Stiletto Ghetto founded in San Francisco by Louis Raphael (drums, producer and co-writer) in 2011 employs a rotating cast of backing musicians and vocalists to complete live and studio lineups. Influenced by everything from Aretha Franklin to Guns N’ Roses, the group painstakingly crafts songs with a refreshing vibe while combining their collective inspiration into a distilled, potent rock potion.
Capable of playing everything from drums and percussion to horns and keys, they handle everything including writing and producing Stiletto Ghetto’s music, ensuring the final product is truly their own. By 2011, Stiletto Ghetto caught the ear of guitar legend Steve Vai and landed on his Digital Nations label, releasing Tendernob Hillbillies the same year. Featuring 6 prime cuts of Stiletto Ghetto’s unmistakable 80s-influenced funky rock, word quickly spread throughout Northern California, earning them a spot on the main stage alongside Linda Perry and Sandra Bernhard during the 2011 San Francisco Pride Parade in front of 100,000 attendees.