Quist - aka Jacob Quistgaard - was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. He first picked up his father's acoustic guitar at age 6, learning chords and Dylanesque finger picking from his father and a local teacher. After cutting his teeth in his first bands, Quist moved to London as a teenager, studying Jazz for 4 years at the Royal Academy of Music on a scholarship.
He initially made a name for himself as a session guitarist in the UK, most recently as lead guitarist with British rock legend Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music) - featuring on Ferry's album Avonmore (2014), alongside Nile Rodgers, Mark Knopfler, Johnny Marr, Flea and Marcus Miller - touring the world for several years in various incarnations of Bryan Ferry's band.
Quist has performed all over the world, including at The Royal Albert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Coachella, Glastonbury and Abbey Road Studios, as well as on many prime time international TV & radio shows.
Through years of touring whilst simultaneously posting his trademark jam tracks on YouTube, Quist has found his own audience, gaining 85+ million views on youtube, and a rising profile as a solo artist on a unique path.
He continues to expand and interact with this online "jam family", through his original music, jam tracks, improvisations and guitar remixes.
In 2017, FretMonkey Records released Quist's debut instrumental album 'Trigger'. The album features bass players Guy Pratt (Pink Floyd) and Jonathan Harvey (Bill Laurance), drummers Dave De Rose (Mark Ronson) and Cherisse Osei (Mika), as well as keyboard player/producer Magnus Fiennes (Shakira).
He has since released a string of singles and guitar remixes and is set to drop another full album soon. Quist has had many of his tracks featured on radio, TV and film.
In 2018, live show highlights included performing at the 5th International Guitar Festival in Cartagena, Colombia - and shows/masterclasses in Malaysia. Quist is looking forward to hitting the road again in 2019 - both in his own name and as a session guitarist/MD.
Press Contact: FARdigital
Label: FretMonkey Records
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Some of the artists Quist has worked with:
Bridgette Amofah (Rudimental)
Electric Aunt Jemima
Future Cut Productions
And many, many more...
“Hats off, he's a tasty player!” - Steve Jones (Sex Pistols, Jonesy's Jukebox)
“Psychedelic fuzz guitar a la Eddie Hazel. Amazing.” – Mojo
"Very talented" - Bryan Ferry (Roxy Music)
"A Rock Master" - Guitar Techniques Magazine
"Trigger is an exemplary display of finesse from the prodigy that is Quist" - Music Existence
“Danish guitar virtuoso” - Guitar World
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