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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: 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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  • 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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