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Technotronic is a Belgian Techno band formed by Jo Bogaert in the late eighties. Together with Ya Kid K, he wrote the hit single Pump Up the Jam which meant the start of the Belgian hip hop scene. Bogaert later on worked together with different vocalists. Originally, Bogaert used a model in order to promote the song. Only later on, Ya Kid K was allowed to appear.
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Only later on, Ya Kid K was allowed to appear. They also use a humbucker-single coil-humbucker pickup set-up and a locking tremolo bar. Originally, Bogaert used a model in order to promote the song. They feature a handgrip cut into the top of the body of the guitar. Bogaert later on worked together with different vocalists. Vai also helped design his signature Ibanez JEM series of guitars. Together with Ya Kid K, he wrote the hit single Pump Up the Jam which meant the start of the Belgian hip hop scene. He also enjoys keeping bees, which regularly produce a crop of honey that Steve sells for his chosen charity every year through his web site.
Technotronic is a Belgian Techno band formed by Jo Bogaert in the late eighties. Vai is married with two children (Julian Angel & Fire) to Pia (former Bassist of All-Female Group "Vixen", which can be seen in the movie "Hardbodies"). Steve Vai owns 'Favored Nations', a recording and publishing business which specialises in looking after both newly discovered and already high profile recording artists from around the world. Vai is an accomplished studio producer (he owns two: "The mother ship" and "The harmony hut") and his own recordings combine his signature guitar prowess with novel compositions and considerable use of studio and recording effects. Where Vai's contributions to others' material has been constrained by the largely rock or heavy-rock style of those bands, his own material is considerably more esoteric.
Vai received a Grammy Award in 1991. The piece was heavily based on Paganini's Caprice # 5, and has become a favorite apprentice-piece among many guitar students. The 32nd note fast-paced "neo-classical" track (entitled "Eugene's Trick Bag") with which Macchio wins the competition was composed by Vai. At the film's climax, Vai engages in a guitar duel with Macchio (whose guitar parts were dubbed by Vai himself).
He appeared onscreen in the 1986 Ralph Macchio movie Crossroads, playing the demonically-inspired Jack Butler. Steve Vai's music has featured in a number of feature films, including Dudes, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey and Ghosts of Mars. G3 2003 features Steve, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen. Steve recently teamed up with former David Lee Roth band member Bassist Billy Sheehan for a world tour.
Steve Vai continues to tour regularly, both with his own group and with his one time teacher and fellow Grammy award winning guitar instrumentalist friend Joe Satriani (on the G3 series of tours). Vai also stepped into guitarist Adrian Vandenberg's shoes to record with British rock legends Whitesnake (after Adrian Vandenberg injured his wrist due to some exercises he found in a book and tried out) shortly before recording was due to begin for the album Slip of the Tongue. Then he joined former Van Halen front man David Lee Roth's group to record the albums Eat 'em and Smile and Skyscraper. In the early 80's he replaced Yngwie Malmsteen (a good friend) as lead guitarist in Graham Bonnett's Alcatrazz.
Steve Vai made his name playing 'stunt guitar' with the legendary rock performer, composer, music producer, and publishing
mogul Frank Zappa. Vai is best known for his self-composed, performed and produced guitar instrumental music, but he has also played on the
recordings of several other rock acts. Steve Vai, born Steven Siro Vai, is an American guitarist and
composer, born June 6th, 1960 in Long Island, New York (making him six
years old on the sixth day of the sixth month in 1966, as he noted in the introduction to his guitar transcription book of Frank
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The Infinite Steve Vai: An Anthology (2003). Elusive Light and Sound 1 (2002). Alive In An Ultra World (2001). The Seventh Song (2000).
The Ultra Zone (1999). Fire Garden (1996). Alien Love Secrets (1995). Sex and Religion (1993).
Passion and Warfare (1990). Flex-Able Leftovers (1984). Flex-Able (1984).