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Joe Satriani

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Joe Satriani

Satriani in 2004
Background information
Also known as Satch
Joe Jatriani
Jatch
Born July 15, 1956 (1956-07-15) (age 54)
Westbury, New York
Genres Instrumental rock, rock, rock music
Occupations Musician, songwriter, producer, guitar instructor
Instruments Guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals, harmonica, banjo, harp
Years active 1978–present
Labels Sony, Epic, Relativity
Associated acts Alice Cooper, Mick Jagger, Deep Purple, Steve Vai, G3, Sammy Hagar, Chickenfoot, Jason Becker
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature model
Joseph "Joe" Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, with multiple Grammy Award nominations. Early in his career, Satriani worked as a guitar instructor, and some of his former students have achieved fame with their guitar skills (Steve Vai, Larry LaLonde, Kirk Hammett, Andy Timmons, Charlie Hunter, Kevin Cadogan, Alex Skolnick). Satriani has been a driving force in the music credited to other musicians throughout his career, as a founder of the ever-changing touring trio, G3, as well as performing in various positions with other musicians.
In 1988, Satriani was recruited by Mick Jagger as lead guitarist for Jagger's first solo tour.[1] Later, in 1994, Satriani was the lead guitarist for Deep Purple.[2] Satriani worked with a range of guitarists from several musical genres, including Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Eric Johnson, Larry LaLonde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Brian May, Patrick Rondat, Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert, Adrian Legg, and Robert Fripp through the annual G3 Jam Concerts.[3] He is currently the lead guitarist for the supergroup Chickenfoot.
He is heavily influenced by blues-rock guitar icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore and Jeff Beck,[2][4] but possesses his own easily recognizable style. Since 1988, Satriani has been using his own signature guitar, the Ibanez JS Series, which is widely sold in stores.[5] He has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX, signature VOX amPlug headphone amp, and signature VOX pedals The "Satchurator" distortion pedal, The "Time Machine" delay pedal, The "Big Bad Wah" wah pedal and The "Ice 9" overdrive pedal.

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[edit] Biography

Satriani playing in Chile, 2003
Of Italian American heritage (his grandparents were from Piacenza on his father's side and Bari on his mother's side),[citation needed] Satriani was inspired to play guitar at age fourteen soon after learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix.[6] He has been said to have heard the news during a football training session, where he confronted his coach and announced that he was quitting to become a guitarist.[7] In 1974, Satriani studied music with jazz guitarist Billy Bauer and with reclusive jazz pianist Lennie Tristano. The technically demanding Tristano greatly influenced Satriani's playing. Satriani began teaching guitar, with his most notable student at the time being fellow Long Island native Steve Vai. While he was teaching Vai, he was attending Five Towns College for studies in music.
In 1978 Satriani moved to Berkeley, California to pursue a music career. Soon after arriving in California, he resumed teaching. His students included Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, David Bryson of Counting Crows, Kevin Cadogan from Third Eye Blind, Larry LaLonde of Primus / Possessed, Alex Skolnick of Testament, Rick Hunolt (ex-Exodus), Phil Kettner of Lääz Rockit, Geoff Tyson of T-Ride, Charlie Hunter and David Turin.

[edit] 1980s

Satriani started playing in a San Francisco-based band called the Squares,[8] where he continued to network and make musical connections (Squares sound man John Cuniberti co-produced his second album). He was eventually invited to join the Greg Kihn Band, who were on the downside of their career, but whose generosity helped Satriani pay off the overwhelming credit card debt from recording his first album.[9] When his friend and former student Steve Vai gained fame playing with David Lee Roth in 1986, Vai raved about Satriani in several interviews with guitar magazines, including Guitar World magazine. In 1987, Satriani's second album Surfing with the Alien produced popular radio hits and was the first all-instrumental release to chart so highly in many years. In 1988 Satriani helped produce the EP The Eyes of Horror for the death metal band Possessed.
In 1989, Satriani released the album Flying in a Blue Dream. It was said to be inspired by the death of his father, who died in 1989 during the recording of the album. "One Big Rush" was featured on the soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe movie Say Anything.... "The Forgotten Part II" was featured on a Labatt Blue commercial in Canada in 1993. "Can't Slow Down" featured in a car-chase sequence in the Don Johnson starring show Nash Bridges.

[edit] 1990s

In 1992, Satriani released The Extremist, his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful album to date. Radio stations across the country were quick to pick up on "Summer Song" which also got a major boost from being used by Sony at the time in a major commercial campaign for their Discman portable CD players.[10] "Cryin'", "Friends" and the title track were also regional hits on radio.
In late 1993, Satriani joined Deep Purple as a temporary replacement for departed guitarist Ritchie Blackmore during the band's Japanese tour. The concerts were a success, and Satriani was asked to join the band permanently but he declined, having just signed a multi-album solo deal with Sony, so Steve Morse took the guitarist slot in Deep Purple.[11]
Satriani, Steve Vai, and John Petrucci, as G3 Melbourne, 2006 Photo Mandy Hall

[edit] G3

In 1996, Satriani founded the G3, a concert tour intended to feature a power trio consisting of three instrumental rock guitarists. The original lineup featured Satriani, Vai, and Eric Johnson. The G3 (tour) has continued periodically since its inaugural version, where Satriani is the only permanent member, featuring differing second and third members. Other guitarists who have performed in such a G3 configuration include among others: Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Fripp, Andy Timmons, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, Adrian Legg and Paul Gilbert.
In 1998 Satriani recorded and released Crystal Planet, which went back to a sound more reminiscent of his late '80s work. Planet was followed up with Engines of Creation, one of his more experimental works featuring the 'Electronica' genre of music. During the subsequent tour, a pair of shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco were recorded in December 2000 and released as Live in San Francisco, a two-disc live album and DVD.

[edit] 2000 and beyond

Over the next several years, Satriani regularly recorded and released evolving music, including Strange Beautiful Music in 2002 and Is There Love in Space? in 2004.
In 2006 Satriani recorded and released Super Colossal and Satriani Live!, another two-disc live album and DVD recorded May 3, 2006 at the Grove in Anaheim, CA.
On August 7, 2007 Epic/Legacy Recordings re-released Surfing with the Alien to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its release. This was a two-disc set that includes a remastered album and a DVD of a previously never-before-seen live show filmed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1988.[12]
Satriani's next album, titled Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock, was released on April 1, 2008.[13]
Satriani released a live DVD recording of a concert in Paris titled Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock and a companion 2 CD set on February 2, 2010.[14]
In March 2010 Satriani participated with other guitarists in the Experience Hendrix Tribute Tour, performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix.[15][16] In April, Satriani and the rest of Chickenfoot voiced themselves in an episode of the animated television series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. In May 2010, through his website, Satriani announced he was about to enter the studio to record a solo album, and dates were also released for an autumn tour. He also said that demos had been recorded for a second Chickenfoot album.
In May of 2010, Satriani joined Sound Strike, a movement led by Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha protesting Arizona SB1070. [17][18] As a result, Satriani refuses to perform live in Arizona.
Satriani released his 14th studio album, titled Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, on October 5, 2010.[19]

[edit] Copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay

On December 4, 2008 Satriani filed a copyright infringement suit against Coldplay in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Satriani's suit asserts that the Coldplay song "Viva la Vida" includes "substantial original portions" of the Satriani song "If I Could Fly" from his 2004 album, Is There Love in Space?. The Coldplay song in question received two Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year."[20] Coldplay denied the allegation.[21][22][23] An unspecified settlement was ultimately reached between the parties.[24]
Joe Satriani with Stu Hamm in concert, Rijnhal, Arnhem (June 12, 2008)

[edit] Other work

Satriani is also credited on many other albums, including guitar duties on shock-rocker Alice Cooper's 1991 album Hey Stoopid, Spinal Tap's 1992 album Break Like the Wind, Blue Öyster Cult's 1988 album Imaginos, band members Stu Hamm and Gregg Bissonette's solo albums. Interestingly, he was credited with singing background vocals on the 1986 debut album by Crowded House. In 2003, he played lead guitar on The Yardbirds's CD release Birdland. In 2006 he made appearances on tracks for Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan's solo CD/DVD dual disc Gillan's Inn. On Dream Theater's 2007 album, Systematic Chaos, Satriani contributed spoken lyrics to the song "Repentance". Satriani contributed a guitar solo to Jordan Rudess' 2004 solo release Rhythm of Time. He also composed much of the soundtrack for the racing video game NASCAR 06: Total Team Control and contributed to Sega Rally Championship.
He featured in the 2006 Christopher Guest film For Your Consideration as the guitarist in the band that played for the late-night show.[25]

[edit] Chickenfoot

It was revealed on May 29, 2008 that Satriani is involved in a new hard rock band called Chickenfoot with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The band features Hagar on vocals, Satriani on guitar, Anthony on bass and Smith on drums.[26] Their debut album was released on June 5, 2009.[27] The first single and video released from this album is the track "Oh Yeah", which was also played on the Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien on June 5, 2009. Satriani received a writing credit on each of the songs featured on the band's self-titled debut album. [28] When Broken Records magazine asked Satriani in volume 1 issue 3, about his new band, he enthusiastically mentioned that "it was great fun" and it gives him a "kick in the music bone" to be playing with such great talent. He said it felt quite natural to step back and play more rhythm guitar than solo guitar.

[edit] Technique and influence

Satriani in 2005
Satriani is recognized as a technically advanced rock guitarist, and is a guitar virtuoso.[29][30] He has mastered many performance techniques on the instrument, including legato, two-handed tapping and arpeggio tapping, volume swells, harmonics, and extreme whammy bar effects. One of his trademark compositional traits is the use of pitch axis theory, which he applies with a variety of modes.[citation needed] During fast passages, Satriani favors a legato technique (achieved primarily through hammer-ons and pull-offs) which yields smooth and flowing runs. He is also adept at other speed-related techniques such as rapid alternate picking and sweep picking, but does not often use them.
Satriani has received 14 Grammy nominations[31] and has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.[32] Many of his fans and friends call him "Satch," short for "Satriani".
An influential guitarist himself,[33] Satriani has many influences, including jazz guitarists Django Reinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Allan Holdsworth and Charlie Christian,[34] and rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix,[35] Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Ritchie Blackmore.[36]

[edit] Equipment

Satriani has endorsed Ibanez's JS Series guitars, and Peavey's JSX amplifier. Both lines were designed specifically as signature products for Satriani. The Ibanez JS100 was based on and replaced the Ibanez 540 Radius model which Satriani first endorsed. However, Satriani uses a variety of gear. Many of his guitars are made by Ibanez, including the JS1000, and JS1200. These guitars typically feature the DiMarzio PAF Pro (which he used up until 1993 in both the neck and bridge positions), the DiMarzio Fred (which he used in the bridge position from 1993 to 2005), and the Mo' Joe and the Paf Joe (which he uses in the bridge and neck positions, respectively, from 2005 to present day). The JS line of guitars is his signature line with the JS1000, JS1200, JS2400, JSBDG, and JS20th using Ibanez's original Edge double locking tremolo bridge. The JS100 and JS120s both use Ibanez's Edge 3 tremolo bridge. The JS1600 is a fixed bridge guitar with no tremolo system. The guitar with which he was most often associated during the nineties was a chrome-finished guitar nicknamed "Chrome Boy" (this instrument can be seen on the Live in San Francisco DVD). However, the guitar used for most of the concert was in fact a lookalike nicknamed "Pearly", which featured Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates pickups.
Satriani uses a number of other JS models such as the JS double neck model, JS700 (primary axe on the self-titled CD and seen on the 1995 tour "Joe Satriani", which features a fixed bridge, P-90 pickups, and a matching mahogany body and neck), JS6/JS6000 (natural body) , JS1 (the original JS model), JS2000 (fixed bridge model), a variety of JS100s, JS1000s and JS1200s with custom paint work, and a large amount of prototype JSs. All double locking bridges have been the original Edge tremolo, not the newer models, which point to a more custom guitar than the "off the shelf" models. Joe played a red 7-string JS model, seen in the "G3 Live in Tokyo" DVD from 2005. He also has a prototype 24-fret version of the JS which he has used with Chickenfoot now labeled as the JS-2400.
Satriani and the band
Satriani has used a wide variety of guitar amps over the years, using Marshall Amplification for his main amplifier (notably the limited edition blue coloured 6100 LM model) up until 2001, and his Peavey signature series amps, the Peavey JSX, thereafter. The JSX began life as a prototype Peavey XXX and developed into the Joe Satriani signature Peavey model, now available for purchase in retail stores. Satriani has used other amplifiers over the years in the studio, however. Those include the Peavey 5150 (used to record the song 'Crystal Planet'), Cornford, and the Mesa/Boogie Mark IIC+ (used to record the song 'Flying in a Blue Dream'), amongst others. He has recently switched to the Marshall JVM series.
His effects pedals include the Vox wah, Dunlop Cry Baby wah, RMC Wizard Wah, Digitech Whammy, BK Butler Tube Driver, BOSS DS-1, BOSS CH-1, BOSS CE-2, BOSS DD-2 and a standard BOSS DD-3 (used together to emulate reverb effects), BOSS BF-3, BOSS OC-2, Barber Burn Drive Unit, Fulltone Deja Vibe, Fulltone Ultimate Octave, and Electro-Harmonix POG (Polyphonic Octave Generator), the latter being featured prominently on the title cut to his 2006 Super Colossal.
Satriani has partnered with Planet Waves to create a signature line of guitar picks and guitar straps featuring his sketch art.
Although Satriani endorses the JSX, he has used many amps in the studio when recording, including the Peavey Classic. He used Marshall heads and cabinets, including live, prior to his Peavey endorsement. Most recently Satriani used the JSX head through a Palmer Speaker Simulator. He has also released a Class-A 5-watt tube amp called the "Mini Colossal".
He is currently working with Vox on his own line of signature effects pedals designed to deliver Satriani's trademark tone plus a wide range of new sounds for guitarists of all playing styles and ability levels. The first being a signature distortion pedal titled the "Satchurator", and recently, the "Time Machine" which will be a delay pedal, with more to follow in 2008, including a wah pedal called the "Big Bad Wah".[37] On March 3, 2010 a new pedal was announced on Satriani's website regarding the new Vox overdrive pedal called "Ice 9".[38]

[edit] Recurring themes

Satriani during a concert at the Rijnhal, Arnhem (June 12, 2008)
Satriani's work frequently makes references to various science fiction stories and ideas. "Surfing with the Alien", "Back to Shalla-Bal" and "The Power Cosmic 2000" refer to the comic book character Silver Surfer, while "Ice 9" refers to the secret government ice weapon in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle. "Borg Sex" is a reference to Star Trek, which features a homogeneous cybernetic race known as the Borg. His albums and songs often have other-worldly titles, such as Not of this Earth, Crystal Planet, Is There Love in Space?, and Engines of Creation.
On the album Super Colossal the song titled "Crowd Chant" was originally called "Party on the Enterprise". "Party on the Enterprise" featured sampled sounds from the Starship Enterprise from the Star Trek TV show. But as Satriani explained in a podcast, legal issues regarding the samples could not be resolved and he was unable to get permission to use them.[39] Satriani then removed the sounds from the song and called it "Crowd Chant." This song is now used as goal celebration music for a number of National Hockey League teams including the Minnesota Wild.[40]
"Redshift Riders", another song on the Super Colossal album, is "based on the idea that in the future, when people can travel throughout space, they will theoretically take advantage of the cosmological redshift effect so they can be swung around large planetary objects and get across [the] universe a lot faster than normal," Satriani said in a podcast about the song.[41]
On the album Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock the song "I Just Wanna Rock", is about a giant robot on the run who happens to stumble upon a rock concert.[42]
The song "Raspberry Jam Delta-v" is most likely[original research?] a reference to the lethal amount of g-force taken from the book Endymion, by Dan Simmons.[citation needed]

[edit] Philanthropy

In 2006, Satriani signed on as an official supporter of Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that provides free musical instruments and instruction to children in underserved public schools throughout the U.S.A. Satriani has personally delivered instruments to children in the program through a charity raffle for the organization and, like Steve Vai, sits on its board of directors as an honorary member.

[edit] Awards and nominations

[edit] Nominations

Satriani has the second most Grammy Award nominations (after Brian McKnight), of any artist (15) without winning. See further artists[43][44]
Nominations
Year Album Category
1989 Always With Me, Always With You Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Surfing with the Alien Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1990 The Crush of Love Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1991 Flying in a Blue Dream Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1993 The Extremist Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1994 Speed of Light Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1995 All Alone Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1997 (You're) My World Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1998 Summer Song (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance
1999 A Train of Angels Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2001 Until We Say Goodbye Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2002 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Live in San Francisco
2003 Starry Night Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2006 Super Colossal Best Rock Instrumental Performance
2008 Always With Me, Always With You (Live) Best Rock Instrumental Performance from Satriani Live!

[edit] Discography

[edit] References

  1. ^ Joe Satriani's G3 rounds up another trio of guitar slingers
  2. ^ a b Shrivastava, Rahul. "Joe Satriani Interview". BBC. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20071012131412/http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/music/2004/06/satriani_interview.shtml. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  3. ^ John R., Luini. "Joe Satriani Biography". ForeverJoe. http://foreverjoe.com/bio.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  4. ^ Joe Satriani Interview
  5. ^ Harris, Rich. "Ibanez JS Joe Satriani Guitar Specs". http://www.jemsite.com/ibanez/spec_js.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-13. 
  6. ^ Hard N Heavy Video Magazine interview - 1989
  7. ^ Joe Satriani: The Satch Tapes - 1993
  8. ^ Selvin, Joel (May 10, 2009). "Guitarist Satriani joins Hagar for Chickenfoot fun". San Francisco Chronicle. http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-05-10/entertainment/17199969_1_van-halen-band-jam. Retrieved 2010-11-05. 
  9. ^ Blackburn, Mike (March 25, 1998). "Interview with Joe Satriani". BWBK. http://www.satriani.com/vault/1998-iview-blackburn.shtml. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  10. ^ “”. "Sony CD Commercial Satriani Summer Song". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_rWVPRP0nQ. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  11. ^ Satriani's Offer of a Future with Deep Purple. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
  12. ^ joe satriani - discography > surfing with the alien
  13. ^ NEW MUSIC BLOG: Joe Satriani | musicradar.com
  14. ^ "Joe Satriani - Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock". Satriani.com. http://www.satriani.com/discography/Live_In_Paris-I_Just_Wanna_Rock/. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  15. ^ satriani.com
  16. ^ experiencehendrixtour.com
  17. ^ Rohter, Larry (May 27, 2010). "Performers to Stay Away From Arizona in Protest of Law". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/28/us/28boycott.html. 
  18. ^ Condon, Stephanie (May 28, 2010). "Musicians Boycott Arizona to Protest Immigration Law". CBS News. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20006306-503544.html. 
  19. ^ Joe Satriani To Release 'Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards' In October
  20. ^ "GRAMMY.com". GRAMMY.com. http://grammy.com/grammy_awards/51st_show/list.aspx. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  21. ^ Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  22. ^ Guitarist Satriani sues Coldplay
  23. ^ Coldplay Sued By Joe Satriani For Allegedly Plagiarizing 'Viva La Vida' Melody », peoplestar.co.uk, Retrieved on 2008-12-06.
  24. ^ "Coldplay copyright case 'settled'". BBC News. September 16, 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8258217.stm. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  25. ^ Talk Show Guitarist. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
  26. ^ "" All Things Loud " Jon Cohan's Drum Tech Site". Allthingsloud.blogspot.com. http://allthingsloud.blogspot.com/. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  27. ^ Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers Launch New Project | News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
  28. ^ Joe Satriani home news
  29. ^ Rock Guitar World: Joe Satriani
  30. ^ CANdYRAT Records
  31. ^ joe satriani - home > news
  32. ^ Joe Satriani Interview
  33. ^ Harmony Central April 21, 2008 Real "Guitar Hero" Joe Satriani turns Teacher at WorkshopLive.com
  34. ^ [1][dead link]
  35. ^ "Q&A with Joe Satriani". Beat a Go Go. http://www.beat-a-go-go.com/story/2006/5/3/111454/0700. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  36. ^ "Tyne - People & Places - BBC Introducing". BBC. 2010-07-20. http://www.bbc.co.uk/tyne/music/2004/06/satriani_interview.shtml. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  37. ^ joe satriani - gear > 2008-01-18 vox announcement
  38. ^ joe satriani - gear > 2010-03-03 vox announcement
  39. ^ http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/JoeSatriani/podcast/super_colossal/13_crowd_chant_podcast.mp3
  40. ^ "Minnesota Wild Home". Minnesotawild.com. http://www.minnesotawild.com. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  41. ^ http://www.sonymusic.com/artists/JoeSatriani/podcast/super_colossal/04_redshift_riders_podcast.mp3
  42. ^ "Joe Satriani - Artist Bio | Myplay: Powered by Sony Music". Myplay. http://myplay.com/artists/joe-satriani/bio#review-form. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  43. ^ Rock On The Net: Grammy Awards: Best Rock Instrumental Performance
  44. ^ Rock On The Net: Grammy Awards: Best Pop Instrumental Performance
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