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Meet Stefano Trafecante of Sound Check on WCCA TV in Worcester

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stefano Trafecante.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
From a young age, I have always had a passion for music and film. After taking various music courses I began composing original songs and in 2004 I formed my first band, Traphiq. With the inception of this band, it allowed for entrance into the cultural arts scene in Worcester. From that point on I started to build connections with other musicians, artists, poets, and venues.

At this point, I was fulfilling my music side, but I still had the desire to learn film-making. In 2006, I moved to Toronto, Ontario and took a year-long course in film arts and production. When I returned, I was able to not only play in bands but help other bands I knew with visual media. In 2014, I started volunteering for a Worcester cable-access station, WCCA TV, and they helped me improve my skills and bring my video work out of obscurity.

For the last three years, I have been producing a documentary-style program for this station called Sound Check. A series that showcases the New England music and arts scene. By producing this program, I found an outlet which allows me to combine my two greatest passions.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road on this journey has not always been a smooth one. Aside from the usual obstacles, like keeping bands together and adjusting to new technology for recording and editing, getting one’s work out there and keeping it out there is always tricky. People need their work to exist beyond the internet. Other Worcester artists will tell you that the scene has had a difficult time with expanding its audience, but that doesn’t mean we’re quitters.

It forces us to think outside of the box in order to attract and maintain attention. I feel like it’s my job to help give back to the community that has provided for me. So with Sound Check it’s become a symbiotic relationship: the artists provide me with content, I provide them with the outlet to advertise to a new audience.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Sound Check on WCCA TV – what should we know?
On a typical Sound Check episode, it breaks down to a live performance and a short interview. They’re usually within a 30min slot, so you’re getting a decent sized set of music.

Since it’s not your average talk show that will push the new album, bands can play any song from their career and talk about anything from their influences, too fond memories, and their favorite effects pedal. It’s more casual than commercial. There’s even a b-side to this show, the Local Mix series, various playlists featuring studio recordings from some of the bands we’ve had on the show.

I’m very happy and proud of every episode, but some of my favorite episodes have to be the performance at The Cannery Music Hall with Dale LePage & the Manhattans, the recording studio tour with Torbin Harding and Lo-Z Records, and of course the mockumentary shenanigans with the Federation of Belligerent Writers.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I have to give credit to my greatest supporters who have helped me along this creative path, Mauro DePasquale, Tracy Foley, and the staff at WCCA TV, for allowing me to have this creative outlet and always asking “when’s the next episode?”. They have been extremely helpful and flexible with the long hours spent in the editing room.

My brothers Harrison Stevens and Marco Trafecante-Lamboy, for the encouragement and technical support. I am grateful to everyone in the FBW, they are extremely talented and helped me wave my freak flag. And my wife Ashley Stevens, for being my number one partner in crime.

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