Mateus Asato shuts down Instagram account, announces break from music

Mateus Asato
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Mateus Asato, perhaps social media's biggest breakout guitar star, has removed his Instagram account and announced a break from music, due to the “overwhelming” pressures of social media and loss of inspiration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement shared over the weekend via his now-deleted account – which he had temporarily renamed @brb – the 27-year-old virtuoso admitted he hasn't “played guitar for 3 weeks.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.