PHOTO: Gabriel Olsen | Getty Images Vai onstage at Lucky Strike Live
Steve Vai has his legions of followers. But who does the guitar legend follow?
Turns out it’s a guitarist by the name of Daniele Gottardo.
Vai revealed the information in the following message:
“I’m often asked who is my favorite new young guitar player. Well, here he is: Daniele Gottardo.
“He’s Italian, and I have been following him for quite some time now. He has an elegant touch, stunning intonation, innovational style, and he honors the melody. Enjoy, and check out his new record here for a real treat.”
So who is Daniele Gottardo? As it turns out, quite a diverse player. In addition to his stunning virtuoso solo work—an expressive and technically superb rock-symphonic fusion—he performs with the jazz project the Nuts and the self-described pop/punk/glam-metalcore experiment Plastik Boobies. (Even if we didn’t tell you the styles of those bands, the names alone would suggest Gottardo defies easy categorization.)
“Rimsky’s Beard,” the first track on Gottardo’s second album, Non Temperato.
“Caligula,” also from Non Temperato
Gottardo’s cover of Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”
The following video features Gottardo, bassist Matteo Checcoli and drummer Giuseppe Risitano performing as the Nuts, a jazz-oriented rock project that plays original tunes standard and rearrangements of classics. In this video, they cover Charlie Parker’s “Anthropology.”