Date: February 27, 1984
Influences: Jeff Denny, Steve Vai, Michael Angelo, Jason Becker, Yngwie
Malmsteen, Joe Satriani and more.
Formato was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Mastic, NY at the age of 5. He
picked up the guitar at the age of fourteen and seriously became interested
after hearing Jeff Denny play his rendition of “Cliffs of Dover,” by Eric
Johnson. Ryan has been playing guitar religiously for 14 years. Steve Vai is
Ryan's major influence along with Yngwie Malmsteen, Jason Becker, and Joe
Satriani. Jeff Denny has also been an incredible inspiration to Ryan as Jeff
Denny taught him a lot about the guitar from fierce licks to the theory behind
chords and music in general. At 18 years old, Ryan competed in Guitar Center’s
Guitarmageddon competition in 2002 making it all the way to the Regional finals
and then competed again in 2004 and won the East Coast Regional Finals in
Florida and would later go to Dallas, Texas to play in the National Finals.
Ryan made it to become one of the top 6 guitarists in the country out of 3,500
contestants and played to a crowd of 15,000 people sharing the stage with many
of music's finest players at the Eric Clapton Crossroads Festival.
At this festival, Ryan also landed his endorsement deal with string giant Dean
Ryan Formato established himself at a young age and is working toward becoming a
major player in the guitar industry. His songs are inspired by his life, family,
as well as his wife Patricia and his twin additions, Ryan & Gianna.
Ryan has dedicated much of his life to the instrument practicing hours daily
to achieve a high technical ability and a great sense of melody. He will
continue to write music to enrich his life as well as the lives of others.