SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser visited the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in Leeds, England last month to host a guitar clinic as part of the Metal Hammer Weekender. Watch video footage of his guitar skills at this location.
Kisser stated about the clinic: I didn't have with me all the stuff I usually use in my clinics in Brazil but it was really cool. It was a conversation with 20 students from the school and it was sponsored by the Metal Hammer magazine. It [was] a whole weekend talking and playing metal! I played many riffs from the history of SEPULTURA and they asked me about everything: techniques, composition, influences and stories about SEPULTURA. Also, I improvise over some blues playbacks but I couldn't play the classical guitar 'cause I didn't have my instrument.
Andreas was born in Brazil in 1968 and started playing acoustic guitar in 1981, learning the basic chords with popular Brazilian music. He later discovered KISS and QUEEN, and that changed his life. In his early years Andreas was hugely influenced by OZZY, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, TWISTED SISTER, WHITESNAKE, VENOM and METALLICA. He learnt a lot from all those guitarists, plus bands like PINK FLOYD and YES and guitarists such as Eric Clapton, John Williams, Romero Brothers, Leo Brower, Baden Powell, Villa Lobos, etc.
Andreas joined SEPULTURA in 1987 after meeting the band on a holiday. He recorded his first LP, "Schizophrenia", the same year. With that album SEPULTURA got a contract to release the next record worldwide.
Andreas is working on his first solo album, which he hopes to release in early 2008.