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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: Andre Tonelli (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "But there is a risk with being an independent musician, and that is that you get so lost in your own freedom that you end up with a career that isn't going anywhere."
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  • Interview: Sam Russell (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I love creating things, so putting my project together myself, while it was a lot of work, was very rewarding and also a good learning experience."
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  • Interview: Steve Salter (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Knowing I would fund the project myself, I felt that I would demonstrate more credibility to labels and other industry heavy-weights by investing in myself prior to asking them to invest."
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  • Interview: Rob Garland (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "The music I write and record under my own name is just the kind of music I’d like to listen to and therefore has no commercial consideration whatsoever, which means it’s a bonus if other people like it!"
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  • Interview: Mark Protze (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "the main reason I started to play the guitar was Randy Rhoads. He had the biggest influence on me and my playing. When I first listened to him I couldn’t believe what I’d heard."
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  • Interview: Chris Rolling (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My favorite bands were AC/DC, Motorhead, The Stray Cats, The Sex Pistols and so on, so mainly hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock, and rockabilly/psychobilly stuff."
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  • Interview: Mike Milan Dedic (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "When I started playing guitar I was very fortunate to have all the great guitar players in the prime of their career to look to for inspiration."
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  • Interview: Phil Manning (2016)
    Interviewed by Marcus Singletary
    "I was a typical Sixties kid. We always had Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley records, because my sister was into that. Then, along came the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, and that changed everything."
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  • Interview: Dimitry Scopelliti (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My music a mix between the aggression of metal and the madness and extravagance of prog-instrumental-rock, I don't close myself in within just a single genre."
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  • Interview: Renaud Louis-Servais (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "It's much more difficult to attract the audience without vocals. For that reason, it's very important to build some nice and attractive themes and melodies in instrumental music."
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  • Interview: Randy Holden (2016)
    Interviewed by Marcus Singletary
    "Music is the only thing that transcends this realm. It's the one form of communication that does transcend everything else in the material world. That's probably why everybody loves music so much."
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  • Interview: Dana Gaynor (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I run a small production company and we are learning the ropes as we go. Someone once said you're either learning or dying. I prefer to learn."
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  • Interview: Nik Davies (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I first picked up the guitar when I was around 7, then became hooked from the age of about 12 onwards. I used to wake up in the middle of the night to play as I was just so excited by it!"
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  • Interview: Alex Rosselli (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I'm always looking to better myself as guitarist, not so much the speed or technique but more the touch and sound that I try to achieve."
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  • Interview: Gabe Treiyer (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I owe my entire career to the internet and social media sites. If Mark Zuckerberg knows how much Facebook developed my career I probably need to pay royalties to him!"
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  • Interview: Francis Howard (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I really want to hear these songs live. I have many plans for this album, and I would love to play festivals and do guitar clinics. It would be a lot of fun."
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  • Interview: Simon Gardner (2016)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "My latest CD "And So It Goes..." is self released through CD Baby. It was always my intention to release it myself as the thought of trying to pitch it to people was just too depressing!"
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  • Interview: Eric Loy (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "(An advantage of being independent is) you can be true to yourself and not compromise musically, artistically, or morally. I really see no downside to being independent."
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  • Interview: Vinny Roth (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I am using every form of social media to promote myself and my music. I use everything from my YouTube guitar lessons and live videos, to CD Baby, MySpace, and Facebook."
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  • Interview: Steve Coyne (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I'd like to do something with Eddie Van Halen. His ideas seem to transcend what we know about music theory and chord progressions and scales. He just has his own way of seeing things."
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  • Interview: Steve Kaynan (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I'm getting an audience that want to hear my original compositions as opposed to seeing me play covers which has been flattering! All with no manager, no agent, no label, no representation, no producer - nothing!"
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  • Interview: Marcelo Roascio (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "It's always difficult to label your own music, but I think of it as instrumental classic rock. I like to compose actual songs, not guitar exercises or improvisations which will only appeal to other guitar players."
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  • Interview: Paul Bibbins (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "People tell me that my music sounds unique for this day and age. I don't know if that's actually the case; but I will tell you that I'll try to sound as differently as I can, for as long as I can."
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  • Interview: Gary Borden (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I find that you must have constant activity to create and maintain the interest of people. Facebook is a great way to share new projects with friends and fellow musicians but it doesn't reach people outside your circle."
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  • Interview: Lucas Fagundes (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I have been getting great feedback and a huge growth on social media, though. To me this proves quality is still the most important thing and can go a long way on its own."
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  • Interview: Dave Paris (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I use a lot of variety. I swap between acoustic and electric, alternate tunings, slide, and various techniques. This CD features dobro, eBow, talkbox, even a cigar box guitar!"
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  • Interview: Eliot Lewis (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I decided to release these EPs of 5 songs every 6-8 months - it's a big enough body of work to allow the listener to get involved in, and it keeps the people interested in my music always engaged in new songs."
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  • Interview: Michael A. Ruelas (2015)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I strive to be the best I can, and I do that by incorporating everything I know into my music and I never stop learning."
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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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  • 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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