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Ken picked up the guitar in 1980's, and was immediately influenced by the heavy music adorning the airwaves at the time. Bands like Sabbath and OZZY, Van Halen, Priest, Iron Maiden, AC/DC and KISS, had a profound influence and his future playing style. Born in California, but raised in Washington state Ken immersed himself in guitar and music.
After many years of study and wood shedding, Ken found himself immersed in the Neo-Classical guitar stylings of Yngwie Malmsteen, Tony MacAlpine and Randy Rhoads. This eventually lead him into the virtuoso playing of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen.
After years of self-teaching through books and magazines, Ken enrolled in a community college where he rounded out his studies on Theory, Rhythm and Ear training and reading. Ken had his sights set on the famous G.I.T. (Musicians Institute) in Hollywood California.
After saving his pennies for a few years arrived in Hollywood, CA in 1991, enrolled in G.I.T. and graduated with honors in 1992.
In 1997 Ken was hired to teach at M.I. (Musicians Institute) where he now teaches the METAL - Live Playing Workshop (LPW) and recently wrote the cirriculum for the new METAL GUITAR ELECTIVE, where students get college credits learning how to play bands like SLAYER, PANTERA, OZZY, METALLICA, MEGADETH, etc.
In 2000 Ken was hired by EMI Publishing to be the "Guitar Coach" for stars Mark Wahlberg, Tim Olyphant and Dominic West in the Warner Bros. movie "ROCK STAR", released in September 2001.
Throughout all this time Ken was creating in his home studio many un-released demos that he coined Instra-METAL (Instrumental/Metal) music. Heavy, fast, hard-hitting over-the-top shred guitar music for those who really wanted to ROCK!!
Which led him to the introduction to Derek Sherinian, a famous Keyboardist who has worked with some amazing bands, including Dream Theater, KISS, Alice Cooper, Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Idol, etc. Derek had approached Ken about producing an album for him, offering top-notch players to perform on the album with him. This led to my last release "PROJECT STEIGER - DEFIANCE", which as you can see, has some amazing players on it. This album was released in the Summer of 2003.
Working with LaCava Productions in 2010 partnered with multiple Grammy award winning performer Kevin "Brandino" Brandon, and has since created over 470 original music tracks for sixteen National Television shows.
On the Game front, we have created sountracks for several of Adult Swim's most popular and subversive video games, including: Zombie Hooker Nightmare,Zombie Hooker Nightmare XXX-Mas , Rock Paper Scissors Extreme Deathmatch, and Tofu Hunter.
Steiger continues promoting his "SHREDTrax - Modal Madness I" CD for high-velocity soloing over Modal backing tracks.
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"STEIGER" MUSICAL INFLUENCES:
Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Shawn Lane, John Petrucci
Metallica, Dream Theater, Megadeth, Judas Priest, OZZY, White Zombie, Sepultura,
Pantera, Queen, Bach, Beethoven, Pagannini, Jason Becker, Dissection,
Children of Bodom, Nevermore, Soilwork, Shadowsfall, Lamb Of God....etc.
for the Warner Bros. movie "ROCK STAR "
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