With fiery technical brilliance and breathtaking musical interpretation, Neil Zaza has defined himself as the instrumental guitarist with an unparalleled ability to combine solid, catchy songwriting with a keen melodic sense and technical fury.
From his virtuoso rock solos, to laying down a funk groove, to demonstrating his classical prowess by performing Bach and Mozart compositions, Zaza’s extreme versatility has been showcased worldwide in concerts, clinics, and festivals, as well as on his own solo instrumental albums. Zaza has shared the bill with Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Steve & Mike Porcaro (Toto), Yngwie Malmsteen, Vinnie Moore, and Andy Summers, among countless others. He has performed on albums by Dweezil Zappa, Eric Carmen, Michael Stanley and also supplied guitar tracks for a Stewart Copeland-produced movie soundtrack.
For years, Neil has been at the forefront of the instrumental guitar movement and at the top of the genre-savvy A-List. He has wowed crowds, enchanted fans, and caused traffic jams around the globe with his inimitable melodic style.
Neil explicitly expressed his indulgence of melody in his new album “Peach." "I wanted to focus on making the best melodies and the simplest songs possible. I wanted the song and the melody to be so apparent that you couldn’t help but hum and sing the song after you heard it. I didn’t want anything complex. I wanted solid songs that people can feel emotion to. Those are always the best kind.”
As a tangible enhancement of his impeccable technique and sense of melody, Neil’s choice of guitar effects have helped him construct his song tonality, letting him narrate the story through his melody. As for what aspect of guitar effects is most important, Neil says, “Sound is the most important. I have to feel that it is imparting something into my tone and is helping me achieve something musically. It has to inspire me. Like when I use the Skyline Blues pedal. It gives me the sustain and reaction that makes me dig in more and play with more confidence."
As a guitarist for whom touring is a day to day routine, Neil also has a lot to say about carrying around his gear: “Size is very important when traveling, but I use Hotone pedals every time that I play. Also, there have to be different pedals for different “shades” of sound. For instance, Blues works for certain tones, but Grass works in other situations. I have a pallet of tones with Hotone.”