Christopher Vizcarra, (Born February 8th, 1989) is an American guitarist, bassist, pianist, singer, songwriter, music producer and audio engineer of world renowned Full Sail University. Vizcarra started his solo music career in 2006 at the age of 15 performing song covers of his favorite bands such as Ozzy with Randy Rhoads, Marty Friedman, Ville Valo of HIM, & Dragonforce for public festivals. His natural ability to perform intricate melodic songs while alternating between both rhythm and solo work attracted thousands of people. Vizcarra is described as a “Diamond among ashes” the “Steve Vai of Power Metal” and a “Virtuoso” resurrected to bring back Metal music of the early 1970’s and late 1980’s.
Christopher Vizcarra, a descendant of a long Spaniard and French bloodline was born in Toppenish, Washington State on February 8, 1989. He is the only son of Alonso Machado Vizcarra a Farm laborer, and Concepcion Lerma Vizcarra a Licensed Practical Nurse and Philanthropist of the Lower Yakima Valley. He recalls his first experience and calling in music was “At the age of 5 my parents noticed I would hit my feet up against the washing machine to mimic the tempo as I sat on top of it, so as a result I always had to sing for something even a glass of water. So I naturally would sing Sonic the Hedgehog theme song in tempo and pitch perfect. In that same year I remember playing the Star Spangled banner on an old 1980’s casiotone keyboard. By the age of 7, I often played on a friends abandoned guitar alone and his father approached my dad describing my talent, but we couldn’t afford one at the time. In my first year of middle school I got into music class and played the flute but then at music events the guitarists were always admired and I felt left out. Then on my freshman year in High school my parents gave me a surprise birthday gift. It was a Wildfire guitar starter pack and I carried it with me everywhere” I remember buying 3 Albums with my allowance and they all truly changed my life forever. In order they were the Randy Rhoads Tribute for his Melodic Music crafted from music theory, Marty Friedman & Jason Becker for their fast paced melodic tone from the 80’s & 90’s, Ville Valo for his deep yet soft melodic voice and most of all Dragonforce for their powerful uplifting vocals, intricate & melodic performances with utmost precision. Every album resonated with me internally on an unbelievable level when I played my favorite songs for local public festivals. That was the first time I got to understand what passion felt like and to be given this gift that millions of people often spend a lifetime to try and find, made me feel amazing beyond words could describe. To also play at such an advanced degree in little time at such a young age made me feel and know that I was in a league of my own.”
Since the age of 15, Chris was a self taught solo guitarist and has been learning complex and intricate songs such as Valley of the Damned & Through The Fire and the Flames of one of his most favorite bands aurally through be. With Chris' newfound passion, determination, and enthusiasm, it has lead him to volunteer for local school events and local public festivals around the lower yakima valley every year. On his senior year at Mabton Jr/Sr High School, he played ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ at a talent show and was given the opportunity to perform at the halftime for the Washington State Basketball Tournament at the Yakima Sundome. His successes lead him to his second great opportunity to perform for the National Night Out, a local festival that attracted 3000 people earning him a letter of recommendation from the event coordinator and congressman runner Teodora Martinez Chavez, and Geronimo Martinez whom was head of the entertainment for the Lower Yakima Valley. On July 9th, 2008, a month right after his high school graduation his parents gave him front and center concert tickets to the Rockstar Mayhem Festival to see Dragonforce. Vizcarra recalls “I remember that day so clearly, seeing my idols up onstage gave me the greatest determination & motivation I could ever ask for. I vowed that no matter how long it took regardless of the cost, I too one day would be up on stage having fun just like them or even along side them. My parents gave me the greatest gift I could ever ask for and that was to multiply my empowerment of achieving my dreams in anything I wanted to be and do”
Career Breakthrough - Bentley Records
Chris' sleepless nights from drawing his own album artwork and festival posters, to arranging and recording every instrument part by part, piece by piece and performing his favorite covers for 15 years hasn't gone in vain. His passions have caused him to attract other major artist' attention such as Marty Friedman to follow him. Marty Friedman is known for his tenure as the lead guitarist of Megadeth in the 1990's. As a result this small town kid has attracted the attention of talent scouts from across the world. On the first day of the new year of 2019, The team over at Bentley Records, including R&B Award Winning CEO, Artist, Producer, and Entrepreneur Luca Dayz has spotted Christophers passion, talent, and determination to be an artist and brought him aboard. Michael Jacksons guitarist Tommy O, Ukrainian Model & Superstar Tina Karol, and Grammy Award Winning Team The Jackie Boyz whom have contributed to David Guetta's One Love Club Mix of Madonna's "Revolver" as well as other artists such as Justin Bieber, Flo-Rida, Sean Kingston, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, and Chris Brown are only several examples of high caliber artists under the international record label. Chris' first single 'A Dragons Heart" is scheduled to be released worldwide March 20th, 2019 in every major retailer and air on radio stations. He continues to work on his album Reins of Victory which is scheduled to be released this year if all goes according to plan. Chris has created a nice shockwave in his home state and has been in various articles and interviews when asked how he felt he happily replied "I feel accomplished, It's cool to have people invite me for an interview and get to know me, what I do and what my goals for the future are." He started his tour here locally and will be expanding outwards to wherever he is requested.
Chris’ exceptional technical skills derive from the Baroque era of his 3 favorite composers: Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, & George Frideric Handel. His alternate picking style is unique, it builds speed yet the pattern constantly changes depending how quickly or slowly he’s playing. As a result his playing has developed into fast exotic scale runs, quick ascending and descending sweep picking arpeggios, legato and staccato tapping. Along with his love for Power Metal, Glam Metal, Neoclassical Metal & Speed Metal from the 1970s to the 1990’s, He developed his own genre of music known as Baroque Metal. He has stated aside from his own genre, in todays music: The Dragonforce Team, Herman Li, Sam Totman, Randy Rhoads, Marty Friedman Jason Becker, Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Power Quest, Poison, Dream Theater, Road Runners United, Poison, heavily inspired his playing techniques. His sound purely resurrects the sound of the 1970’s and 1980’s.
Chris Vizcarra is classified as a soprano singer and has refined his vocal work after hearing Zp Theart of Dragonforce’s Valley of the Damned, song and album. David Lee Roth’s version of California Girls has also greatly influenced chris’ vocal work.
Full Sail University
Chris knew to be onstage he had to continue his education, with his letters of recommendations from those witnessing his skills as a prodigy he was invited to attend Full Sail. A prestigious and accelerated university that is known worldwide for their contributions in every facet of the entertainment industry from major films to video games, and from music to sound tracks. Full Sail’s degree programs were rated the best around the world where students like Chris were beyond skilled and passionate in their fields came together to learn from the best, hands on, and collaborate. Vizcarra learned the art of the recording and mixing process under the wing of Derrick Harvin, a renowned multiplatinum music producer whom has written, produced, and engineered contemporary projects for stars of various genres including 50 Cent, Hillary Duff, Chaka Khan, Natasha Bedingfield, Betty Wright, and Kevin Cossom to name few. Chris has also worked under the wing of Veit Renn, another multiplatinum music producer whom has written, cowritten, produced and engineered music for stars including NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Hudson, Take 5 and Aaron Carter. Improvisation, Ear training, & Music Theory may be the foundation of his talent but the pinnacle of it derives from his passion.
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- Member since:
- Jun 15 2018
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
- Most available:
Dragonforce, Zp Theart, Herman Li, Sam Totman, Randy Rhoads, Power Quest, Dream Theater, Road Runners United, Poison, Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Paul Simon, Samantha Fox, Wheezer, Bach, Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Domenico Scarlatti, much more to name.
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Jackson RR1 Rhoads V (Black & White Bevels)
Jackson RR3 Rhoads V (Black & White Bevels)
Jackson RX10D Rhoads V (Black)
Jackson JS30T 2006 (Black)
Ibanez S520 Custom
Ibanez S Prestige Christopher Vizcarra Signature Guitar
Ibanez Egen8 Herman Li Signature Guitar
Ibanez Egen18 Herman Li Signature Guitar
Elevenrack Special Edition
Rocktron Prophesy II
Marshal 1960 Halfstack
Marshal MG412 Halfstack