As a guitarist, songwriter, and producer over the years. Ripley has shared notable accomplishments:
- Performed as the lead guitarist for Rev Theory, an international level hard rock band charting five billboard Top 20 songs, touring credits, including Evanescence, Motley Crue, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Godsmack, and multiple media placements
- Shared the stage with superstars LMFAO, Papa Roach, Shinedown
- Top 10 contestant for three straight years in the annual competition Fox Seeds, sponsored by 99.3 The Fox, Canada’s largest unsigned band competition.
- Performed during the 2010 Olympics
- Generated a strong regional following as the guitarist in the Tito Deville Band (300,000 YouTube views)
- Airplay for original compositions on Virgin Radio and 99.3 The Fox,
- Star in MTV reality show The Youth Electric
- Appearance on the TV series The Real Housewives of Vancouver
- Music Video Robot Radio by the Tito Deville Band featured on Much Music.
Will Ripley the guitarist:
Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.
Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90’s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.
In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!
Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.
Make sure to join the mailing list to keep up to date with the latest news, concert dates, recordings and media. You can also connect with Will directly using email and social media available on this page.