Jacky Vincent

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Jacky Vincent
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Jacky Vincent, Rock im Park 2014
Background information
Born Portsmouth, England
Genres
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • piano
  • bass guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels
Associated acts

Jacky Vincent is an English musician who was the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the rock band Falling in Reverse from its formation until his departure in 2015 and is the current guitarist of the power metal band Cry Venom. Vincent has one solo album released titled "Star X Speed Story", released in 2013 through Shrapnel Records.

Career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Jacky Vincent was born January 23, 1989 in Portsmouth, England. He is one of two siblings, having one older brother. His father was a luthier who also played guitar, as well his brother. He began messing around with the guitar at the age of 5, played on and off for a few years, but did not start to actually practice until he was around 14-15. His first guitar was a 12 fret cheap nylon string that he inherited from his brother. His first electric guitar was a black Squier Stratocaster included in a guitar pack. He has said that the moment he began taking the guitar seriously was when his cousins introduced him to both Racer X and Michael Angelo Batio. Before this, he primarily focused on playing like Slash and Joe Satriani. During his teen years, he was able to teach himself all of the Best of the Beast by Iron Maiden. He attended a music school in England, but has never stated which one, but has credited it with helping him with practice schedules.

Falling in Reverse (2008–2015)[edit]

Vincent joined Falling in Reverse in 2008 as a founding member of the band. They released their debut album, The Drug in Me Is You, on 26 July 2011, which peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week of sales. Falling in Reverse's second studio album, Fashionably Late, was released on 18 June 2013, which peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200. The band released their third studio album, Just Like You on 24 February 2015. On 30 October 2015, Vincent left the band on good terms to focus on his solo career.[1]

Cry Venom (2016–present)[edit]

In 2016, Vincent formed a neo-powermetal band called Cry Venom with bassist Niko Gemini, keyboardist Colton Majors, lead vocalist Aleksey Smirnov and drummer Wyatt Cooper.

It is Vincent's first band since his departure from Falling in Reverse in 2015.

They released their debut album called "Vanquish the Demon" on December 6th, 2016.

They embarked on a small club tour dubbed the "Vanquish the West tour" in mid 2017.

The band was also the opening act for LoudPark in Japan, however, Wyatt Cooper was unable to attend. Because of this, former Falling In Reverse drummer Ryan Seaman reunited with Vincent for the show. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Vincent moved to the United States at the age of 20 and lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]

He has been in a relationship with Crystal Stoney, a Las Vegas-based photographer, since 2014.

Despite being known primarily as a metal guitarist, he is an accomplished jazz fusion player, Frank Gambale being one of his biggest influences.

In his spare time, besides playing guitar, he has stated that he practices the piano, trains in his Muay Thai, and enjoys playing video games.

Gear[edit]

Guitars[edit]

Jacky Vincent has previously used Jackson guitars as his main instruments, and owns 1 Dinky and 2 Soloists. However, he is now endorsed by Dean Guitars. He now has two signature Dean Guitars, one of which is the main guitar he uses. It comes in purple, has 24 frets, has EMG pickups, and has a Floyd Rose Special bridge.[4] His other signature Dean guitar has the classic superstrat HSH configuration, has a bolt-on neck and comes in black finish with purple hardware and a maple neck.[5]

Pickups[edit]

Vincent nowadays uses DiMarzio Evolution pickups in both neck and bridge positions.

Playing style[edit]

Vincent has an advanced knowledge of music theory, having a deep understanding of complex scale combinations and time signatures which assist him in his compositions

Vincent's style of playing is akin to many of the 1980s "shredders", such as Paul Gilbert, Michael Angelo Batio, and Vinnie Moore. Techniques most commonly associated with him include sweep picking, legato, tapping, and string skipping.

He is known for his incredibly accurate picking, both live and in the studio. He is a bit unique in the fact that he strictly economy picks almost all of his fast runs, rather than alternate picking them. He has said the reason for doing this is to eliminate any extra hand and wrist movements, essentially making his playing much more efficient.

Jacky also states that his biggest influences as a child were his dad, brother, and bands like DragonForce and Sonata Arctica. Jacky's brother also taught him how to tap on the guitar, as explained in his Alternative Press Interview

Discography[edit]

Solo
Falling in Reverse
Cry Venom
Collaborations

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Awards[edit]

Year winner work Award Result Ref
2012 Jacky Vincent Alternative Press: Guitarist of the Year Award Won [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent leaves band (exclusive)". Alternative Press. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Ex-Falling In Reverse guitarist Jacky Vincent announces new band". Alternative Press. Retrieved 31 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Erika (24 September 2013). "JACKY VINCENT - A Star Crossed Speed Story". Screamer Magazine. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jacky Vincent C450F - Purple". www.deanguitars.com. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Jacky Vincent JCVX - Classic Black". www.deanguitars.com. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ "JACKY VINCENT - Official "Breaking Damnation" by Jason Richardson (2016) Website". www.jackyvincentofficial.com. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2012 Readers Poll: Guitarist of the year". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 7, 2016. 

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