Get to Know: Stevie Salas

Stevie Salas has played with everyone from Rod Stewart to Justin Timberlake but we wanted to learn more about such an illustrious career. We sat down with Stevie to chat about his early years, who some of his biggest musical influences are and more!

How and when were you first introduced to the guitar?

My step father was in a rock band so since kindergarten I was at rehearsals and going to shows. Rock guitar came to me very early but I didn’t start playing until I was 15.

What was the first guitar you ever owned?

My Brother in Law built me a Fender start copy that I had. I sold it for 150 dollars.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

I love many musicians but I really got into guitar players like Mick Ronson and Link Wray, Elliott Easton and Bryan May (hey that rhymes). These days Phil X is about as great as they get.

What for you is the most important aspect to a successful show?

Not sucking…Ha! Really it’s about communicating with the audience. Meaning, if I can draw them into my mind and what I’m hearing then it’s a great experience.

Can you tell us about one of your most memorable performances?

There are so many from all over the world from Madison Square Garden to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan but my most memorable was the first party I played in Carlsbad in 11th grade. I remember seeing all my school friends there watching and really getting into it. When I went to school on Monday it was awesome to hear everyone talking about it.

What are the top pieces of gear you can’t live without?

Now it’s my REV33 because I need to protect my ears and I want to hear things like they should be heard. That really makes a difference when playing live or recording. I also need a Dunlop Crybaby wha wha, my Framus IdolMaker guitar and an LAA Custom Nishi Drive Peddle.

What advice do you have for up and coming musicians?

Never give up you dream no matter what it is because the day you give up might just be the day before your dream comes true.