mateus asato

Mateus Asato plays mainly Suhr guitars. This pink Classic S-style helped him earn a spot playing guitar with pop artist Tori Kelly. “I want the guy with the pink guitar,” Kelly reportedly said after watching the audition videos.
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A social-media sensation and monster guitarist reveals how he went from posting videos on Instagram to touring the world as a sideman for big-name pop artists.

The internet didn’t ruin music, but it sure changed the rules. It destroyed the old ways of making money. It made bad fashion choices from 40 years ago easy to find. But it also opened doors and leveled the playing field. Anyone with a cell phone and an Instagram account—or Facebook, or YouTube, or whatever—has more opportunities now. True, you need to hustle and you must be creative. And you probably need to be really good. But if you’re savvy and ready to work, the world is your oyster.

The guitar world’s undisputed new media master is Brazilian native/Los Angeles transplant Mateus Asato. Asato owns Instagram. Okay, he’s no Selena Gomez (Gomez has 128 million Instagram followers, which makes her the site’s most followed person). But at 380,000+ followers, he’s like the Selena Gomez of guitar. Asato built this following by putting up quality content, posting consistently—three times a week until his schedule made that impossible—experimenting, and studying his audience.

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