Biography

 

Atanas Shishkov was born in Kardzhali, Bulgaria.
He has started to play the guitar at the age of 11.
Atanas has took his first private lessons by classical guitar in the early of 90`s.
Later he joined in a band and he has many performances in his hometown.
Inspirated of Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen, Atanas decided
to quit the band and to start exploring the guitar instrumental music.
In the middle of 1994 he has recorded his first demo project "On The Threshold".

Atanas has continued to improve his playing exploring many "Shrapnel"
shredders such as Greg Howe, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Tony Macalpine,
Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Michael Lee Firkins and more,
as well as the music of Steve Vai and Steve Morse.
Atanas also continued to record his own new guitar instrumental experiments.

In the summer of 1997 Atanas joyned in a band performing jam-sessions
in a jazz-rock club in his hometown.
He began to explore a lot of jazz players such as Al Di Meola, John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale,

Scott Henderson and many jazz bands as well.

In late 90`s inspirated from players as Stanley Jordan, TJ Helmerich and Greg Howe,
Atanas started to develop his own two-handed tapping technique and signiture licks.

August 2002 - Atanas recorded his debut album "Flying Colours".
Since the begin of 2003 Atanas is a guest columnist with his own guitar lessons in several guitar websites - Chops From Hell,
Insane Guitar, iBreathe Music, The Shred Zone, Shredaholic, Fusion Site.
Since September 2003 his album "Flying Colours" is available for sale in Fossil Records` website.
February 2004 - Guitar9.com presented Atanas Shishkov in The Undiscovered page as "Master of Bulgarian Shred"!
September 2005 - Atanas` acoustic album "The Long Road" is also available on CD!
December 2006 - Atanas is working with his new band above the new project SPIRALESS!
August 2007 - SPIRALESS` debut album is out!
April 2008 - Atanas participated in "Guitar Idol" - 2008 competition!
June 2008 - Atanas participated in Greg Howe`s annual contest "Play For Me"-2!
2010 - Atanas recorded solo guitars in 2 songs for Sergey Boykov`s debut album!
Sergey is a keyboard wizard, who plays in Shadow Cry many different projects

18.09.2010 - Atanas participated in the international guitar event "Ziua Chitarelor-3".
He plays in the guitar contest behind an awesome judje - Stuart Hamm, Jennifer Batten,
Dave Martone, Michael Lee Firkins, Andreas Oberg. William Stravato.

15.01.2011 - Atanas participated as a special guest in Damjan Pejcinoski`s guitar master class in Plovdiv.

03-09.09.2011 - "Spiraless & Friends" Summer Tour - concerts in Plovdiv and Kardzhali.

Atanas participated in "Spectrum Music Lab" Project - weekly guitar workshops and guitar performances in Plovdiv.

10-06-2012 -The great tapping guitar virtuoso - Stanley Jordan has a concert and master class in Bulgaria. On the next day Stanley came to Plovdiv and visited "Spectrum Music Lab"`s Guitar Workshop! Atanas has the opportunity to meet and to play with Stanley Jordan!

Currently Atanas conduct workshops, lessons, recording sessions and mini-tours with his band SPIRALESS!