Chad Quist is a west coast progressive guitarist who pulls many styles into his music to create a unique blend of instrumental rock.
Originally from the Bay Area, long time Seattleite and LA sideman, Chad is a thirty year full time professional of the west coast music scene. Touring guy, session guitar player, producer, engineer, mixer, vocalist and transcriber are some of the gigs Chad might have in a given week.
Chad began playing piano at age five. At age ten he added guitar to his studies and began lessons with Jimmy Lyon (Eddie Money), Terry Maderas (Starship) and Jack Eskridge, along with other local Bay Area instructors. From age seventeen to nineteen Chad attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. There he studied music theory, composition and all styles of guitar performance.
After his college years, Chad relocated to Seattle. His talents for being adept at many styles on stage or in the studio were soon sought after by the top local acts, from the top-40 scene, to casuals and recording work, doing everything from rock, pop and country to fusion and jazz. Some highlights were playing with local favorites where he had the chance to perform on stage with Kenny G, The Platters and Martha and the Vandellas. These experiences led to gigs opening shows for artists such as Ray Charles, Tower Of Power, George Benson, Steve Miller, Rick Derringer, Head East, Diane Schuur, Dave Grusin, Lou Rawls, Larry Carlton, Basia, Huey Lewis, Oleta Adams, Jamie Foxx, Diana Ross, Dan Akroyd, Paula Cole, Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence.
In 1995 Chad began a 10+ year recording career with Muzak. In addition to appearing on approximately 1000 cover tunes on their Environmental channel, he has over 30 of his original songs on worldwide rotation for the background music company.
In ’96 he released his first CD with his band Paradigm Shift and in ’99 he teamed up with partner Liz Aday to form Quistaday. Their release “These Are The Days” was co-produced by veteran Bay Area engineer Wally Buck, and featured Steve Smith (Journey) on drums with Paul DeLisle (Smash Mouth) and Geoff Stanfield (Black Lab) on bass. The CD was distributed nationwide and the duo scored an opening slot for Pat Benatar on her ‘00 and ‘01 summer tours. In 1997, Chad landed a touring gig with Big Brother And The Holding Company, of Janis Joplin fame and in 2005 he was featured on their DVD and CD release, “Hold Me” recorded live in Germany. His travels with Big Brother and other acts have brought him to Europe numerous times as well as Thailand, Beijing, Honk Kong, Hawaii, Mexico and throughout the continental U.S. He has toured on bills with Vanilla Fudge, Canned Heat, Jefferson Starship, Country Joe McDonald and Booker T. and the MG’s.