HEDRAS RAMOS Guatemalan Artist (Guitar Player) / 21 years old
“I want to improve as a guitar player and as a musician. I don’t want to stop, but I also want to tour and have fun on stage with more people. I want to compose more music and satisfy my soul and ears...”
Hedras Ramos was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala during the year 1992. His interest in music began at the ripe old age of 6 when he began taking drum lessons from some of the best skin-pounders in the country. It wasn’t until a couple of years later, however, at the still very young age of 8 that Hedras received his first electric guitar. While his talent and interest were obvious, it took years before he finally became serious about the instrument...
At age 13 Hedras really showed passion for the guitar. He started practicing 7 or more hours a day during the school year and then 12 or more hours during vacations. Part of the reason for this sudden switch was because of Hedras’ father, Hedras Ramos Sr., who introduced his son to the masters (i.e. Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, ect). Since then, they’ve both shared a liking for guitar-based instrumental tracks, which led to Hedras’ decision to pick up the guitar again (and this time, he was hooked).
Some of Hedras’ influences include Guthrie Govan, Jonathan Kreisberg, John Petrucci, and Joe Satriani. He is also influenced by jazz music and any pop artists in the spotlight today, “...This doesn’t influence me in a musical way, like harmony,” Hedras points out, “But it does in other ways...”
Hedras went on to self-produce his own music in his early teens and has since then released three phenomenal albums. The first, New Sounds, was released in December of 2008 when he was just 16 years old.
Following that was The Holy Gift of Shred in 2009 and his latest original album, Atoms And Space, was released during 2011, featuring amazing guest performers such as Jennifer Batten (former guitarist for Michael Jackson), Andy James, Billy Ashbaugh and more.
In 2009, after about four years of intense practice and completing his first two albums, Hedras took 2nd place in the Guitar Idol competition (based in London, England) which had more than 1200 entrants of all ages and styles. At age 17, Hedras was the youngest guitar player to make it to the finals.
Already the young guitar prodige has jammed with some very well-known bands (like Switchfoot, Kansas and Die Toten Hosen), and was chosen for Axl Rose himself to open for GUNS N’ ROSES for their Chinese Democracy tour in Guatemala. He is currently endorsed by Halo Guitars with whom Hedras designed his own signature guitar, a privilege few musicians have had the honor of receiving.
In 2011 Hedras had his own Rock Band game created, currently available for all to play. The game features some of Hedras’ best works, including “Insanity of the Atoms” and “Stellar Crash”.
Also in 2011, Hedras agreed to take on lead guitar for Sir Christopher Lee’s latest heavy metal album, CHARLEMAGNE: The Omens of Death. Sir Christopher Lee has been an actor since the 1940s, most notably for his part as Count Dracula from the Dracula film series of the 1900s, as well as for playing Lord Saruman in Lord of the Rings. Lee is also a singer and has produced many albums over the years. After guitarist Richie Faulkner left the project to join Judas Priest, Lee searched and searched until he finally found Hedras to take on all the guitar work for the album.
As Hedras continues his career (and he’s just getting started), he travels the world performing his music for thousands.