Mark Zampella began his career in music in the 1980s in New York City. After graduating from the Institute of Audio Research in Greenwich Village, he secured an internship at Electric Lady Studios. Here he made coffee, picked up lunch for clients, and sat in on the occasional session. A second internship at Hip Pocket Studios (formerly Blank Tapes) turned into a regular assistant engineer gig. Zampella kept a guitar at the studio which enabled him to play on a large number of major and minor-label recordings done there between 1988 and 1993. Additionally, he has engineering credits on dozens of albums by artists as varied as Peter Gabriel, Sting, Phoebe Snow, and Roger Daltrey, among others. He received a Grammy nomination for engineering in 1992.
From 1993 to 1999 Zampella ran the in-house recording studio at McCann-Erickson in New York City, one of the world's largest advertising agencies. While there, he honed his scoring and sound design chops on literally hundreds of television and radio commercials. Between 1995 and 1997 he released 3 production music albums for Gene Michael Productions. In 1998 Zampella started Zampella Music, a production music company that provided underscore and theme music to broadcast networks around the world.
In 1999 Zampella designed and supervised the construction of UltraSound, an audio post-production room in NYC. He operated the room for three years, building up a large agency clientele. All the while, Zampella was also recording and releasing albums with his band Your Name Here. Between 1990 and 2002 YNH released 7 albums and garnered strong airplay in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Current music project The Cruel Earth, as well as others from the more recent past are here.
In 2003 Mark moved to Sarasota, Florida and founded Mark Zampella Design, continuing his work as an audio engineer, as well as incorporating graphic design, web design, and film projects into his busy schedule. He is also the creator and host of Complex Waveforms, a radio show heard weekly on 96.5 WSLR in Sarasota (Fridays 11am-1pm EST).
In the summer of 2022 Mark launched MZFX, a line a hand-wired guitar effect pedals.
Mark and 96.5 WSLR in the September 2010 issue of Ticket.
Mark was featured in the January 2001 issue of Mix Magazine. Read the article.