SongVault Artist Profile
James D. Gilmore
Ohio, United States
Metal / Hard Rock / Heavy Metal
These days, it's still considered "UNCOOL" to be able to play and tune your instrument... Midwest Independent Records is proud to present the most "UNCOOL" guitarist in the Midwest. For well over a decade James has made a career of both entertaining and impressing, not to mention scaring the hell out of other guitartist!
Michael Angelo Batio says James "has a gift of mixing over the top shred guitar with really creative melodies, as well as arpeggiated lines", & calls James "a true guitar great!". Steve Vai has compared James' style, feel, & technique to that of Yngwie Malmsteen's. Also, the local, national, & world press have compared James' playing to many great guitarist including David Chastain, Yngwie Malmsteen, & Joe Satriani as well, but also state that "he has his own style & that his ability certainly ranks up there with his hero's." Term's like "Virtuoso", & "Master" are often used by peers, & press worldwide to describe James' talent.
A playing pro with 30 years experience, James has released 4 full length solo CD's on Midwest Independent Records, & has worldwide distribution with over 50 online distributors, & over 2,400 stores in the U.S.. His CD's have received radio airplay in over a half dozen countries to millions of listeners. A Song Writer & Music Publisher with BMI, he's also an accredited Studio Engineer & Record Producer, & is the Owner & Chief Sound Engineer of J.D.G. Studios as well. He has Recorded & Produced on demo's & other projects with members of UNBOUND, & CHASTAIN / CJSS, just to name a few, and has also recorded music tracks for commercials on TV & Radio as well.
James also has 25 years experience as an instructor & clinician, including 3 years as "Head of the Rock Guitar Instruction Dept." in the "Masters Lesson Program" at CSM in Cincinnati, & even appeared in their TV commercials! He has literally taught hundreds of guitarist how to be better players. He's also appeared in several national rock magazines such as "Musician" & "Metal Edge", doing everything from interviews, to giving touring tips.
Currently, if he's not in the studio, James can often be found on concert & clinic stages promoting his new all instrumental DVD - "Inside The Madness", & most recently sharing those stages with other incredible artist like Michael Harris, Joe Stump, Matthew Mills, Arch Rival, & others! Also, writing is already underway for the next studio release. The new special projects CD - "Jam Session-Volume 1" is also now available! These solo CD's/DVD's serve as proof of James' monster shred ability.
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