P H O T O G R A P H Y
Detroit, Michigan. Rock City. It’s a perennial hotbed for the coolest new offerings in gritty, loud music. And falling in step with this notorious reputation, Detroit is home to guitarist Sammy Boller. Having already attained the lauded status of a six-string Motor City hero, Sammy catapulted onto the national radar in 2012 when he was selected by Joe Satriani as a winner in Guitar Center’s “Master Satriani” competition.
A former music student at the University of Michigan, Boller currently earns his living touring and recording. In May of 2016, Sammy and his band, Citizen Zero, signed with Wind-up Records/Concord Music Group. The band's first full-length LP ("State of Mind") received critical acclaim and garnered multiple radio singles including the debut single 'Go (Let Me Save You)', which peaked in the Top 15 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart. Sammy's exceptional playing and his sophisticated songwriting shine throughout this impressive 11-song debut. In addition to his role in Citizen Zero, Boller is also a contributing columnist for Guitar World Magazine. His online column ("Secrets of Shred With Sammy Boller") has a loyal monthly following, regularly racking up view counts in the tens of thousands. As of April 2019, Sammy is finishing his debut instrumental record at Rustbelt Studios in Detroit. When asked to describe his influences and approach, Sammy says, "My guitar playing has always been about plugging into an amp and blowing the walls down. I grew up wanting to be Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads, but over time I've found my own dark and aggressive style. These days, my dream as a musician is to make people feel as connected to the cosmos as I feel when I play the guitar. I'd love nothing more than that."