Guitarist Jacky Vincent Interview

Considered among the top young shred guitarists in contemporary music, Jacky Vincent's new CD, "Star X Speed Story", showcases a guitarist with an exciting collection of great guitar instrumentals with enough taste and technique to satisfy the most discriminating guitar fan. In the tradition of other great Shrapnel instrumental CD's, this record is brimming with important performances by one of the world's greatest new technicians.

Born in Portsmouth, England in 1989, just before the high tech guitar craze and heavy metal gave way to grunge, Jacky Vincent was inspired by guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, and Steve Vai.

Jacky was just 20 years old when he heard that Epitaph recording artists "Falling In Reverse" were looking for a guitarist. Jacky quickly recorded a home demo, sent it to the band in the USA, recorded his guitar tracks on their debut record and hit the road to support the record.

In 2012 the band was added to the main stage on the Vans WARPED tour where they played all over the USA for a couple of months. They also opened for Guns N Roses at the Hollywood Palladium in March of 2012.

At 24, Jacky Vincent plays 80's influenced shred guitar better than most great guitarists of that era and combines it with electronic trance grooves.



Points of Interest

* Jacky was recognized as 2012's Guitarist Of The Year by AP Magazine.

* Jacky has written a monthly column in 2012 in Guitar World magazine called 'United Stringdom'.

* The Fret 12 video company is set to release Jacky's debut instructional DVD release, "The Sound And The Story", in which he displays some of the incredible guitar chops he recorded for Star X Speed Story.

* On Star X Speed Story, Jacky plays tradeoff solos with two of his childhood heroes, Paul Gilbert and Michael Angelo Batio.

* Dean Guitars and Jacky have created Jacky's own signature guitar, set for release in the coming months. In addition, Jacky looks forward to playing some guitar clinics in support of Star X Speed Story.

Guitarist Jacky Vincent Interview:
Scott > Hi Jacky, How are you doing these days?

Jacky > I'm am great thank you, staying busy and writing a lot of music.
Scott > What’s the genesis for the NEW Star X Speed Story Album?

Jacky > I wanted to do an instrumental guitar album my whole life, ever since i got hold of Joe Satriani's 'Surfing with the Alien' as a young kid. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do it so i went for it.
Scott > How did you hook up with Mike Varney over at the Shrapnel Records Group?

Jacky > I had met Jeff Martin of Racer X at Namm that year and had made friends. Apparently he and Vinnie Moore had mentioned me to Mike Varney on separate occasions and mentioned that i wanted to do a solo cd with Shrapnel Records. I woke up one day from an email from Varney and the rest is history.
Scott > Tell me what it is that spoke to you about this project.

Jacky > Its a tangible, audible collection of all the insanity released from my imagination. So its very personal to me, the album is really just an outlet.
Scott > How do you come up with your songs?

Jacky > I will start with maybe a melody and I'll make that my chorus if its strong enough. Then I'll write around it and try to make exiting and fun to listen to song structures and almost approach the songs as if i was writing a 'pop' song.
Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?

Jacky > I was lucky enough to be a schooled guitar player and i think i owe everything to that.
Scott > Did You develop your style by concept or by messing around on the neck playing what sounded cool to you?

Jacky > Exactly. Also lots of influence naturally creeps into your playing and if you love as many guitar players as i do then sure enough the eclectic mix will evolve into your own sound.
Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?

Jacky > Not so much in my dreams, but excessively in my 'day dreams' .

Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?

Jacky > It can take anything from a day to years. for example the melody for 'runaway tryst' i wrote in 2006. It was finished 7 years later. Whereas songs like 'Sidescroller' and 'Neo Concerto' were written in a day.
Scott > So Jacky, tell me a little bit of what you’ve learned about human nature during this new production.

Jacky > Human Nature? That humans need sleep, which i neglected during this production. But all worthwhile.
Scott > What are your personal highlights on the new album?

Jacky > Personal highlights for me on this album would be 'If you were mine' 'Runaway Tryst' and 'The Tempest'. I'm proud of whole album but i think these are my favourites. The tracks actually play in that order on the cd, leading into 'Fatal Envy' and 'Burning Tears' which was a deliberate little side story within the album.
Scott > How did you first get into the music business?

Jacky > By getting picked up for the band Falling in Reverse.
Scott > What is the name of your current band and do you tour?

Jacky > Falling in Reverse still. Yes we have toured extensively in the USA, South America and are heading to Europe in the coming months.
Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

Jacky > Power metal, rock, jazz fusion and electronic music (the entire genre's as a whole). Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Shawn Lane, Allan Holdsworth, Bret Garsed, Frank Gambale, Guthrie Govan, Greg Howe, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, Michael Angelo Batio, Rusty Cooley etc 

Scott > What are you listening to these days?

Jacky > A lot of Galneryus, Sonata Arctica, Rhapsody, Heavenly and Dragonland right now.

Scott > What were your favorite recording artists and or bands a teenager?
Jacky > As a teenager i would have to say Sonata Arctica, they remain one of my favourites to this day. Michael Angelo Batio had a huge influence on me and my guitar playing in my teens. Racer X. A lot of power metal that i have named above (Galneryus, Rhapsody, etc). I also had huge love for punk rock.

Scott > Do you endorse and Instruments or Gear?

Jacky > I have my own signature Dean guitar out. I also endorse EMG pickups and EVH amps.
Scott > Do You have a dream car?
Jacky > Yes, a Delorean! Or anything where the front wheels don't fall off on the freeway like my Mitsubishi.

Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?

Jacky > Its all music for me, I rarely am involved in anything else. I'm genetically bad at sports i think. My only other interests would be wanting to be an artist.
Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.

Jacky >Thanks!

Jacky Vincent and Dean Guitars
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