As lockdown continues across the globe, I thought it was about time to for me to catch up with one of my favourites, the Israeli born and now Vegas based guitarist, Shani Kimelman. Shani has been playing guitar for over 15 years and I picked up on her playing from here youtube channel [Shani Kimelman]. Check out the channel and subscribe and you'll soon see Shani is heavily influenced by that school of 1980’s rock and metal players and perhaps some more unexpected influences. Players and bands like: Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Dimebag Darrell Abbott, Joe Perry, Misha Mansoor, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Greg Howe, TOOL and Lady Gaga!
As a result of our online meetings, Shani was kind enough to prepare a little video blending some of those modern influences with rocking guitar for the Truth In Shredding, so check it out before diving into the interview.
[Truth In Shredding] It seems like I've watched you playing for at least 10 years, possibly more. I remember the Racer X video you posted. But you also cover Megadeth, Extreme, Greg Howe, Van Halen amongst others. As I follow many players, It is one of those things that I notice, The players who are willing to tackle some of the more technical players, players who give it a little extra. I particularly remember the 2011 posted Racer X cover which is nearing 500,000 views.
Racer X - Technical Difficulties (Shani Kimelman)
That was 2011, so I'm guessing you were playing a good few years before that, so what age did you start playing guitar, were you from a musical family. [Full Interview]