- ESP Deluxe Ltd. EC-1000T/CTM DIMARZIO
- Pro Tools, Web Design, Apple Computers, Guitars, and Cool cloths
- Game of Thrones and Game of Thrones
- Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
- Metal, Heavy Metal, and Late 80's Hard Rock
- Gear (Amps, Pedals, etc):
- Blackstar Amps, SERIES ONE 104EL34, Line 6 HELIX, and Wha-Wha
- Favorite Guitar/Bass Player:
- Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Dream Theater, and RUSH
- About me:
Byron was first bitten by the musical bug at the age of 5 upon hearing The Beatles and was then turned on to the likes of Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, all of whom influenced his playing, along with Dream Theater, Rush and jazz and classical music. When he was 18 Byron formed his first band, Sacred Heart and played the Cleveland club circuit up to NYC landmarks such as CBGB and The Cat Club. Currently based in the Southwest Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona area Byron is recording and playing the West Coast.
In 2014 The Video Chronicles EP was released as 4 song studio and video project featuring Jeremy Colson/Drums and Philip Bynoe/Bass from the Steve Vai Band and Mark Boals/Vocals from Yngwie Malmsteen's early records. This recording further explored Byron’s talents as a lyricist, in addition to composer. “A New Freedom” was recorded at Steve Vai’s “The Mothership” Studio Jun 10th –12th 2013 Los Angeles, CA and “Fight”, “Everybody Knows” & “Riding On The Flames” were recorded at Patigonia Studios from Feb 1st – 5th 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. The EP was Produced by Greg Wurth who has also engineered on all of Steve Vai's projects. The Mastering was by Maor Appelbaum who has mastered Rob Halford, Armored Saint, Sepultura and many others. Video by Echo Star Cinema and has been released world wide on You Tube and iTunes.
Prior to this on February 8th, 2013 Pure Steel Records Germany re-released a limited vinyl Re-Master of the 1992 album Amon-Ra - “In the Company of the Gods”. This was the second re-release by Pure Steel Records of Byron’s past works. The gateway fold artwork for this album was created by renowned German artist Timo Wuerz. The first re-release by Pure Steel Records was on April 27th, 2012 with Sacred Heart "The Vision" (music from the original 1989 cassette) saw the light of day as a new CD at the "Keep-It-True" Festival in Koenigshofen. Germany. The CD was Re-Mastered by studio guru Bruce Maddocks in Los Angeles in January of 2012. A video production of ‘I Am The Walrus’ (originally released in 2006 on ‘The Force Within’ album) preceded these projects in August 2011. Produced by Steven Esparza & Robert Turchick with a special guest appearance by Cathy Rankin. Shot on location at 98 KUPD radio
In 2009/2010 Byron Nemeth Group (BNG) released 5 songs. During this time the band opened locally in Cleveland for the likes of Ratt and Y&T. In 2009, the Byron Nemeth Group contributed to a White Snake Tribute album ‘Shredding Skin’, on which they performed ‘Slip of the Tongue’. Byron made a decision to move forward with his solo career after his commissioned performance as first guitar with Richard Hendrickson’s rock opera “Ozone Hour” in 1997. In 1999, he released the four song EP Byron Nemeth Group. Byron exercised his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and producer with his next release '2000,' where he played all instruments. ’2000' was well received and he was given the opportunity to play on the Japanese release of the tribute album 'Warmth in the Wilderness,' in honor of Jason Becker; Nemeth paid homage to Becker with his rendition of “It’s Showtime."
After the success of '2000', Byron put together a new manifestation of Byron Nemeth Group (BNG) and composed, recorded, and produced '100 Worlds.' The album was mastered by the legendary engineer Nick Webb (Duran Duran, Gary Moore, Roy Wood, etc) at Abbey Road Studios. "I got in touch with Nick thru a friend of mine that used to work for Yamaha Instruments Europe," Byron relates. "Abbey Road would be one of his clients for studio gear and he had visited Abbey Road many times. When he found out I was looking to Master my CD he immediately introduced me to Nick and the rest, as they say, is history."
Byron Nemeth Group's Digital Nations debut, The Force Within, is their third full length effort and fourth release overall. Recorded at Nemeth's own Pacifica Studios, the album is a tour de force of guitar acrobatics and prog rock sensibilities comparable to the masters of the genre. Also handed over to Nick Webb at Abbey Road Studios - this was one of the last projects Webb did before his retirement. It's also Byron's first album to feature cover art from world renowned artist Hugh Syme (Rush, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Dream Theater, etc) "I could not imagine when I first saw Hugh Syme's work years ago with early Rush albums that later on he would also be doing art work for me," Nemeth says. "What a great feeling it is to be working with such a master artist that brings out the vibe of the music thru the CD cover. Art that totally represents the band."
The opus kicks off with "Satrianimal", which is, exactly as the title suggests, a tribute to Joe Satriani. "Since Satriani has been the master of guitar to many of us guitar players it felt only natural to write an original song with a twist on the song title that tributes his name and music in that flavor," Byron states. The album's title track follows and is an epic 8 minute plus run, incorporating several different genres bridging crunchy riffs with uber melodic soloing all the while focusing on the song and how it fits into the realm of progressive art rock. The Force Within closes with Nemeth's take on The Beatles classic "I Am The Walrus" which ironically enough was recorded at the very same studio The Force Within was mastered - Abbey Road.
Byron talks about the inspiration, both musically and conceptually for The Force Within: "The inspiration came from the human element that we all have about knowing that you can do anything. It's the inner spiritual being within all of us that allows amazing things to happen. That human element is 'The Force Within.' Hugh Syme captured this concept perfectly with the artwork. The boy with the WWI gas mask represents the perils of humanity, the open fields represent the openness of potentiality, the storms represent changes in life and the rainbow represents the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow that is "The Force Within" element in each of us…”
Other earlier works include:
• ELECTRO MOTIVE FORCE (4 songs )
• VOICES (5 songs)
• PRODIGY (4 songs)
• MERCURY (1 song )
• HEAVY ARTILLERY COMPILATION (1 song )