Musician, composer, rock/metal/blues guitarist
Location Honolulu, Hawaii
1982 Leslie formed the metal band Rat Attack along with guitarist/singer/cofounder Tom Azevedo, drummer Paul Schofield, and bassist Mark Chambers. In 1983, the band self-produced, and released a demo cassette demo album, titled Rat Attack, which quickly developed a following and popularity with the metal scene of the 80's. The band was unfortunately short lived, and split up shortly after. Surprisingly to this day, there are still a handful of dedicated fans and followers. The album was re-released in the 1990’s by Old Metal Records as a limited edition CD & vinyl, and re-leased again in Sept 2018 as a limited CD & vinyl by Sonic Age Records.
[1983 RAT ATTACK Left to right: Paul Scofield (drums), Leslie Ripp (guitars), Tom Azevedo (vocals/guitars), Marc Chambers (bass)]
After Rat Attack, Leslie went on to play professionally becoming part of the growing club cover band scene in the 90's
As the 21st century rolled in, and the computer age started to go full tilt, Digital recording (DAW) software, was the new age of recording and allowed artists to set up professional quality recording studios at home. This was the means and inspiration for Leslie to start recording some of the ideas that have been rolling around in his head over the years, and thus, put together his home recording studio, dubbed Witchazel 2 Studios, a resurrection of an old rehearsal studio back in the day.
Leslie has since then, started working on solo projects, composing original, instrumental, rock/metal/blues songs showcasing his guitar mastery work.
Leslie's unique playing style and sound has been influenced and forged in the footsteps of guitar giants like: Michael Schenker, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Carlos Santana, to name a few.
Although Leslie's main instrument is the guitar, he also plays all other instruments on his albums, including guitars, drums, percussion, bass, keyboard, piano. "I was lucky to have learned to play piano and drums back in the day, as it really helps to compose and record a solo project"
Leslie Ripp \\m/