Pathik Desai completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington before receiving a scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to Los Angeles and joining the MI staff in 1996, he has been busy with recording sessions, touring and teaching, including writing for Guitar Player magazine and online lesson provider Truefire.com.
Pathik’s recording experience includes major motion pictures (such as the 2000 hit Finding Forrester), television shows (“Cedric the Entertainer,” “American Idol”) and countless jingles (Doritos, Mercedes Benz, Dirt Devil, Yamaha Motorcycles).
In 2003, he played on Kelly Clarkson’s first single “A Moment Like This,” which went to #1 on the Billboard charts and was the best-selling single of the year. Pathik has toured with a wide range of artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Westlife, Anastacia, Nick Lachey, Aaron Carter, Deborah Cox, Patti Austin, Kelly Price, Javier, Taylor Dayne and A.J. McLean (Backstreet Boys), just to name a few. He has also appeared on the “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “David Letterman,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning, America,” “The Early Show,” “Rosanne,” “Ellen,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “TRL Live” (MTV), “Regis and Kelly” and “Craig Ferguson.”
At MI, Pathik teaches Single String, Rhythm Guitar, RSW, Reading and private lessons while specializing in funk, R&B and contemporary pop styles.