Yasmin Williams: "Don’t just look at the guitar as this thing to play four chords on. They're multi-dimensional – they’re like eight instruments in one"

Yasmin Williams
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It’s impossible to forget the name Yasmin Williams once you’ve heard her music. The young Virginian’s latest album, Urban Driftwood, is a deep dive into all things ethereal, and has an almost meditative effect on its listener, thanks to her warm fingerstyle plucking and rich acoustic ambiences.

The 10 instrumental tracks, on which she plays mainly unaccompanied, also demonstrate her mastery of dynamics – turning intimate whispers into all-encompassing sound baths that thrill, amaze and soothe at the same time.

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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).