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Monday, July 11, 2011
Exclusive Interview with Jake Dreyer: Confessions of a Shreddie
Here is our exclusive interview with guitar monster Jake Dreyer!
- Vital Statistics:
\m/ AGE WHEN HE LEARNED HOW TO PLAY THE GUITAR: 8 years old
\m/ ORIGIN: Florida
\m/ MISSION: To keep working on his craft by learning day after day about his instrument and to keep creating original music by composing crushing original guitar sounds.
Award winning metal guitarist Jake Dreyer has just released his debut solo EP “In the Shadows of Madness” showcasing his many years of study under such masters as David “The Shred Demon” Shankle (DSG, Ex-Manowar), Chris Broderick (Megadeth, Ex-Jag Panzer, Nevermore) and Rusty Cooley (Outworld). Throughout his years of playing, Jake has been named Jagermeister’s 2009 and 2008 best guitarist of the year, Stoli/Budweisers 2007 best guitarist of the year, and was a 2009 IMA finalist for his song “WAR PATH” with his former band DeadRingers Guild. Along with these titles he has performed hundreds of shows in front of thousands of people, and has recorded one full length album and four EP’s with his various projects over the years.
Jake began taking lessons at the tender age of 8 years old and formed his first band, “Stealth” at the age of 11. By the time he was 13 he had professionally recorded his first album and opened up for Lou Gramm of Foreigner and John Waite of The Babys.
At the age of 14, Dreyer was introduced to the music of Yngwie J. Malmsteen. This started a total transformation of Dreyer’s approach and outlook on music. Jake soon started practicing more (4-5 hours a day) and focused on various guitar techniques. That summer he attended NGW (National Guitar Workshop), studying under Terry Syrek. During this time Dreyer formed a new band, “Fatal Chaos”. This led to recording a 3 song E.P, winning Stoli/Budweisers best guitarist of the year, and performing all over the Southeastern United States.
Toward the end of 2007 Jake formed the melodic metal band “DeadRingers Guild.” Their debut EP “DeadRingers Guild” contained the track “War Path” which won the 2009 Independent Music Finalist Award in the Hard Rock/ Metal category. In April of 2010 they released their second EP “DeadRingers Guild II” and followed with a multi-city promotional tour from Florida to Ohio. Over the last 3 years DeadRingers Guild’s EP’s and live shows have received critical acclaim as they have shared the stage with many national and international acts such as Paul Di'anno (Ex-Iron Maiden), Enforcer (Sweden), Cauldron (Canada) and Dark Castle.
Currently, Jake Dreyer is living in Los Angeles and attending Musicians Institute where he is enrolled in the Bachelor’s Degree program for Music Performance and writing songs for his next full length album.
Jake Dreyer owns 100% of all his publishing rights and all songs are registered with ASCAP. Dreyer cites his main influences as Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Yngwie J. Malmsteen and Jeff Loomis.
Official Site of Jake Dreyer