There's a new breed of guitar player on the internet, those who play with more understated performance for example the fabulous Mateus Asato. Well one such player who drew my attention is Kaspar Jalily from Paris, France. His significant social presence is gaining attention and his deft guitar work and subtle grooves, overlayed with an added edge of intensity, is really starting to get him noticed. Kaspar's playing has already got over 38.5k followers on Instagram and 6k followers on YouTube!
Originally from Paris, Kaspar is a session guitarist and guitar instructor both in his native France and also abroad. Surprisingly to me Kaspar started guitar at the relatively late age 14 years old. Initially he trained as a classical musician. This established a clean and technical approach early on, allowing him to develop his own now much sought-after style on electric guitar. He has taught more than a thousand students through his online classes and courses on the acclaimed innovative learning platform Soundslice.
Always dedicated to perfecting his craft and knowledge of the industry, Kaspar studied and graduated with honors in music business in Paris.
His playing has been noticed and acclaimed by world renowned musicians and jury as he won the 1st prize in Rhythm guitar and 2nd prize in Rock guitar in the « Six String Theory » 2018 competition created by legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour.
He also won the 1st prize in the « Trade it All » competition created by the multi-Grammy award winning artist Cory Henry which led him to perform with the artist.
Shedding over Knower "About you"
I caught up with Kaspar to get to know a little more about this exciting player.
Laurie: You music technique is advanced and well based, sounds very professional, were brought up in a musical family?
Kaspar: My father is a classical pianist, so classical music and piano were part of my upbringing. As a result, when I wanted to start electric guitar, my father insisted that I start with classical guitar, which I didn't really enjoy, certainly not at first. However, I definitely see the benefits now, especially for technique, discipline and sight reading.
Laurie: What influenced you to play guitar ?
Kaspar: I started guitar just because it was regarded as cool, certainly when I was about 14 years old. I progressively got serious about it and decided to try and make a career out of it. I always practiced with consistency and managed to get some gigs, but I didn't start practicing intensively until I was about 20. At that time I began meeting some amazing players from abroad that really impressed me and inspired me to get better with my own playing.
Driven Tones - Presets for HX Stomp
Laurie: You have an impressive range of styles, which players have influenced your playing?
Kaspar: There are so many, I always loved Cory Henry and I was lucky enough to perform with him. Tom Quayle was a big influence as far as technique and note choice. I was also lucky to perform with legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour and his love for guitar and music ( he's been touring and recording almost non stop for almost 50 years now ) is incredibly inspiring and definitely left a meaningful mark on me in the way I see and play the guitar .
Laurie: There seems to be a trend nowadays for guitar players not to release albums of music. Do you plan to work on an album of material, or more session work?
Kaspar: I am always writing stuff but for now I haven't found my sound, something that I can really stick with. So, I don't consider myself an artist/act for now. Currently, I mostly do session work for other artists.
Give me a reason - Jrod Sullivan / Practice clip
Laurie: What do you think of Instagram and YouTube promoting your playing?
Kaspar: It's a game changer. A lot of the work that I do, like remote session recording and remote teaching wouldn't be possible without social media. It makes it easier to find inspiration from other players and showcase your playing to industry people all over the world. If these platforms weren't there I could be a working musician here in France but I don't think I would've had opportunities to work abroad as much as I do now.
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