Joe Satriani Music Groups - Biography of Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani is an American guitarist of Italian descent, master of endless techniques on the guitar. And that despite developing his music in a not too commercial genre such as instrumental rock, he has sold more than 10 million records around the world, receiving no less than 15 Grammy Award nominations.
Besides being a great guitar teacher. Having such illustrious students as Steve Vai, Tom Morello, or Kirk Hammett from Metallica among many others (seeing the level of their students, we can get an idea of the teacher's category).
Joe Satriani was born in 1956 in Westbury, New York. His childhood was not too influenced by music, preferring American Football, although at the age of 14 he decided to abandon football to focus on the study of an electric guitar. Beginning to study music at Five Towns College, after hearing the news of the tragic death of Jimi Hendrix.
At 16 years of age and with only two years of experience with the guitar, he already began teaching as a teacher.
At 18 years of age, he began to receive classes by the jazz guitarist and pianist Lennie Tristano, a genre that he continues to practice in private, although his compositions are clearly oriented towards a rock.
Then he decided to enroll in one of the most prestigious universities on a musical level, the Berklee College of Music. Continuing his studies, and where he currently continues his activity as a teacher.
And in 1986, and with 30 years of age, Joe Satriani would finally release his first LP (Not of this earth).
Satriani has always thanked one of his best friends for his fame, also his most popular student, Steve Vai, who had already carved out a future as a guitarist in bands like the charismatic Frank Zappa, Alcatrazz, and Dave Lee's band. Roth, former lead singer of Van Halen.
Despite reaching the summit, Vai never forgot his teacher and mentor. And from his vantage point, he tried to help Satriani, constantly quoting him in interviews, showing his work, and praising his talent.
And in 1987 he would publish the album «Surfing with the alien«. Reaching a deserved recognition, making his guitar sing with great use of melodies, although he also knows how to move around the fingerboard at high speeds, with cleanliness within the reach of very few.
Unleashing all its technical potential in tapping, harmonics, ligatures, sweep picking, volume swells, and of course in the vibrato lever. Dive-bombs, horses, extreme vibratos…, he even invented a new resource called by Satriani himself as "The lizard down the throat". Definitely rising as a true Guitar Hero.
Although Satriani has always defined himself as an old-fashioned rock guitarist, highlighting among his influences musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Hendrix, or Jimmy Page.
In 1989 Joe would publish his third solo album, "Flying in a blue dream". Also finding this album among his best works.
And in 1992 Satriani publishes the album «The Extremist«. His most acclaimed album to date. With legendary songs from the composer such as "Summer Song", "War", "Why" and "Cryin".
At the end of 1993, Joe temporarily joined the legendary group Deep Purple, replacing guitarist Ritchie Blackmore during a tour of Japan. The concerts were a success, so he was offered to be a permanent member of the band. Satriani decided to reject the offer, having previously signed a contract with Sony Records for the recording of several albums.
In 1996 he embarked on the G3 project, together with his great friend Steve Vai. Imitating the format that so many successes reported to Paco de Lucía, Di Meola, and McLaughlin, transferring it to the field of an electric guitar.
The G3's first line-up was completed with the virtuoso guitarist Eric Johnson.
The format is based on the solo presentation of the guitarists, playing songs from their solo repertoire, to finally play and improvise classical songs together.
Artists such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Robert Fripp, and Steve Lukather among others have been part of the G3, with Joe Satriani being the only permanent member.
In 1998 the album "Crystal Planet" was released, surprising the audience by appearing a totally shaved Joe, but with the same characteristic sound. Continuing with the publication of new albums in the 2000s, at the rate of one every two years.
In 2008, Satriani sues the group Coldplay for alleged plagiarism in the song "Viva la Vida" by the British band. Denouncing the coincidence with his 2004 song "If I could fly".
The case was finally closed in 2009, following an agreement reached by both parties.
Currently, in addition to continuing as a solo guitarist, he is part of a project called Chickenfoot with vocalist Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, former members of the Van Halen group, as well as drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This supergroup has released since 2009 and so far, two studio albums and live performances.
Joe Satriani: Guitars and Effects Pedals
Satriani's signature guitar is the Ibanez JS. Series developed by Ibanez and Joe Satriani himself.
Like the JS1200 with a basswood body, 22 frets, original Edge tremolo system and Dimarzio Paf Joe humbucker pickups in the neck position, and DiMarzio FRED in the bridge position. It incorporates a Push-pull system to divide the double pickups and be able to use them as a single, also called Coil Split.
Later I would change the neck pickup for a Sustainiac humbucker. The Sustainiac pickup incorporates a system that when disconnected, the pickup behaves like a normal active pickup, the circuit being powered by a 9-volt battery. And when the system is connected, the pickup emits electromagnetic impulses that make the strings not stop vibrating, increasing the sustain to infinity, hence the name Sustainiac.
This guitar became his signature guitar until the release of 24 fret models like the JS2400 very similar to the 1200 but with a DiMarzio Pro Track Hot Rail pickup in the neck position, and a DiMarzio Mo’Joe in the bridge position.
And the JS2480 is a 2017 model very similar to the previous ones but with a Single Sustainiac pickup in the neck position.
The strings he uses are the D’addario XL120, gauge 9 - 42.
On the subject of amps, Joe has used custom devices like the Peavey JSX, and the Marshall JVM 410HJS.
When it comes to effects pedals, Joe mostly works with custom Vox brand models:
- Vox Joe Satriani Satchurator
- Vox Joe Satriani Ice 9
- Vox Joe Satriani Time Machine
- Vox Joe Satriani Big Bad Dual Wah
- DigiTech Whammy
- Voodoo Lab Proctavia Fuzz Octaver
- Boss CH-1 Super Chorus
- Roger Mayer Voodoo Vibe
Joe Satriani is a great connoisseur of musical performance, guitar techniques, and a student of the development of its sound, popularly known as "The Master of Masters".