WHAT: Nick Johnston performs
WHEN: Sunday March 5 at 12.00pm
WHERE: Whammy Bar Level 2
WHAT: Nick Johnston Schecter Guitars Clinic
WHEN: Saturday March 4 at 1.30pm
WHERE: Winners Circle Workshop Room Level 1
Nick Johnston is a Canadian guitarist and songwriter who records as a solo artist. This will be Nick’s second performance at the Melbourne Guitar Show, having played for us in 2017. As of 2021, he has released six solo records. His albums have featured the work of notable artists such as Paul Gilbert, Marco Minnemann, Guthrie Govan, and Bryan Beller. He has also played on songs by other artists including Intervals, Scale the Summit, Periphery, Polyphia, David Maxim Micic, and Mike Dawes. He has toured extensively with artists including Plini and David Maxim Micic. Johnston has cited musical influences such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Jeff Beck, saying “I sound nothing like those guys, but I’m massively influenced by them”.
The guitarist released his own signature guitar through Schecter in 2016. Schecter has since released additional variants of his signature guitar, splitting them into the USA Signature Series and Traditional Series, with these being premium and affordable versions respectively. He is also passionate about comics and has hired comics illustrators to create his album art.