Gints Smukais is represented
by Aristos Management Agency
Agent: Liene Vitola
+371 29 227 220
Gints Smukais first encounter with the guitar was in late 2008. Since then, he taught himself to play and explored percussive fingerstyle and composing since 2011, playing shows alone (with his music) and collaborating together with various well known Latvian musicians, pop-artists and choirs, playing in various Latvian national media and television platforms since 2013. Aswell as stepping up to international stages with solo performances in Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia and USA (Winter NAMMshow 2018, Anaheim, California)
In year 2018, Gints published his debut albums "Flourish", which got a nomination "Debut Album 2018" in Latvian Annual Music awards 2019.
Every year since 2014 he takes part in Latvia’s biggest and most known guitarist camps and workshops as a guest lecturer, demonstrating percussive fingerstyle.
-GUITAR DAY 2013 LATVIA: 2nd Place
-GUtIAR DAY 2015 LATVIA: 2nd Place
-Canadian Guitar Festival Fingerstyle Contest 2017: 2nd Place
-Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival Intl'Fingerstyle Guitar Contest 2019: 3rd Place
-International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship 2019: 3rd Place
The main influence and inspiration for the first 3 years of playing guitar came from a rock band from Canada named „Billy Talent”.
The next big inspiration, that led him to compose and play in percussive fingerstyle, was the American guitarist and composer Kaki King, from which he discovered even more guitarists/composers, from whom he could scoop some more inspiration, such as - Andy McKee, Antoine Dufour, Calum Graham, Jon Gomm, Trevor Gordon Hall, and, of course, Michael Hedges.
His goal is to raise awareness of the true beauty of instrumental music, and to unite and interconnect with his music as many people as possible, and, while doing that, to experiences the joy of true expression and creation.