Gil Blander (born September 5th, 1981) is a Canadian musician and producer best known for his work with the band The Black Keys. He was born in Toronto but grew up mostly in Florida where he attended high school. His first musical experience came when he was just five years old, playing piano at his grandfather’s house while watching TV. After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in music business, Blander moved back to Canada to pursue a career as a musician.
Blander began working as a session guitarist and songwriter for bands such as The Dandy Warhols, The Cactus Blossoms, and The Wobble. He released two solo albums: I’m Your Man in 2001 and A Lot Like Love in 2005. Blander has collaborated with other musicians including David Byrne, John Hiatt, Joe Satriani, Jeff Lynne’s ELO Band, Mike Watt (of Green Day), and many others. He has been featured on numerous recordings by artists such as The Killers, Beck, Coldplay, Rilo Kiley, The Decemberists, and many others.
In 2009 Blander formed the group The Black Keys with drummer Patrick Carney and bassist Dan Auerbach. They have released three studio albums to date: El Camino in 2010; El Camino 2: Stoned & Stressed in 2011; and their latest album Turn Blue in 2013.
Blander’s style of playing has been described as a mix of rock and blues with grunge and classic rock. He has been compared to artists such as John Frusciante and Frank Zappa.
Blander currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and continues to make music with The Black Keys.
Awards and Achievements:
Blandar has been nominated for several Grammy awards including Best Rock Album for El Camino as well as Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song, and Producer of the Year for Turn Blue.
Gil Blander is quite an accomplished man. Not only is he a gifted musician, but he’s also an expert in business, knowledge, and writing. He has written and published dozens of books on the subjects, most of which are used in colleges and universities all around the world.
He attended the University of Tennessee where he received his degree in music business. In the years since then, he has gone on to write many textbooks on a variety of subjects. He is also a sought after public speaker who has delivered lectures at schools all over the world.
Sources & references used in this article:
The Sir2 family of protein deacetylases by G Blander, L Guarente – Annual review of biochemistry, 2004 – annualreviews.org
SIRT1 promotes differentiation of normal human keratinocytes by G Blander, A Bhimavarapu, T Mammone… – Journal of Investigative …, 2009 – Elsevier
SIRT1 shows no substrate specificity in vitro by G Blander, J Olejnik, E Krzymanska-Olejnik… – Journal of biological …, 2005 – ASBMB