"My dad always had music gear around our house and I decided to take to guitar right before I had turned 10. I took lessons from Jean Marc Belkadi and mainly learned from watching instructional videos from Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, and many others..."
Sims Cashion has been putting in work with several acts, and has landed some exceptional guest appearances with some renowned artists. His latest venture was with the band Carnifex on their latest album "Slow Death" where he exhibits a monstrous solo that perfectly meshes technicality & melodic elements.
Other collaborations include works with Dan Sugarman (Ex-As Blood Runs Black) & Julian Cifuentes to name a few.
I want to be able to stand by my music just like i do with the companies i represent. Integrity is everything to me.With all these brilliant guest appearances, we're left wondering: When's the album dropping?
I'll be completely honest on this hahaha, I'm taking my time completely on writing a solo album, I have a lot of material and ideas that I've recorded and have sitting on the back burner. However, I'm more about putting out the sickest album I can, not putting out an album just so I can say I put out an album when I was 16. I want to release my best playing, but with my best songwriting as well. I'm confident the two can coexist easily. I don't want to put a date or time frame for this to be done. I just don't want to let anyone down/surprise anyone if I make it a lot earlier than expected. If I had to, I'd say within the next year to year and a half.
For those seeking to learn a new riff or two, Sims also offers quite a few of creative tabs to push your abilities. From string-skipping madness to exotic scales & inversions, there's quite a bit to push your current abilities.
Sample Lick From His Library
Try that one on for size, or check out his growing expanse of tab-packs to get your fingers twisted.
Sims is a a young guitarist & song writer on the rise. He's shown to posses not only the technical ability to perform like the best of them, but shows an imminent & promising future in music. Sims is currently sponsored by Roehrs Guitars, signed to Instrumental Pickups, and working with the company Positive Grid.
What's his biggest playing tip to all aspiring musicians?
I honestly feel like breaks are the best way to get out of a plateau.Playing guitar is just as much a mental game as it is a physical game. Having your head feel fresh will make your playing sound fresh and you feel that way too.
Although, if you just want to improve technique I say practice is key. Just not a boring "30 minutes sweep picking, 30 alternate picking, 30 oh-my-god-I-want-to-bang-my-head against a wall now. I mean more so creating an exercises you like; something creative, and that sounds good to you.
Create things and musical pieces that challenge you in every aspect of your playing, and practice them as long as you feel you can.
Just remember that where your head is, is where your playing is going to end up. So if you play until you feel bored, then your playing is going to sound boring to you. You put out, and project what you feel.
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