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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: Adrian Weiss (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My vision and formal concept of an album is always a full length CD. And I´m surprised at how many people actually order my physical CD album. Actually I´m selling quite a few more CDs than downloads."
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  • Interview: Michael Cerna (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I didn't want that DIY vibe for the artwork, or the sound/production. I wanted a quality product that will stand the test of time, and that meant really deciding what I could do myself, and what would be better left to a dedicated professional."
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  • Interview: Alex Baboian (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "There was no goal or idea to create an album initially. The music on the album was gathered from many musical ideas that I had had over the last two years or so and were composed in many different places."
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  • Interview: Ariel Eshcar (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I personally think that since everything is in HD today, it gets too clear sometimes, and then, the enchanted atmosphere is not there."
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  • Interview: Stus Rollins (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "RadioAirplay.com - there is nothing like getting your stuff heard and getting new fans. It costs but it works and does generate interested fans who like your music."
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  • Interview: Adam Law (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I've found Youtube to be a great platform for exposure. It's awesome what you can do in a home studio with a GoPro, software and a few days."
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  • Interview: Chris Fury (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Although social media can be great to connect with fans, who knows when Facebook or Twitter will disintegrate? My advice to other musicians would be to not put all your eggs in one basket, especially if you don't own that basket!"
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  • Interview: George Robinson (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "The upside of the democratization of music production is that anyone can create and market their own music. The downside of the democratization of music production is that anyone can create and market their own music."
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  • Interview: Chris Surma (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My latest album was self-released and to be honest I completely forgot that there was even an option of being on a label. I never attempted to send a disc anywhere asking to join a label."
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  • Interview: Mitch Chmara (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My first CD with my name on it was self-released. They recorded me for free so I would have a product out but it is a live CD, recorded in a club on a night I didn't know I was to be recorded."
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  • Interview: Rob Ward (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "In general, my newest compositions are always my favorites. Creating is what it is all about for me. I rarely go back and revisit old pieces. My current material is always representative of where my head is at musically at any particular point in time."
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  • Interview: Dejan Toracki (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I recently posted a couple of tracks on Soundcloud and my track úAtomic Shadow” went bananas with over 50,000 listens within a couple of weeks. That was the largest single networking event I’ve experienced."
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  • Interview: Roo Chapus (2014)
    Interviewed by Isa D.
    "It is true that instrumental rock appeals to a specialized audience compared to classic rock. Last year, I formed the band Reign Over Obscurity, which is progressive metal. There are vocals in this project so it will probably reach a wider audience."
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  • Interview: Jartse Tuominen (2014)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "It's having different layers on songs - melodies and different time signatures under melodies - that makes songs interesting. It´s cool when you are able to find new things from songs after listening several times."
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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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