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Kris DiKascos
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Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Other.

ABOUT

My name is Kris and I spent most of my youth playing Air Guitar to rock giants such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Van Halen etc. However, it wasn't until leaving college at the age of 19 after having spent the previous few years studying Performing Arts, that I picked up a guitar and began learning the basics... a few basic Jovi tunes seemed enough for the time. However, it was hearing a certain Randy Rhoads for the first time, that sparked my determination to at least 'try' and play like the widdly guitarists of the 80's. Two years spent locked up in my room studying the styles of Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch, Jake E Lee, Richie Sambora and Warren DeMartini had begun to transform myself from a 'terrible' guitarist to a slightly less 'terrible' guitarist (it is hard work after all). After three years of cramming all that I could and countless broken strings later, I then went on to join my first 'real' band The Hyads (check them out at www.myspace/thehyads). At first it seemed like a match made in hell... an indie band enlisting a Hard Rock/Heavy Metal guitarist should never have worked. However, in fusing the best elements of both genre's, both parties were surprised at the impressive results. The band went on to gain national recognition for their balls-out, no nonsense, energetic live set and I remained the sole guitarist of the band during my 2-3 year spell. In this time I toured relentlessly up and down the UK with the band playing headlinging gigs and also providing support to some of the UK scene's biggest current names such as: The View, One Night Only, Mani (Primal Scream/Stone Roses). However, differences in musical direction was always a problem hovering on the horizon, and after years of hard work, non stop partying and some of the biggest laughs ever, I decided it was time to move on to different things. In my years since, I have been gigging as a solo artist and teaching on the side, but the stage is now feeling empty on my own on wish to recreate that kind of buzz you only get when in a band. A new chapter is now beginning in my long battle to realise a dream, but the future is there to be taken and only time will tell if it's a battle faught and won.

Screen name:
Kris DiKascos
Member since:
Sep 24 2011
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Touring
Years playing music:
10
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week

Influences

BANDS (most 70's/80's bands including):
- Led Zeppelin
- The Beatles
- The Rolling Stones
- The Who
- Deep Purple
- Pink Floyd
- Cream
- Free
- T-Rex
- Black Sabbath
- Kiss
- Guns N Roses
- Van Halen
- Bon Jovi
- Aerosmith
- Ratt
- Rainbow
- Too many to mention...

GUITARISTS (most 70's/80's guitarists including):
- Randy Rhoads
- Eddie Vanm Halen
- Richie Sambora
- Steve Vai
- Paul Gilbert
- Joe Satriani
- George Lynch
- Slash
- Jimmy Page
- Richie Blackmore
- Eric Clapton
- Warren DiMartini
- Jake E Lee
- Again, way too many...

Instrument experience:

Lead Guitar:
Expert
Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate
Vocalist:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

- Jackson DK2 (Blue/Orange Flame)
- Jackson DX10D (Hot Pink)
- Jackson RR3 (Blue/Green Swirl)
- Jackson JS32RT Rhoads (Black & White)
- Epiphone Flyn' V Korina (Natural Finish)
- Numerous Acoustic Guitars
- Marshall MG100DFX
- Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive
- Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensamble
- Boss BR-600 Digital Studio
- Danelectro Talk Box

MUSIC