Christian Colabelli has been playing guitar since the age of 13. From the moment he picked up the instrument he knew that the desire to continually progress and learn every minute aspect of the guitar would be unquenchable. Christian studied at the acclaimed Berklee College of music and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Professional Music (concentration in Performance). While in attendance, he studied with world renowned guitarists, Mark White, Joe Stump, and Richie Hart. He was also a three time member of Mark White’s advanced performing guitar ensemble, “The Eklektic Elektriks,” which included Dan Platzman, Wayne Sermon and Ben McKee of Imagine Dragons. He is comfortable playing a wide range of styles, including, country, jazz, fusion, rock, shred and metal. He has played/recorded with famed drummer Rakalam Bob Moses (Pat Metheny, Gary Burton), Hayden Smith, George Massenburg, The JT Project, and Nathan Webb (Kenny Garrett) among others, and played guitar for the Halcats on Holland America Cruise ships, the Westerdam and the Veendam.
Christian’s original alternative project, Boy Meets Machine, showcased for Grandhustle Records in Atlanta in 2009 and released an EP “In a World of Wireworks” and a full length album, “War Horn,” which are both available on iTunes and received critical acclaim in Guitar World, Alternative Press, and Absolutepunk.net. The band went through several lineup changes and ended up reforming as Reach, which Christian currently plays in. Thus far, Reach has released one EP, “Patterns in Static,” which was promoted by the Syndicate, received international radio play and charted on CMJ. They hope to release their debut full length sometime in this millennium!
Ever expanding and always hungry for new challenges, Christian was hired on as a session musician to play in the extreme metal act, “Dark Empire” (Nightmare Records) in 2013. “Tackling the Dark Empire material broadened my pallet of colors and forced me to become a better musician. I simply didn’t have a choice,” he says. The band garnered an international following, was featured on Blabbermouth and Truth in Shredding, and played shows with Nile, Krisiun, Abiotic, Arsis, and Allegaeon among other heavy metal staples before ultimately disbanding.
Christian’s current main original project is Circuitry, a progressive metalcore outfit hailing from Long Branch, New Jersey. The debut 11 song eponymous album is currently available on iTunes and was featured on ItDjents, Metalsucks and Geargods. The band has shared the stage with countless well-known acts including: All that Remains, The Agonist, Binary Code, A Skyklit Drive, Affiance, And So I Watch You From Afar, Devour the Day, We Came as Romans, Within the Ruins, Dance Gavin Dance, Iwrestledabearonce, Upon a Burning Body and The Fall of Troy. “I’m very excited about what the future beholds for Circuitry. Everyone in the band is hungry and we want to push the envelope in every way possible. I know that’s clichéd, but with this lineup, it is a way of existence and impossible to ignore.”
When Christian isn’t putting his all into his original work, he teaches an ever growing roster of devoted students and performs guitar clinics. “I really enjoy teaching because I believe it is a two way street. I gain just as much insight from the student as they hopefully do from me. It is truly rewarding to get inside a student’s head and see how they conceptualize the instrument.” His dedication to the instrument is reflected in his students’ progress.
A consummate creative, Christian is also an avid artist and writer. His artwork has been featured on album covers, tee-shirts and media publications. He specializes in watercolor and pen and ink. Christian was the associate editor of the student run newspaper, “The Groove,” during his time at Berklee College of Music. He is a contributer for ItDjents and thoroughly enjoys the process of writing. “Although I breathe all things guitar, it’s nice to have other outlets to express my art. I feel that as long as I’m crafting original content of some form, I’m fulfilling what I believe I was put on earth to do! I wouldn’t have it any other way.” Christian Colabelli will not stop developing as an artist in any facet. His work ethic, curiosity and vigor propel him forward into constant evolution. He will never be satisfied and always strive for perfection.