Giovanni Melendez from San Juan, Puerto Rico began playing Puertorican “Cuatro” at the age of 15. Three years later he bought a guitar and began what led him to become a highly recognized guitarist in the Puerto Rican metal scene. Most notably for his work in progressive metalcore band The Mirage Theory. His sound contrasts crushing complex riffs that break into gentle melodies of euphoric catharsis. He also has a unique fingerpicking style, which he adapted to guitar from the “Cuatro”. His accomplishments include sharing the stage with internationally recognized bands like Job For a Cowboy and August Burns Red, a tour though the lower east coast of the US, and two self produced music videos. Gio Mirage (as his friends call him) also gives private guitar lessons to aspiring metal guitarists.
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