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Portrait of Kevin Zugschwert

Kevin Zugschwert

About Kevin Zugschwert

Centennial, CO

Kevin Joseph Zugschwert, was born in Westminster, Colorado, on February 26, 1977. The youngest child in a household that included his mother Ann, father Ron, and brother Brian. Kevin had interest in music at an early age. He started taking private piano lessons at a local music school and progressed very quickly performing at recitals and churches.

After the release of Van Halens ‘1984’ album he became increasingly interested in synthesizers and rock guitar styles. Seven year old Kevin watched in amazement as Eddie Van Halen went from synthesizer wizardry to legendary guitar techniques. The day Eddie Van Halen played on MTV, the guitar-playing Kevin emerged.

Applying genuine desire and motivation to first an old Gibson Les Paul replica and then a Fender Stratocaster replica, Kevin obsessed over the music of such artists as Ozzy Osbourne and spent long hours practicing to learn their songs. His admiration for Randy Rhoads, and later Zach Wylde left him with a constant thirst for knowledge and the art of music performance. By age 12, he began to spend most of his time studying and composing music. At this time, Kevin composed his first piece for piano and guitar which he was invited to perform at a large wedding ceremony. Soon after, he began studying with Neil Haverstick, popular for his microtonal guitar innovations. His mother and father became aware of his musical talent and gave him encouragement. Kevin later received as a gift from his mother, a custom made Jackson King V. His playing began to progress rapidly.

In his mid teens, Kevin’s older brother, Brian, brought home a collection of audio tapes, notably Yngwie Malmsteen, and Dokken with George Lynch. The outcome was enlightening and Kevin realized the potential of combining the precision of speed metal with the soaring melodies of arena rock. Neil introduced Kevin to a local musician named Todd Keehn, who among many accomplishments took first place in a Colorado guitar competition during the late 80’s. Under Todd’s wing, Kevin began to delve deeper into the intricate details of guitar construction, tunings, creative exploration, and computer based digital recording.

Around this time, Kevin began playing in a band built around a group of guys nearly twice his age who were enthralled with his ability to play none other than Eddie Van Halens ‘Eruption’. After playing as Doctor Cherry at several unsuccessful battle of the bands type venues the group fell apart.

By age 18, Kevin and two remaining members of Doctor Cherry rejoined and formed Isolation. Once again unsuccessful gigs led to the eventual breakup. Soon after, Kevin turned to the idea of recording a demo in order to gain exposure. With brother Brian on drums, he recorded a three song demo and used it to recruit for a new group to continue under the Isolation name.

While still with Isolation, it became clear that to fully develop as a professional guitarist, Kevin would have to go solo. Kevin’s first instrumental solo album, Over The Limit received excellent reviews, and sold well on the local level. Recruiting Eric Lockwood on bass and drummer Rob Higdon, who was soon replaced once again by Kevin’s brother Brian, the trio played several shows and enjoyed a loyal following. Kevin’s second album, Subject To Change (also instrumental), did just as well, with great reviews and good sales locally.

In 2009 Kevin entered the Guitar Worlds shred the web II guitar solo competition featuring guest judges Judas Priest
own K.K. Downing, and Glenn Tipton. Out of hundreds of guitarists who competed Kevin landed a spot in the top ten.

After taking some time off, Kevin released (June 14 2010) his third record to date titled 'Fungi'.
Now available as a CD and digital download.

On August 16, 2010 Kevin made the cut for one of the ten finalist slots for the 2010 GUITAR PLAYER’s GUITAR SUPERSTAR competition! He vanquished hundreds of entrants for the opportunity to stand onstage at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore, California on September 18, 2010, and strut his stuff in front of hundreds of guitar fans, host Brendon Small (creator of Adult Swim’s Metalocalyopse), and judges Elliot Easton (The Cars), Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, solo artist), Scott Henderson (progressive jazz-blues solo artist and member of Tribal Tech), Gary Hoey (rock instrumentalist), and a soon-to-be-announced fifth member of the panel.

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