Ven Thangaraj (FirstBourne)
Ven Thangaraj is an award winning American musician best known as the bass player for the modern heavy metal ensemble “FirstBourne” lead by the international award winning Brazilian/American guitarist Mike Kerr. Ven began playing professionally with Kerr as Kerr’s bass player for his “The Mike Kerr Group” project in which together they won the 2016 IPMA (International Portuguese Music Award) for best Rock Instrumental Album for Kerr’s “The Truth Of The Lion”. In the midst of gaining notoriety through the IPMA’s with The Mike Kerr Group project, subsequently they were forming the new band ‘FirstBourne’ that came to fruition in 2016 with their debut release “Riot”. This year (2017), it's FirstBourne up for an IPMA in several categories with Ven Thangaraj continuing to grace the band with his smooth technical playing and master Bass riffs! Additionally, Ven plays 7 string guitar for a Indian Death Metal Band, Hostilian and bass for an Iron Maiden Tribute Band. Ven was added to the D&A artist roster officially in 2017.
“The D&A Starfish and Hydra guitar stands are awesome. They're the only stands that I will trust to hold my headless basses (Wave Bass) and headless guitars (Strandberg Boden). The non-uniform shapes of these guitar bodies and the lack of a headstock make it is hard to find stands that will hold them safely and also ensure that they don’t get knocked down easily. With the Starfish and Hydra stands, it takes a second to place and secure the instrument whereas it would take much longer with other stands if it actually worked. Also they look killer!”.
- Ven Thangaraj