Alex Gaskarth

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Alex Gaskarth
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Gaskarth performing with All Time Low in 2012
Background information
Birth name Alexander William Gaskarth
Born (1987-12-14) December 14, 1987 (age 28)
Essex, United Kingdom
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar


Years active 2002–present
Labels
Associated acts
Notable instruments

Alexander William "Alex" Gaskarth (born December 14, 1987), is an English-American musician, singer, songwriter and podcast host, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter of the pop punk band All Time Low.

Early life[edit]

Gaskarth was born in Essex, United Kingdom to Peter and Isobel Gaskarth. He moved to Baltimore, Maryland, United States when he was seven years old. He has two half-sisters and one half-brother who died when Alex was 12 years old.

Career[edit]

Crew Fighters (2002-2003)[edit]

During his teens, Gaskarth was part of a band performing cover songs called Crew Fighters. Soon after, he met Jack Barakat, who persuaded him to join a band called NeverReck, later renamed as All Time Low. All Time Low started doing cover songs of Blink-182 and Green Day. Subsequently, the formation of the band was completed by Zack Merrick (bass, backing vocals) and Rian Dawson (drums, percussion), who left Crew Fighters to join All Time Low.[1]

All Time Low (2003-present)[edit]

Main article: All Time Low
All Time Low performing in 2015

Gaskarth start playing music in 2002 with bandmate Jack Barakat. They later founded the band All Time Low in 2003 alongside bandmates Zack Merrick and Rian Dawson. They later signed to Emerald Moon Records in 2004 and released their debut EP, "The Three Words to Remember in Dealing with the End". In 2005, they released their debut studio album "The Party Scene". In 2007-08, they released a Platinum single "Dear Maria, Count Me In" in 2008, and was certificated 4x Platinum by Billboard. They also released their second studio album "So Wrong, It's Right" in 2007. In 2009, All Time Low released their third studio album Nothing Personal which debuted number 4 in Billboard 200. In 2011, the band signed with Interscope Records and released their fourth studio album Dirty Work. In early 2012, the band re-signed with Hopeless Records and released their fifth studio album Don't Panic. On 7 April 2015, All Time Low released their sixth studio album Future Hearts which reached number 2 on Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart with 75,000 copies sold in its first week, and number 1 in the U.K official Album Charts with 19400 copies being sold. Gaskarth has written songs for/with other bands such as 5 Seconds of Summer, McBusted, Simple Plan, and other pop-punk bands.[citation needed] He has also been a host of the podcast Full Frontal with bandmate Jack Barakat since 2013.

Instruments[edit]

Up until around mid-2013, Gaskarth used a variety of custom-made Paul Reed Smith guitars, most notable the Mira. He stated in a Reddit AMA that he abandoned the instruments due to difficulties replacing parts while overseas. Gaskarth currently uses Fender guitars, most notable the Telecaster Deluxe models, although he has been seen using a Starcaster, as well as some of their acoustic models. Gaskarth has also been seen using Gibson electric guitars.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Gaskarth married his long-term girlfriend Lisa Ruocco on 9 April 2016.[3][4]

Vocal style[edit]

Gaskarth has a tenor vocal style. His vocal range is from A2 to C#5.[5]

Influences[edit]

Gaskarth has been influenced by many pop-punk/rock bands such as Blink-182, Green Day, The Beatles, The Get Up Kids, Foo Fighters, The Ataris, MxPx, The Offspring, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, The Clash, NOFX, The Early November, The Ramones, The Starting Line, Less Than Jake, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Found Glory, Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Sum 41, U2,[6] and The All-American Rejects.

Tattoos[edit]

Gaskarth has various tattoos. His first tattoo was a skeleton wearing a "trick-or-treat" outfit on his left arm. He also has a red rose tattoo covering his left hand. Gaskarth has previously stated that this tattoo is a tribute to his older half-brother, Tom, who died when he was 12. Gaskarth also has the All Time Low skull logo on his neck, as do the rest of the band.

Discography[edit]

All Time Low

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://vimeo.com/12840504
  2. ^ Equipboard Inc. "Alex Gaskarth". Equipboard. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ Chiu, Melody (April 23, 2016). "All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth Marries His High School Sweetheart Lisa Ruocco". People. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  4. ^ "All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth marries longtime girlfriend Lisa Ruocco". Alternative Press. Retrieved April 24, 2016. 
  5. ^ Alex Gaskarth Vocal Range (A2-C#5). October 11, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2016 – via YouTube. 
  6. ^ "Interview All Time Low: Cewek Indonesia Cantik-Cantik". KapanLagi.com. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 

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