This week I talk with Xander Demos about his music, his gear and his aspirations. His album ” Guitarcadia” was voted best albums of 2012 by Hair Metal Manision. Based in Pittsburg, PA. He currently fronts his own band XDB.
Xander’s style ranges from beautifully melodic to jaw-droppingly insane. Recently Xander has been making quite a name for himself by appearing as support for acts like Symphony X, Stryper,Metal Church, Adrenaline Mob, Buckethead, UFO,Lizzy Borden,Kip Winger, Neil Zaza and Dio Disciples as well as performing at Rock Harcvest 2, Wolf Fest, Skull Fest and NAMM Metal Jam. Xanders videos have recieved more that 500,000 Youtube views, and Xander had been regularly featured on The Real Radio Show, with Al 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 shows and metal shows and websites.
Xanders playing appears on several releases from other artists: Ged Rylands( Ten, Tygers of Pan Tang) Derek Buddmeyer( Down Boys Records)Modern Superstar and Liberty N’ Justice long awaited ” Cigar Chronicles” also featuring George Lynch ( Dokken) Jeff Labar( Cinderella) and Jerry Dixon (Warrant).
In addition to these accomplishments Xander is an avid animal lover and he donates a portion of his album sales to the ASPCA.
Xander was nominated for 3 awards at the 2nd annual International Music and Entertainment Association Awards in 2014. Website at www.xanderdemos.com
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 and effects. McNaught Guitars who completed production of the first Xander Demos Signature Guitar, Conklin Guitars and John Dixon Cases. Many of Xanders guitars are outfitted with EMG pickups and accessories. He exclusively uses the FloydUpgrades tremelos or the Graphtech LB-63 piezo-equipped Floyd tremelo. He is also endorsed with Rock-N-Roll GangStar apparel,Lamifier Microphones,JH Audio in-ear monitors,and INTEX Cables.
Album sales at Amazon and iTunes.