Chris Brooks is a guitarist from Sydney who’s style draws from rock, fusion, jazz and prog metal influences to create a sound that combines rock guitar tone and styling with a sense of phrasing and note choice more at home in fusion or funk.
Coming from the country that produced internationally acclaimed guitarists Frank Gambale, Brett Garsed and Tommy Emmanuel, it was pretty obvious to a 10 year old Chris Brooks that he if wanted to play the guitar, he’d better be good at it. Initially inspired by the wave of revolutionary fretwork in the 1980s, Brooks learned whatever he could, without imitating his early heroes, taking on the challenges without being intimidated.
After studying at the Australian Institute of Music in the 90s and building a successful teaching business, Brooks first came to guitar music listeners’ attention with the release of his debut instrumental album “The Master Plan” (2002, Progmatic Music). With ‘The Master Plan’, Chris delivered an exciting and diverse instrumental release. Forming a tapestry of melodic themes, soaring solos and fiery excursions in rock, progressive metal and rock-fusion, laden with dazzling guitar work, imaginative songwriting, and creative arrangements, the album has been a consistent seller since its release and has now sold over 5,000 copies around the world.
Since the release of his first album, Brooks has toured around Australia, performed multiple clinics, been a member of a major-label rock band, written and recorded with members of Yngwie Malmsteen, Dio, LORD, and appeared on record labels like Marquee Inc (Japan), Frontiers Records (Italy) and Liquid Note Records (UK). He has also appeared as a solo artist on the 7 network’s “Sunrise” program to over 350,000 viewers.
Brooks has released later in 2011, entitled "The Axis of All Things". The album’s first single “Velvet Claws” was released in December 2010 and has (as of March 2011) already clocked up over 30,000 views on you tube. An endorser of the American custom-made Suhr Guitars brand, Chris in currently involved in master classes around Australia.