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Guest Name, Xander Demos

Xander Demos
Occupation: 
Musician
Biography: 

Xander Demos is one of today’s premier shred metal guitarists. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, he currently fronts his own band, XDB and national tribute act, James Rivera’s Sabbath Judas Sabbath, as well as playing in Rivera’s solo band. Xander performs in excess of 100 times a year, and he is active in recording collaborations with artists all over the world. Xander plays guitars from Suhr, McNaught and Conklin, with whom he has endorsement deals. His endorsement from these guitar companies is a testament to his impressive skills and his deep commitment to playing the best guitars in the world. Xander's style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-droppingly insane. His playing encompasses much of what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years; artists like Shawn Lane, Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Neal Schon, Michael Romeo and John Sykes. One constant in his music is a focus on strong guitar melodies. On February 29, 2012, Xander released his full-length follow-up to his EP "Road To Guitarcadia.” The new album was mixed by CJ Snare of Firehouse. The album is simply titled, “Guitarcadia,” and it contains 10 incredible tracks of pure guitar heaven. This release will be followed by an instructional DVD, while performing with his two live bands every week and passing on his passion for guitar by giving in person and online instructions to eager students. Recently, Xander has been making quite the name for himself and his solo band by appearing as support for acts like Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob, Buckethead, UFO, Lizzy Borden, Kip Winger, Neil Zaza and Dio Disciples. He has had two #1 Metal and Progressive music videos on Myspace, with his videos “Right Angles” and “Chase The Sun.” His last single, “White Knuckle Driving” received airplay in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, the UK and all over the world! The video received in excess of 120,000 Youtube views. Xander has recently been featured on The Real Radio Show with AJ Pero of Twisted Sister, Steve Vai’s GuitarTV.com, GuitarWorld.com, Hair Metal Mansion, Iron City Rocks, Metal Temple, Bravewords and many other top rock and metal shows and websites. In August 2012, Xander was named Guitar Shop TV’s New Artist Showcase Winner. Nominated for Best Guitarist, in the 2011 and 2012 Iron City Rocks Music Awards and 2013 Southern Star Network Independent Artist of the Year, Xander’s playing appears on several releases from other artists: Ged Rylands (Ten, Tygers of Pan Tang,) Derek Buddemeyer (Down Boys Records) and Liberty ‘N’ Justice’s long awaited “Cigar Chronicles,” also featuring George Lynch (Dokken) Jeff Labar (Cinderella) and Jerry Dixon (Warrant.) He will also be included on two upcoming guitar compilations, “Guitar Feast” and “Guitar Wizards,” that will also include Lynch and Jake E Lee, among others. In addition to these accomplishments, Xander is an avid animal lover. Always looking for projects that will aid these beautiful creatures, Xander is donating a portion of his album sales to the ASPCA. Xander plays: V-Picks, the Fractal Audio Axe-FX Ultra as well as Hughes and Kettner amps, Matrix Amplification, Mission pedals, ISP Guitar Systems and Suhr Guitars, Amps & Effects, McNaught Guitars, who recently completed production of the first Xander Demos Signature Guitar, Conklin Guitars and John Dixon Cases. Many of Xander's guitars are outfitted with EMG pickups and accessories. He exclusively uses the FloydUpgrades tremolos or the GraphTech LB-63 piezo-equipped Floyd tremolo. He also is endorsed with Rock-N-Roll GangStar Apparel, Lampifier Microphones, JH Audio In-ear monitors, and INTEX Cables. Xander is signed exclusively to Rock ‘N’ Growl Records for worldwide digital distribution and Dynasty Records for physical distribution.

BIOLOGICAL LIFE EXPLOSIONS, August 31, 2012

Listen to Vincent and Claudia Pinto who operate Raven's Way Wild Journeys in the Sky Island region of SE Arizona.

MANCHU AND MONGOL SHAMANISM, December 7, 2012

Susan Grimaldi, internationally renowned for producing documentaries on Manchu and Mongol Shamanism, will be my guest this week. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation, and has been practicing Shamanism for over 35 years.

Guest, Claudia Pinto

Guest Occupation: 
Activist, Environmentalist, Conservationist, Bank Business Developer, Asset Capital Manager, Wilderness Preservation Educator, Traveler, Volunteer

Guest, Vincent Pinto

Guest Occupation: 
Naturalist, Ethnobotanist, Wildlife Biologist, Wilderness Survival Instructor, Conservationalist, Educator, Earth Steward

Guest, Brant Secunda

Guest Occupation: 
Shaman, Healer, Author, Ceremonial Leader, Workshop Facilitator, Pigrimage and Retreat Facilitator, Don Jose Matsuwa adopted grandson

Guest, Malidoma Some

Guest Occupation: 
West African Elder, Author, Teacher, Village Representative, Ancient Wisdom Teacher, Visionary, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader, Retreat Facilitator, Trainer

Guest, Olga Karitidi

Guest Occupation: 
Siberian Wisdom Conveyor, Psychiatrist, Researcher, Traveler, Author, Cliffhouse Publications Founder

GOLDEN LIGHT WISDOM, March 15, 2013

Renata Ash, known also as Blue Star Woman, is a healer and teacher in England where she and her husband facilitate the Golden Light Project, and the Rainbow Medicine Circle. She works with healing essences of flowers and conducts Goddess retreats for women. Her husband, Steven, wrote "Sacred Drumming", and has been on this show before.

TRAVELING WITH A SHAMAN, May 31, 2013

JAYA BEAR, author of "Amazon Magic", is also owner and facilitator of Puma Shamanic Journeys. She takes groups of spiritual seekers on trips to the upper Amazon area of Peru to take part in ceremonies with an Ayahuasquero, a Shaman skilled in the use of Ayahuasca which is a visionary and healing Plant Medicine.

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