On this episode of Rigged, internationally renowned shredder Jason Kui takes us through his collection of top-of-the-line axes, amps, and effects, which he uses live and in the studio on his new album Absence of Wordsout now on Prosthetic Records.

Prosthetic Records recently welcomed Hong Kong-based rock and blues musician and composer Jason Kui to its roster. Kui is a session and touring guitarist who has worked with many well-known artists throughout Hong Kong and China.

Kui started his career as a sideman at the age of 23, and has played countless shows at the Coliseum, Hong Kong’s largest venue which seats 12,500. He recently finished a two-year world tour as lead guitarist for Eason Chan, the legendary Hong Kong singer.  The 135-show tour included venues in China, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, including Madison Square Garden. The two finale shows were performed at Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium to sellout crowds totaling 100,000 people.

Jason Kui released his debut album, Absence of Words, in mid-October via Prosthetic Records. Absence of Words is available to order here.

Absence of Words features diverse sounds – modern metal, hard rock, funk and ballad – while integrating rock lead techniques and compelling melodies throughout. The album features several other guest musicians, including one of the most in-demand bassists in Hong Kong, Chan Siu Kei, as well as American modern metal drum virtuoso, Anup Sastry. Kui credits Eddie Van Halen, John Petrucci, Marty Friedman and Andy Timmons as main influencers.

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