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Paulo Barros was born in 1963 at Valadares, Portugal where he still lives.
He had his first acoustic guitar at the age of 13 although his musical initiation goes back when he was learning how to play xylophone.

Along with his brother (Luis Barros) he started in 1982 Tarantula, after a few gigs, some of them in Germany and 2 demos the band recorded their debut in 1987 which was the first heavy metal record produced and published in Portugal by a national outfit.

Back at those hungry years Paulo Barros had to earn his living by working in restaurants, offices and construction he also had played several years in popular party combos.

As Tarantula fan base and recognition was growing Paulo Barros manage to quit all the other occupations and settled as a full time musician, composer, producer and guitar teacher.

In the early nineties Paulo Barros as a sponsored artist preformed several guitar clinics some of them with Steve Vai, Jennifer Batten, Billy Sheehan, Michael Angelo and jammed with artist from Bill Bruford’s and Paco de Lucia’s touring line up.

It was also during this decade that Paulo Barros along with his brother founded the Rec ‘N’ Roll Studio and Rec ‘N’ Roll School where hundreds of new talented Portuguese artists learned and recorded their demos and albums.
In 1998 “Vintage” Paulo Barros debut was released; a guitar celebration where intelligent guitar melodies are built to dialogue with his guests that come from top selling Portuguese pop acts to well-known and respect jazz artists.

Published in 2003 Paulo Barros “Gemini” is a hard rock / AOR album where homage is made to all the artists from the seventies and eighties that contributed to Paulo Barros musical character. Paulo Barros K:ARMA 6 recorded in 2007 at Rec ‘N’ Studio stands also has a tribute but this time, to all the great guitarists who’s work, as a landmark, have influenced Paulo Barros guitar playing. Paulo Barros was acclaimed by Burnn! Magazine, along with Dough Aldrich (Whitesnake) the best exotic guitar player, and played the first part of the concerts of SLASH and JOE SATRIANI when they come to Portugal.

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