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Les Fradkin

Les Fradkin is a Producer and Composer virtuoso Guitarist/Keyboardist and an innovator on the Mellotron and the Starr Labs Ztar. He employs futuristic playing techniques realizing Progressive Neo-Classical Rock from the Pioneer of MIDI Guitar.

Les captured headlines as the Original Cast George Harrison in the mega-hit Broadway show "Beatlemania" in the 1970s and has played with The Ventures, enjoyed 16 #1 hits at mp3, Composed #1 hits for French Songstress Mireille Mathieu and Latin Pop icon Roberto Jordan, and won several awards from Akademia as well as several other Indie Music Channel Awards, including 2016 Best Instrumental Recording. He is also a member of the Television Producers Music Production Hall Of Fame as a Composer and has also been named one of the Top 20 Guitar Synthesizer players of all time by Wikipedia.

He has played Mellotron, 12 and 6-string Guitar, Bass and Piano on dozens of Top 40 hit records throughout the early 1970's , and 1980's, scoring many US and UK chart placings throughout his career.

For fans who have never heard your music, can you pick three words to describe it?! If three words just aren't enough then tell us more!!

Surreal quality, lots of depth, lyrics with a message

What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.

Songwriting and recording. I can craft the result and get exactly what I intend.

Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?

Old hat and very familiar. In control as a Painter with a blank canvas.

Okay, this a fun question. When you are not doing music, what else do you enjoy doing?

Reading, walks on the beach, traveling.

Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?

That kids can release their music without a Major label being involved. That was impossible when I started in the business.

Can you tell us what song you've written that is the most emotional and describe the meaning behind it?

“Obsolete” from my album “The Les Fradkin News” gets my vote. I cried when we mixed it. The lyrics tell a heartbreaking story of the current American Scene.

Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?

My latest album is called “Mirror Image”. It has 6 brand new compositions. I am currently promoting that work.

Tell us where fans can access your music.




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