Dallton Santos is a Brazilian guitarist who has dedicated the past two decades to electric guitar. Teaching, recording, playing on live gigs, and releasing studio albums is what motivates him. His latest album, “The Inner Things”, is a rock fusion album with a big variety of textures and harmonies! With the motto “Music is life!” and a special passion for instrumental music, we wanted to meet with the man behind the guitar.
1inmusic: Hey Dallton, thank you for joining us. First we’d like to know what you believe makes your music unique and what got your music to where it is now…
Dallton Santos (DS): Each guitarist has their own personality and some of us create a very particular trademark. When I’m doing a solo, I like to explore some notes out of the scale (although I am in most of the time), I am doing legatos, slides and hybrid picking techniques. I always stick to my own style and I think people recognize the uniqueness of my sound through the creative process in which I mix all these elements.
The rock roots are evident in my playing, but I’ve always been a curious person, trying to explore the most possibilities of my instrument.
Over the years, I decided to extend my studies in other musical styles, including Jazz, Brazilian music, Funk, Soul and Classical music. My music is based on the mixture of these styles, which causes a very positive impact on my compositions. Now, the genre that best describes my music is Rock Fusion.
1inmusic: How would you describe supporters of your music?
DS: I am glad to have a significant base of guitarists and music enthusiasts, I have fans everywhere in the world, especially in Brazil where I live. They help me share my music, videos and more diverse news related to my work. It’s so cool and very important to me. I have a special affection and gratitude for all of them.
The word “support” also reminds me of my mother and father. My family always gave me support. They presented me with my first electric guitar, they encouraged me to start giving guitar lessons. This occurred from the beginning and even today I have a great support of them. It’s awesome!
1inmusic: When did you realise you were going to make music professionally?
DS: When I sent a demo song to Guitar Player magazine; they made a very interesting and positive review about this song. I got very excited and that was a defining moment where I felt I was starting my walk to make music professionally.
1inmusic: What ignites your (song) writing flow?
DS: The inspiration comes from my inner necessity to express something important that is related to the present moment.
1inmusic: What about your performances? How do you prepare for them?
DS: Rehearsal is very important. I keep focused on what I will play and say, and I also have a manager who takes care of other details related to the artistic production.
1inmusic: So when you are not working on creating your music or extending your music knowledge, what type of music do you listen to?
DS: I prefer to listen to instrumental music, in particular Jazz music.
1inmusic: And what do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?
DS: Bike ride and enjoy being with my family.
1inmusic: Success to you is…
DS: Success for me is the continuing professional growth and the progressive realization of personal achievements, enjoying life doing what I love!
1inmusic: What do you wish you have been told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?
DS: Try to find earlier your style and work on it. Don´t lost much time doing only cover songs. Search for your music! Believe in YOU!
1inmusic: Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Dallton. We wish you many more great things. Would you let us know of where we can find out about your music and any upcoming projects?
DS: Before answering, I’m thanking to the opportunity to be here! I appreciate this site and the work that it is developed.
End of last year, I released the album The Inner Things to be working on 2016, and this is the main focus at this time. There are more upcoming projects and they will be announced soon. You can find out everything related to my music and social network profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on my official website at