Rossella Bottone is a live sound engineer and a classically trained multi-instrumentalist.
Her 20 year career in music kicked off with a MA in Music Management, Marketing and Promotion completed in her native Italy. She then worked internationally in music event production, tour booking and management, and music journalism (press and radio). Prior to her MA, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Law, completed with a dissertation in Constitutional Law on the issue of copyright protection in the digital era.
Bottone wrote for top Italian music magazines for more than a decade and interviewed more than 200 bands including Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins and The Strokes. She is a published author, commissioned to write the biography of American feminist icon Ani DiFranco, "Just a Folksinger” (Fazi Editore, 2004).
In the early 2000s she booked and tour managed 30+ international acts including Delorentos and Wallis Bird across Italy, Denmark and Ireland, with booking agency “Littlemaps”, that she co-founded and ran. She recently went back to booking acts internationally with her new venture "Rebel Fruits".
After moving to Dublin in 2007, she documented the Irish music scene in her own column in Italian magazine "Rumore", for which she interviewed 70+ artists and key people in the local music business. She later became part of that same music scene by booking concerts in Dublin and playing in bands that performed on national tv (TG4) and at major music festivals (Electric Picnic, Body & Soul and more).
As a freelance live sound engineer, she has worked with the Abbey Theatre and the Gate Theatre on national and international productions (both in Dublin and touring), and has mixed concerts in Pepper Canister Church, Liberty Hall Theatre, Whelan's and other mid-size music venues across Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK and Norway.
As a musician, Bottone has recorded and toured with feminist queer trio Fierce Mild (Little Gem Records, IRL), and the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock guitar orchestra (Transduction Records, JP).
Live work as a guitar player includes two performances of Julius Eastman’s “Gay Guerrilla” (1979) with a 16 piece all-female guitar and bass orchestra in Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, in May 2019. The orchestra performed as part of the "Disappearing Berlin" art festival and was picked for the cover of German experimental music magazine "Positionem".
Aside from music, Rossella has worked in Sales at Google for 8+ years. As a Global Client and Agency Services Senior Account Manager, she looked after the online advertising investments of Unilever and L'Oréal. She launched and led cross-market and cross-functional projects that won two Innovation Awards. Alongside her core job, Rossella led numerous Google EMEA projects and consolidated experience in the areas of Diversity & Inclusion (LGBT, Women, Student outreach), Recruiting for Sales and Learning & Development (5 training programs designed and launched).
Rossella Bottone is the founder and Director of Girls Rock Dublin, a volunteer-run, not for profit organisation that aims to empower girls and gender non-binary folks through music creation and performance. So far an estimated 130 girls have engaged with the GRD programs, as participants or staff, including girls living in Direct Provision.
Girls Rock Dublin are sponsored by Dublin City Council, IMRO and a number of national and international private sponsors, and in partnership with Dublin City Public Libraries just launched the GRD Gear Library, the first public gear loan service for teenagers in Ireland.