Biography

Throughout his career guitarist, singer, song writer & producer Milan Polak has played with members of Guns n’ Roses, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai), Marty Friedman (Ex-Megadeth), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Falco a.m.o.

He was featured in "Guitar for the Practicing Musician" as well as on several CD samplers of the world’s best guitarists such as M. Varney’s "Guitar On The Edge – The World’s Hottest Guitarists" (with the likes of Steve Vai, Greg Howe and Marty Friedman). His two instrumental albums "Dreamscapes" (feat. Thomas Lang on drums) and "Guitar Odyssey" received overwhelming praise & great reviews worldwide and stayed in the top seller charts of guitar9 for months.
The jazz/fusion CD "J.A.M." (a collaboration with guitarists Joel Rivard & Alessandro Benvenuti) reached number 2 in the UK Jazzwise Charts.

In 2007 Milan Polak decided to abandon the instrumental path and went to New York to record with drummer John Macaluso and bassist Randy Coven. This resulted in the album "Straight" which featured Milan Polak on vocals as well and received great feedback worldwide, e.g. "Album of the Year" (Netherlands) and "Album of the Month" (Italy). Other nominations were "Top 10 Albums of the Year" (Italy), "Top 30 releases of 2007" (UK) and "Best Guitarist of 2007" (UK). The renowned English "Fireworks Magazine" voted the song "The Glowing Of A Cigarette" no. 2 of the "Top 200 songs of 2007".

That same year Milan Polak also co-wrote and played all the guitars on the album "Bastard" (Nuclear Blast) for the German band Subway To Sally, which entered the German album charts at 7 and was voted "Album of the Month" by Germany's biggest metal magazine "Metal Hammer". Above all, their song "Auf Kiel" won the German "Bundesvision song contest 2008".

In May 2008 Milan Polak was voted one of the world’s 50 fastest guitarists by "Guitar World Magazine".

In June 2009 Milan Polak released another vocal album “Murphy’s Law” (feat. Fabio Trentini on bass and Simon Michael on drums) which entered the Guitar9 "Most Popular Vocal" charts at no.1 and stayed there for several weeks.

In 2010 a collaboration with Italian DJ/producer Drooid resulted in the EP "Aurora/Moon Dance" (Shah-Music Digital).
He also recorded 2 tracks along with Michael Angelo and Stu Hamm for "Guitar Addiction" (Guitar Euro Media), a sampler feat. musicians such as Guthrie Govan, Brett Garsed and many others.

In April 2011 Milan wrote a song called "End Of Time" for the Lion Music Japan Benefit Project "Embrace The Sun". The song features him on vocals & guitars as well as Kip Winger on bass, Dennis Leeflang on drums, Pete Lesperance & Harry Hess of Harem Scarem on guitars & backing vocals, plus Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal of Guns n' Roses who added another guitar solo.

By the end of 2014 he signed a worldwide record contract with the German label POWER PROG in collaboration with Universal. On March 20, 2015 the first single "This Time" was released, followed by the release of the album "Scarred To Perfection" which features Dennis Leeflang (Lita Ford, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal/GnR), Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger), Fabio Trentini (Guano Apes, Le Orme, H-Blockx) and Neil Taylor (Tears For Fears, Robbie Williams).

In December 2015 Milan Polak wrote & recorded the charity single "Devil On My Shoulder" together with fellow guitarist Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (ex Guns n' Roses). The song features bassist David Ellefson (Megadeth) and drummer Thomas Lang with all proceeds being donated to Road Recovery, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young people battle addiction and other adversities by harnessing the influence of entertainment professionals who have confronted similar crises and now wish to share their experience, knowledge, and resources.

Milan is also the author of the series "Guitar Heroes - Real Technique" and annually teaches master classes and band coaching at the University of Music & Art, Vienna.



Some quotes...

Steve Lukather (solo artist, Toto, session player)
"My friend Milan is a very talented player with a heart of gold. Make sure to check him out !!!"

Paul Gilbert (solo artist, Racer X, Mr. Big)
"Wow! You play really well. Keep playing great guitar!"

Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai, Mr. Big)
"Great playin' Milan - pleasure to jam w/you!"

Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal (Guns n' Roses, AoA, solo artist)
"Milan is a super-talented singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer."

Marty Friedman (solo artist, Megadeth, Cacophony)
"Your playing is great! It was excellent jamming, we'll do again..."

Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Y. J. Malmsteen's Rising Force, Talisman, Soul SirkUS)
"Hey bro, your CD kicks ass....keep trudging ahead, see you at the top soon!!!"

Hans "Falco" Hölzel (solo artist & popstar)
"I toured all over Europe and auditioned the hottest studio cats but just could not find anyone who impressed me. Then I met Milan!"

Kip Winger (solo artist, Winger, Alice Cooper)
"Milan Polak is one of the best guitarist I've heard in years"

Steve Blucher (DiMarzio Inc.)
"Very much the equal of the best guitarists in the world, Milan demonstrates his knowledge of other player's approaches without resorting to imitation or predictable playing. Dreamscapes showcases a variety of styles, but Milan demonstrates an easily recognizable signature touch throughout."

Mark Varney (head of legato records)
"I chose Milan for anchor man on both 'Guitar on the Edge'-CD's because I wanted the CDs to end with something that would totally blow away someone who had been listening to the CD up to that point."

John Stix (guitar)
"Bach rock, hard rock or squeezing the blues, Milan has it covered. Dynamic and forceful, he's got the tones, phrasing and technique that he needs to get to the big show."

Matt Williams (head of Liquid Note Records)
"The thing I love most about Milan's playing is the way he combines super-technique with emotion-soaked string bends and vibrant vibrato. Style is everything. Note choice, diversity and phrasing: you know it's Milan in about 5 notes. There's not many guitarists you can say that about anymore!"

Simon Badham (Essential Guitarist)
"A cursory listen to any of Milan Polak's solo discography reveals a truly ferocious musical talent, but one not solely confined to the world of shred guitar. Milan is a guy who can evidently play and laugh at the best of them."

Andy Craven (virtuosityone.com)
"Milan is one of the hottest players currently on the scene and is not only extremely proficient in practically every style you can imagine but also knows how to write engaging music and present in such a way that it has its own unique voice and character."

Scott Jeslis (metalexpressradio.com)
"The name Milan Polak might best be described as a bit of a guitar deity. His impressive resume certainly exudes enough highlights that could easily position him on top of such a pedestal."

Kevan J. Geier (tremol-no)
"I've heard TONS of guitar stuff in the last 15 years or so. This one stands out to me. Milan covers so many different styles and genre's - everything from metal to flamenco to shred-fu to the blues-ish ballad'y slow. He's shown me that he's the Leatherman of guitar. Totally and completely versatile. It's easy to see why Falco chose him as a guitarist."

MJBrady (ProGGnosis)
"Milan shows excellent flair for technical arrangements that fully compliment his amazing playing."

Mike Sandomirsky (Guitar Mania)
"Milan Polak transcends all space and time allowing his inner musical voice to flow making this melodic blues/fusion masterpiece shimmer with heart felt soul."

Jorge (Guitar Lords)
"I always figured you could play pretty much any style you wanted. I consider you one of the best guitar players of the world!"