Gladius: From Flamenco Roots to Baroque-Ethnic-Metal Fusion

I absolutely love the Spanish guitar and when Gladius plays one can’t help but be mesmerized. No wonder — he’s a deeply talented genre fusion specialist. Performing solo, as he did at Madlife Studios during their June 20, 2018, Undiscovered Artists event, Gladius crafts his layered music looping guitar-surface percussion and flamenco rock rhythms to play under his intoxicating acoustic melodies.

While steeped in the Spanish/flamenco guitar genre, Gladius describes his style as Baroque-Ethnic-Metal Fusion, and plays on both the classical and electric guitar. He is an award-winning composer who works with classical, flamenco, and rock guitar styles, and Spotify lists him as appearing on SEVENTY albums!

Check out his EP, Livewire (2012)with solo acoustic pieces covering Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”, The Rolling Stone’s “Paint It Black”, and a selection of compelling original pieces.

Gladius, with an artist’s name that means “sword”, rocks his logo currently with the inclusion of a reference to The Bible verse, Ephesians 6:17, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Whether his music takes you to a spiritual harmony, or simply out of this world, you will be transported.

Gladius’ “Flamenco Frenzy”

An Interview with Gladius

At what age did you begin playing music? Are you self-taught or did you take lessons?
I got my first guitar at the age of 10. I did pursue a combination of self-teaching and formal training.

What instruments do you know how to play?
Only the guitar really, that is unless if you count beating on the thing like a drum as a second instrument.

When did you write your first song? What was it called?
I must have been about eleven at the time. I don’t think I ever did name that tune, but it was basically an instrumental exercise [attempting] to cram every single chord from the Mel Bay guitar book into that song.

What were you like in high school? Would you go back and redo high school again if you could?
Redo high school?! Are you kidding? Certainly not, and thankfully I passed the first time around. I was a guitar geek, then as now. And also, very much into Lord of the Rings. Some things never change.

Who are your musical influences?
For starters, there’s Beethoven, Vivaldi, Metallica, Paco de Lucia, Marty Friedman…

When people hear your music, who do you hope it reminds them of?
Gladius of course! I’d much rather have people know me as a unique artist with a very distinct style, rather than someone who reminds them of band XYZ.

What was the first album that you added to your personal music library?
That was a while ago. Perhaps Plank Eye’s “the Spark”.

What was your most recent addition to your personal music library?
Ravi Shankar and Philip glass’s album from 1990.

What was your first live music experience? Which venue and which artist(s)?
I think it was a Christian hard rock band that came to my church for a youth group event. I believe they were called Spitting Image.

If you could cover one album in your music library which would it be?
Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells for solo guitar and looper. Wouldn’t that be something?

What artists do you wish more people had in their music library?
Tourniquet, Consider the Source, Jason Becker, Black Tora, Luigi Cherubini, NE4, Rob Rock, Phil Keaggy, Resurrection Band, Viotti, Tartini, Smetana….

Where do you want your music career to go?
Being the best at what I do is way more important to me than being the most famous or the most wealthy. Having said that, if it’s in the Lord’s will for me to be world renown, then His will be done.

Artist: Gladius
Venue: MadLife Stage and Studios
Locale: Woodstock, Georgia
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Event: Undiscovered Artists Series
Photography: Carey Hood – Just A Fan Photography, for Libro Musica

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