Conceived in San Francisco by Louis Raphael with a flair for experimental, genre-defying songwriting comes Stiletto Ghetto, roaring out of the West coast and spreading their brand of classic rock from California to New York.
Founded in 2011 by Louis Raphael (drums, producer and co-writer) he employs a rotating cast of backing musicians and vocalists to finish out his live and studio lineups.
Chock-full of scintillating guitar solos laid on a rock-solid drumming foundation and topped off by powerful female vocals, the Stiletto Ghetto sound rattles the listener to their very core during each and every song.
By 2011, Raphael’s project caught the ear of guitar legend Steve Vai and landed on his Digital Nations label, releasing Tendernob Hillbillies the same year. Featuring 6 prime cuts of Stiletto Ghetto’s unmistakable 80s-influenced funky rock, word quickly spread throughout Northern California, earning them a spot on the main stage alongside Linda Perry and Sandra Bernhard during the 2011 San Francisco Pride Parade in front of 100,000 attendees.
“San Francisco is a melting pot of people, cultures and music so it comes as no surprise that the band Stiletto Ghetto is a reflection of that eclectic city. They combine rock, funk and soul to make their own unique brand of fiery sounds that is so loud, funky and irresistible it would make the most casual listener stand up and take notice. It was not hard choosing them as our featured artist,” said Keith Hannaleck of MusikReviews.com.
Having officially caught the music industry’s eye, tracks were licensed for two independent movies, including a film directed by Josefina Lopez, author of the acclaimed Real Women Have Curves. They also appeared on a number of 80s tribute records, released by Versailles records, alongside historic acts such as Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash’s Snakepit and many more.
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