Official biography published on social media (December 12, 2016).
Raphael Saini performed with many artists including:
Chaoswave (7 european tours), Visions of Atlantis (european tour 2011), Abomination (european tour 2011), Emergency Gate (summer shows of 2011) , PAUL GILBERT (guitar clinic - Olbia,2009), Master (european tour - november 2012) Arhythmia and many more.
He performed shows and drumclinics all over europe and Brasil.
He started his collaboration with STEVE SMYTH (Forbidden, ex testament, ex nevermore) in his new band ONEMACHINE (writing the drumlines, recording the debut album and leaving the band in the middle of 2013).
In april 2013 Raphael joined ICED EARTH, recorded the album PLAGUES OF BABYLON and played shows in Europe and India, right after he recorded the debut album for MAXI NIL's new band JADED STAR.
Raphael Saini was born in Sao Paulo and was raised in Italy, he played with an impressive amount of bands and toured europe several times with his project Chaoswave before starting his carreer as session drummer.
Raphael Saini had the chance to study drums with many teachers including Dino Verdade, John Macaluso, George Kollias, Aquiles Priester (Hangar, ex Angra), Fernando Schaefer, Amilcar Cristofaro (Torture Squad), Ricardo Confessori (Angra), Jean Dolabella (Sepultura), Dinho Goncalves, Nana Aragao, Giorgio Del Rio and Daniele Russo.
Raphael Saini's Brazilian roots gave me him the opportunity to study drums in schools like the Souza Lima where, in December 2005 Raphael was nominated student of the month, and also Bateras Beat, the biggest Brazilian drumschool. Facing different cultures and studying abroad with high level and open-minded musicians in Brazil made made Raphael feel that he had to do something to promote in Italy the music that he loved so much. This is why he began to write for the biggest Italian drum magazine called Batteria e Percussioni (former Percussioni) in order to interview many big metal drummers and deal with modern metal drum subjects (blast beats, double bass etc etc). For the same purpose Raphael began to carry out workshops of modern metal all over Italy, having the chance to show his studies and his teaching approach.
In 2006 Raphael Saini appeared on Modern drummer (the most important drum magazine of the world)and also on Drum Magazine on the emerging drummers section. In 2007 he spent one week in Greece to study with George Kollias (Nile).
In July 2009 Raphael had the chance to play with Daniele “Barny” Bagni (bass player of Litfiba a very famous Italian band) and Paul Gilbert during a Masterclass of Gilbert at the Music Rooms in North Sardinia (Olbia). Still in July Chaoswave were interviewed by a national TV program (Universication, LA7).
In September 2009 Chaoswave toured Europe once again, this time opening for Evergrey. Still in 2009 he started a collaboration with the school Free Stroke (Florence), where, he was teaching along with legendary Italian drummers like: Ellade Bandini and Agostino Marangolo. In 2010 Raphael Saini started another collaboration with the GM Drumschool (Turin), “Extreme Metal Doctorate Course” is the name of the course. In GM Drumschool Raphael worked with great drummers like: Marco Minnemann and Sergio Bellotti. Moreover, Raphael Saini recorded session drums for Sanisickation, Mutilated Soul, Misbelieving and many more. The same year(2010) Raphael did his first drumclinic tour in Brazil.
In 2011 Raphael Saini toured europe as a session drummer for the band Visions of Atlantis (austria), he joined the band Emergency Gate (Germany) also he started a new collaboration with Francesco Marras.
Nowadays Raphael Saini is one of the most well known metal drummers from Italy and he’s costantly pushing himself accepting new musical challanges.
Raphael Saini toured Europe many times playing in Belgium, France, Holland, Denmark, Romany, Bulgaria, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Spain and Croatia.
Raphael had the chance play for the opening acts of famous bands like: Opeth, Tarjia (Nightwish), Konkhra, Illdisposed, Hatesphere, Mnemic, Rhapsody and many more.
Raphael Saini is always available for drum lessons, workshops and professional touring all over the world.