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At age 12, Joel Wanasek picked
up a guitar and “fell in love with it.” Already an accomplished
violinist with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Joel soon discovered
his true musical gift was his passion for playing the guitar. As a teen,
Joel immersed himself in studying the guitar, and it was not uncommon for
him to practice 16 hours a day. His knowledge and abilities rapidly expanded,
and he accumulated hidden tips from experts in the field. Joel knew then
that he would be dedicating his life to becoming a guitar virtuoso.
Following some brief stints with other bands, Joel joined forces with
a group of heavy metal musicians in 2000 to form Dark Shift. In addition,
Joel has managed to run a flourishing website that exploded onto the internet
during the same time period. InsaneGuitar.com receives over 5,000 hits
a month and has served over 350,000 individuals worldwide since its inception
6 years ago. The cutting-edge site has been recognized as a leader in its
field and earned the Free Sheet Music Appreciation Award and the Best
Instructional Site Award from Troy Stetina, top-selling author for
worldwide guitar instruction. Joel explains, “I’ve met thousands
of great people from everywhere in the world because of this site and gained
many unique insights into guitar mastery.” He is determined to persevere
and is fueled by the positive influence he has had on others. “I
am driven by inspiring people. I’ve always been a natural performer
and music is my passion. It is very gratifying for me to use that passion
to impact people’s lives,” he said.
As the band soars in popularity, the members of Dark Shift have recently
released their second CD, Gaining Ground, signed a record deal
with Astral Records/Blue Pie Productions, and are planning their first
East Coast tour. It didn’t all happen overnight. Through hard work,
fierce dedication, and maniacal determination, Joel set out to learn the
fundamentals of the recording industry and successfully produced Dark Shift’s
first CD in 2003. He went on to develop his own successful recording studio,
JTW Music LLC. Focused diligence has obviously paid off for Joel, whose
band has already been honored with the New York International Music
Award for Best Metal Band. He’s had the opportunity to perform
with renowned rock sensations, such as Megadeath, Dream Theater, Damage
Plan, and Testament. With his dynamic, lightning speed guitar playing,
mind-blowing stage presence, and outstanding engineering and production
skills, Joel Wanasek has high expectations for becoming a big name in the
music industry. “I will never rest, relent, or stall until I’ve
attained my dreams,” he concluded.
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