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Mike Phillips

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Looking For The Big Deal

Pennsylvania guitarist Mike Phillips submitted his CD-R album of original rock music tunes with a pop twist, entitled 5 And 2. Consisting of nine songs written and produced by Phillips, tracks such as "Bad Luck Charm", "The Train" and "Yesterday & Tomorrow" feature rock guitar interwoven with folk guitar and other tones to create an inviting ambience. Phillips has played in a number of bands, and with all his experience, knows what he likes in an arrangement, delivers it, and hopes to take the audience along for the ride. A diehard fan of Gibson guitars and Marshall amps, Phillips has a lot more guitar tracks in him, and Philly guitar fans look forward to the next offering.

alb Mike was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and moved with his parents to West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1965, where he's lived ever since. After graduating from West Chester's Henderson High School, Mike attended Shippensburg University for his Bachelor's Degree, and Villanova University for his Master's Degree. Since then, he's worked for companies along the Route 202 corridor in the Philadelphia suburbs. Mike stays busy playing out in a cover band around the Philadelphia/New York/Baltimore area, as well as recording and promoting his original music. His music has been played on some of the big Philadelphia radio shows and has had some success with major label interest, but has not yet gotten the big deal we all dream about.

In the future, Phillips hopes to continue to do what he is doing, have fun, and be personally satisfied that he's created something he is proud of and that he likes listening to.

Contact Information
Mike Phillips
819 Sugerman's Ct.
West Chester, PA
Untied States

E-mail: Mike Phillips
Web site: www.mikephillipsguitar.com

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Matt Bieth

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Old-School Shred

Screaming out of Aurora, Illinois (home of Wayne and Garth, and their amazing cable show, "Wayne's World"), is guitarist Matt Bieth, who submitted his two-song demo CD-R of old-school shred. Displaying an aggressive alternate picking attack, and tons of hyper-speed legato licks, Bieth kicks off the metallic "Massive G's" with an emotionally melodic motif before laying into the extended improvisational section with snarling rhythms and cutting lead work. Admittedly low tech in his approach, Bieth does what he can with his equipment on this one. The second track is entitled "Preacha", and he plays real drums on this one (an old beat up Tama kit), as well as an Epiphone Rock Bass. Bieth pulls out the wah-wah pedal for this one, squirting psychedelic, fiery single-note lines and funk bass all over this puppy. Job one, at this point, is probably some new recording equipment - or a best friend with some new recording equipment!

pic Matt's music schooling began with piano lessons, which he soon quit. He then began studying percussion with his school band, and shortly thereafter picked up the guitar. Matt's formal guitar instruction began in college, enrolling in a program to study classical guitar. He found he loved music theory classes the best, applying what he learned there to the guitar. Matt remarks, "My demo may be the lowest budget effort ever submitted to you. I recorded it on a Tascam analog four track with one Shure 57, and a 15 watt Crate amp. The drum sound for one of the tracks is a 'Sears and Roebuck special' keyboard from Yamaha. There are no effects. Just raw takes. I use cheap things to record."

Currently, Bieth is a special needs assistant at an elementary school during the day, and he teaches guitar at night.

Contact Information
Matt Bieth
30 Manchester Way
Aurora, IL 60506
United States

E-mail: Matt Bieth

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