Watch 9-year-old guitarist Maya Neelakantan tackle Tool’s 16-minute epic, 7empest

Maya Neelakantan covering Tool’s 7empestl
(Image credit: Maya Neelakantan / YouTube)

Hats off to our friends over at Louder who found this incredible clip of 9 year-old guitarist Maya Neelakantan covering Tool’s 16-minute guitar safari, 7emptest

“A couple of weeks ago it was my birthday and I just turned 9-years-old and as my present, I got this awesome new Les Paul guitar,” reveals Neelakantan. “This is my most favourite song and this is the hardest song I've ever played and this is the first song I'm playing with my new guitar, so I've been just very excited to show it to you.”

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.