“Eddie Van Halen influenced me both in sounds and vocabulary”: Matteo Mancuso pays tribute to one of his heroes with EVH-inspired You Really Got Me cover

Matteo Mancuso
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2023 has well and truly been Matteo Mancuso’s year. After announcing his arrival on the global guitar scene with an unmissable debut album earlier this year, Mancuso has continued to melt minds with his superhuman electric guitar skills and an otherworldly technique.

Through original material and covers – he recently nailed Steve Vai’s Eugene’s Trick Bag – Mancuso has gained a reputation as one of today’s most exhilarating talents, tipped for greatness by the likes of Vai, Tosin Abasi, Al Di Meola and more.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.