Carmine Covelli

Musician // Actor // Person

Musician, performer, artist living in New York City. 

Splitting time between Brooklyn and Tivoli, NY, Carmine tours the world as drummer for The Julie Ruin and can be seen behind the drums for comedy/cabaret superstar Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments, Meow Meow, among others. He appears in the 2015 comedy special Bridget Everett: Gynecological Wonder that aired on Comedy Central in July 2015. As an actor he has been featured in work by choreographer, performer Adrienne Truscott and performance artist Neal Medlyn. His relaxed yet confident dancing skills were highlighted on the last episode of Season 2 of Inside Amy Schumer along with Ad-Rock and Bridget Everett. He also makes soundscapes for theater and enjoys working with wood and developing computer based interactives for museum exhibits. 

Carmine is a self-taught drummer who has been in bands since his high school days; starting out playing a mix of original music and covers at graduations and house parties before transitioning into writing original music. His interest spanned from hard rock to psychedelic metal to punk to experimental noise. His psychedelic metal band Black Light Rainbow recorded at the now defunct Power Station studio with Tony Bongiovi in NYC but the band disbanded in 1995. 

While living in San Francisco from 1997-2000 he got into fine art painting and screen-printing, was included in group shows and sold some works on canvas. He also got heavily into Super 8 filmmaking, making many short works including a 3-minute cross-country film called "RUN". From there his focus turned back to music and digital video editing. He moved to NYC in June of 2000 and started working at the famed Performance Space 122 where he met a slew of great tech staff and performers. Shortly after, he began appearing in dance theater projects -- notably Adrienne Truscott's "they will use the highways" , "Genesis, no!", "HA: A Solo" and Neal Medlyn's "Coming in the Air", "Hers A Queen", "Brave New Girl", "Wicked Clown Love".  

In 2004 he collaborated on a dozen live performance videos with the electronic dance band Le Tigre, toured with the band and was the cinematographer on their feature tour documentary Who Took The Bomp? Le Tigre On Tour distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories in 2011. He joined The Julie Ruin in 2010 and they released their first album "Run Fast" in September of 2013. In 2015, he wrote, produced and starred in (along with Neal Medlyn) an 8-episode comedy web-series called People Are Detectives and has plans to make more. The Julie Ruin went on to release "Hit Reset" in July 2015 and toured the US, UK and Europe. 
  

Youth

Carmine Covelli is “delicious!” (NY Times) and is “so hilarious as Jerry’s smarmy rival that he deserves a headlining show of his own!” (Gothamist)
— Review from Neal Medlyn's Unpronounceable Symbol

The 90s

Driven by Carmine Covelli’s thundering drums...
— Louder Than War, TJR album review