Karl Golden is a musician and author from London, UK. He has played hundreds of gigs with many different original, function and cover bands/artists. Over recent years with the change of direction in the music industry he has become a successful YouTube content creator with over 245,000 subscribers and over 50 million views on his video content working with big brands such as Ernie Ball, Music Man, Se Electronics, Fender, Shergold Guitars, Faith Guitars, BandZoogle, Distrokid and many more. In 2020 Karl became an author writing and releasing his first four books in 'The Ultimate Book Series', focusing on guitar and ukulele education.
From 2004 Karl spent 4 years studying at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, gaining a Higher Diploma and Degree in Contemporary Popular Music. He was taught by world class musicians such as Jamie Humphries, Giorgio Serci, Pete Friesen and Dave Kilminster. During his time studying he found that being around so many talented musicians was inspiring and helped him develop his own style of playing, not only in the studio but in live situations. During his time at ACM, he was part of a variety of bands where he would regularly gig, feeding his love of performing.
Karl joined his first original rock band, named Zalinski, in 2007. With Zalinski, he played at some great venues in London such as The O2 Academy in Islington, Nambucca, The Purple Turtle, Proud and The Barfly in Camden, they also supported Pete Doherty at The Rhythm Factory in January 2010. Whilst working with Zalinski, Karl was involved with the recording and production of their debut EP 'Actions, Reactions & Misunderstandings' in October 2009, which was released worldwide on CD and through online digital distribution such as iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Zalinski's music reviews include:
"positively original ...will blow you away" Music-Zine
"Gorgeous indie guitar tones" Total Guitar
"'...seriously brilliant songs " www.toxicpete.co.uk
"...a mind absorbing soundscape" Roomthirteen.com
"...takes traditional rock on a little adventure" Rock 'n' Reel
"emotionally charged" www.glasswerk.co.uk
"Quite simply fantastic" Alternative Vision Magazine
"artful, funk - rock" NME
In 2009, Karl did session work for Bluey Robinson on BBC Radio One, playing electric guitar on his debut single 'I Know' , performing as well on an acoustic version on ITN music. He played guitar for Bluey in London and performed showcases in Paris, France.
After many years of struggling to make a living from music Karl decided to get a full time job in the film industry working for Technicolor and Deluxe in 2011. During his time off from work he would start making musical content for YouTube, believing that this could be a new way of reaching out to people and sharing his music. The success achieved by other musicians, such as Rob Chapman of Chapman Guitars and Elías Barreda (gewerh44), was a great source of inspiration.
In early 2012, Karl released his first self produced solo single 'You're So Complicated'. Through the help of YouTube he came across the young and talented singer Lui Matthews who was invited to sing on the track. Later in 2012 he made his first music video to help promote the track, which was directed by Dominic Rossetti & Tamrone Sellwood of Eternal Media Productions. Karl later released his debut album 'Living On A Knife Edge' featuring vocalist Lui Matthews in 2015. Karl self produced and funded the album and with the help of his large online following he managed to make it a big success.
All this hard work paid off in 2016 when his video '100 Riffs Goes Ukulele' reached over 1 million views and in the same year he reached 100,000 subscribers. To date he has achieved over 50 million views on over 700 videos, and counting.
In 2017 Karl built 'Golden Studios', his own personal recording studio where he is now able to write, film and record music freely (and not piss off his wife). In late 2017, with the gradual success of his YouTube channel, he made the decision to focus on this full time and follow his dream of working on music full time.
In 2018 Karl reached over 200,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and over 40 million views on his video content. With his continued success he has become an artist for lots of major companies such as Ernie Ball, Faith Guitars, SE Electronics, Focusrite and Shergold Guitars.
In 2020 Karl released four books becoming an author called 'The Ultimate Guitar Scales Book', 'The Ultimate Guitar Arpeggio Book', 'The Ultimate Guitar Chord Book' and 'The Ultimate Ukulele Chord Book'.
TV, film & achievements
Playing guitar on BBC Radio 1 with Bluey Robinson
Playing guitar on ITN Music with Bluey Robinson
Reached regional final of Surface Unsigned with band Zalinski
Reached final of Jar Music Breakout festival with band Zalinski
Supported Pete Doherty with Zalinski
Reached finals of MTV Gaymers Camden Crawl with Zalinski
Received a YouTube silver play button plaque award for gaining over 100,000 subscribers
Reached over 50 millions views on all my YouTube content
Reached over 250,000 Subscribers on YouTube
Ernie Ball Artist
Faith Guitars Artist
Shergold Guitars Artist
SE Electronics Artist
Self built home studio (Golden Studios)
Published The Ultimate Guitar Series Trilogy
Released The Ultimate Guitar Scales Course
Released debut solo artist album 'Living On A Knife Edge' ft. Lui Matthews