Born in 1984 Jacob started his musical education already in his young years. At the age of 14 he decided to start playing guitar and joined his first band (PreDown) in 2003. In 2010 - together with his new band mates - he began to define the sound that made Methods Of Massacre one of the well known Northern German metal acts. The band had released two albums until now: "Perverted To Perfection" (2011) and "Retaliation" (2014). "Perverted To Perfection" was presented as the "demo of the month" in the German METAL HAMMER magazine. Performing all over Northern Germany and also internationally Jacob delves deep into the technical metal playing styles and also calls himself a guitar nerd, especially regarding extended range instruments.
From passing his grade 8 to the level of distinction at the young age of 16, James has grown into one of the hardest working young musicians in the UK:
-Touring and writing with the band Walkway
-Teaching guitar to over 150 students every week
-Working as a session guitarist
James performs on average 120 shows per year with Walkway all over the UK. Walkway have performed and toured with the likes of:
-Status Quo (Throughout 2014/15 playing all the stately home dates and kicking off 2015’s Accept No Substitute Arena tour)
-Black Stone Cherry
-Funeral For A Friend
-Eric Martin (Mr.Big) (James was even invited up during Eric’s set to play lead guitar on Mr.Big classics “To Be With You,” “Daddy Brother Lover…” and “Wild World”
-Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake)
James’ real passion is playing live. The extensive touring exposes James to thousands of people every year and has gained him the title of one of the best up and coming guitarists on the UK music scene.
Through hard work and determination, James is very proud to hold the following endorsements:
-Roland / Boss Corporation
-Tony Edwards Guitars
-Bare Knuckle Pickups
-The Gig Rig
James uses an array of guitars. Main tour guitars are:
-2004 Gibson Les Paul Studio Platinum (upgraded bridge to ResoMax NV1)
-Tony Edwards JR Custom Electric Guitar
-Ibanez JEM7V (Steve Vai Signature Model)
-Custom “CC” Guitar fitted with Ghost Acousti-Phonic Piezo System
-Faith Neptune Mahogany Acoustic Guitar
He also has an array of other guitars for studio work:
-Original 1956 Fender Esquire
-Original 1978/9 Fender Stratocaster
-Original 1985 Gibson EDS-1275 (Twin Neck)
-PRS Custom 24, 25th Anniversary Model
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