Charlie Griffiths is a guitarist and educator, adept at rock, heavy metal, and pop guitar playing. He has a wealth of experience playing corporate and session gigs, as well as touring with his own critically acclaimed progressive metal band, HAKEN. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazines Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over ten years.
Since graduating from the Guitar Institute in 1996, Charlie has performed extensively. In 2002, he formed the band Linear Sphere with Martin Goulding, with whom he released the album Reality Dysfunction. In 2008, he left that band to join HAKEN.
Haken have since released mulitple albums on the Sensory and Inside Out Music labels and gigged throughout Europe with bands including Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Marillion, Frost, Cynic, Big Elf, and Kings X.
Charlie's work with HAKEN continues to go from strength-to-strength. Following the release of the bands much-acclaimed fourth studio album 'Affinity', they embarked upon their 10th anniversary tour across Europe & North America. The band recently released their first ever live album, titled 'L-1VE'. The album was recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, the record features tracks from across the band's discography.
Charlie is also highly respected pedagogue, alongside his columns for Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World, he has composed 'metal' genre syllabus pieces for Rockschool grades 3-8 and travels internationally delivering clinics in metal technique for Rockschool.