Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Scott Mishoe: interview

1. Scott, first tell us a little about your early guitar influences and how you shaped your style over the years?

Scott: I picked up my first guitar at the early age of five inspired by my brother and father who helped me get started with the basics but it wasn't until seeing Eddie Van Halen that I knew I wanted to make music my life and pursue my dreams as a guitarist. I was blown away by his unique and original style.

So of course Eddie Van Halen was a big influence as well as Alan Holdsworth, Yngwie Malmsteen and Frank Gambale. Listening to these players, helped me realize the importance of having a style and sound so I made this a top priority. I also started studying music theory from a Berklee graduate and practiced at least 8 to 10 hours a day to find my unique voice on the instrument.

Victor Wooten who is a friend of mine and Ray Riendeau who played bass on my Omnidirectional both played a major role in my development of the slap technique more commonly used by bass players. But because I loved this sound, I started applying it to the guitar

Joel Hoekstra: interview

7. Who are some of your favorite up-and-coming players and why?

Joel: I have so little time to listen these days, but 2 guys I've seen on-line that sound amazing are Andy Wood, who is playing with Scott Stapp right now, and also Hayden Maringer who is getting loads of great gigs as well. I like them because they are 2 guys with loads of chops, but understand how to play for certain situations and play tastefully.

Ron Thal: interview

6. if you could jam with any one musician, alive or dead, who would that be and why?
Ron: Freddie Mercury. John Lennon & George Harrison. Jimi Hendrix. Can't pick just one. 'Why' gets in the way of doing – best not to ask why, and just 'do'.

Full interview

Dave Martone: interview

2. What qualities do you feel define Dave Martone as a guitarist/musician?

Dave: Well, humor for sure. I can’t take myself to seriously, or I stress myself out. I would say as well, constantly trying new things, as well as trying to simply as well. I’m trying as well to generate as much $$ as I can to try and have a comfortable life. The life of a instrumental guitarist is im sure just a little different then the life of .. hmmmm a Justin Bieber.

Brett Garsed: interview with

2. Back in 1991, you recorded Centrifugal Funk with Shawn Lane and Frank Gambale on Legato Records. This is one of those CDs that will go down in history as one of the greatest of all times. Could you share some thoughts about what it was like working with Shawn Lane and Frank Gambale?

I was absolutely blown away to be able to appear on an album with Frank and Shawn. I recorded my solos first which was just as well as I probably would have just stayed at home if I'd heard what Frank and Shawn were about to contribute. It was one of the rare occasions where the producer is saying, "More! More!" instead of telling you to not play so much. I was grateful to hear the final album and realise that my identity as a player held up against two of the greatest musicians that have ever existed. It also provided me with the opportunity to meet both Frank and Shawn and get to know them as people.

Todd Duane: talks to

2. Could you describe your experience with Shrapnel Records and Mike Varney? Do you feel your Shrapnel Release, "Todd Duane" accurately represents you as a guitar player and composer?

Todd: I had been demoing songs for years. I had recorded at least 100 songs. I was still a practising musician as well, so I was continually being inspired. It was easy to record new material because most often it was based around a certain technique or musical idea I had been working on. The demo’s I created for my Shrapnel “Todd Duane” release were recorded with the thought that “this is going to be my début record”. I upgraded my studio to a Tascam DA-88 digital 8 track recorder and just started to “do it”. By this time my playing had matured to a certain level and my song writing took on a new light. One that highlighted “melody and simplicity” over “technique and innovativeness”. Of course I still had all my technique, but I wasn't writing songs solely based on that any more. I was just trying to write good songs… ironically this is what made the difference in getting signed to Shrapnel Records. Of course many fans of my previous more technically inspired demo’s felt let down on my début CD. I personally felt very happy with the songs and playing, because I knew I was still doing all the same crazy stuff I had always done, but in a more musical, mature style- its where I was musically. With the release of the Electrocution 250 CD we decided to go back to the early goofy, over the top, crazy and humorous song style demo’s I had once recorded.

Jason Becker: Guitar Player interview

Your dad talks about you being able to play Clapton stuff note-for-note early on. How did you get his solos under your fingers?

My uncle Ron taught me the pentatonic scale. We would often jam the blues together at his house across the street. His favorite players were Roy Buchanan, Mark Knopfler, and Clapton. I loved them too. He told me I could play along with pretty much any Clapton tune with this scale. I went home and tried to learn all of his songs and licks. Knowing that scale, and seeing Ron play blues, allowed me to figure his stuff out by ear. The notes were the easy part, but figuring out his feel—now that was the hard part. I don’t know if I ever did. I had to find my own feel.

Stefano Sebo Xotta: Ibanez Day - Salumeria Della Musica

Recorded Live@Ibanez Day - Salumeria della Musica - Milan - Feb, 15th - #ibanezday

00:04 Double D (Strings 24)
04:29 Far East (Strings 24)
10:58 Burned Wood (Strings 24)
16:24 Electric Gypsy
Ibanez Day | Stefano "Sebo" Xotta | Salumeria Della Musica | 15.02.15

Eric Calderone: Lindsey Stirling Meets Metal

Hey guys,

So on the old Twitter, a ton of you guys were asking about something and anything Lindsey Stirling. I figured why not give it a shot. A. She's a monster. B. The tune is REALLY catchy and 4. I had a really good idea for an easter egg song (Crystal Mountain -Death). Thank you guys so much for everything, it means the world. Big BIG ups for ALWAYS rocking my casbah! You're the greatest!

Best to ya



Crystallize (Dubstep Violin) by Lindsey Stirling Meets Metal

Tomasz Andrzejewsk: Universum - new album available on bandcamp - great progressive metal

Tomasz Andrzejewsk: Universum
Tomasz Dawid Andrzejewski

Now my album its available on bandcamp.

Marco Sfogli, Zibby Krebs, Felipe Praino,Wojciech Hoffmann, Sam Bell, Łukasz "Luke" Kulczak, Muris Varajic, Fabrizio "BICIO" Leo, Feodor Dosumov, Alessandro Benvenuti, Marcin Duński, Brett Garsed, Grzegorz Skawiński

1. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Universum 05:14
2. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Sky or Die 05:03
3. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Italian Heart 04:26
4. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Return to '80 03:29
5. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Kidnapper Thoughts03:40
6. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Let's Stay 04:30
7. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Production - Boogie Boo 03:47
8. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Andy 03:31
9. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Juicer 05:29
10. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Lost Soul 03:23
11. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - Blues for You (BONUS TRACK) 04:34
12. Tomasz Andrzejewski, Jam Session Productions - The Clock of Life (BONUS TRACK) 01:23

Tomasz Andrzejewski - guitars
Marcin "KWACHU" Kisiel - drums
Grzegorz Goły - bass guitars
Łukasz Gruszewski - acoustic guitars

Piotr Lemański - keys (song 2, 3, 6, 10, 11)
David Buras - keys in "Kidnapper Thoughts"
Michał "GASHOO" Gasz - voc, lyrics in "Blues for You
Alex Argento - keys in "Universum", keys solo "Boogie Boo", mix and mastering (song 1 - 10)
All music written by Tomasz Andrzejewski.
Łukasz Gruszewski- engineered and produced, cover design, photos.

released 20 March 2015