New York City based Guitarist KEVIN DELANEY comes from Long Island, NY, the musical hotbed that spawned such virtuosic guitarists as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Al Pitrelli and John Petrucci. He started playing guitar at the age of seven after hearing Kiss, Led Zeppelin and Van Halen and by the age of ten was turned on to legendary Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Randy Rhoads for the first time, “He immediately became my biggest influence,” says Delaney.
At the age of twelve, Kevin formed his first band Hit-N-Run and played his first live show a year later at the now-legendary Sundance on Long Island. Delaney seemed destined for great things at an early age and by sixteen would start production on his first professional recording, working with producers Mike Ricciardella (Alice Cooper, Aviator) and Saul Zonanna (Ace Frehley, Crash Test Dummies) on Hit-N-Run’s self-titled debut which was released on Rising Star Records. After cultivating an underground following on the East Coast with Hit-N-Run, Kevin played in other regional acts, including Long Island local favorites Top Heavy who garnered national press and radio airplay with their single “Rock You.”
In 1995 Kevin tapped into what would become the hallmark of his career: “It is an irrefutable fact that Kevin Delaney became a DIY artist way before it was fashionable.” First he wrote, produced, and played all of the instruments on his first solo project, Out’ve The Box, where he was also the lead vocalist, then he formed Manic Records and Manic Entertainment. In 1996 Out’ve the Box released Broken Water on Manic Records.
Kevin’s abilities as a writer and producer were front and center on Broken Water, but his guitar playing continued to raise the eyebrows of his peers and was asked to join Narcotic Gypsy, a Long Island-based band that would eventually be handpicked by Sharon Osbourne to open for Ozzy on the 1996 Ozzfest tour. Kevin and vocalist Brent Petterson would go on to co-write the single”Madly Laughing,” which garnered national press and airplay.
In 1997 he and Narcotic Gypsy frontman Brent Pettersson formed Sugar Love Honey (SLH) and moved to Los Angeles. SLH released the single “Honeydrip” on Manic Records in 1999 and garnered a spot on Virtual Alternative’s Album Network compilation CD, setting off a huge buzz within the Hollywood record industry. Virtually Alternative said: “Sugar Love Honey is a band that can straddle the fence comfortably between the “Alternative” and “Active” Rock worlds, and that means a resounding “cha ching” for record labels!”
Though Kevin’s prowess as both a guitarist and writer did not go unnoticed in Los Angeles – he soon found work with Chromazone, which was co produced by Critter (Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N Roses), celebrity actress/vocalist Persia White (From TV series Girlfriends and Breaker High fame) as well as Grayson Manor (two of Kevin’s songs are on the Grayson Manor release Back On The Rock) it wasn’t long before he was back in DIY-mode, writing, producing and playing guitar on Kreep’s debut Spooky Chick, as well as their follow-up, Carpetride. Kevin issued both releases on Manic Records and joined the band on guitar for an extensive US tour with Skid Row. Following this nationwide trek, Kevin played guitar on Grayson Manor’s Children of the Manor, which was produced by Grammy award winner Robert Carranza (Beck, Jack Johnson, Luscious Jackson) and released on Bad Reputation (UK) and Cassette Recordings LLC (US) and was followed by another multi-city US tour.
In 2006 Kevin created what would become the world-renowned Heavy Metal Guitar workshop series “Shred Like A Metal God” in Los Angeles, CA. In 2007 Kevin brought the “Shred Like A Metal God” workshop on tour to 55 US Cities and started production on a DVD series for “Shred Like A Metal God” Guitar Instruction. Kevin also contributed to the Manic Noize, Manic Beatz and Manic Muzic compilations for TV, Film, Video Gaming and Advertising as a songwriter, producer and mastering engineer.
In 2009 Kevin released his debut instrumental record titled The Awakening. Like Out’ve the Box, he played all of the instruments himself (in addition to handling all mixing and mastering duties). The Awakening is a testament to his abilities as a writer and composer. “Kevin Delaney showcases his musical chops like Shaggy snags a Scooby Snack,” according to Sean Coulter of the East Coast Rocker. “This is not some mindless shred-fest, but rather a collection of well-crafted songs that pay homage to the progenitors of American guitar rock: Randy Rhoads and Eddie Van Halen”. The Awakening was released worldwide on Manic Records.
In 2012 Kevin completed production on a full length album from New York City/Los Angeles based Sugar Love Honey. The bands self titled debut was released on Manic Records in December 2012 to positive reviews. NY Waste called Sugar Love Honey “a powerhouse of cool” and Altered Frequencies wrote “The band really shows their ability to play intricately and with finesse on this album, as well as having an ear for catchy hooks that stick with you”. In 2013 Kevin went into the studio with brooklyn based Vandalizer, the metal/punk band and brainchild of Mike McWilliams (Pure Rubbish). A 4 song EP titled “New Curse” transpired and was released on 5D Records/Pirates the following year.
In 2015 Kevin wrote and produced the music score for “Jimbo” an indie horror film directed by Jeffrey Turboff which has been making the rounds on the film festival circuit to much fanfare and has garnered a few awards along the way. Some of the festivals to feature “Jimbo” are Macabre Faire Horror Film Festival, Montreal Horrorfest, SaMo Indie Festival, Scare-a-con horror convention.
Kevin is currently in the studio working on a new project which, in addition to providing a fresh start in a new direction, also pays homage to his musical past by including a combination of previously released and unreleased material from various projects and bands over the years. Kevin will also be releasing a new instrumental album on Manic Records in 2016.
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