Andrea Balestra
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Band to Join, Piano, Keyboard.

ABOUT

was born on January 9th, 1985 in Messina, Italy. The first band I ever listened to closely were The Beatles whe I was 10 years old, from that I started listening to other great artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple. I picked up guitar when I was 15, begininning as a self taught musician, and then taking some classical guitar lessons. I played with a heavy rock band that was well established in Sicily and toured regionally with them in Summer 2003 after winning a band contest. I started attending the Berklee College Of Music in Boston in the Fall of 2003. Here I started to expand my musical knowledge and playing to other styles and started my activity as a guitarist and music producer for pop, rock, r&b, blues and fusion. In 2006 I started writing and recording my own music. On April 2007 I had the honour to be hosted along with three other players in the Rock Guitar Student Showcase at Berklee Performance Center. I recently completed my first album, "Soundtrack to Life", that is soon to be released digitally thorugh itunes and I moved to the San Fernando Valley, in Los Angeles, California

Screen name:
Andrea Balestra
Member since:
Sep 25 2005
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
7
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:
Days

Influences

I know I might leave somebody out and this list is really long but anyway: Friends & Teachers: Corrado Rampulla, Ciccio Zagami, Saverio Vita, Danilo De Matteo, Andrea Pavone, Peppe Martino, Francesco Artusato, Roberto Toscano, Roy Lev-Ari, Federico Casagrande, Tony Savarino, Paolo Cucinotta, Tim Miller, Julien Kasper, Don Lappin, Joe Rogers, Joe Musella, David Tronzo, Jim Kelly. People I listen to: Hendrix, Roy Buchanan, Shawn Lane, Jeff Beck, Steve Stevens, Bob Dylan, Fabrizio De Andre', Francesco De Gregori, Leonard Cohen, Vasco Rossi, Miles Davis, Alice in Chains, Stevie Wonder, Frank Zappa, Lauryn Hill, Jason Becker, Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Nirvana, Marvin Gaye, Brett Garsed, Franco Mussida, Smashing Pumpkins.

EQUIPMENT

D'Pergo Custom Telecaster
Carvin Custom model
Three Guitars Salvo Correri model
TopHat Club Royale Amp
Peavey Triple X Amp

MUSIC