At the age of 12 Rafael started playing acoustic guitar. and only two years later the electric. Rafael learned and played by ear till he was 17. Hungry for knowledge he went to study Guitar and Music Theory with Alexandre Lima (who have become one of his best friends and bandmate till 2006) at the Prediger Music School in Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil.
After 2 years of intese study, Rafael was invited to teach at Prediger School in 1998. In that same year, Rafael realized that he needed a band where he could explore different kinds of music and styles. That was the first steps that led to the creation of "The Element"!!!
Besides The Element, he also was part of the Orchestral Choir of OSPA (Porto Alegre Symphonic Orchestra), when he studied vocal technics with teacher Decápolis de Andrade and with maestro Manfredo Schmiedt. In that period Rafael was part of many important concerts, such as the, Mahler 2º Symphony, Verdi Quattro Pezzi Sacri, Beethoven 9º Symphony, and others.
Nowadays besides managing, producing and composing for The Element, Rafael teaches guitar, music theory and also works as a Freelancer Composer/Arranger.
Rafael proudly endorses:
Guild Acoustic Guitars
Influences: Pink Floyd, Rush, Queen, Supertramp, Angra, Dream Theater, The Cure, U2, Shadow Gallery, Symphony X, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Guns ‘n Roses, Skid Row, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Frank Solari, Nuno Bettencourt, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, John Willians, Hans Zimmer...