Xander Demos is a high-energy rock and metal guitar player from Pittsburgh, PA. He is fueled by the passion to create melodic songs ranging
from rock and metal genres to pop and ambient. Xander normally is associated with the rock and metal world but his versatility allows him
to be comfortable in many forms of music.
Xander grew up in the decade of decadance and has been a big fan of everything from pop-metal, Top-40, thrash metal, progressive rock
and even dance-related music. As long as there was a hook or a melody, he picked up on it. Xander's main influences are Shawn Lane,
Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Vinnie Moore, Guthrie Govan, Jason Becker, Neal Schon, Micheal Romeo and John Sykes. In the early days, he was
fortunate to have some teachers whom he respected and had given him great tools by which to hone his fluid technique. Some of these players
include Ralph Santolla (ex-Deicide, Obituary), Dallas Perkins (M.I. Instructor) and currently Derryl Gabel.
Xander's playing style ranges from the beautifully melodic to the jaw-dropping insane. His playing encompasses much of
what he has learned and absorbed from other players over the years. His melodies are the kind you can hum along to. He is
releasing the full-length follow-up to his EP "Road To Guitarcadia", an instructional DVD, working with his
three bands playing live every weekend and is now accepting guitar students for in-person and online lessons.
2011 had been a good year and Xander is currently building on that momentum for 2012. Make sure you check the news page
as well as his Facebook page which gives constant news about his musical activities.
Xander Demos Band:
The Xander Demos Band (XDB) has been active since early 2011 and contains four virtuosos backing up Xander and all of his guitar
pyrotechnics. They have had a great 2 years playing shows with Neil Zaza, UFO, The Dio Deciples, Uli Jon Roth, Buckethead, Lizzy Borden,
Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X, Helstar and Kip Winger. The very talented Matt Williams (bass) and Chris Batton (drums) did an outstanding
job on the recording of Guitarcadia as well as playing live until the reformation of the band in 2012. The latest version of XDB features
Jeff Anzelone on drums, Adam Heuesy on keyboards, Ben Chiarini on bass and Mario Brescia on Lead Vocals. In 2013, the band is out
supporting the Guitarcadia since signing with Rock N Growl records in Germany late last summer. The new album titled Dancing Through
Daggers will be released towards the end of 2013. CJ Snare of Firehouse is back on board to mix and master the new album as he did with