Ruben Wan: “I didn’t particularly want to become a guitar player – I was more focused on being a singer-songwriter, but the guitar was a very happy mistake”

Ruben Wan
(Image credit: Ruben Wan)

Ruben Wan’s new EP – Chapter One: Guitar, set for release on March 26 – sees the LA-based musician imagining six tracks with nothing but his six-string. Its first single, Coffee or Tea, pairs some truly mouth-watering chord voicings with clean tones that have no shortage of dazzle and sparkle, fusing elements of jazz and gospel into his own signature sound. 

Though he’d worked on music featuring other instruments in the past, this time round he wanted to let his guitar to do all the talking...

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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).