Carl Restivo

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Carl Restivo
Genres Pop, rock, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Multi-instrumentalist
Labels Columbia, Epic
Associated acts Rihanna, Satellite Party, The Nightwatchman, Street Sweeper Social Club

Carl Restivo is an American multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, and audio engineer. He has toured with Rihanna , Tom Morello's Freedom Fighter Orchestra supporting The Nightwatchman, Perry Farrell's Satellite Party, and Street Sweeper Social Club, which toured with Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction.[1]

Restivo co-wrote the song "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)" with Perry Farrell which was released on the Twilight soundtrack. The soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy Award and has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide. Restivo also co-wrote the song "Underground" which was Jane's Addiction No. 1 track on their album The Great Escape Artist. He scored projects for FX, including their campaign for the upfronts as well as their advertising for the FX Movie Channel.

Working with Wyclef Jean, he helped develop and record Jean's album, The Preacher's Son. He and Jean co-wrote the song "Linda" for the record and he was one of the featured artists. Restivo played acoustic (rhythm and lead) guitar on the hit "Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean. He has recorded, produced, and written songs with Tom Morello, Jerry Wonda, 50 Cent, Nuno Bettencourt, Mick Mars, Doug Pinnick, Steve Perry, Patti LaBelle, Big Pun, Kurupt, and Xzibit.

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. He has performed lead vocals and/or guitar or bass with AFI, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Cypress Hill, Dave Navarro, Deborah Harry, Ed Palermo Big Band, Flea, Gilby Clarke, Graham Nash, Iggy Pop, Jackson Browne, Jason Bonham, Jason Derulo, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, John Densmore, Mike Keneally, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Peter DiStefano, Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger, Sammy Hagar, Slash, Stephen Perkins, Steve Vai, Stewart Copeland, Taio Cruz, Travis Barker, Trent Reznor, and Wayne Kramer,

Restivo is a graduate of New York University and in 2006 he moved from New York City to Los Angeles to work as the Music Director of the 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 co-founded The Rock School Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)3 charity to pay tuition for financially needy students at qualifying rock music schools.[2]

His film and television credits include: Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America, Last Call with Carson Daly, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Late Show with David Letterman, BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend, Saturday Night Live, Teen Choice Awards, The Apprentice, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View.


  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.