after 100 shows and continues to consult with the School of Rock. [2]

His film and television credits include: NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS's Late Show with David Letterman, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, ABC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC's Saturday Night Live, NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, ABC's Good Morning America, ABC's The View, ABC's Dancing with the Stars, CBS's The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Fox's 2010 Teen Choice Awards, NBC's The Apprentice, BBC's Radio 1's Big Weekend, "Your Love (L.O.V.E. Reggae Mix)" from the 50 First Dates soundtrack.


  1. ^ Lindsay, Andrew (2009-04-14). "Carl Restivo joins Tom Morello’s Street Sweeper". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  2. ^ "About the RSSF". The Rock School Scholarship Fund. Retrieved 13 November 2012.