Banbury guitarist hits the US big time

Danny Young in Northgate Studio recording room
Danny Young in Northgate Studio recording room

A talented guitar player from Banbury has become sought after by US companies who want to use his technique to sell their gadgets.

Danny Young’s success is an amazing achievement, but even more so because he lives with Asperger’s and was unable to learn music theory at school.

Now he is feted by music industry giants including Slash, Yngwie Malmsteen and guitar legend Jason Becker whose signature guitar pickup is one of the pieces of equipment for which Young was chosen to be the official demonstrator.

Now, Mr Young – a top 20 sponsors’ choice finalist in 2011 Guitar Idol – is working on a much anticipated solo album being recorded at Northgate Studios, Banbury.

“I didn’t start playing the guitar until I was 14. I’d suffered a serious accident which left my hand partially paralysed and my dad gave me his guitar in the hope that the movement might stimulate more function,” he said.

“I’ve played in several bands with my siblings but prefer to be in the studio.”

After his success at the Guitar Idol competition, Mr Young applied successfully to the Arts Council and Banbury Charities for funds to video a showcase highlighting his playing ability in spite of his Asperger’s.

The project took months to film and within a short time the videos caught the attention of large Americal guitar companies who have since used Mr Young to produce exclusive product demonstrations. He believes the elevation of his profile is enabling him to shine a brighter light on his campaign to raise awareness for artists with Asperger’s.

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