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Jason Stewart

A Heaping Helping Of Shredded Bliss

Did you get your U.S.D.A. recommended dose of shred today? How about enough shred to help build strong bones and teeth? If not, spin Jason Stewart's demo CD-R Alien Funk (forget about the funk part), and go for a heaping helping of shredded bliss. This New Mexico area instrumental guitarist has taken both Phrygian and friggin' licks to the next level, jamming over beat box grooves with his own brand of liquid fire. Walloping guitar harmonies. muted lines and a squalling, highly overdriven, hyper-compressed sound are just some of the trademarks of Stewart's production, as well as the fiery, alternate-picked, guitar maelstrom he unleashes at the drop of a hat. The appropriately named "Frenzy" is a great place to start, as you'll tie your poor fingers in knots attempting to air guitar along with the record. No limits here on guitar technique, just a little boost in the production department and Stewart will make new legions of shred fans delirious with joy.

alb Originally into '60s/'70s bands such as Pink Floyd, the Eagles and Jimi Hendrix, Jason found himself being more and more influenced by accomplished guitarists such as Eddie Van Halen, Chet Atkins and Randy Rhoads. In his late teens he delved more into shredders such as Greg Howe, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Jason started playing guitar at age 14, and the instrument quickly became an unstoppable obsession. He took every guitar class possible in high school, and later took private lessons with a jazz teacher. Jason comes from a musical family, but is convinced he would have eventually gravitated towards some form of artful expression. He has already built up a catalog of over 500 recorded songs.

Stewart would love to cover as many bases as possible in his musical career - touring, writing for movies, television and video games, or composing material for other musicians. "The only limits are those which you impose upon yourself," he notes, philosophically.

Contact Information
Jason Stewart
P.O. Box 613
Sandia Park, NM 87047
United States

E-mail: Jason Stewart
Web site: www.jasonstewart.net

Justin Tolan

16-Year-Old Neo-Classicist Cranks Out Demo

Justin Tolan, from Cumming, Georgia, submitted his 4 song instrumental demo entitled Requiem, a musically demanding tribute to some of his most highly regarded influences. Solidly cast in the neo-classical metal form, Tolan has practiced diligently in order to record pieces that reflect his classical influences and the modern approach to classical metal music of shredders such as George Bellas, Jason Becker and Yngwie Malmsteen. The opening track, "Tyreal's Path" sets the stage, matching precision with speed, and letting the listener know that Tolan is a player to reckoned with. The last piece, "Crucified" is a heavily arpeggiated production, with an incredible display of fretboard fireworks over a fairly lean and basic drum machine and bass rhythm bed - it takes a certain amount of ability to make a track stand out in that environment. As young as he is, Tolan has the time and motivation to keep bettering himself and forging his own unique path in the neo-classical world.

pic Justin has been playing guitar since 1997, focusing his studies on the metal/neo-classical genre. With his music, he hopes to pay homage to his predecessors and influences (including players such as Malmsteen, Corbin King, Bellas, Vinnie Moore, Tony MacAlpine, Richie Blackmore, Becker, Uli Jon Roth and Gary Moore) in an appeasing manner, as well as turn some kids his age onto the metal /neo-classical style of music. For the future, Justin plans to keep playing live and he is currently writing a full-length album that will feature counterpoint, odd meter, harmony and all the other recognizable elements that make up neo-classical music. He also mentioned that he finds classical composers such as Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Vivaldi and Beethoven to be highly influential.

After Tolan finishes high school in a couple of years, he is headed to the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Contact Information
Justin Tolan
5960 Providence Lane
Cumming, GA 30040
United States

E-mail: Justin Tolan

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