Jonathan, tell me about your last studio-project.
I just recently finished working on a few at around the same time. one is my second solo release entitled "einstein too", another was for a female singer recently signed to lava/atlantic named amy fairchild, two others were done at the same time at dizzyland studios in new hampshire for "hank decken" and "sonic joyride", also i've been working on composing for a film called "kamikaze" being shot here in new york later this summer. there are so many things i'm involved with at the moment due to now being available through my web site. not only do i have my regular producers and contacts calling me, but i also have artists from around the world now able to get in touch me directly, unlike before. since i've got my own studio here in the city, if they can't afford to fly me across the world, they can just send me their tapes, leave it to me to put the drums down and send them right back. it saves them money and it's great for me because i never would have been available like that in the past. next up for me is some recording with legendary bassist tm stevens, with possible tour dates later this year.
It's true that you're involved in Rama's, Toshi Iseda Project?
Yes, that is correct. toshi and andy (west) contacted me last year about laying a few drum tracks down for the rama project. it was an interesting process as i explained previously. they sent me the scratch tracks on da88, i then dumped them to 2" at my studio, laid down the 3 tracks during a dinner break while working on another session, then dumped the tracks back to da88 and sent them off. i've yet to hear the finished mixes, but am looking forward to the end results.
You are famous for great performances (on studio and on stage) with the master, Joe Satriani. Your memories on this part of your life?
Hooking up with joe was one of those situations of being in the right place at the right time. i had just finished a few years of work with steve howe and steve hackett in a band called gtr. things were up in the air about what the band was going to do next, leaving me with thoughts of moving on and possibly moving back to the states from london. a trip to the hoshino factory to sign with tama introduced me to joe who was there to do the same with ibanez. we talked about playing, one gig led to another, the next thing i knew we were on the road and i was moving back to the states. it was very exciting and enjoyable time for us back at the beginning. we were just an instrumental fusion trio looking to tear up every gig and blow away as many in the audience as possible. things changed later on though when the gig got more popular and joe tried singing to capture an even larger audience. although i still enjoyed a lot of what we did at the time, that was a turning point for me. joe thought it was time to 'calm down' the chops and concentrate on trying to get a single on the radio and that's not really where i wanted to go in that playing situation. i play on top 40 and top 100 recordings all the time in my session work, so with joe i really wanted to remain a 'players band'. of course, it's his band, his music and his career, so it was his call.
Now, are you friends with Satch, or not?
Not really at the moment.
Any more collaborations with him?
Well, I never expected to work with joe for as long as i did. one of the reasons i did stay that long was that around my touring and recording with him, i was also free to do many other gigs. aretha franklin, alice cooper, frank gambale and others. for me, that was important because i have a tendency to get bored with playing the same music all of the time, unless i'm absolutely in love with the gig. so playing with others allowed me to constantly go back to joe somewhat fresh. but by the time we had finished the 'time machine' record and tour, i was kind of tired with it and really looking to do more sessions. i was missing a lot of work while being out and away with joe. by the time 95 rolled around, i was already well into the network of the new york session scene, as well as just about to finish up my first "einstein" cd when joe called and asked me to do another tour. i listened to his new cd and my first response was no, due to not really liking his new direction as well as all that was going on for me in the city. he was very persistent, so we eventually agreed that if other opportunities arose that i wanted/needed to pursue, i would give him my notice and leave the tour at an opportune moment. i guess he never thought that moment would come around, but it did and i gave my notice to leave after about 10 months of being out. he was pretty upset and i hope one day that it will be water under the bridge, but i would've been such a fool to continually pass on the gigs that were being offered. the first recording i did upon leaving joe was for "fuel" on sony. i don't know how popular they are in italy, but they're one of the biggest alternative bands here and have been certified gold and platinum in various countries. that recording has led to so much more, so no regrets here.
What about your experience with Rudy Roberts?
I met rudy while playing together at the cannes music passion festival back in 95 i believe. we were the headline 'rock' outfit that week, along with john maclaughlin (who i got to play with) and jean michel jarre. anyway, after meeting and playing with rudy, he asked me if i would be interested in recording with him on his next cd. i liked him and his music, so of course i said yes. i flew to france during a short break on satriani's tour and did the tracks. he then came to new york later on and mixed the cd at my studio. he was a lot of fun to work, play and hang with.
You have one solo-album out. Tell me about the music of this album and the artists who performed on it.
As I mentioned earlier, my solo project is entitled 'einstein'. it's basically a showcase for my compositions, as well as a bit of my playing, although it's definitely not a drummers solo record per se. meaning, it's not just all instrumental songs with over the top playing. there is a bit of that, but it's mostly a vocal record in the heavy progressive rock vein. lots of odd time and counter-melodies. where i think the band shines is a combination of the clever melodies, rhythms and polyrhythms played very smoothly. i like to take odd time, make it feel straight and do the opposite with straight time. the first einstein cd is a trio made up of myself and two friends, stan jankowski (ld vox & gtr) and jani mangini (keys). the new einstein entitled "einstein too" has stan featured again as the lead vocalist, but this time around i enlisted the help of a few friends as guest artists for the solos. trey gunn, al pitrelli, jens johannsen, derek sherinian, dc cooper and a few others all lent their talents. it's actually being pressed at the moment and should be available by early august. information on those cd's and a lot more can be found on my web site .
Anders Johansson Killer drummer -By Guido Mercati
When did you start playing drums and what were you listening to at the time?
14 years old . I used to listen to Deep Purple , Billy Cobhan , return To Forever , UK (with Terry Bozzio) , Frank Zappa (with Terry Bozzio) and Rush.
Tell us about your love for jazz and fusion drumming?
My father was a jazz musician so i had always heard jazz at home . That might be why i liked Deep Purple so much . They have a blues jazz feel to many of their songs and in their way of playing . I guess i wanted to proceed as a drummer and the only way was to get into fusion and synphonic rock.
I think you were great with Shawn Lane and Jonas Hellborg at the Disma Music Rimini in Italy (3 years ago), because their music needed a rock groove and you delivered. Have you ever thought of recording something with them in studio?
Thanks! I also think they need more heavy drummer . I wanted to record/tour with them but they wanted to go in a more soft direction . I get the feeling the don't like the heavy fusion style . We (my brother Jens and I) did record an album with Jonas that came out pretty cool , I think , called Jonas Hellborg Group ...
The Yngwie years... Do you like to re-listen to those albums?
No... but it's because I have my albums in a place where it's hard to get to them. We used to have a lot of fun with Yngwie .
Currently, what are your projects?
Little here and there . I'm nowdays also a full member of Swedish Metal Band called HammerFall . we are going to record a third album and do a tour .
Did you compose all of the Benny Jansson's tracks together with him?
No, Benny composed everything himself. I got the tapes with guitar and I just added on the drums . I was alone by myself when i recorded my parts and that might be the reason why the drums play many fills all the time . Normally people tell me to not play so much , just keep time . Benny liked it though.
Are you going to be at the Disma in Italy this year? I hope so...
I wouldn't mind but Jonas wants more mellow/slow drums so i will unfortunately not come . I think Shawn Lane is cool with pretty much everything and would't mind me and my playing . He's easy to deal with . Jonas on the other hand has strange ideas always . He didn't really like my metal fusion style even though he is great with that style himself . he wants to find new challenges and new styles . In a way i think it's good for him to keep trying but it's also a pity since he handles the metal-funk-fusion best of all his styles !!!
Thanks so much...
...All the best, Anders .
The Great Kat CyberSpeed For CyberKat -By Guido Mercati
did "little Kat" get started playing guitar and violin?
First of all, The Great Kat is a
juilliard graduate violin virtuoso turned shred guitar genius, the
reincarnation of Beethoven and changing the face of classical music by
bringing it on the masses using metal !!! Wake up !!! After listeining to
Classical music such as Beethoven , Mozart , Bach and Haydn , since birth , I
began playing the piano at the age of 7 and decided to become a violin
virtuoso at the age of 9 . I won a scolarship to The Juilliard School Of Music
in New York City at the age of 15 on the violin and after 6 years at Juilliard
, i graduaded with honors . I won the Artists International Competition and
performed my solo violin debut at Carnegie Recital Hall , toured the U.S.S ,
Mexico and England , was the Concertmaster of the Juilliard Shool Pre-College
Orchestra and won numerous other competitions and awards in violin . After
graduading from Juiilard and realizing that Classical Music is DEAD , I
decided to take Classical into the 21st Century with modern popular music .
After hearing all forms of popular music , i came across a Judas Priest video
and realized that I have to Metallizze Classical Music , by mixing it with
Metal !!! The Great Kat is the only Violin/Guitar Virtuoso in history since
Niccolo' Paganini !!!
How do you go about composing your
Composition process for CyberSpeeding
Classical Music : !-Choose exciting , powerfull classical work , 2-Analyze the
entire score , 3-Play it on the violin and guitar , 4-Edit , arrange and
reorcheastrete the entire score to combine the actual authentic
instrumentation and authentic music with a Metal band , 5-Perform the actual
violin parts on both the violin and electric guitar note for note !!!
are your most recent projects? Any other news?
The new Cd Cyberspeed from The high
priestess of Guitar Shred is "Bloody Vivaldi" !!! The Great Kat has
now inflicted more pain and abuse upon this inferior , beggar world with the
sick , new music video "Torture Chamber" !!!
What guitars and other equipment do
you use to get your sound?
Guitars : Guild , Gibson Flying V ,
Jackson Flying V and Marshall 100 Watt Stack . Violins : Alvarez Electric
Guitars , 18th Century Irish Acoustic Violin and 17th Century Italian Acoustic
Will you be releasing your next shredding
instrumental CD with Shrapnel Records?
The Great Kat will be releasing a new
Shred/Classical Cyberspeed Cd soon on my own record label TPR Music !!! This
will feature a Cyberspeed Version of the powerfull Wagner's "Reinzi"
Overture !!! This will be the first Cd ever to combine a Metal band with an
actual Symphony Orchestra (Horns , Winds , Tympani , Strings etc...) !!!
I can see a comeback of the neo-classical shred with new CD's by great masters
of the past; Yngwie, MacAlpine, Gilbert, Vinnie Moore ... What do you
think about these players?
Can we hope, that in your orchestral work, the songs will have a longer duration? Are they without vocals?
All Great Kat Cds will be short , fast ,
brillant an dbe the new classical/shred music of the next Millennium !!! Wake
up !!! Everything in the 21st Century will be short and to the point !!! The
vocals that are used on the Kat Cds are meant to wake you dead , lethargic
losers out of your sleep!!!
What do you think about other music
style like jazz-fusion and progressive?
The only music in the world that matters
is Classical Cyberspeed Music !!! This is the music that Beethoven would be
composing if he were alive in this Internet-Fast-Moving world!!!
Give me some pratical advice to
young guitar players around the world...
PRACTICE YOUR BUTT ........... OFF
Brook Thompson 7th Heaven -By Matt Cafissi
, how did you get interested in music?
I remember first being interested in
music when i was about 8 years old . Music was constantly played in the house
. My parents weren't musicians but loved music , especially my father . I used
to listen to old Beatles records and at school my friends and i put on
concerts for the smaller kids where we would mine to Beatles songs . When i
was 15 i started playing guitar for real . My mother bought me a cheap
acoustic guitar and that was it , i was hooked ! My parents split up around
this time so i think it was a release for me . I remember i broke my left arm
a few months after i started guitar , but it didn't stop me playing . I showed
my younger sister how to play the chords with her ledt hand and i strummed
them with my good right hand , which must have looked strange ! Soon i started
listening to Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page . Man , did i want to be Jimmy Page !
The next guy i really got into was Alex Lifeson from Rush . I listened to
Steve Howe from Yes over and over ! So i've very much been on the progressive
rock trail and this led onto guys like Allan Holdsworth and Steve Morse who
are just amazing . And of course Vai , Satriani and John Petrucci from Dream
Theater is cool !
Tell me about your last CD, Warped.
On my Web site there's a whole lot of
information about me and the Cd Warped . It's been a very positive move
setting up the website . It's led to exposure all over the world , like
through GuitarChef . I've also had contact from webzines in the U.S.A. and
radio from Eastern Russia ! The guys that played on the Cd are in my live band
like David Christensen on Bass , Darren Burtoft on Drums and Tim Vooles on
What guitars and other equipment do
I play Ibanez Guitars . I've got 2 stock
standard RG 450DXs and a Universe 7 String . I've been playing Ibanez for 5
years . I find that for the sort of music i play they feel the best , they
play fast and the quality is really good . I use D'Addario Strings 9-46 . I
run my Digitech 2112 into a Stereo Power Amp i had custom made by a guy in my
home town , Mick Samson . I used a different setup on the Cd to what i have
now . I've always wanted to get unusual sounds , stuff that doesn't really
sound like guitar and with this i can call up synth like patches ,
harmoniesers , whammys , almost anything ! I'll be experimenting more with
sound texture on the next Cd .
Tell me your experience with Ibanez
Guitars and the collaboration.
I've done some clinics for Ibanez here
in Australia . The collaboration came about when i sent them my Cd . at the
time , they were running clinics in my home state , so it was perfect timing ,
I think the fact that i play a lot of 7 string guitar helped me get the gig .
Ibanez is pushing the 7 string these days . In the clinics i'd run through
some tunes on the 6 string and then demostrate and discuss the 7 string . It
was great opportunity for me to play and promote tracks from my Cd .
In your opinion, is the future of music on the internet?
Now , where's my crystal ball ??!! As
far as guitar music goes , i think it will always be around and popular in
some way . It survived disco in the 70's , it's still big now in the Techno
age , look at Metallica . So , i think it will always be with us in some form
, whether it be Punk , Metal , grunge or whatever the next popular style will
be ! So , i think music on the Internet is liberating and wholly democratic ,
but how do you stand out in the crowd ? I'm not sure !!??
What are three songs from other artists
that you wish you had written?
I only get to choose three ? Well ,
there are so may ... It can depend on what sort of mood i'm in . But , right
now i'd say "Rescu Me Or Bury Me" by Steve Vai , i think this song
has my favorite Vai solo . "Three Sheets To The wind" by Allan
Holdsworth . This is my all time favorite Holdsworth solo , closely followed
by "Devil Take The Hindmost" !!! "Scarred" by Dream
Theater . Probably my favorite DT song . I like this starts off really cool
and mellow and then builds to a climax vocally and instrumentally !
Some suggestions for young guitarists?
As a guitarist , listen to your
favorite players inside out , get to know they play , why they play things in
certain ways . Practice hard , have a practise routine . Listen different
styles too . Eventually you will start to develop your own style that might
sound like bits from all the guitarists you listened to , but over time it
will sound more like the real you . There might be times when things aren't
working out that you think it's not worth it , but never forget why you play
guitar ... because you love it !!!
Neal Nagaoka Speed Sweep -By Guido
Tell us about your guitar playing roots, Neal.
My root ? Wow, I guess I started by
listening to bands like Led Zeppelin and a lot of metal bands like Iron Maiden
and Ozzy . I was a big Van Halen fan as well . I guess what got me started
playing guitar was when i was 12 , i got my first guitar . Since then i have
gone through about 100 different teachers . My first song i think i ever
learned was Starway To Heaven . LOL but i would have to say the 2 songs that
really changed my way of thinking as far as guitar playing would have to be
Eruption from Van Halen and Black Star from Yngwie Malmsteen .
Your favorite 10 CD's of the all
No particular order : Led Zeppelin
"Physical Graffiti" , Ozzy Osbourne "Diary Of A Madman" ,
Yngwie Malmsteen "Rising Force" , Van Halen "1" , Jason
Becker "Perpetual Burn" , Greg Howe "Instrospection" , Al
DiMeola "Elegant Gypsy" , Steve Morse "High Tension Wire"
, Mark Varney Project "Centrifugal Funk" , Steve Vai "Passion
& Warfare" .
Could you describe your guitars and
the various arsenal?
Currently . I am using an ESP Horizon .
For live i use mainly an old Marshall half stack that i have owned for may
years . I run a Marshall JMP-1 Preamp for the distortion tone . My favorite
effects would be a little bit of Reverb and Delay .
What do you think about other styles,
I think it's great . I love it . The
musicians that play this kind of style definitly deserves to be more
recognized in the music world .
Your personal thoughts regarding
these three players: Greg Howe, Brett Garsed and Richie Kotzen.
Greg Howe is probably one of my personal
favorites . The guy is a monster . brett Garsed . Could be one of the most
underrated guitarist . His legato technique and overal feel is unbelievable .
Richie Kotzen i think is a great guitarist . I especially liked Electric Joy .
What is the situation in the U.S.
right now regarding 'Shred' and 'Hyper-Technical' music?
Well unfortuanelly , the whole shred
guitar scene in the U.S. seems non existant . I hope one day it will come back
again . in the LA Area , the 2 main music right now seems to be the whole Rock
en Espanol and of course , Hip Hop .
Your detailed discography and your
Currently I released only one Cd so far
entitled The Crossing . I am almost finished the second Cd and hopefully i
will release it sometime this year (Out now !!!) . I am also doing a few
session work for local artists in the LA Area and at the same time , playing
locally with a spanish rock band .
Did you attend G.I.T or Berklee
Yes, I attended both. I taught at GIT
for about a year as well.
What do you think of the new Dream
I like it . I like most of the stuff
they do and I think John Petrucci is an amazing guitarist!!!
Thomas Blug The beauty of Simplicity -By Emiliano Mammini
Could you tell me more about how you got involved with music and your early influences?
Before I picked up the guitar I was
doing electronics as my first hobby . My first musical influences were quite
different on the hand it was The Stones and on the other hand Jean Michelle
Jarre . I built myself an guitaramp and got my first Strat copy . After
learning from a german instructor book i took a few lessons at a Jazz
Guitarist . He thought that i was talented abd so he told me some scales ,
chords , theory etc ... He wanted me to play Jazz . I followed him for a fwe
lessons but than we got into a conflict because i loved to play harder (i
played him Deep Purple) and hr didn't like this kind of music ... So i stopped
taking lessons ! But with his basics i could listen to the records and pick up
the licks bit by bit myself . It was hard work , but also a very good
training . So i formed my first band . As we started to play in local clubs
and youth houses some other guitar players asked me to give them lessons
. I got more and more students over the time and everybody was into something
else . From Beatles to Police . Heavy Rock and Funk , so i listend to all
kinds of music , which was very interesting and i had to learn it first before
i could show it to my students . Again hard work , good training and lots of
fun ! With the band we played a mixture of styles from rock to pop to "fake
jazz" funk ... i was listening to Deep Purple , The Stones , the who ,
pink Floyd , Toto , return To Forever and all of this late 80's pop on the
I saw you playing in Rimini (Italy)
and I was quite surprised from the fact that you are German and you play that
incredibly melodic music...full of good taste and perfect sounds. You know,
it seems that Germany is very attracted to Metal, Power-Prog music and
not in instrumental rock. What do you think about the situation in Europe for
musicians like yourself?
You know, German Music has different
faces. There is the harder side like Scorpions , Accept , Doro Pesch , Nina
Hagen and now Ramstein , on the other side there is this bizarre stuff like
Kraftwerk , Tangerine Dream ... but even before i played the guitar i liked
melodies from songs of the Beatles and the music i was listening on the radio
. I think this was always in my head and whwn i was listening to what i was
playing , i always liked the more melodic bits . Later i listened also Santana
, Neil schon , Gary Moore and my hero Jeff Beck . To find out what makes the
guitar really "speak" . I'm doing studio work for many artists like
Hazel O'Connor , Culter Beat ... and many German Artists that are not released
outside Germany and i was also touring with some German bands like Tic Tac Toe
, Purple Schulz , Rainbirds ... but at the moment the electronic dance music
is very strong in Germany , that's why i do an instrumental album once in a
while to show that the guitar is a beautiful instrument to express myself that
can do more than just riffs and noise ! I think after this cold electronic
periode there will be some "warm hearted" music again !!! I think we
will listening more of this in the future . Besides my work for other people i
will work on my own projects and mayby you'll never know you might hear
something from me on the radio or on television ...
You have done lots of co-productions
with different bands and have released two solo albums since 1997. What are you
doing at the moment and are you planning a new release?
Yeah ! There are two things i'm doing
right now . 1-Working on some pop songs this will be only released when it's
finished ... But there is no dead line (maybe never ... ah ah ...) and 2-I
think i'm going for my third instrumental album . If you want to get the news
please check on my website . I planned to do it the next winter .
How did your recent tour-clinic
with Hughes & Kettner come up?
Since my first hobby was electronics i'm
not only a guitar player i can also talk to a technician in a way that he
accepts me . So H&K asked me to be involved in your designs to give them
my experience . I know H&K for many years i also work on some productions
with them . I'm part of their designers team . For me it is good to play on
some trade shows to see what's going on (like Rimini for example)!
would like to know what you usually use in the studio as well as in a live context.
In the studio i use "everything
that sound good" . It depends on the music . I have a collection of
guitars : Gibson ES 335 , Tele , Les Paul , A Custom Maple Strat and my main
Guitar , my 61 strat . Some classic Amps Vintage Fenders , Marshall Plexi
50/100 watt (without Mastervolume) , a H&K Triamp and many footpedals+wah
like Old Vox/George Dennis Switch Wah , Small Stone , H&K Replex Delay ...
Live i use my Triamp with EL 34 , a 4*12 Cabinet , an old Quadroverb , my Wha
and an all access Midi Switcher . My Guitar is mostly my 61 strat a spare
strat , sometimes a Guild Acoustic .
What are the three songs of all-time
that you wish you would have written?
Ha ... ha ... "Yesterday" by
The Beatles , than i wouldn't have to work anymore ! "Hotel
California" by Eagles , "Roxanne" by The police , "Whole
Lotta love" by Led Zep .
What is music for you?
And what suggestions could you give to our Italian and American guitarists in order to
become better musicians?
Music is an international language that
everybody can understand . Just express yourself ! Don't imitate to much it's
good to learn some musical vocabulary/technique , but i think every person has
it's own little story to tell in music . You shouldn't get too confused by all
this technique and licks . Be yourself and play it from bottom of your heart
!!! Ciao !!!
Carl Roa Elf guitar -By Matt Cafissi
, how did you get interested in music and who were your influences?
When I was very young I started piano
lessons and learned the basics of music . Also , must everybody in my family
is a musician . So perhaps the music was in my blood ! The guitar came a
little later on , when I was 15 or so . Many of my friends played guitar and I
decided I also wanted to learn too . I saved up $75 and bought my friends
Yamaha Acoustic after he gave it up . I was pretty obsessed with playing from
the beginning and progressed quickly . Some of my most early guitar influences
were Alex Lifeson , Eddie Van Halen , Randy Rhoads , Jimmy Page , Robert Fripp
, Steve Howe and many more ... But definite turning point was getting a chance
to see Steve Morse play with the Dixie Dregs . A friend of mine had gotten
tickets to the show and we managed to get in even thought we were under age !
I had never heard musician of that caliber before and that night really opened
up the world of fusion and jazz music . I had a similar experience a few years
later when I saw Pat Metheny play at a Jaco Pastorius benefit concert .
What guitars and other equipment do
you favor to get your great sound?
My main guitar is a Brian Moore Custom
C-90 PM . It has a peizo saddle and a 13 Pin Midi Out . It's loaded with
Seymour Duncan Pick Ups and a Custom switching system that allows for great
variants in tones . I use GHS Boomers Strings as i have found that they give
me the best durability and tone (gauage 10/46) . I use Mesa Boogie Amps and am
always experimenting with different set ups . For effects i like the Rocktron
Intellifex and Lexicon Units .
What is your most recently completed
project and what are you currently working on?
The Magic Elf has just released a new
live EP , all ordering information is available at the Magic Elf WebSite . It
was very challenging to try and pull off the tunes from Elf Tales as a
Trio . In the studio version of tunes , I had layered many guitar parts . But
playing live , I have faced the challenge of modifying parts to cover the
multi-layered parts from the records . I would also say The Live recording as
more of an edge to it . I am currently writing new material for a new solo Cd
that i hope to have out in the fall . My solo Cd will have a mix of styles on
it and will include acoustic pieces as well as some heavy rock fusion tunes .
You are the 'Main Axe' of The Magic elf...
well, why the name of The Magic Elf?
Well , many years ago we used to play
under the name of The Wayne Foundation . Which was based on Bruce Wayne , the
characters from BatMan . After the series of BatMan movies came out it became
a bit to cliche' , plus we were worried about legal complication , so we tried
to come up with a new name . One day I was driving with Elf drummer Dave
Miranda when he slammed on the brakes and yelled , "... give me a name
... right now ... the first name that comes into your head !!!" and for
some unknown reason i blurted out "... The Magic Elf !!!" well , we
were both laughing and agreed that would be the name . That's how it happened
What about Shred music with the guitar scene today?
There are many talented players out
there and i think we are hearing more about them trough the Internet . It's
pretty amazing how many musicians i've heard about and listened to throught
the Web . I've always been a fan of good guitar music and think there is a
large percentage of the population that appreciates good musicianship !
Hopefully we'll be getting a little more guitar in our Rock 'N roll , as
people are ready for a change .
We would like to know what are three
songs that you wish that you would have written?
This is an impossible question to answer
! There is so much great music and so many great composers that it is very
difficoult to name only three . But since this is a guitar magazine , I will
pick three from modern day guitarists , but by no means is this only three .
How about : "Are you going with me" by Pat Metheny , "Hereafter"
by Steve Morse and "The Things You See" by Allan Holdsworth .
The future of guitar (advertising,
buying, selling, etc.) is it on the Internet?
I would say the Internet is the single
biggest sourch for fueling the new guitar oriented progressive movement . It
allows the indipendent artists to reach people throughtout the world . The Web
is an amazing tool and is the main way we sell our Cds now . As i mentioned
earlier , there is a definite market for guitar hungry fans and the Web has
been the primary resource for rearching them .
Troy Stetina Exotic Vision -By Guido Mercati
about your 24 Capriccci by Niccolo' Paganini for electric guitar. In the 80's, you played in
some lucky auditorium in the U.S...why you not recorded it on
Well , first off , throughout that
period i was busy writing a bunch of guitar methods and developing the guitar
program at the Winsconsin Conservatory Of Music and i was messing around with
original music a bit , too . But that's really just a poor excuse ! I think
the main thing is just that i've always had really high standards when it
comes to doing that kind of music . I do have some video of some of
those performances and i have a cassette demo of a Beethoven piano sonata that
i arranged for electric guitar , bass and drums . Anyway , i may well
end up putting a few classical pieces , maybe including some of the Caprices
or even Perpetual Motion , on a future Cd . We'll see ...
How about your gear? Give some details
about your amps, 'cause your sound is fucking heavy and ready to
Thanks ... yeah !!! Rock is all about
tone , for sure . Slam a power chord and if the tone is cool , it's sounds
great ! But if the tone is wimpy , it just doesn't work . All the tunz on
Exottica were tracked through my Marshall JCM 800 half stack . My main guitar
is a Jackson Soloist , which i've taken the knife to and truly destroyed . The
pickups are Seymour Duncan . I generally just run it into an older Boss 'roicker
distortion' pedal i've got and then right into the amp . That's it !
Your view regarding your previous
Stetina project, Set The World On Fire .
hmmmmm ... there is some good songs on
there i think . I'd actually like to remix the stuff ... I think a lot of it
would go over much better if the tones were a little different . But i enjoyed
the project and i'm glad we did it . Unfortunately one of the best rockin'
tunes at the time called "Shoulda Never Let You Go" didn't make it
onto the final Cd . So if i listen now , i think there's just too many ballads
on there and not enough uptempo hard rocking stuff . In fact , i resisted
doing an instrumental Cd for years !
Did you collaborate with any bands in
I spent the summer of '94 with Don
Dokken out in California . This was just when he was completing Dysfunctional
. If they didn't get back together with George Lynch for their (shortlived)
reunion , I was hoping to do the tour with them . But it didn't pan out . Then
we moved back to the Milwaukee Area , I started writing material for what
eventually became Exottica , we built a house and then a recording studio in
it to produce the Cd in . I'm producing Cds for three modern Heavy Rock bands
from this area like Bent , Shadowcaster and Fake Healer . That's a lot of fun
Your 10 favorite guitars CD's of all
Ten ? Man , I listen to so much
different stuff ... well i'd have to say Van Halen's first and second Cd .
Ozzy first two Cds with Randy Rhoads . I like Satriani's "Not Of This
Earth" and "Surfing ..." . These days , in the course of
writing articles for GuitarOne Magazine I listen to lots of modern stuff like
Rage Against The Machine , Korn , Sevendust , Pantera , Machine Head , Tool ,
Kid Rock etc ... There are lots of good and creative musicians out there i
CD sounds fresh and cool, but it's nothing than 80's instrumental heavy-rock.
Give us your secrets in composing and production?
Well , if it sounds fresh then it
certainly can't be just 80s rock ! Okay , i'll agree that there are certainly
some 80s elements in there . But the riffs and progressions and grooves really
have more in common with 90s and current bands . In fact , i didn't even come
up with the solos until the very end , the day I would track them , usually .
So I pretty much try to compose my stuff to hold my own interest !
Your favorite players right now and
for the near future:
Favorite players ... favorite players
... Like J.S. Bach onesaid when someone commented on his extraordinary
keyboard ability "... I just put each finger down at the right place at
the right time and the keyboard plays itself !" Oh , i've got one for ya
... an amazing local Milwaukee guitarist named Greg Koch . Great player ,
blues rock based style . I'm looking forward to hearing his new instrumental
Will you ever record the 24 Capricci
? I think that will be a great seller...really!
I'd like to maybe throw a few classical
pieces onto a future cd . Not all of the 24 Caprices translate so well to
electric guitar , but several of them do nicely . With Exottica , i
specifically steered clear of classical because that is so associated with
Malmateen and noe classical players and frankly in the U.S. these days that is
pretty much dead now . So i'm trying to stake a claim to a new style ... first
Mike Chlasciak Guitar Resurrection -By Guido Mercati
of all, tell me about your collaboration with Rob Halford.
Working, touring and writing music with
one of the world's premiere vocalists is nothing short of great! I feel very
fortunate to be in a band with Rob and I love every minute of it. We ( Rob,
myself and the other guitarist) started writing for the record "Resurrection"
September 1999 and the ideas just run quickly. Rob listens extremely well to his
musicians and he inspires us a lot. I really love being in HALFORD!
Your playing is very heavy and you
believe in true Metal, but in your opinion, what do you think about the lastest
trend of guitar/techno music?
Well, I thought that sooner or later this
would happen. I don't mind it and there was a point in my career that I have
possibly wanted to do a heavy guitar album with techno. I haven't heard Joe
Satriani's new CD, but if I did it it would have crushing rhythms, really,
really heavy. So, it's cool, But if I don't hear that type of music I don't miss
it too much either, so.
There is a great difference between your current CD and your last one.
Well, there has to be a progression, as I
see no need to repeat the same album all over. My style is the same though. When
I released my "Grind Textural Abstractions" CD in 1996, there still
were intense guitar records being released, so I sort of stayed away from solos
all the time. I wanted to make a statement that was different. With my new CD
"Territory: Guitar Kill!!!", intense lead guitar in today's market is
so bland, that I wanted to shake everybody up and just rip, kill and God...isn't
there a lot of notes on that album...ha. But, at the same time you still have
the brutal rhythms approach from my first CD, so it feels cohesive.
Is the future of music business on the Internet?
Well, it sure does help and it is possible
to sell a good number of CD's via the internet, you know? Internet is very
important to today's music, especially if you take independent artists, or
artists tht are doing something that is not "Hip" or "Popular".
I'd also like to encourage all readers to support guitar albums and records in
pure Metal tradition. I'll see you in Italy in October/ November of this year!
Terry Syrek Shred Fest -By Matt Cafissi
Terry , we await your debut CD!
Me too! (hehe) Yeah, i've been working on this thing for well
over a year now and a few things keep holding me up. Mainly, i'm relying
pretty heavily on my friend/drummer/co engineer Greg Kalember to help
with the project and his time is very limited. We did basic tracks up at
Millbrook studios (where they did the Liquid Tension stuff) but have
since been working out of a studio down in NY City, where Greg works as
an engineer full time, for the rest of it. Problem is, it's hard to get
studio time and it's even harder to get Greg's time. Also, money
(specifically the lack thereof) has been hold up. The songs call for a
bunch of different instruments and being that i don't play tabla or
violin or cello, i have to hire other people. All in all, so far so
good. i think it's gonna be pretty cool and i just want to get it done.
i'm hoping to finish in the next 6 months. As far as what to expect,
it's definitely guitar oriented, has a ton of odd time, and ethnic
percussion. Kinda like a Rush meets Meshuggah meets Kings X meets Yngwie
What do you think about the new trend of Guitar
with Techno music ...
Hmm... well from what i've heard, it's kinda cool. i'm really
fascinated by technology and am a complete computer geek so it's
interesting to see what effect it all has on music. The way i see it,
using the modern stuff available to us is kinda like Pink Floyd back in
the 70's. Those guys were definitely experimenting with the technology
of the time. Most important, though, is not writing music because of the
technology. A good song needs to start with a good song and no amount of
synth gear and sampling is gonna make it good by it's self. So i think,
if that's what you're into, and the song calls for it, then it can be a
cool thing. i'd love to hear Yngwie do a rap album (hehe).
Shred or not Shred ? This is the problem for a
modern guitarist ?
Ha, the infamous "s" word. i say go for it. A good player is
gonna shine through whether he shreds or not. If you truly live for that
stuff and believe 100% in playing it, then that enthusiasm is gonna come
out in your playing, and that's the important thing. To me, chops are
even more effective when there's some kinda contrast, meaning that if
some guy comes out and plays as fast as he can with all his best stuff
in the first song he has no where else to go, so by song 3 i'm bored.
When i hear someone like Holdsworth, now that to me is a good use of
chops. He's got amazing tone in his hands, chops up the wazoo, and
obviously a sense of harmony and melody that overshadows most anyone
that has ever taken up the instrument.
What do you use in studio and live (instruments)
I use 1 guitar mainly for most stuff; an 89 Jackson Randy
Rhoads with obnoxious purple and green stripes (seemed like a cool color
in the 80's-hehe). It's got 2 Duncan distortions in it. i had Jackson
make me another, recently, with a, uh, more subdued paint job.
Unfortunately the neck mysteriously cracked and it's back at the factory
getting looked at. i'm really bummed because it was cool and was my
first 24 fret guitar. Now i can't play with out the extra 2 frets! i
also have a strat i use for various stuff. On the acoustic side i have
6 and 12 string Alverez/Yaris. As far as amps, i use a VHT Pittbull
Ultra lead for live stuff and for recording heavy rhythm tracks. i have
a Marshall JMP1 and power amp that i use for more of the clinic/teaching
thing, and i have a little Boogie Studio 22 that i use for playing at
home and also some recording (recently used it on a Satriani tribute
Do you have some suggestions for young
Yup, 2 things: First, you absolutely MUST love what you do. The things
that will come against you in the music industry are truly unimaginable
at a young age. Most of us figured all we had to do was practice 12
hours a day and by age 20, we'd be on a world tour with Ozzy hanging out
with famous people and living the rest of the time in a castle in
Europe. i must pause here to laugh uncontrollably at my own naiveté. i
also thought that by spending that much time doing music i truly did
love it. But i had no idea. Being a musician is a long and hard road
sometimes, but it's also very cool; i love it and it gets deeper every
year. If you can imagine yourself doing something else in life, do that
instead . And Secondly, learn to schmooze. If you want to do the guitar virtuoso
thing, you have to spend ALOT of time playing and practicing and
basically giving up alot of your life. However, it all means nothing if
you don't play anywhere and with anyone. So, take some time, get out
there and meet people. i'll say this, the people i know that are doing
big stuff in the industry are all guys that were obviously good on their
respective instruments but also had this ability to go out to clubs and
bars and hang out and talk to people and were just fun to be around. If
all you do is spend 15 hours a day in your room perfecting your 8 finger
sweep/tapping technique of devastation, it's gonna sound great but
you'll have no social skills and it's gonna be hard to meet the people
that will be able to help you. And believe me, success has alot to do
with who you know.
Borislav Mitic Young Passion -By Matt Cafissi
Borislav, how old are you?
I have been playing guitar for 18 years but I'm still quite young (I was born on 28th July the same year Jimi Hendrix died)!
Tell me about your last CD, "Fantasy"
. Is this is a concept, concert album?
"Fantasy" is my debut album which was published in 1996 only in
Yugoslavia (my homeland). That is also the album that I sent to Mike Varney of Shrapnel
Records as my presentation while I was still in Yugoslavia and that album
lead to my contract with Shrapnel.
"Fantasy" is an instrumental guitar album featuring my arrangements of
of my favorite classical pieces by Paganini, Bach, Handel. There are also my
own original compositions on that album which are more hard rock/metal
oriented and also a few electric and acoustic ballads-which are maybe my
strongest musical points. In my opinion I displayed some of my technically
most challenging playing on "Fantasy".
This 2000 re-release version is remastered and the cover artwork is new.
It's available through my WebPage and some online distributors like Guitar 9.
Why is your "Fantasy" CD not distributed
The idea to re-release it came to me because a lot of my fans were asking
where and how they could find and buy "Fantasy"-because they liked my
Shrapnel album. So it's more like an "in between" album between two
albums made available for people who would like to have my previous work. So
that's why I did it on my own -at least for now. Perhaps it will appear on
Shrapnel later on but I'm not 100% sure about that.
In your opinion, is Mr. Varney ready for a new
Neoclassical Invasion or his he a 'trender'?
In my opinion Mike Varney is a guy who is to be regarded as somebody who
presented to the world some of the best guitar talents. It all started when
he discovered Yngwie Malmsteen and brought him to US to record (Steeler) and
made Yngwie's introduction to the music world. That is exactly the thing
that ignited the "neoclassical instrumental guitar" fire and opened
doors to many guitar talents that appeared after that.
Shrapnel always brought great and also- stylistically different guitar
players: Yngwie Malmsteen, Greg Howe, Jason Becker, Michael Lee Firkins,
Vinnie Moore, Ron Thal, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Borislav Mitic,.
Shrapnel also has artists like: Frank Gambale, John Norum, Scott Henderson,
Michael Schenker, Jerry Goodmann, Steve Smith, Larry Coryell, Glenn
Hughes,.and many others recording for them.
So Shrapnel were always very diverse. And as far as "following Trends"
just has to look at the latest guitar magazines to realize that virtuoso
-guitar doesn't seem to be "in trend" right now (which is something
that I hope will change soon).
For me, Malmsteen is different from the other Neoclassical guitarists
in that the others are mega fast but play without feeling and Yngwie's vibrato...to die for!
Personally, Yngwie is one of my favorite players and a big influence but I
guess it's all a matter of taste. Every guitar player has something of his
own that is unique. So everybody is special in his own way. For me there is
usually something new and interesting to discover in almost anybody's style.
I personally find that the composition and the way a musician is projecting
his emotions through his music to the listener is the most important. Speed
in playing doesn't mean much if it's not accompanied by a skillfully and
tastefully crafted song. I also like music to have a melodic quality to it.
As for vibrato-it's a very personal thing and it shows well how passionate
and experienced the player is. But it mainly shows the personality of a
player. For example: Yngwie Malmsteen, Santana, Django Reinhardt, Eric
Clapton, Mike Oldfield, Angus Young (AC/DC), B.B.King, Eric Johnson, SRV, or
Steve Morse-all have very different but great vibratos.
Right now I am working on compositions for my next album for Shrapnel
scheduled for 2001. Musically it will cover even more ground and present
more of my various influences than even the previous one did (ethno, metal,
blues, techno,.) blending it all into something new. I will also try to push
the technical side of playing further (but never neglecting the melodic
side). It should surpass everything I've done so far and it should also
include a few vocal oriented songs. Stay tuned for that one!
My best regards to you Matt and all the readers of this interview!!!
Ashen Poet's Life -By Matt Cafissi
First of all, tell me about your new band called 'The Crash Poets' , the
next album and the "death" of the name Roy!
OK…hmmm…where to begin. As you know, the new band is called THE CRASH POETS,
and it's really always been the ultimate goal of mine to have an amazing band
of players with similar tastes in music and energy. This band rocks!
I've always liked music that had funky beats and soulful lyrics and there's
no better feeling than surrounding yourself with talented, creative
musicians. The band's debut CD, "Big Bang theory" will be available in
January on our website www.thecrashpoets.com
and people who are interested
in the music can come to the website now and listen to some FREE advance
tracks from the CD. Many people say they hear hints of Lenny Kravitz, David
Bowie, and Prince in
the music. All I know is that it sounds like me…and it makes the girls dance,
baby! It's being produced by myself and my good friend Michael James. Michael
mixed Cd's for Hole, Janes Addiction, New Radicals, and lot of other bands.
He's a great co-producer and we're having a blast recording the music. We've
been working at Westlake studios in L.A. where everyone from Bruce
Springsteen and Michael Jackson, to Limp Bizkit and NIN have recorded. Very
cool. As for the name change…it really no big deal. My friends all call me
- so I decided to go only by my last name. I like the way it sounds and it
feels right to me. I figure I'm in good company…Bono, Sting,
When will the Crash Poets be on MTV?
Ahhh…the mighty MTV. I'd love to get on the air with The Crash Poets. We just
played to 6,000 people at Universal Studios in LA and had tons of people
singing and dancing to the grooves. I think if we keep spreading the word on
this band…it's just a matter of time. It would be a lot of fun.
Your first solo album is a great album comprised of
beautiful songs...do you have
other solo projects in mind?
Thank you! That's a very nice thing to say. Over the years I've realized that
the most important thing about music is the opportunity to share emotions and
experiences that people can relate to. I love writing lyrics that can connect
with hearts and souls and my first solo CD "A Little Drop of Something Not
Quite Blood" was my chance to begin that process.
We actually sold out of the first pressing of the CD and I'm planning to make
it available through www.thecrashpoets.com early next year for our new fans.
Because I write the songs for The Crash Poets - it really gives me a great
amount of room to express myself. But I'm sure there will be another solo
album in the future sometime. Maybe a film soundtrack, too. But this band is
really my passion and I can't wait for people to hear the new CD. Lots of
funky guitar, some cool textures and the songs are some of the best I've
I don't see any information on your
site about the "A Little
Drop Of Something" album...
We'll be adding the info on ordering the Solo cd very soon! If people come to
the site - they can sign our "mailing list" and we'll keep them
tours, CD's and more.
Your style has changed in these years...no more
Shred and hyper-tapping.
Yes, that's true. For me - my guitar playing is a reflection of my life and
my emotions. When I was 18 years old…I really didn't have a lot to say with
my lyrics and my songs. So I put all my energy into my guitar playing and had
a lot of fun seeing how far I could push myself as a player.
But along the way - if you're living your life and falling in love and
connecting with the world….you realize that there are LOTS of ways to
communicate feelings and emotions. And that's why I started to develop my
singing, songwriting, lyrics, etc.
Most people go through big changes between the ages of 18 and 26. You start
to decide what you want your life to be. And you hopefull can grow as a
writer, producer, singer, and guitarist. My big influences were always
bands…so this is really the right direction for me. I have friends who always
wanted to be like Steve Vai, which is great. But I always wanted to be more
like..say, Prince. He's a great player, but more importantly a great singer
and songwriter, too.
G.I.T. ... is it an old memory?
I had a lot of fun at the school. So it's a good memory. It was a good way
for me to get from Texas to Los Angeles. And I made some good friends and
learned that there are many different reasons people become musicians. Some
just want to be players…some want to write…some want to just be famous…some
just want to be in band to meet girls…ha!
But life is about change…and moving forward, right! Being true to yourself
and your dreams…
So - for anyone reading this, I'll leave you with a quote by Albert Einstein
(I have it on the wall of my studio)
The definition of Insanity: "Doing the exact same thing over and over again
but expecting different results"
The definition of Genius: "carrying the sprit of childhood into maturity"
Pascal Allaigre Out from the underground -By Matt Cafissi
Pascal, tell me about your lastest CD "Out Of Nowhere" (the cover/graphic is
Hi, MATT, well "OUT OF NOWHERE"
is my 1st instrumental
cd ( autoproduction ) available in NEW CALEDONIA.
I composed 10 songs, then my friend DAVID CHUVAN did
all the programmations ( drums, bass, keyboards )with
all the parts I told him, then we recorded them, and I
just had to play all the guitar parts( rythm, solos
etc...). For a 1st product that we recorded in a
bedroom, we think production is Okay, and we'll do
better next time !
When I composed "OUT OF NOWHERE", I wanted to explore
different styles, that's why you can hear METAL with
different influences ( HEAVY, SPEED, Medieval, HARD
ROCK,epic oriental songs ),FUSION (Jazz_Rock
a ballad with acoustic on it.
I think it's a good vision of the styles I like.
The experience at the GIT Institute ... in your
opinion, is a great school or is only a trend for modern guitarists?
When I joined G.I.T, the level I had at
that time was
perfect to enroll the school.I learned a lot in
and in technique too. G.I.T is not a METAL oriented
school, as many people could think (it was not when I
joined it), but more kind of fusion-jazz-rock
Of course there are Rock and Metal classes, but the
program gives you more an analysis of styles and the
tools to adaptate any situations for improvisation of
solos, and getting rythm parts fitting all style
songs,which is very good to compose too !!!!
my private teacher then was PAUL HANSON and I could
concentrate on my technique to improve my playing !!!
So G.I.T is a good school in general for the
What do you think about the new Guitar/Techno
music from Satch , Buckethead , Jeff Beck, etc?
I didn't listen to those CDs yet, but I
can say I'm
not so much into electronical sounds. Let's say it can
add a good effect in a song if it's well used.
But most of all, I can say I love Joe Satriani,for the
genius he has brought to the world of guitar,his
creativity. A new generations of guitarists was born
after he shooked the guitar foundations !!!
What's the guitar scene like in your nation? Is it happining or not?
my island is a small one ( 200 000
the music scene is very poor, we don't have a lot of
musicians, but we play some lives in the main town of
NEW CALEDONIA which is NOUMEA.But today, the passion
for the guitar seems to develop, as we see young kids
starting playing guitar, taking lessons and work hard
to improve their level. It's stiil difficult to make a
living with music. The good thing is that AUSTRALIA is
very close to us, so we can exchange music, contact
Pascal , tell us some suggestions for young
A good thing is to play regularly (
daily basis ). The
more you have the instrument in your hands, the better
you'll be able to adaptate in different situations (
live playing, exploring different styles...).
Remember that thechnique is good and powerful, but its
better allied is theory and harmony. Thechnique must
serve the knowledge!!!!
Work hard, it will pay, results will come for sure!!!!
Jaye Foucher Femme Fatal -By Matt Cafissi
me about Guitarapalooza... very famous on the Web.
Guitarapalooza started in 1997 as a newsletter and website. We had about
5 or 6 guitarists involved at the beginning and the idea was to share our fans
& mailing lists by putting out one newsletter that featured all of us and
mailing it to our fans. That way we could market ourselves to a large
of guitar fans and share the costs. It worked so well that lots of
wanted to join. But it was getting too expensive to put out a paper
and it would have been impossible to handle a lot of artists being involved,
so we decided to make it just a website. Since then we've grown
enormously...I think we have about 30 guitarists involved now and more ask to
join every week. Frankly, I didn't even know there were that many
out there doing instrumental music!!!
Last year we decided to put out a compilation CD featuring 16 of the
Guitarapalooza artists, and that was released in January 2000. We weren't
able to sell the CD because of legal restrictions, but we gave out free
copies at the NAMM show and at the Guitarapalooza Concert we had in Los
Angeles in early February during the NAMM show, and Guitar 9's website gave
away about 100 with purchases of Guitarapalooza artist CDs. We've got a
couple of copies left and we're using those for contest giveaways on the
website right now. But we're in the process of putting together a volume
2 of the compilation CD, with 16 more artists. We're planning to do the
same thing...offer them for free at the NAMM show and through Guitar 9's website,
and give some away in contests on the website.
Do you live with music and with your fanzine? (Editor's note: I think the interviewer meant, 'Do you live FOR your music and your fanzine'?)
I'm not really sure what you're asking here. Do I live in the same place
that I practice and run the fanzine? Yes. The band actually
rehearses at my
drummer's house but everything else is done here where I live. (Or are
you asking something else?)
What are the next
projects for your solo career and Guitarapalooza?
I'm working on writing new songs for another instrumental album. I'd
record that sometime next year, but a lot depends on how much I get written
by then and when my producer is available. As for Guitarapalooza,
mentioned above we're working on releasing a second compilation CD and we're
also planning a big concert out at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim California
this coming January 2001.
Mike Campese Perfect Circle -By Matt Cafissi
, first of all your surname is Italian ...
Well my Dad was born in Calabria,Italy and came to the US when he was 4 years old.I do have relatives in italy which i never get to see,Hopefully
someday ill get a chance to go there and see them.
Tell me about your latest CD called "Full
My First Solo album is "Total Freedom" which is only available on
on my website right now.But "Full Circle" my Latest CD is over
74 minutes long,With a variety of styles of music.Theres a Mixture of Rock,Jazz and
Blues with Mostly Instrumentals,there are also some Vocal tracks as well.The
Cd contains Acoustic and Electric guitar pieces. Alot of the songs on
i play Most of the instruments And recorded half of it in my
I think this has helped me grow as a Musician .This is all mixed
like a soup,Which i call "just Music"
Who are your musical influences?
My first musical Influence was Black Sabbath,i was totally Obsessed.I was
into Van Halen,Ozzy with Randy Rhoads, Led Zepplin.Jimi Hendrix is also
big influence on me.My brother turned me on to ALDimeola ,Santana and
Ray Vaughan when i was a Kid. Yngwie Malmsteen Became a big Influence, also
Paganini and Holdsworth .My High school Days i was a speed freek.These days i
listen to a Variety of Music Classical,Fusion.etc. I like Eric Johnson,
Steve Vai, Scott Henderson ,Also.im very open minded.Its make me more
versatile as a player.
do you think about the famous GIT Institute? Tell me about your experience.
think GIT is a great sohool.Its probably one of the best years of my
life.Theres so many Amazing players at that school.It made me aware of Many
other styles of music. I had some great teachers. I
really learned alot,I
cant say enough about it.Alot of Great Memories.
Is a personal site web is very important
for underground musicians like yourself?
These days i think a website is nessasary.Because Anyone in the world can
come to your site.Listen to your Music,Buy your cds,Find where your playing
.Record labels can easily check you out.Its a whole nother world ,Its the way
of the future.......... So Dont forget to check out my site
Pat Thomi Melody Control -By Matt Cafissi
Pat, tell us about your latest CD
entitled "Remote Control".
"Remote Control" is
essentially a collection of tunes and songs that showcase
the more guitaristic side of me. There is some pretty wild guitarstuff on
this CD, but you have to look for it . The compositional aspect is still
present. So it's not just a vehicle for guitar solos. A song like "Remote
Control" is loaded with different parts and sounds. It is always
me to create colors so that the listener can try to visualize his own
impressions while he or she is listening to the music.
You are not very famous, but you have
recorded three excellent solo CD's!
I have actually recorded 4 CDs . The one that I have not released yet is an
orchestral work. Then there is also a CD with compositional excerpts that is
only available on special request to television or film producers. My first
album "Night of the Coral", is essentially instrumental music,
like "Remote Control", but not quite as aggressive at times. After
followed an ambient album called "Fairy tales" that featured
predominantly. Then earlier this year I released "Remote Control"
and am now
working on "Pyramids" another ambient album that should be finished
December this year. "Pyramids" has some pretty serious acoustic
hidden among sometimes complex sonic soundscapes and intriguing harmony.
What do you think about the world of
'Music Business on Internet'? This seems to be very important for many underground
Essentially I like what's happening on the Internet. The problem I think is
control over copywritten material that is floating around in cyberspace. Some
new laws will have to be written before we can conduct fair business that is
doing justice to all parties involved .
What do you think will be the new trends for the next
Talking about a new trend is difficult because as an artist one has the
tendency to be subjective and not always objective . Most of us are trying to
be original of course and so, maybe create a new trend. A trend is a
combination of either/or sociological and artistic needs. The consumer
creates the need for trends and in return music reinvents itself.
Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences range from classical music to jazz all the way to
rock-and-roll and beyond. Artists that come to mind are for example Hector
Berlioz, a 19th century composer, John McLaughlin , Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny,
Lyle Mays and many others too numerous to mention .
Next projects in mind?
The project that i'm currently working on is called "Pyramids"
and is another ambiant CD. It features predominantly acoustic guitars. The CD should
be finished by the end of the year. After that I am most likely going to
start a vocal project, but it will still contain a fair amount of interesting
Torben Enevoldsen European Rock Guitar -By Guido Mercati
Torben, tell us about your main influences?
I am listening to a lot of different music
, but at the moment , i'm especially big on Symphony X and dream Theater ! I
am also listening to a lot of instrumental music , both heavy and fusion !
Are you involved in other projects?
No at the moment, no!
What do you think about the instrumental
rock world in 2000?
I think that there's a lot of great
music around and that the scene is very interesting and exciting !
You favorite 10 albums:
A very very difficult question , but
here goes : 1-Boston "Boston" , 2-Saga "Worlds Apart" ,
3-Toto "Turn Back" , 4-Van Halen "1" , 5-Jetro Tull
"Live:Bursting Out" , 6-Allan Holdsworth "I.O.U." , 7-Joe
Satriani "Not Of This earth" , 8-Riot "Fire Down Under" ,
9-Dream Theater "Images & Words" , 10-Symphony X "Twilight
In Olympus" .
How about the Lynch Mob and Badlands?
I like both bands , especially their
debut albums ! George lynch and Jake E.Lee are both amazing guitarists !
Do you like the new Mr. Big album with
Kotzen? what do you think about him ?
I have only heard the 3 first songs of
that album , but they all sound great ! I will definitely buy it sometime ! I
think that Mr Big is a really great . Richie Kotzen is another amazing
guitarist . Very versatile . The stuff he has done with greg Howe , as well as
solo , is really great !
Could you describe your equipment in
My main guitar is an Ibanez RG-620 which
i am very fond of ! The heart in my set-up is definitely my X-99 Soldano
Preamp . It's Amazing !!! My Power Amp is the Marshall 9200 . I'm using a Korg
DTR-2 for tuning and the Digitech Quadro Verb 2 for effects . I have two
Marshall Cabs , each with 4*12 Speakers . I'm using my Morley Bad Horsie for
wah effects and that's pretty much it as i like to keep things simple !!!
Torben, thanx so much for your time
Thank you! Take care and all the best.