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About The Guitar Nine Interviews

Maybe the best way to get an idea of how to accomplish dreams of releasing your own records and starting a record label are to have a conversation with someone who has already done it. Guitar Nine is proud to present interviews with guitarists who have taken the first steps to getting their music heard, without waiting for a record deal. These musicians have struck out on their own and everyone thinking about going down that same road can learn something from them. We've also included interviews from noted guitarists who have spent time in both the indie world and as 'signed' artists.
 
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If you are an independent artist with one or more independent releases, and you would like to be interviewed about your musical goals and your experiences running a record label, please e-mail us.

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Interviews
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  • Interview: Ivan Rivera (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I play instrumental blues and rock. Freddie King's instrumental records really had an impact on me. I can't sing but those records showed me there's still a lot you could say without vocals."
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  • Interview: Marty Rice (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "A lot of people don’t realize that the guitar is a great melodic instrument, and can easily take the job of a singer. You can take a vocal melody, play it on a guitar and make it just as expressive or more so."
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  • Interview: Mika Tyyska (2013)
    Interviewed by Roo Chapus
    "Putting together an album, the way I tend to do them, is a long and hard journey. It took three years between the first and second album."
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  • Interview: Todd Ferguson (2013)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I wanted this CD to sound like four musicians jamming live in a studio, and if that's what it sounds like to someone, then that makes it better."
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  • Interview: Andre Tonelli (2013)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "The unexpected success of "Fill The Sky" has spawned tons of other peripheral stuff that also requires a lot of time and effort such as interviews, endorsements, and guest appearances."
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  • Interview: Strat A. Kat (2013)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I'm not taking myself to seriously. And I think that's a good thing... music is supposed to be fun."
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  • Interview: Joe Stump (2012)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I've got a killer new record out on Lion Music which is being promoted with a digital, electronic press kit (EPK)."
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  • Interview: Jon Herington (2012)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My listening isn't biased towards guitar players. In fact, I think I might even avoid seeking out guitar players' recordings, because I've had better luck trying to get clear about my own approach to the instrument."
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  • Interview: Samuli Federley (2012)
    Interviewed by Roo Chapus
    "Another thing when making living as a guitarist is to be sure to make good songs. The majority of listeners doesn't care about flashy solos, they want to hear cool songs."
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  • Interview: Dan McAvinchey (2012)
    Interviewed by B.J. Black
    "The online magazine has been going for over 16 years, and the e-commerce aspect of the business wound up completing a 15 year run - not bad considering the narrow focus our store had on instrumental music."
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  • Interview: Gianni "Jana" Rojatti (2012)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "You need to roll up your sleeves. Play well, have a great sound and offer a proper show - not just a demonstration of your skills and abilities."
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  • Interview: Dino Fiorenza (2012)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I had several proposals with major labels, but now the music business is really hard - no one does anything serious for you."
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  • Interview: Guitarsnake (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Today it is quite hard to set yourself apart in the instrumental rock domain. There are a lot of great guitarists! Unfortunately, lots of them do the same kind of stuff."
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  • Interview: Jarle H. Olsen (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Instrumental music is pure and real music! It has all the focus on the music and not on some cheap love story. The most exquisite music does not need words to express itself."
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  • Interview: Hedras Ramos (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I believe the Internet it's a great window to the world, it's a great tool to communicate with other musicians, and people who can help you with your career; it's definitely great for business!"
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