Steve Vai
Steve Vai

According to master guitarist Steve Vai, the artists on his record label - Favored Nations - were signed because they have "attained the highest performance level on their chosen instruments." Like his roster, Vai is a perfectionist, and an extremely busy man…

After taking lessons from Joe Satriani in 1974, Steve Vai joined Frank Zappa before going solo. A whopping 13 albums later he's still going strong, finding time to tour and record with the likes of David Lee Roth, Public Image Ltd, Whitesnake and Motörhead along the way.

He's been a regular headliner on Joe Satriani's G3 Tour, proud namesake of an array of signature guitar gear (including the Ibanez Jemini Distortion pedal) and was recently featured in MusicRadar's 101 facts you never knew about music. He's a very keen apiarist, didn't you know?

Oh, and he's a none-too-shabby actor, too. Remember Crossroads? Or more recently, check him out as Hank Williams in Crazy.

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Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).