Sinnik

About Sinnik

-EARLY YEARS AND FORMAL TRAINING

Sinnik Al was born and raised on the coastal town of Patra, Greece. Being constantly around art -he is the nephew of celebrated painter, Giannis Psyxopedis- he began studying the piano at a very early age, culminating in his obtaining  his classical piano degree from the Philharmonic  Conservatory of Patra with a dazzling, unanimous score of 10/10, whilst barely out of his teens.

Quickly won over by the seductive menace of the electric guitar, he moved to Athens in order to study with world-class electric and flamenco virtuoso, Ioannis Anastasakis, focusing on rock, metal and fusion playing. Having developed an interest in jazz phrasing and experimentation, he took additional lessons with the prestigious guitarist and composer Chris Anestopoulos, honing his mainstream jazz, bebop as well as modern jazz skills.

During his stay in Athens, he made good on some excellent musical opportunities, attending private lessons and master classes by Brett Garsed, Pat Martino and John Ambercombie all the while furthering his jazz/fusion studies, never resting on his laurels.

The prodigious Sinnik obtained his degrees in Classical Harmony and Classical Counterpoint at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory of Athens, also finishing grade 8 for the RGT of London's College of Music, obtaining his first diploma with the
institution.

In spite of his considerable working and professional credits, Sinnik continues to push forward in his quest to further his knowledge and understanding of music, studying fugue theory under the composer Christos Psychogios and attending a Musical Analysis master class with renowned composer Iosif Papadatos, all the while building a steady reputation as one of his generations' leading, most dependent and professional guitar players to date.

-PERFORMING CREDITS

Sinnik's performing credits are as multi-faceted and industrious as the hard-working guitarist himself.

In his early years, as part of the Greek Guitar Power team he went on to headline numerous festivals, often participating in local seminars and master classes.
2008 found him playing lead guitar in the metal core outfit,  SlavEatGod earning first place in the local Battle of the Bands and subsequently touring and playing sold out venues all over Greece.

His early success landed him a spot playing with Ill Disposed and later in '09, appearing in the celebrated Rockwave festival as part of God.Fear.None, supporting Slipknot, Mastodon, Saxon and Lita Ford.

2010 would become his breakout year, with Sinnik performing in MTV Greece's first ever Unplugged show alongside Despina Vandi and boosting her group for the MAD TV Music Awards, playing in front of 11.000 people.

If one is lucky enough, he can still catch Sinnik performing with Goldfish and Forecast Play, both of them mainstream funk/party rock bands, appearing at some of the season's hottest night spots.

RECORDING CREDITS

-God. Fear. None.- Over Black Clouds LP (Lead Guitar)

-SlavEATGod- Blank Core Inn LP(Lead Guitar, Lyrics)

-Dimeyes- Eyesight is Getting Dim LP(Lead Guitar)

All three of his LP's have been met with wide critical acclaim and the art metal of Dimeyes has attracted some major media attention, with the Greek Metal Hammer magazine awarding it a 9/10 score along with their Record of the Month accolade.

He has also recorded as a session player with John Modenos and briefly appears on Ioannis Anastassakis' album, "Orbital Attempt".

His work extends to the realm of cinema as well, having contributed the soundtrack to Athena Tousia's award-winning short film "WTF, I'm never the ghost, I'm always the pacman!"

He's currently in the studio, putting the finishing touches on his upcoming solo instrumental album.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Privately teaches a large number of students and also works at both the Fakanas and Nikolaos Mantzaros Conservatories, spreading the gospel of post-nuclear electric guitar playing to an ever increasing number of devotees.

Has given sold-out clinics on "8 finger tapping technique and 3 notes per string" blues scale concepts as a senior member of the Greek Guitar Power team, attracting much attention to Ioannis Anastassakis pioneering concept of an ever-touring,
ever-expanding,  virtuoso outfit.

ENDORSEMENTS

Officially endorsed by Schecter guitars.

STUDIO AND LIVE EQUIPMENT

Guitars: Schechter 7 string Hellraiser, Ibanez K-7, Gibson SG deluxe, Fender Stratocaster, Ibanez Semi-hollow Pat Metheny model
Effects: Marshall JMP-1 pre-amp, Line 9 DL-4 Delay modeler, Whammy pedal by Digitech, Vox Tonelab multi-effect processor


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http://www.myspace.com/sinnikdiogenes

 

Facebook:

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Artist Promotions by Wild Rose Angel Productions

http://wildroseangelproductions.com/

Influences

Ioannis Anastassakis
 

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