Joe Stump is one of the fastest shred guitarists of all time, who plays with technical precision at the speed of lightening. Some say his work is so powerful, that it’s jaw dropping. He’s toured the world as a solo artist and with some of the hard kicking (metal) recording bands, with ten albums to his credit, as well as appearances on numerous others.
On Thursday, August 20, Stump will be performing at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he graduated in 1982 and has been an associate professor in the guitar department for almost twenty years. The show is called: Guitar Sessions with Joe Stump, and takes place at the Berklee Performance Center. Tickets are $8, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Contact Berklee College of Music for tickets: (617)266-1400
Aside from his albums, Stump has created a series of instructional videos for learning to play shred guitar, neo classical guitar, arpeggio lessons, and hard rock metal techniques. If you are lucky enough to be one of his students at Berklee, you won’t need those videos. In addition, Stump completed his first instruction book on shred/metal guitar for Berklee press entitled, “Joe Stump’s Metal Guitar Chop Shop.”
Stump picked up his first guitar at the young age of 10, with Jimi Hendrix and Richie Blackmore being his biggest influences. He’s been a fan of Al DiMeola during his heavy electric period along with the rock metal sounds of Gary Moore. More recently, Yngwie Malmsteen, has become an artist that Stump listens too often.
You are probably wondering what guitar(s) he plays? I believe it’s around 30 different custom Strats, vintage guitars, Fenders, M1’s, and the list goes on.
For those of you who love those rock and roll cruises, Stump will be on board, Axes and Anchors, which sails February 20-24, 2016. They are taking reservations now as most of these boat cruises sell out quickly. Find Joe Stump on Facebook and more info on this cruise.
Examiner spoke with Stump and asked a couple of questions you may find interesting:
Examiner: You are an accomplished metal guitarist, what advice would you give to a young musician just starting out who want to go in that direction?
Stump: I started playing guitar many years ago and got hooked. Back when I was 14, I knew then that I`d never do anything else and that my life would be dedicated to the guitar and music. I didn’t start playing to be famous or to meet girls, I did it and still do it because I love it. I`m even more excited about the guitar now then I was back then. So, my advice to young players is if you truly love it, and want to dedicate yourself to it then great. Because if you do good, things will happen. The business itself is hard enough, and no matter what level you`re at, disappointment happens. If you love it, it will be worth your while.
AN: You’ve done nine albums to date, how does your first release compare with your latest?
JS: Between my solo records and all the metal bands I’ve played with (Trash Broadway, HolyHell, Exorcism, Joe Stump`s Reign Of Terror) I’ve actually done over 20 records. But, with every release, I always try to step up my game and make each record better than the last. If you listened to my 1st solo record, Guitar Dominance, and my newest release, The Dark Lord Rises (due out in October this year) you can hear that all aspects of everything I do ( technical playing, control of the instrument, guitar tone, compositions, production) are quite a bit more refined than they were 22 years ago.
AN: What do you have on the horizon that you haven’t spoken about yet?
JS: I’ve got a new solo record coming out in October 2015 on Lion Music (power metal/guitar hero label from Finland) called, The Dark Rises. Also in 2016, HolyHell (symphonic power metal band that I play with)will be gearing up with a killer brand new record and some extensive touring.