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Ekaitz Garmendia

My name is Ekaitz Garmendia, born in the 16 th of October 1978 in the Basque Country (north of Spain ).

I started playing guitar at the age of 16, after struggling through years with my parents to let me buy one. The first one was a Classical guitar (at least it wasn´t a “bad guys guitar” as an electric one for my parents haha), so after one year of incredible dedication to it, they let me buy a electric one! That was the beginning of a new era of my life. There was no day without playing guitar. I´ve been self didact from the beginning. Jamming with tapes of Metallica´s “Master Of Puppets” and Joe Satriani´s “Surfing with the alien” were my personal lessons. After a while I started playing with some friends, covering bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica and stuff like that, until they called me for a guest appearance in a local band called Legen Beltza. I accepted and recorded the solo in the first take! The band was just beginning at that moment and was pretty unstable, so one day Xanti called me asking if I wanted to join Legen Beltza. I accepted of course, and started a great relatioship and an easy music flowing experience with Xanti. After some months, we recorded a self produced demo called Ziztu Bizian sung in Basque. Played some gigs with it, and after wining some local contests, we got our first deal with a Spanish label for our first album called “Istorio Triste Bat” (2001,IZ Rock) which was sung in Basque again, our native language, but soon, we felt like we needed to break the language barriers and look further. We started singing in english and we sent some promo demos worldwide. After receiving some offers, we decided to sign with the Arizona based label CRASH MUSIC inc. This album was called “Insanity” (2003, Crash Music) and was mixed by the mighty guitar god Jeff Waters from ANNIHILATOR. After some issues with the label, we decided to break the deal and continue on our way. We put in contact with another spanish label for a re-edition of Insanity in Spain , and we released a pack called “Total Insanity” (2005, El Diablo) which included our first two albums plus a DVD with a whole live performance, two video clips, one interview and a photo gallery. Meanwhile, Xanti and me never stopped writing new songs, so in late 2005 we entered the studio for recording 10 of the 35 songs we had done (it was so painful leaving some out!), so those 10 were really killers, no fillers!

We have just signed a two album deal with the legendary Belgium based label MAUSOLEUM RECORDS, who will release our new album called “Dimension Of Pain” in June. Check it out!

I have never been able to try any Dean guitar in a store here in Spain (you couldn´t see one!) but I was always willing to shred with one, until we went on a trip to the States and I had the chance to taste them :-) I knew that Dean guitars were my guitars since I saw Dimebag Darrel for the first time in my 15ns, but after playing them, I was like willing to have more and more! I use the 79MLF´s with DiMarzio X2N on bridge and Paf Pro on neck, and man, that´s what I was looking for. Rock on!!!

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