Marty Friedman has sold over 10 million albums with the multi-platinum band Megadeth. He has also a dedicated following for his own solo albums of orchestral soundtrack style music, of which he has recorded 4 to date. Marty has toured the world several times over very successfully with Megadeth. Along with touring, he has done many music/guitar seminars and clinics all over the U.S., Japan, Europe and South America. Marty is also a regular columnist for Guitar World magazine, Young Guitar magazine (Japan) and Burrn Magazine (Japan) in which he is now in his fifth year of writing a popular monthly column in Japanese. Marty has also helped Jackson Guitars design his own signature model guitar (the KE-1) that has been selling consistently since it was put on the market in Feb.1996.
Before joining Megadeth in Feb.1990, Marty was in a band called Cacophony, which released 2 albums (among their indie label’s highest selling) and toured the U.S. and Japan. This band highlighted the potent guitar playing of Marty and fellow guitarist Jason Becker (who was to join David Lee Roth’s band and record an album with him in 1990). Marty has received extremely high acclaim and many awards around the world for his unique way of playing the guitar.
Marty is from Washington D.C. originally but has lived in many places including Hawaii, Germany and California, giving him an odd and interesting approach to making his music. He currently resides in Tokyo.