Flourishing fusion guitarist STEVE DADAIAN recently announced the upcoming release of his new full-length concept album, Follow The Light, scheduled for release on February 1, 2019. Follow The Light can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon now.
STEVE DADAIAN is pleased to announce his upcoming appearance at the Winter NAMM Show 2019, where he will perform tracks from his new album at the DR Strings booth (4214 Hall D) on Friday, January 25 at 11:00 AM. During the performance, Dadaian will utilize a variety of the company’s product lines – such as Tite-fit and DDT (Drop Down Tuning) strings.
STEVE DADAIAN says, “I’m very excited to be debuting songs from my record while playing the very strings behind my tone. Strings are such an important component of one’s sound and the idea of having a unique, handmade string was always intriguing to me. I think DR has a lot to offer the modern player and I’m looking forward to sharing that at my live performance.”
The team at DR Strings adds, “We are pleased to have STEVE DADAIAN lend his talents to showcase our products at winter NAMM 2019. He is an absolute top-class player and a great resource of knowledge. We have worked closely together over the past few years and attendees will be in store for a treat when he performs at our booth.”
Stay tuned for a special video showcasing DR Strings’ DDT line, featuring STEVE DADAIAN, set to launch via Sweetwater.com before NAMM.
Featuring razor-sharp solos, theatrical, symphonic soundscapes and unforgettable melodies, STEVE DADAIAN‘s new album, Follow The Light, starts strong with an ominous, movie-soundtrack-ready introduction preparing the listener for the album, aptly titled “The Journey Ahead”. The album wastes no time beginning its epic tale with the metal/jazz fusion track “Follow The Light”, and continues to flux amid orchestral-influenced pieces such as “Forest Requiem” and larger-than-life metal opuses like “Soul Connection”, the latter of which not only features guest vocals by Soilwork‘s Bjorn Strid, but was originally written by Dadaian for a 2018 songwriting competition held by Serj Tankian of System of a Down. All proceeds from the sale of the track will go to the Creative Armenia Fund, an arts foundation created to discover, develop, produce and promote creative talent across the world.
Follow The Light also includes a written component, allowing the listener to follow the album’s epic story both on paper and in auditory form. Dadaian says, “The story follows a mage who has been wandering in a forest in search of a citadel which has been considered folklore. The title Follow The Light refers to the light emanated from the top of the citadel he eventually finds. Though he felt lost, it was actually this light that drew him to his destination.”
New Jersey native STEVE DADAIAN discovered his love for the guitar at a young age. Even while studying at the prestigious Columbia University in the city of New York, Dadaian continued to hone his craft as an artist. The then 21-year-old classically-trained guitarist spent the little spare time he had reaching top spots at national guitar competitions hosted by Slash, John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), performing at events with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Nicko McBrain, and dazzling crowds at venues like the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
STEVE DADAIAN endorses DR strings, ESP Guitars, Synergy Amps, and Lunastone pedals.
Follow The Light track listing:
1) The Journey Ahead
2) Follow the Light
3) Forest Requiem
4) Red River
5) Beneath the Citadel
6) Soul Connection (guest vocals by Bjorn Strid of Soilwork, intro theme by Serj Tankian of System of a Down)
7) Presence of Mind
8) Clash in the Corridor
9) On Silver Shores
Follow The Light Credits: Guitar & Bass – Steve Dadaian; Drums – Ryan Bertone; Tracking – Room368 Productions (Haworth, NJ); Mixing & Mastering – Develop Device Studios