Daniele Gottardo: “I remember thinking Yngwie Malmsteen’s playing was amazing, and I wondered if the scalloped neck was his secret”

Daniele Gottardo
(Image credit: Ivan Nebbia)

Daniele Gottardo's new album, INkBlot – a series of modern guitar concertos – sees him take his monster chops to another level. He’d already carved out a significant rep while living in his native Italy, with Steve Vai citing him as one of his favorite guitarists. 

Gottardo’s latest release – which follows his relocation to the US – fully embraces his exceptional compositional skills while mixing in his unworldly eight-fingered chops and fully orchestrated sonic soundscapes.

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.