Antti Paranko

Antti plays

various Ruokangas guitars

Antti Paranko started his musician career in the age of 12, learning to compose with Amiga500 computer and keyboards. He has played guitar since 14-year old, and has studied singing in Metropolia, Helsinki. Antti mentions a few influences to his playing: Jeff Buckley, Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, Mike Rutherford, Steve Morse, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kerry Livgren and Jeff Beck. He’s always been more intrigued by the sound and songs by different players than learning their fastest licks.

Antti is busy with a lot of different projects with music. The prog rock band Bleu Metron was founded in 1998 and is still active. The band released their second album, The Stream, in 2008. Antti has done all the compositions, lyrics and arrangements on the album. Currently he’s busy preparing a visual concert on the themes of the album to Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna.

Antti’s jazz band Quad released their first album in February 2010. Antti is the composer and lyricist of all the music of the this groovejazz -style band, energetic fusion of jazz, soul, funk and groove.

Antti released his first solo album Free Falling in 2013 – check it out on iTunes!

Antti gigs also with two different cover bands, Antti Paranko Group and Rocksteady, performing in various parties and occasions around Finland. He has also worked as our demo player at Frankfurt Musikmesse, playing together with Markus Setzer.

“I’ve been very satisfied from the beginning to the playability, sound and looks of all my Ruokangas guitars (Duke Artisan, VSOP Deluxe, Duke Doubleneck with 6 and 12 string necks). The Duke is at it’s best playing softer, jazzy music with it’s mellower and full, woody tone. The VSOP is my all-around workhorse with it’s clear, sustaining and BIG tone provided by the SingleSonic pickups. The Doubleneck Duke with its outstanding versatility has become my latest favorite especially in theater work and with my solo band! It’s always a joy to play these guitars, and they seem to just get better with age!”
– Antti Paranko