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When it comes to defining the genre of rock and roll, few things have been as influential as the guitar solo. Most iconically championed by Jimi Hendrix, his sweltering axe work set the benchmark for what could be done with the instrument and inspired generations after him to pick up the electric guitar. One of those people happened to be Brixton singer-songwriter Santino Le Saint.
The son of legendary South London producer Charlie Parker from 57th Dynasty, a hip hop crew active in Brixton during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Santino grew up around music and saw the guitar as a way to emulate his rock icons such as Hendrix, Nirvana and Bullet For My Valentine. Since releasing his first EP ‘Cloud 304’ in 2018, the 23-year-old has gone from strength to strength, showing off a buttery guitar solo of his own during his widely popular COLORS performance, as well as dropping his acclaimed ‘Rage of Angels’ EP last year.
Out November 19, his debut album ‘Beautiful Disaster’ promises to marry an eclectic range of sounds, from alt-rock and trap, to melodic pop and new-age R&B, establishing a unique identity for himself which intersects each of these genres and beyond. As someone who looked to the likes of Jimi Hendrix for guitar-shredding inspiration growing up, Santino hopes to encourage a new generation of young black children to learn the instrument while showing that there are no genre constraints when it comes to making music. With his own childhood in mind, Santino sat down with Dummy to discuss his ten favourite guitar solos of all time.
1. Jimi Hendrix – ‘Little Wing’ (Live at Winterland 10/12/1968, 2nd Show)
2. Funkadelic – ‘Maggot Brain’
3. Bullet For My Valentine – ‘4 Words (To Choke Upon)’
4. Slipknot – ‘Sulfur’
5. Avenged Sevenfold – ‘Nightmare’
6. Jeff Beck – ‘Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers’
7. Eagles – ‘Hotel California’ (Frank Ocean ‘American Wedding’ Version)
8. Guns N’ Roses – ‘November Rain’
9. Santino Le Saint – ‘Love, Drugs, Anarchy’
10. Nirvana – ‘Come As You Are’
Stream ‘Love, Drugs, Anarchy’ by Santino Le Saint below: