The Artist

Andres Guazzelli (born December 20, 1984) is an Argentinian singer, composer, producer, audio engineer, sound designer and film scorer from Mar del Plata.

He earned a college degree in Audio Engineering & Music Production while continuing his studies in Music Theory, Harmony and Baroque composing.

A major cinephile, Andres originally wanted to make a living recording and producing music, but during his college training, there was a portion of the curriculum that was all about Audio Post-Production for Film. He became so fascinated by it, he decided to make a career of it. He took special interest in ADR Recording & Mixing, as well as Foley Engineering. To date, he has worked in over 30 films.

He was asked to temporarily replace Guille Josef as the lead vocalist of the symphonic rock band The Abaddyon Project in early 2011, which resulted in a couple of shows and a lot of experience gained.

He spent the last months of 2011 and early 2012 working on a 35-minutes short film, ‘VII’, a thriller on which he was in charge of the Sound Design and Editing, ADR Recording & Mixing, worked as a Foley Artist and Engineer and composed the original score. ‘V.II’ ended up being the first local independent film to be premiered on a commercial theather.

2013 was Guazzelli’s breakthrough year: He collab’d with international prog acts Corvus Stone and Andy John Bradford’s Oceans 5, lent his voice for the Android game Nick Run Over Water and ultimately released his debut single ‘Wish You Could Hear

Andres is currently arranging and recording his debut album, a worldwide collaborative rock opera called ‘Wotan: The Untold Story‘. “An incredible amount of work”, he says. “Quite a few songs, so many people involved, lots of Skype calls and WAV files around, different timezones, languages. Nerve-wrecking at times, but definitely a fun ride”.

The album is currently under production and hopefully will see the light of day by late 2016. The ‘Overture‘ was officially released on September 18th, 2015, and a new single will follow every 8 weeks. The official cast will be announced soon.

The Music

“If you can imagine Brian May, Santana and John Williams composing a piece of music together, that can move progressive rock fans and cinema audience at the same time, then you are imagining what his music attempts to be” – Colin Tench, 2013.

A classically-trained musician, Andres combines heavy orchestral work with the edginess and modern textures of progressive rock and the brass-driven dramatic scores from epic films. His music contains strong influences of baroque and classical music, as well as medieval and renaissance music, within the frame of symphonic rock.

Keen on ethnic sounds and textures, he spends a great deal of time studying and experimenting with african percussions, instruments and vocal textures, such as mbube and isicathamiya.

He has named Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury as his idol and biggest influence. Mercury’s influence can be noticed instantly: one of Andres’ trademarks is the use of heavy overdubbed multitrack vocals, across a four octaves vocal range.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has also been cited as one of Andres’ major influences. A big fan of musical theater, his dramatic style of composing and arranging is strongly influenced by big-time musicals, most notably Jesus Christ Superstar, The Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserábles. He has cited several film score composers as his inspirations, including John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore.

Guazzelli draws inspiration from several well-known progressive acts, such as Queen, Genesis, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Kansas, Toto and Yes. Vocally, he’s also strongly influenced by Jeff Buckley, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Joey Tempest and South-african male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.