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VITO BRATTA

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Description: Guitarist, Composer, USA

Known For: White Lion

Instruments: Guitar

Music Styles: Hard Rock, Heavy metal

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 1st July 1961
Location Born: Staten Island, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Vito Bratta

An American Guitarist.

Vito Bratta (born July 1, 1961, Staten Island, New York, United States) is the former guitarist and main songwriter for the rock band White Lion. Bratta co-founded White Lion with lead singer Mike Tramp in 1983 and played with the band until 1992.

—Vito Bratta

He was influenced by Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Robin Trower and other rock and blues guitar players of the 1970s and 80s. His playing has been described as melodic, original and technically accomplished. Bratta often employed two-handed tapping, sweep picking, pinch harmonics and various whammy bar techniques. Despite not being a household.

name, he is highly respected in the world of rock guitar.

“I know a lot of bands who’ll write a song and their guitar players will say I’ve got to do a lead break here, I’ve got to let rip there. It’s an ego thing. When I write, I say well, the song will sound better if I have an acoustic here or a clear sounding guitar, maybe no lead. I think it’s really annoying when a melodic song is ruined by a guitar player blasting away, it grates on my nerves.”

In 2003, Mike Tramp attempted to reunite with Bratta but was unsuccessful. Tramp talked about Bratta in a 2007 interview with Anarchy Music, claiming Bratta was always quiet and maintained a certain distance from the rest of the band.

On February 16, 2007, Bratta gave his first live interview in over 12 years. The following points were revealed during the Eddie Trunk interview: Bratta’s father went through a 5 year illness, which required a large amount of personal time and commitment on Vito’s part, both emotionally and financially. In 1997, he injured his wrist and finds it painful to move his hand up and down an electric guitar’s neck; however he still manages to play classical guitars without excessive discomfort. In addition, he clarified that he has never ruled out a White Lion/Mike Tramp reunion; up until now, they have simply been impossible due to family obligations and his wrist injury.

In April 2007, Vito Bratta made his first public musical appearances in over 15 years, at both Friday and Saturday nights shows at the L’Amour Reunion Shows in New York.

Legacy

Although Vito Bratta has not released any music since 1992, many musicians, both singers and guitar players, have continued to praise his songwriting skills and technical ability. Zakk Wylde has noted that Bratta is the only guitar player that sounds good tapping. He has also praised Vito Bratta’s originality and pointed out that he considers the solo in “Wait” one of the best solos he has ever heard .

Producer Michael Wagener called Vito Bratta his “favorite guitar player” on February 17, 2007, when he called the Eddie Trunk show.

Rubicon Cross guitarist Chris Green considers Vito Bratta one of his first influences.

Vito Bratta was probably one of my first influences, the thing about him, that people just completely overlooked, is that he used to write guitar solos, he like wrote songs within songs! So, the solo was almost like a classical movement, within the track, and there are a lot of guitar players out there, I think, who could do that as well, but I think, Vito Bratta is the absolute best. It’s absolutely tragic that the guy doesn’t play anymore, and if you chat to the guys from Tyketto, they were very close to Vito. Mike, the drummer in Tyketto, was in a cover band when he was 14 years old, with Vito, and he was chatting to me on this last tour about how they had to sit backstage, because they weren’t old enough to be in the club, that they were playing in. They would play for six hours while they were waiting to go on stage! The way he crafted guitar solos, made me think extremely seriously about how to not go off topic, with a song, but to take it to another level, and somehow manage to make it come back again to make sense of where the song’s coming in. He was a huge influence.

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