Interview with Shredder Guitarist, Gia Federico
In a world full of guitar shredders, Gia Federico stands taller than the rest. Her shredding skills are a master class in the genre. Recently We had a chance to pose some questions to the fiery Boston based guitarist.
Which guitarist would be your all time greatest influence?
Tough to say , Eddie Van Halen , i first heard him made me want to play , his sound and the way he plays . the other players on here as well , Randy Rhoads , Jeff Beck, Jimmy page , Hendrix , Malmsteen , Vai , Satriani
Growing up in New England how has the music scene changed?
I think its hard , so many places have closed , especially for original bands its really hard here.
What has been the biggest obstacle as a musician?
Biggest obstacles , meeting the right people just to play with lol, trying to get your music out there , to make money as an original artist is hard , especially when commercial radio only plays artists that are signed to major labels
How do you get your killer tone?
Tweaking over the yrs , EQ ing , finding the right pickups , and using tube amps , I think its an evolving process
How many endorsements do you have?
I have 8 that I have announced , but 9 once my custom shop signature guitar from Viper Guitars is done . I'm with SIT Strings , ZT amplifier, Lizard spit guitar polish , Best Tronics cables , WB gear , Stone tone blocks , Killer Q guitar straps , Pick guy guitar picks
Do you view social media as a positive or negative impact on the music industry
Positive , if it wasn't for social media I wouldn't be able to get any of my music or music videos out , my videos have done extremely well , I wouldn't have the endorsements or even you asking me for this interview lol , cause it would have been harder to find me with no social media , so social media is the only good thing , probably why decided to keep doing music cause i know i can release music and videos online
Give us a run down on your live sound
It pretty basic , noise gate , distortion box , tuner , i use reverb and delay to , mostly on leads , rhythm i don't . compression i sometimes use , and wah wah , i use the effects loop on my amps, I have 3 JCM 800S modified, but broke at the moment lol. i also have a 5150 II i have been using that one more now
To your ears what does a great song have to contain?
catchy riff , melody , vocals , lyrics , and very simple , simple lyrics you can remember , most of your biggest hits are the simplest , "keep it simple stupid," gene simmons quote lol , its very true lol
Satriani or Vai?
Depends on my mood that day , I love both , sometimes i like Joe , sometimes steve lol both are influential to me .
Hendrix or Iommi?
Both , there lefty like me lol ,
Strangest thing that ever happened to you at a gig?
The PA system went down at place i was playing , back yrs ago , well my singer brought one lol, for us , the other bands wanted to use it , he said no , we end up leaving and not playing , waste of a drive and loading up
How many hours of the day do you practice?
cycles , sometimes i end up not playing for a week, due to life , job etc other times I will practice on weekdays 2 to 4 hrs every day sometimes longer, weekends i can go up to 7 to 8 , but then I will not play a weekend or 2 , then i feel guilty as hell and think i totally suck when i don't practice lol
unusual music we might find in your cd collection?
Classical music , jazz , pop , frank Sinatra , Elvis , John Denver , The Bee Jees , opera singers lol, I am into a variety of different styles of music ,
What project are you currently working on and what is next for you?
I am planning on finishing the full length cd /dvd for Devil In The Mist , 9 to 10 , including the 3 on the 3 song EP we released this year , Also plan on recording anew instrumental song called The Ladder with a music video to go along with it ,
Anything you would like to say to the fans?
Yes , thank you so much for all the support and sharing , liking , posting my songs , videos pics, news updates and so on , it's really an honor and makes me want to keep coming out with better and better music :)