Fabrizio Moretti

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Fabrizio Moretti
Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes).jpg
Moretti in 2013
Background information
Birth name Fabrizio Moretti
Also known as
  • Fab Moretti
  • Fab Man
  • Fab
Born (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 (age 37)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician
  • Drums
  • percussion
Years active 1998–present
Associated acts
Website thestrokes.com

Fabrizio Moretti (born June 2, 1980) is a Brazilian musician and visual artist[1] best known as the drummer for American indie rock band The Strokes. Fabrizio's side project with Rodrigo Amarante of Los Hermanos and Binki Shapiro, entitled Little Joy debuted on Rough Trade Records. He created another short side project, Megapuss, with Devendra Banhart, Gregory Rogove and Noah Georgeson, and has played drums for Neon Neon, on their track "Dream Cars", from Stainless Style, Devendra Banhart, Rodrigo Amarante, and Har Mar Superstar, whose track "Prisoner", from Bye Bye 17, he also co-wrote.

Early life[edit]

Moretti was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an Italian father and a Brazilian mother. He and his family moved to New York City when he was three years old,[2] and had plans to stay there only for three years, but in the end they stayed for seventeen. As a teenager, Moretti attended the Anglo American International School, which later merged with the Dwight School, where he met fellow band members Nick Valensi and Julian Casablancas. Upon graduating high school, Moretti studied sculpture at SUNY New Paltz,[3] before dropping out to focus on his music career with The Strokes.

The Strokes[edit]

Fabrizio Moretti began playing as a drummer in an informal band with vocalist Casablancas and guitarist Valensi in high school, and continued after the two left Dwight.[4][5] Nikolai Fraiture started playing as the bassist and the band was formed when guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. joined in fall 1998. Their first show as The Strokes was at the Spiral in New York City on September 14, 1999.[6] The band released The Modern Age EP in 2001 under Rough Trade Records[7] and was signed for a five-album record deal by RCA Records.[8] The band released five LPs including Is This It, Room on Fire, First Impressions of Earth, Angles and Comedown Machine, with tours and festival sets in the North America, Europe, South America, East Asia and Australia. Following the completion of their album contract deal with RCA Records in 2013,[9] the band has continued to release new music through Casablancas' Cult Records.[10]

Little Joy[edit]

In 2007, Moretti joined with Los Hermanos guitarist, singer, songwriter Rodrigo Amarante and Binki Shapiro to form the trio Little Joy, a Brazilian/American rock supergroup.[11] Amarante and Moretti had met in 2006, at a festival in Lisbon where both their bands were performing, and the idea came up to start a new musical project unrelated to their respective bands.[12] Little Joy was signed to Rough Trade Records label. Their debut album, produced by Noah Georgeson, was released in 2008.[13]


"It's so easy for people to jump to the wrong conclusions when they've only heard one three song EP. While we are really appreciative of some of the comparisons we have been given, it is not the full picture. Hopefully when the album comes out people will realize it isn't just some New York thing and that it is a lot more universal than that."

"I love music, but it is songs, bands, and albums that excite me rather than a specific drummer's style."

Personal life[edit]

Despite living in the country from a young age, Moretti is not currently a U.S. Citizen, and is instead a citizen of his father's country of origin, Italy.[14][2] In an interview, Moretti once stated that he believes, "marriage is not anything that will secure the future of your relationship."[15] He is an enthusiastic visual artist; multiple examples of his artwork at The Strokes' website, including a portrait of bandmate Nick Valensi. Moretti is fluent in Portuguese, the language of his family, who live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he visits them twice a year. Moretti has a brother four years older, Leo Moretti,[16] since 2016 is part of the band Kid le Chat.

In 2006, the drummer earned a full-page love message in an American newspaper made by his ex-girlfriend Drew Barrymore. Fabrizio dated Drew for five years from 2002 to January 2007, the year he went on to date Binki Shapiro and Kirsten Dunst. He also dated actress Kristen Wiig until 2013.



Fabrizio uses Ludwig Red Vistalite limited edition drums, Zildjian cymbals and Ahead sticks.[17][18]

22"x14" Kick, 13"x9" Rack tom, 16"x16" Floor tom, 14x5" Ludwig LM400 Supra-Phonic Snare Drum.

14" A New Beat Hi-Hats, 22" A Custom Ride, 20" A Custom Crash.


  1. ^ "Fab Moretti of The Strokes has an Art Installation on an NYC Street". Noisey. October 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b McLean, Craig (October 9, 2003). "Second coming". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. 
  3. ^ "The Strokes' Fabrizio Moretti Makes His Move For Interactive Art". Billboard. October 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fabrizio Moretti: This Is The Strokes". DRUM! Magazine. February 2001. I was around 14 when we started writing songs together, but it was never a band, we just hung out and wrote songs 
  5. ^ Smyth, Cody (October 10, 2017). The Strokes. Lesser Gods. ISBN 9781944713171. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (August 1, 2017). Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001–2011. Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571337996. 
  7. ^ Robinson, John (June 28, 2001). "Interview: The Strokes". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. 
  8. ^ "The Strokes Ink Deal With RCA". Billboard. April 13, 2001. 
  9. ^ Roffman, Michael. "The Strokes Wipe the Slate Clean on Comedown Machine". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. 
  10. ^ "The Strokes Are Back: Hear Their New EP 'Future Present Past'". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Halperin, Shirley (August 18, 2008). "Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti talks Little Joy". EW.com. 
  12. ^ Dansby, Andrew (November 26, 2008). "Little Joy emerges as musicians' friendship blossoms". Houston Chronicle. 
  13. ^ Williams, Kyle (December 12, 2008). "Interview: Little Joy, Part 1 « American Songwriter". American Songwriter. 
  14. ^ "US Public Copyright Catalogue". US Public Copyright Catalogue. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Drew Barrymore Still in Love With Fabrizio Moretti". Americangirl.co.uk. July 23, 2008. Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  16. ^ "Irmão de baterista do Strokes trocou o rock por vida 'certinha' no Rio". globo.com (in Portuguese). December 3, 2008. 
  17. ^ "Fabrizio Moretti's Stup-up?".  Pearl Drummers Forum
  18. ^ "Full drum setup at zildjian.com".  Full drum setup at zildjian.com

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