Luca Carboni (born 12 October 1962) is an Italian singer-songwriter. He debuted in 1981 as guitarist in the band Teobaldi Rock, publishing his first solo album in 1983. He always distinguished for his intimistic style.
Carboni was born in Bologna.
In 1976, at 14, he founded the band Teobaldi Rock, with the role of guitarist and songwriter. In 1980 the band took part in the Bologna Rock 80 festival; the following year they released the first and last single, “L.N.”/”Odore d’inverno”.
Carboni’s road changed when the Stadio read his lyrics and asked him a song for their first album. The song was entitled “Navigando controvento” and appeared in the album Stadio (1982). The band’s leader, Gaetano Curreri, helped him in realizing his first album, published in January 1984 and entitled …intanto Dustin Hoffman non sbaglia un film: it was co-produced by Curreri and included collaborations with Ron and Lucio Dalla. The album sold 30,000 copies and the single “Ci stiamo sbagliando” more than 50,000, establishing Carboni in the Italian music panorama. In that year he won the Festivalbar for the category Youngs.
In 1985 he released Forever, which sold 70,000 copies and entered the Italian Top Ten for some weeks. After a pause which he devoted to inner analysis and painting, in 1987 he released the album Luca Carboni, which contains one of his most popular songs, “Silvia lo sai”, a story of adolescence and drug. This song and the other hit “Farfallina” led the album to sell up to 700,000 copies, reaching the top of the Italian charts. The same album was re-issued in Spanish in 1989 and was followed by two tours.
The less pop-oriented and more impervious Persone silenziose (1989) sold 500,000 copies, and included the song “Primavera”. Carboni’s most successful album was Carboni, released in January 1992, containing the pop hits “Ci vuole un fisico bestiale”, “La mia città” and “Mare mare”, which won the Festivalbar in the following summer. Carboni sold more than a million copies and was followed, as common for Carboni, by a summer tour, although this time on a European scale; he also sang in eight concerts with Jovanotti.
In the 1990s Carboni moved to a more personal and minimalistic inspiration, as showed by the voluntarily raw-produced MONDO world welt monde (1995) and by Carovana (1998), which he mostly realized alone at home. He spent the following two years in tours, including some stages abroad.