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Angel Vivaldi’s Charvel Signature Nova Reps ‘Innovation and Creativity’

Posted on April 8th, 2019 by Sara Norton

To say Angel Vivaldi knows a thing or two about guitar is an understatement. The axe genius has spent the better part of 17 years perfecting his craft to what it is today, and getting there meant overcoming several hurdles.

“I grew up with a lot of obstacles standing in my way of playing guitar, whether it was being very poor or having little-to-no support,” says Angel Vivaldi in an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Things like lessons and adequate gear were way out of the question. I spent a lot of time by myself just exploring the guitar, using my ear as a guide.”

Despite these setbacks, Vivaldi would soldier on and build an illustrious career in instrumental-prog rock with albums like Away With Words, Part 1 and Synapse. As his career blossomed, so did his need for an instrument that could keep up with his fiery fretwork.

“I remember playing with tons of different bands, some were in drop B and some were in drop C,” explains Vivaldi. “I couldn’t afford a guitar to play with each of these bands, so I figured if I had a 7-string I could cover all my bases. Sure enough, it did! Now it’s just become a huge part of how I riff and write.”

In early 2017, Charvel sent the guitarist a DK24 model to take for a spin. The guitar virtuoso immediately admired the classic-yet-unconventional approach Charvel took to crafting state-of-the-art instruments.

“I fell in love with the philosophy behind what Charvel does — breaking rules on traditional guitars,” says Vivaldi. “I found this philosophy really falls in line with my own philosophy of fusing modern-era guitar building with the blue prints of classic tradition.”

“To be honest, I didn’t expect to fall in love as much as I did,” continues Vivaldi grinning. “I was initially sent a 6-string DK24. The fact that I am a 7-string player who fell in love with a 6-string says a lot.”

This partnership would eventually spawn the Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova, an elegant 7-string guitar loaded with premium features and designed for an array of playing, from heavy metal riffs to articulate blues solos.

“The name Nova really represents so much of what I feel like this guitar stands for… which is driven innovation and creativity,” says Vivaldi of his signature model.

Watch the in-depth interview below, which includes a full rundown of the features on his signature axe as well as enticing playing snippets of his songs.

 

Digital Tour Bus Goes Backstage With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on March 20th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Digital Tour Bus caught up with Angel Vivaldi on a stop during his Guitar Collective 2018 tour for a look at his rig, which of course included his Charvel Angel Vivaldi Signature DK24-7 Nova.

“This guitar is that old school and new school type of hybrid,” said Vivaldi.

The Nova boasts a slew of premium features including a reverse 7-string Fender Strat headstock tilted back for improved string tension at the nut, a recessed heel and scooped lower horn for easy upper fret access and a Gotoh® custom 7-string 510 tremolo bridge.

“[The Nova] is great for shred!” added Vivaldi.

Check out the full interview below.

Metal Injection’s ‘Ask the Artist’ Q&A With Angel Vivaldi

Posted on January 7th, 2019 by Sara Norton

Angel Vivaldi recently sat down for a Metal Injection Ask the Artist session where the axeman dishes on everything from his approach to writing new material to which artist he draws the most inspiration from.

“My music always starts with a concept,” explains Vivaldi, while also playing a quick riff on his custom 7-string Charvel. “The theme of whatever that record is about really dictates the dynamic and the intention behind what I am writing.”

And which famous artist inspires this metal maven the most? Vivaldi’s answer might surprise you.

“Hands down, Michael Jackson!” says Vivaldi. “His music, his albums, his music videos, his live performances … he just cared so much about everything he did.”

Check out the full interview below!

 

Angel Vivaldi Debuts “Noradrenaline”

Posted on October 5th, 2018 by Sara Norton

Angel Vivaldi recently released a playthrough video of “Noradrenaline” off his album Synapse, with the video delivering plenty of his radiant fret work.

Compared to the majority of Vivaldi’s heavier work, he slows down the tempo on “Noradrenaline” with an angelic solo played over cascading chords on his Charvel signature 7-string prototype.

Check out the video below.

 

Angel Vivaldi Releases Playthrough Video ‘Synapse’

Posted on August 14th, 2018 by Sara Norton

If you needed any more proof that instru-metal virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s playing is not of this planet, look no further than his newest guitar playthrough video for “Synapse.”

“Synapse” is the perfect blend of harmonious atmospheric force Vivaldi is known for. His signature playing is on full display as he glides around on his custom Charvel DK247 at sonic speeds, effortlessly showing off his brisk fretwork.

As the song crests with explosive force, Vivaldi slows the tempo with a smooth tapping technique before screaming out a soaring solo as the song fades.

“Synapse” is the title track of Vivaldi’s fifth album, which you can order here.

Enjoy the video below.

 

Watch Angel Vivaldi’s Guitar Playthrough for ‘Adenosine’

Posted on May 14th, 2018 by Chrissy Mauck

“Adenosine” is track No. 7 on instrumental guitar genius Angel Vivaldi’s latest album Synapse and also the most recent cut to get his slickly-produced guitar playthrough video treatment.

Fun fact … Adenosine plays an important role in our sleep schedule as it slows down the activity of neurons. It gradually builds up in our bodies when we are awake and makes us feel sleepy by the end of the day. As our bodies sleep, adenosine molecules break down, ensuring that the cycle starts all over again.

Vivaldi’s track seems to also have its own cycle, starting off fiery with big chords and a staccato rhythm, followed by a melodic lead that builds and then segues into a hypnotic tapping section. The New Jersey progressive axeman also keeps it interesting with his guitar selection as he kicks off the clip with a Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 and then switches to his very first Charvel signature prototype in Sage Metallic Green, which he’s nicknamed “Rue” after Rue McClanahan who played Blanche on television hit show Golden Girls.

Enjoy the clip below and if you want to learn to play along, tabs are for sale here and he’s even available for actual instruction too via a variety of lesson packages.

 

Melodic Master Angel Vivaldi Drops New Video for ‘Endorphin’

Posted on March 15th, 2018 by Admin

The melodic master Angel Vivaldi continues his YouTube dominance with another video for his track “Endorphin” off latest album SYNAPSE.

The guitarist’s latest video showcases the perfect blend of effortless musicianship and beautiful intonation that his rabid fans have come to expect. The clip also gives fans an up close look at the latest prototype for Vivaldi’s signature Charvel model. Master Builder Joe Williams hand delivered this beautiful beast to Vivaldi during the 2018 NAMM Show in late January.

“Joe Williams is brillaint,” said Vivaldi during an exclusive interview with Charvel. “Three prototypes over the course of maybe four to five months and that’s all it needed. He just went above and beyond. He really knows the modern guitarist struggle and hustle.”

Get a good look at Vivaldi’s new Charvel by watching “Endorphin” Below.

Angel Vivaldi Wows Again in New ‘Oxytocin’ Playthrough

Posted on February 13th, 2018 by Admin

The enigmatic and incredible Angel Vivaldi has blessed his fans with another mind-blowing play through of “Oxytocin” from latest album SYNAPSE.

With his seven-string Charvel in hand, Vivaldi’s unbelievable fretboard skills are shown in full in this simple, but must watch video. Joining the gifted musician is the equally talented Gus G. from Firewind.

The two trade off solos in a full-on shred fest that you can watch below.

Get Your ‘Adrenaline’ Pumping With Angel Vivaldi’s Latest Video

Posted on January 10th, 2018 by Admin

Angel Vivaldi unleashed an incredible playthrough video of latest track “Adrenaline” off new album SYNAPSE last week. The album’s opener features all of the incredible guitar work that you’ve come to expect from Vivaldi and includes a solo from the equally talented Julian Cifuentes.

Sure to turn the heads of his gear obsessed fans, Vivaldi is rocking a prototype of his seven-string signature Charvel that features an inverted Strat headstock, 24 frets and gold hardware

If you want to know more about the new axe, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes demo below.

Subscribe to Vivaldi’s YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE.

Angel Vivaldi Tears Through His Guest Solo in New Scale the Summit Video

Posted on November 28th, 2017 by Admin

Charvel artist Angel Vivaldi is featured in the latest video from progressive metal band Scale the Summit. The talented guitarist takes his Charvel Limited Edition Super Stock DK24 guitar to the next level as he tears into a new dimension during a guest solo on “Witch House”.

Vivaldi is currently on tour with Scale the Summit through the end of December. If you want to catch the Guitar Collective 2017 tour, CLICK HERE for the remaining tour dates.

Watch the full “Witch House” video by clicking play below.

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