A DAY IN THE LIFE OF HAYDEN MARINGER
Posted: 6 July 2018
Evaride's lead guitarist talks about life as a hired gun.
Read time: 6 mins
How did you get into being a session musician?
When I was a kid I always wanted to be the lead guitarist in a band. I came from a small town so this always seemed to be an impossible task. I would stay locked in my bedroom practising night and day because of my love for guitar. At 17 I landed a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. During my first-semester word came around that Lady Gaga was holding auditions for her World Tour. I went to the open call audition and out of the thousands that showed made it to the very end. I left my scholarship at Berklee and started my career as a session guitarist. Gaga’s music director Joe “Flip” Wilson took me under his wing and started booking me on numerous gigs and eventually gave me the tools I needed to start music directing tours myself. For that, I am forever grateful and always find ways to pay it forward to other musicians.
Which artist are you currently working with?
Currently, I have been focusing on my own band, Evaride. At the beginning of 2017, I decided to turn down tours and invest my time towards my own creative projects. The band is sort of a hired gun supergroup comprised of Josh Devine on drums (One Direction), Sean Murray on vocals (American Idiot on Broadway), and myself. It’s a great change from the typical work I do as a hired gun. We currently just broke 2 million streams on our debut single ‘Heartless’ which debuted at #7 on the Alt Charts and #32 on Hits One. We are prepping for some awesome opportunities that I’m excited for people to see and hear. So I guess to answer your question the artist I’m currently working for is myself!
Which other artists have you worked with?
I have worked with Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry, Bebe Rexha, Daya, Jesse McCartney, Bea Miller, Cody Simpson and many more.
Which Marshall Amps are you using and why?
I use various Marshall Plexi’s and 1960BX cabs. To me, there is nothing like a Marshall Plexi cranked into vintage speakers. There is something special that happens on that amp where the overtones on the guitar come to life. No other amp seems to react this way.