NAMM 2012 VIDEO: Orianthi interview

Orianthi on the Dean Markley Strings stand
Orianthi on the Dean Markley Strings stand

NAMM 2012: This is what we call a nice way to start the day: catching up with guitar star Orianthi atop the Dean Markley booth.

In the years since she came to the world's attention as guitarist for the late Michael Jackson, the Australian-born shredder has released the album Believe, teamed up with Steve Vai for the song Highly Strung, issued the Dave Stewart-produced EP Fire and toured extensively with Alice Cooper.

Orianthi's dance card for 2012 is already filling up, and by year's end we should be hearing a full-length album, which will mark the continuation of her collaboration with Stewart. We chatted with her about working in Nashville with the former Eurythmic, what she's learned from her musical pairings and more.

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar WorldGuitar PlayerMusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.