Dashboard Confessional: "When you’re a one-man band, the audience can get bored if you don’t use every playing style you can think of"

Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional
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“I will be the whole band when I have to be… and even when I just want to be,” says Dashboard Confessional leader Chris Carrabba, talking to Guitar World after soundcheck at St. Pancras Old Church in London. The natural ambiences of the room add their own echoes to his words, while electronic candles flicker in the background – the perfect environment to hear his stripped-down, soul-baring alternative/emo rock anthems in the hours to come.

Though he’d shy away from admitting it himself, few musicians could rival Carrabba’s level of insight when it comes to translating songs from full-band set-ups to solo simplicity. It’s these experiences and situations which have taught him about the one thing that matters more than anything else: the guitar in his hands.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).