California based guitarist Adam Ross recently submitted a six song demo CD-R featuring blistering, neoclassical influenced, original material and two cover tunes--"You Really Got Me", a wah-wah soaked shredfest that covers ground the Kinks and Van Halen didn't consider, and "Suzie Q", another wah workout over a heavy rhythm bed. Ross' originals reflect his study with Joe Stump, with their take-no-prisoners approach, and interestingly, represent the first time Ross has recorded himself. The lead guitar absoutely screams on all six cuts, however the rhythm guitar and drum parts stand to benefit greatly from the additional production experience he will certainly gain if he keeps recording (we'd love to hear James Murphy produce Ross to fatten up those rhythm tracks). No doubt here--Ross is an excellent guitarist with a great ear for what makes an interesting instrumental composition. If nothing else, the solo sections from "In Your Dreams" and "Blastoff" should make anyone stand up, shut up and take notice. Ross was originally profiled in the December-January, 1999 edition of The Undiscovered.
Only nineteen years old, Adam has been playing guitar for seven years. Satriani's "Surfing With The Alien" was the major reason for his addiction to instrumental rock, and he began to practice constantly while listening to Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Steve Vai and Jason Becker. Adam has taught summers at the National Guitar Workshop alongside guitarists such as Terry Syrek. He also was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Joe Stump, and traveled to Pennsylvania some weekends to study with Greg Howe. Adam is currently enrolled at the University of Southern California, in the studio guitar program, studying with Steve Trovato.
Ross has recently joined a rock group in L.A. He would like to see his instrumental compositions used for video games and plans to record a solo album within a year or two. Ross eventually hopes to be a studio guitarist in L.A.
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