- ESP LTD
- About me:
If you ask guitarist and songwriter Ken Olden about his musical philosophy, he will answer with one word: dedication. Dedication to performance; dedication to tone; and dedication to using the finest quality tools to get the job done. As a result of this constant commitment to excellence, Ken has won over thousands of fans worldwide. His bands have performed in over 40 countries and have been signed to labels best known for breaking tomorrow’s guitar-driven acts.
Ken’s bands include Battery (Revelation Records), Damnation A.D. (Victory Records, Revelation Records); Better Than A Thousand (Epitaph Records, Supersoul Records); Shelter (Roadrunner Records); and Youth of Today (Caroline, Revelation Records). Two of his bands, Damnation A.D. and Battery, released new albums in 2017.
Ken's guitar skills were honed in the hardcore music scene of Washington, D.C. Eventually, his sound and style came to be regarded, by such magazines as Alternative Press, as being the foundation of “metalcore,” a subgenre Ken is credited with creating. Glassjaw (Roadrunner Records), Hatebreed (Universal Music), Terror, and Fall Out Boy (Island Records) are just a few of the the bands that have been influenced by his sound. Ken’s bands have performed with such bands as Metallica, Slayer, The Black Crowes, Ministry, No Doubt, and Pantera.
With over two decades of touring experience worldwide, Ken has also written and performed on more than three dozen studio releases, as well as engineered/produced more than 150 albums for other artists.
Like most professional guitarists, Ken has his go-to favorite instruments. However Ken loves to experiment with new sounds and enjoys developing unique guitar tones, for which he has turned to ESP Guitars.The new ESP LTD line EC1008 Evertune is Ken's favorite player. It's great for the studio, with an impeccable tone range, as well as the ultimate guitar for live performances. Ken says the versatile EC1008 is the most reliable guitar he has ever played.