AARON KUSTERER - GUITAR / PRODUCER (solo at 2:18) - Guitarist from age 9, Aaron has release two instrumental CDs, worked with guitar queen, Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck), and currently plays with the Air Force Band in Hawaii.
Growing up, he took many lessons from a variety of different teachers. In addition to lessons he worked in several music stores. At age 16, he began teaching and still teaches privately out of his home in Hawaii.
In 2005, he enrolled at Jefferson College where he studied jazz under Grant Krener, Kelly Krener, and Brad Madson. He graduated in 2008.
Now an artist under Buddy Blaze Fine Electric Instruments, Aaron gives clinics and performs in front of various audiences both as a solo artist and as a member of the Air Force Band.
Most recently, he has performed for the First Lady, Michelle Obama and has been featured in Guitar Player magazine (Dec. '11).
Aaron has toured in 10 different countries and, in addition to Jennifer Batten, has played with artists such as 17-time Grammy Winner, Juanes, and world-renowned jazz artist, Danilo Perez.
In addition to releasing a project with The Blaze Conspiracy, he will soon be releasing a new single featuring Jennifer Batten entitled, The Melting Pot. Release date is January 22, 2013 on Steve Vai's Digital Nations.
ANU GUNN - GUITAR (solo at 4:18 - tone designed by KunalL.com) - Anu was born on the East Coast, grew up in Texas, moved around a lot due to both his parents being in the USAF, but calls Austin, TX his hometown.
When he saw 'Detroit Rock City' by KISS for the first time, he knew he wanted to be a rockstar. Acrobatic-playing guitarists such as Steve Vai, George Lynch and Tony MacAlpline heavily influenced his style.
He went to Musician's Institute, graduated and eventually was twice featured on their front page as a success story.
He has also appeared as a guitarist on 'Gene Simmons Family Jewels' as well as The Style Network.
Anu has played guitar for Oscar & Grammy winning composer of Slumdog Millionaire, A.R. Rahman, during the composing of the movie People Like Us, directed by Alex Kurtzman (screenwriter, Star Trek).
After being on Vh1's hit show Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp and being touted as Rudy Sarzo's "Ace in the pocket" on season one, he later joined season two band, Ex Hang Ups.
They went on to record a single with drummer Virgil Donati (Steve Vai) and recorded with Skip Saylor (Foo Fighters, Guns 'N Roses) and had it mastered by Bernie Grundman (Michael Jackson, Linkin Park, Steve Vai). Anu directed a music video for the song "My Addiction" and it became #1 on the rock charts at cdbaby for over 10 weeks.
Then he released Proton Saints debut single and music video (w/ intro s/fx by the makers of Spider-Man & The Avengers) for "Rely" in Dec 2012 which is getting heat from heavy-weights like Rudy Sarzo: "You guys sound amazing!" & Gary Hoey: "Killer Solo!".
Anu is currently in the studio again with Skip Saylor for his debut single as "singer/songwriter/shredder" with help from Grammy-nominated pianist John Beasley (Miles Davis, American Idol), drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Bang Tango, Beautiful Creatures), backing vocalist Shweta Pandit (A.R. Rahman tour, Bollywood singer). This is set to release in Spring 2013.
www.AnuGunn.com - Anu.Gunn@yahoo.com
BEN CHRISTOPHER - GUITAR (solo at 3:10) - Music instructor and working guitarist Ben Christopher is currently the guitarist for the Iowa based metal band Pat1ent Zero.
Citing a wide range of influences, he has been known to dabble in just about every type of metal imaginable. From Thrash to Progressive Instrumental, Ben tries to draw on multiple genres to create the unique sound he has become known for.
Ben currently teaches at BRG Music in Perry, Iowa.
DYLAN DOHERTY - GUITAR (solo at 3:30) - Dylan is half of the twin guitar front of Storm Of Perception. Discovered by Alan Niven's partner Heather, Niven, who managed Guns n Roses and Great White, who signed Motley Crue to their first contract, and later launched the label Enigma, comments "I had known Dylan since he was in middle school - he's a friend of my oldest son. Consequently he had more to prove and had a most difficult time getting our support.
Storm, however, have a unique sense of composing that is extremely accomplished out of the box. They are the bridge between heavy rock and the myriad of alternative metals - powerful, yet intelligent, gracefull yet relentless."
The debut Storm Of Perception album, currently being mixed, is expected in the beginning of 2012.
JOEY CONCEPCION - GUITAR (solo at 1:49) - Joey is an upcoming rock guitar sensation hailing from Orange, Connecticut USA. At only 20 years old, he possesses talent way beyond his years. From passionately expressive solos to burning shred, he is turning many heads in the industry with his advanced playing maturity.
In 2008, Michael Vescera (vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen, Loudness, and Obsession) asked Joey to make a guest appearance on his latest solo album released in 2008. Then only 17 years old, the guitar solos Joey provided on the album "Sign of things to come" proved to critics that he is force to be reckoned with in the rock guitar arena. Other musicians on the album include Joe Stump (Holy Hell), Mats Oluassen (Yngwie Malmsteen), "Metal" Mike Chasiak (Halford, Pain Museum, Sebastian Bach), Chris McCarvill (Dokken, House of Lords, Jeff Scott Soto, Obsession), and Jimi Bell (House of Lords). The project captured rave reviews from around the world.
Produced and Engineered by the legendary Michael Vescera, Joey is now moving forward with his new project "Oath of Insanity" A new thrash metal terror with their upcoming self titled debut EP The album was Recorded and Engineered by Nick Bellmore drummer of (Toxic Holocaust, Kingdom of Sorrow, Jasta)
PETER HODGSON - GUITAR (solo at 3:49) - Peter Hodgson from Melbourne, Australia has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old. He sometimes stops long enough to write for Australian Guitar, Mixdown, Beat, Gibson.com and Seymourduncan.com, but even then he's usually running scales with his left hand while typing with his right.
Peter writes one of Australia's longest-running guitar instructional columns (Mixdown's Unleash Your Inner Rock God), and has shared the stage with far more qualified guitar virtuosi like Steve Vai, Jeremy Barnes and Rob Balducci.
Peter's seven-string shreddage is influenced by the obvious (Vai, John Petrucci) and the unexpected (David Bowie, XTC). His main seven-string is a Buddy Blaze Sevenator prototype with Seymour Duncan Full Shred and '59 humbuckers. You've totally gotta try it some time.
SAM "BAM" KOLTUN - GUITAR (solo at 1:09) Sam "Bam", a 16 year old lead guitarist from St Louis, Mo first picked up a guitar at age 10. At the age of 12 he was playing the local clubs. Sam has had the opportunity to perform on some of St Louis' biggest stages. At age 14, Sam performed at The Family Arena, St Charles Mo, the 2010 NAMM Show as a TOP TEN Teen Band, The Edward Jones Dome in St Louis and at age 15, and the Bengals Stadium in Cincinnati.
Sam currently shares the stage alongside various established & touring musicians at local clubs in the St Louis area. He is grateful for all the opportunities he has been given at such a young age and for the acceptance, encouragement & support that he has received from St Louis' best musicians who treat him as one of their own.
VERY SPECIAL GUESTS:
BARRY DUNAWAY – BASS
Barry Dunaway is best known for his work with Swedish heavy-metal guitar virtuoso, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. In the late ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Barry performed on nine of MALMSTEEN’S albums—two of which “facing the Animal” and “Alchemy” have a gold status in Japan. To his credit, Barry also has four world tours with MALMSTEEN.
Two full length concert videos featuring Barry are also available on youtube:
“Live in Leningrad” and “Yngwie Live” filmed in Brazil.
Other notable bands Barry has toured and recorded with include, SURVIVOR (“Eye of the Tiger”, “High on You”); THE PAT TRAVERS BAND (“Boom-Boom Out Go The Lights”, “Snortin’ Whiskey”); JOE LYNN TURNER (ex-Rainbow vocalist - “Stone Cold”, “Street of Dreams”); RIGGS (movie soundtracks in “Night Shift” & “Heavy Metal-The Movie”); SARAYA (“Love Has Taken Its Toll”, “When the Blackbird Sings”).
During his 40+ professional years, Barry has also had the pleasure of performing with many other amazing musicians which is also documented on youtube. Barry is a session player and consummate songwriter with an extensive discography.
Barry lives in St. Augustine, FL, with his wife, Lydia, 2 Jack Russell Terriers and 5 cats.
CHAD CLARK - DRUMS
Featured on Modern Drummer.com in November 2010 Chad Clark has performed around the world often serving as Drummer/Music Director working with members of Guns N’ Roses, Disturbed, Tommy Lee's Band, Smash Mouth, Hoobastank, All-American Rejects, Puddle of Mudd, Foreigner, Goo Goo Dolls, David Archuleta, Brian Setzer’s Band, Nikka Costa’s Band, Steve Vai's Band, Chick Corea's Band and multiple cast members of CBS's Rockstar Supernova and Rockstar INXS hit TV shows.
You can find Chad on albums and tour videos with Lukas Rossi, Heaven Below, Jimmy Allen, Rick Monroe, Takara, Lexington, Alligator Stew, Alex Masi, Caitlyn Taylor Love and several Mike K/Robbie Nevil/Matthew Gerrard productions.
Fun Fact - Chad Clark attended the same high school in Marshalltown, IA as legendary guitar builder Buddy Blaze.
www.BUDDYBLAZE.com - the maker of fine stringed-instruments which was the origin of this project.