“Hello, everybody! I am Andrei Cerbu and I love my guitar because it makes me feel like myself in my deepest dreams. When I play my guitar I really feel great because I am enjoying myself extremely and I believe that I can transmit to all of you my flow and motivation. Music is my passion and guitar is the instrument that helps me break free. I love blues, rock’n’roll and heavy metal. Since I was very young, I listened a lot to Gary Moore and so he became one of my greatest mentors. I also enjoy listening to Metallica, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Nightwish, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker and many others. My goal is to improve myself day by day, to become better and ready for the next level.“
Andrei Cerbu was born in 2002, in Iasi, Romania. His music affair began when he was almost 7 years old. One day, his dad showed him on Youtube some famous guitarists and asked him if he wants to play that instrument. Andrei replied very excited that he really wants to learn how to become like those musicians he had listened and so the journey began. His father bought him an electric guitar and introduced Andrei to Petran Paveliuc, the best guitar teacher in the city. After only one year, Andrei Cerbu already had his own band – Kids Rock. All the members had ages between 8 and 10 years old and their talent and enthusiasm helped them gain people’s trust and appreciation around the city.
At almost 11 years old, Andrei Cerbu became famous around the country due to the TV show “Romania’s Got Talent”. He played, „Still Got the Blues” by Gary Moore, in front of the jury and the big audience (click the left image to see the video). It was a great success and sent him straight to the semifinals. After that, he won 1st place in the semi-finals, where he was playing on a flying stage, with the amp at his ear! In the finals, the judge decided that he will get 3rd place, a fact that amazed Andrei and made him cry with joy! He couldn’t believe the fact that a 11 years old could get so far!
Another great experience that contributed to Andrei’s Cerbu evolution was that he was the first kid who was invited to be a member of the bikers club in Iasi. The „Future Rider” Andrei was invited by Black Fist RC and Support MC to play the guitar at their first anniversary party. He was very touched by that moment and he still wears with great pride.
The venerable rock star, Nicu Covaci, was so impressed that he asked Andrei to play with him and his band for more than one year. In this time, he learned a lot about being in a team, working with more musicians and be able to play on big stages. He even says that: “At my first concert with them, I couldn’t see the end of the crowd!” Phoenix is the oldest folk-rock band in Romania and it was a great honour for Andrei Cerbu to be part of their group. Also, at 12 years old, he also helped Phoenix record the acclaimed album “VINO TEPES”! (Click on the album cover to listen to one of the songs)
Success continued to bring Andrei Cerbu wonderful experiences. One day was got really surprised when Nicu Covaci (Phoenix) contacted him and proposed a music collaboration, so Andrei learned to play, for the first time, Balada by Ciprian Porumbescu.
After being involved in his first album releasing, he realised that he needs a new path to go on, to try something new for him, but as old as the great music is: Blues! So he will start to study this new world for some time.
Meanwhile, he decided to go to a international contest, which took place in America! The contest was called “Word Championship Of Performing Arts”, where more than 1.600 contestants from over 60 countries were in for the big trophy! Still, Andrei was named a world champion two times at only 14 years old and also made some new friends from different countries: a Blues guitar player from Zimbabwe, a dancer from Taiwan etc. More and more, there was no competition at all, but a big family was forming!
Iron Cross Album
Together with his band, Iron Cross, Andrei released some Heavy Metal and Hard Rock original works! “The objective in music is not to look strait, but also to the left and to the right! To be an open-minded person!”
Andrei is now 15 years old and enters in a new era of music: Heavy Metal! He had been listening to Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Sabaton, and Metallica all day long and a need for a band of his own was growing! In the end, he formed “The Iron Cross”, a band of teenagers, who are ready to rock the stages of the world. With a lot of hard work in a short time, He has managed to release his first Heavy Metal album!!
Rares Totu was the man who helped Andrei to buy his first Marshall JCM 800 amplifier and from that point Andrei’s music and sound totally changed. Rares Totu inspired Andrei to try blues rhythms and so they started to play together on the same stage with Rares’s new band, ,,Rares Totu and the Midnight Sun”. At his urging, he helped Andrei form his first blues trio, ,,Andrei Cerbu and the Crossroads”.
Besides the profound admiration Andrei Cerbu has for Nicu Covaci, another person who influenced his personality is Rares Totu. He was named ,,Best guitar player in Romania” in ’87 and ,,Best guitar player in Hungary” in ’92 and he played in the well-known band ,,Trans-Express”.
At this time, he is 17 years old, with “Andrei Cerbu & The Crossroads” and “The Iron Cross” made up of teenagers who love music to the bone! Click on the images below to read about each one of them!
– Andrei Cerbu & The Crossroads –
– The Iron Cross –
“I still have a long journey ahead of me, but nothing will stop me doing what I love: to play Blues with my guitar! No one and nothing will prevent me to do it! I hope you enjoyed reading about me and how I started playing guitar, and if you would like to read more about my work, check the top menu or click down below to be redirected to the next pages!”