GUSTAVO CERATI: Biography, Guitars, and Pedals
Gustavo Cerati was an Argentine musician, singer, composer, and producer, internationally recognized for being a founding member, vocalist, guitarist, and main composer of one of the most important and influential Rock bands in the Spanish language: Soda Stereo.
Gustavo Adrián Cerati was born in 1959 in the city of Buenos Aires. Being interested in music since childhood, forming his first musical group at school, leading the school choir.
Later on, his taste for listening to Rock music such as that of the group The Police, Queen, or The Cure would begin, with Luis Alberto Spinetta or Andy Summers being some of his main influences as a guitarist, as well as cane guitarists like Ritchie Blackmore, or Mick Ronson.
Gustavo Cerati Founding the Band "Soda Stereo"
While studying advertising at the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Gustavo met Héctor Zeta Bosio, with whom he shared musical tastes. Testing different bands and groups together later.
Deciding both in the end to form a trio with Charly Alberti in 1982. At that moment the band Soda Stereo was born, with Cerati as vocalist and guitarist, Héctor as a bassist, and Charly Alberti as a drummer.
Releasing the band's first self-titled album in 1984. Appreciating in his music and image, a clear influence of groups like The Police, or The Cure.
Appearing on this album the first hits of Soda Stereo, such as "Tele-Ka", "You need vitamins", "A missile in my closet", or "Treat me gently". This last theme being his first great success.
The following year, in 1985 they would release the album "Nada Personal". Consolidating the popularity of the group, evolving the band towards a more own and personal style. Highlighting topics such as "Nothing personal", "Seduction game", or "When the shaking stops."
Between 1985 and 1988 Gustavo would participate in parallel with Soda Stereo, in the Fricción band led by Argentine Richard Coleman.
In 1986 the band's third album, «Signs», would be published. Increasing, even more, the success of the group, highlighting songs such as "Signs", "Prófugos" and "American Persian".
After the publication of this album, the group embarked on a tour that would take them to practically all of Latin America.
In 1988 they would release the album "Double Life". Arriving this time the band performs practically throughout the American continent, including the United States.
And in 1990 what for many is the best album of the group would be published. "Animal Song". Showing the maturity reached by the group, definitely leaving behind the post-punk and new wave aesthetics that so characterized their first productions. Almost all the songs on this album were released as singles, including the smash hit "De Música Ligera."
After performing throughout the American continent on the album promotion tour, in 1992 Soda Stereo landed in old Europe. Presenting the group in several Spanish cities such as Madrid, Oviedo, Seville, Valencia, and Barcelona.
That same year they would release the album "Dynamo", with hits by Soda Stereo like "Spring 0", or "Red Moon.
In 1993 Gustavo Cerati published his first solo album. «Yellow Love». Considered by Gustavo himself as an intimate album.
Dissolution of «Soda Stereo»
Two years later, in 1995, Soda Stereo would publish what would be their last studio album. "Dream Stereo". With hits like "She used my head like a revolver," or "Zoom." The band officially announced its disbandment in 1997.
Gustavo Cerati himself stated that personal and musical conflicts ended with the balance of the band. Cerati focusing on her solo career.
Gustavo Cerati's Solo Career
Releasing his second solo studio album in 1999. "Puff". Disc praised by critics and considered one of the best creations of the solo artist. Incorporating this album the theme «Puente». His first solo success.
In 2001 Gustavo Cerati composed the soundtrack and starred in the film "Bien". This soundtrack was nominated as "Best Pop Instrumental Album" at the 2002 Latin Grammy Awards.
That same year he would publish the album "Siempre es Hoy" with the hit "Impossible Things".
In 2006 he would release the album "Ahí Vamos". With hits like "Crime" and "Goodbye."
Return of Soda Stereo
The following year the return of Soda Stereo to the stage was announced with the tour "You will see me return. Returning the three members of the group to their personal activities after the end of the tour.
And in 2009 Cerati would publish what would end up being his last studio album as a soloist. "Natural force".
Death of Gustavo Cerati
In 2010 Cerati ended the American tour of "Fuerza Natural" in the Venezuelan city of Caracas. After finishing the show, the bandmates warn that Gustavo seems to be unwell. When they entered his dressing room, they found him sprawled on an armchair, his shirt unbuttoned, disoriented, and unable to utter a word.
Gustavo Cerati is transferred that night to a medical center where a stroke or cerebrovascular accident is diagnosed three days after his admission, undergoing immediate surgery given the seriousness of the situation.
Two weeks after the intervention, he was transferred to Argentina. Gustavo Cerati died in 2014 after spending four years in a coma.
The tributes to Gustavo Cerati have been innumerable. Both my friends and family, as well as by fans and artists.
Gustavo Cerati had two children with the Chilean model Cecilia Amenábar. Lisa, born in 1996, and singer and songwriter Benito Cerati born in 1993. Gustavo and Cecilia got married in 1993, and they stopped living together in 2002.
Cerati was previously married to Belén Edwards, although the marriage would last just over a year.
Gustavo Cerati: Guitars, Amps and Effects Pedals
Among the wide variety of different guitar models that Gustavo has used is:
- Fender Stratocaster
- Fender Telecaster
- Custom Telecaster
- Gibson ES-335
- Les Paul
- Gibson SG
- G&L Legacy HB
- Gretsch Duo Jet
- Jackson Soloist
One of its most characteristic models is the PRS CE 24 Multifoil. With which he performed several of his best guitar solos live.
The strings he used were the D’Addario 10-46 gauge, and he used to handle heavy celluloid picks.
Among the Amplifiers he has used are:
- Vox AC30
- Roland Jazz Chorus
- Bogner Shiva
- Marshall Super Bass
In terms of effect pedals, the assortment is also quite wide:
- EBS MultiComp
- ProCo Rat
- Blackstone Mosfet Overdrive
- ZVex Fuzz Probe
- Box of Rock.
- Ultimate Octaver
- ZVex Wah Probe
- Line 6 DL4 Delay.
During his career, Gustavo Cerati would collaborate with numerous artists. Among them Roger Waters, Shakira, Andy Summers, Fito Páez, or Café Tacvba.
Being recognized as one of the most influential figures in rock in Spanish, an icon of Argentine music, and a legend of Latin American rock.