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Rising Stars: Meet Rafa Souza

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rafa Souza.

Hi Rafa, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
All started in my dad’s family, a big one, where all my uncles are musicians. Today some of them are professionals but most part is not. I grew up in the middle of rehearsals and during my childhood, I was “breathing” music all the time. I started to study guitar when I was 12, first with a classic wooden acoustic guitar.

When I turned 14, I changed to an electric one by the influence of many guitarists like: Jeff Beck, Vivian Campbell, Eduardo Ardanuy, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, Slash, Allan Holdsworth, Al Di Meola, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, etc. For those who don’t know, I am a Luso-Brazilian guitarist and I lived my whole life in Brazil. There, I was a sideman, playing with many bands and different styles too. I have an experience of more than ten years as a guitar instructor and more than eight years as a producer. Also, I recently worked as a co-producer on drumming for a Brazilian band called Amazon by Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville (After Forever) in the Netherlands. Besides all this, I was guitarist for the American singer Tim Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest and Iced Earth) in his tour South American tour in 2019. In 2020, I knew Mr. Larry Hierholzer, the owner of AOS (Anatomy of Sound Guitar Picks), the best guitar picks in the world and he was an important guy, where opened me some doors here in the US. I am working with my contacts in Brazil to help distribute AOS products over there. At the end of 2020, I did an audition for the Wikkid Starr band from LA, and they like me, so I joined the band right after. This year (2021) started pretty well for me since I received an invitation from AOS to participated in the NAMM 2021 (big event worldwide in the music scene). Right now, I am waiting for the world to overcome this situation about COVID-19 and I hope that I can start the Wikkid Starr tour because we’ve already released our new album. Stay tuned in my social media. Many things are coming!

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My biggest current challenge is the fact that I am out of my country. It’s a whole new network so I’m literally starting my professional life from the scratch again. However, I see all this as a chance to overcome my fears and for sure evolve as a person and as a professional too.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Currently, I divide my work time in two things: be a musician and producing. As a musician, everyday I try to improve myself by studying electric guitar and listening to different songs and styles so I can absorb a broader knowledge and become a more versatile musician. Actually back in Brazil, I’m known for being versatile and I’m very proud of this since that’s how I stand out from other guitarists. As a producer, I follow the same idea of studying and different genres of music. I also try to be the most accurate possible and deliver my jobs as soon as possible. On music production, I work exclusively on sound-tracks, voiceovers and audio for advertisement.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
Sunday lunches with my family.

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Fhaudiovisual Wikkid Starr band Forever Young band The Black Ties band Tim Ripper Owens (South America Tour 2019)

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