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Interviews
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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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  • Interview: Dan McAvinchey (2012)
    Interviewed by B.J. Black
    "The online magazine has been going for over 16 years, and the e-commerce aspect of the business wound up completing a 15 year run - not bad considering the narrow focus our store had on instrumental music."
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  • Interview: Gianni "Jana" Rojatti (2012)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "You need to roll up your sleeves. Play well, have a great sound and offer a proper show - not just a demonstration of your skills and abilities."
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  • Interview: Dino Fiorenza (2012)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I had several proposals with major labels, but now the music business is really hard - no one does anything serious for you."
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  • Interview: Guitarsnake (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Today it is quite hard to set yourself apart in the instrumental rock domain. There are a lot of great guitarists! Unfortunately, lots of them do the same kind of stuff."
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  • Interview: Jarle H. Olsen (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Instrumental music is pure and real music! It has all the focus on the music and not on some cheap love story. The most exquisite music does not need words to express itself."
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  • Interview: Hedras Ramos (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I believe the Internet it's a great window to the world, it's a great tool to communicate with other musicians, and people who can help you with your career; it's definitely great for business!"
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  • Interview: Christian Muenzner (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Phrasing is what makes the big difference between just mindless noodling and a great guitar solo in my opinion. Think more about which notes you play and when you play them."
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  • Interview: Alex Ehrsam (2011)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "I got picked up by Mike (McDowell) at Shred Guy; apparently Mike was interested in adding a "fusion" flavor to his rather "metal" guitar-oriented label, and my sound seduced him."
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  • Interview: T.D. Clark (2011)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "If you want respect, get out of the music business (laughs)! If you love what you are doing, it will show and you will gain respect. People who buy records like how songs move them no matter the skill level."
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  • Interview: Marcos De Ros (2011)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "To play in places where they cannot pay the expenses for an entire band, I travel with only my guitar and a CD where I have my own backing tracks. And I noticed that the public reacts very well to these concerts!"
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  • Interview: Salvo Vecchio (2011)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "Well, the Internet is a great thing, everyone now can have their own spot and sell their music. But it is becoming a jungle where everyone just thinks about themselves. There is too much quantity, and too little quality; too much competition instead of collaboration."
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  • Interview: Nili Brosh (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I still discover a lot of music by word of mouth, seeing what my friends are listening to. I have always bought music and still do."
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  • Interview: Stuart Hamm (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I am very fortunate to know and have worked with an amazing variety of musicians, so I can write a piece of music with someone in mind."
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  • Interview: Patrick Vega (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "What works for me is a real life approach mixed with the internet stuff. The Internet by itself is just digital overkill for all of us suffering from ADHD. Everyone has 47 social media profiles, a web page, and ends up sitting in front of the computer all day."
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  • Interview: Stefan Artwin (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "If you have gathered some musical experience by actively making music, you listen to music in another way. You are able to hear everything and not only the lead instrument or vocals."
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  • Interview: Michael Abdow (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I personally love to hear melody and hooks in solos as well as lyrically slow/wide vibrato and story-telling phrasing capped off with shredding licks that make you want to fall to pieces."
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  • Interview: Tristan Klein (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Music is a language, it comes from your soul and your body. I'm not hung up on technique or theory; that's why I love Santana as much as Vai. What they play just comes from the heart."
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  • Interview: Toby Knapp (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "When you hear generic music, you can bet the composer wasn't inspired, rather they were stringing riffs together and trying to impress."
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  • Interview: Dave Reffett (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "One I stopped procrastinating and making excuses and decided that I really wanted to make an album that I would be the first in line to buy - an album that really excited my heart. "
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  • Interview: Kevin A. Smith (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "A great solo works like a powerful and moving speech. Something that grabs your attention, keeps you interested, tells a story, and wraps up leaving you feeling like you got something from it. "
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  • Interview: Joe Stump (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I'm very fortunate in that I get to tour and play live quite a bit. I'm also happy to say that my fan base continues to grow, so considering the state of the music biz these days I've got no complaints. "
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  • Interview: Borislav Mitic (2010)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Regardless of the economic slowdown, people tend to want to download a lot of their music for free, thus leaving artists without income that would be generated through royalties from CD sales."
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  • Interview: Simone Fiorletta (2009)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "I like to compose instinctively. First of all, I imagine a theme to follow up, as if I was writing a story, using my guitar instead of a pen, and from that point on, it's all about improvisation."
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  • Interview: Ben Kuzay (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Most of the songs were the result of me sitting by myself in my living room and fiddling around with the bass guitar, completely directionless - which is the setting I find most conducive to songwriting."
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  • Interview: Sean Baker (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I've been exposed to music throughout my whole life, basically because my parents were such fans of music. I've been a huge fan of the guitar since as far back as I can remember."
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  • Interview: Jason Sadites (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I wanted to be very careful not to have a CD that seemed to ramble on endlessly. I wanted to put out a CD that the listener could listen to front to end and feel musically satisfied when it was over."
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  • Interview: Wayne Wesley Johnson (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I have found that by recording and adding a few "cover tunes" to my CDs as well as my originals, has helped get folks online to discover me. After they've listened to my arrangements of their familiar pop tunes, they may decided to check out my original music, too."
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  • Interview: Joe Satriani (2009)
    Interviewed by Martin Schmidt
    "There was no internet when I started and file sharing has been the most destructive force to the music business and it's been the most positive force in a fan's world."
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  • Interview: Strings 24 (2009)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "We decided to write something and we asked Gian to join this project. We were looking for something different to create separation between us and the other thousands of shredders in the world, so we decided to use the 8-string guitar."
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  • Interview: Peter Gusmano (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "This project is one that has 100% of all CD sales, no matter where purchased, going to support LilliansJourney.com, the foundation we began for my mother. LilliansJourney.com supports and donates all of its funds to Project ALS."
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  • Interview: Allen Hinds (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "Musician's Institute (which was then GIT) was the best thing I could have done. I do well in competitive scenes. I progressed fast in those years."
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  • Interview: Wolfgang Zenk (2009)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "Try to become a better musician every day. Listen to music actively - try to understand what those great musicians felt when they wrote your favorite song or played your favorite solo."
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  • Interview: Jose De Castro (2009)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "When you play with somebody else, you have to worry about playing well and being in your place at every moment. When you play your own songs, in any venue, you show how you are, because they are your own work."
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  • Interview: Andre Tonelli (2009)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "There is always something you don't know. Thinking of the end result is a distraction and more importantly, there is no end result. You will be learning for the rest of your life. "
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  • Interview: David Martone (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "I will be back doing more instructional videos in January with Joe Satriani. I can't tell you how humbling it is to work with one of your mentors. Simply unbelievable!"
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  • Interview: Ben Kuzay (2008)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "We often cannot pinpoint exactly what it is we like about a certain piece of instrumental music, but the music nonetheless resonates within us on a deep, personal level."
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  • Interview: Razl (2008)
    Interviewed by Dan McAvinchey
    "I tend to discover guitarists that have been there for a long time and have many records, but hadn't catch my attention until recently, like Derek Trucks or Alex Machacek."
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  • Interview: Marc Rizzo (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "When Mike Varney got a copy of my mostly acoustic solo record and signed me, he suggested doing more metal. I was thrilled because at that point in time it seemed nobody cared for metal solos."
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  • Interview: Alex Ehrsam (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "The fact that downloading is a problem can't prevent you from doing music. And you are right, a lot of guys are actually releasing their first albums, but that doesn't mean they are good or different from what's been done before."
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  • Interview: Fabrizio Leo (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "Usually when I work on my own compositions, I immediately follow my instincts, putting down ideas quickly that come from inspiration - without following any set pattern."
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  • Interview: Steve Smyth (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "I titled my songs to represent varying degrees of thought; for example, "The Afterlife" is a musical speculation on what it would sound like on your spiritual journey to the next world, if there is indeed one!"
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  • Interview: Vernon Neilly (2008)
    Interviewed by Jorge Medeiros
    "When I do a project like this, I give total creative liberty to each artist because I want their personal flavor as an artist and producer, not mine."
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  • Interview: Kiko Loureiro (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "It is all about the music, which can be similar to some people, but for me, it's really different. Also, the attention of the crowd is different. The trio format demands more from each musician as well."
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  • Interview: Livio Lamonea (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "To be a musician, especially in countries like Italy where music is not treated like it deserves, it's a hard job. Every day you have to wake up and learn, you have to be prepared, you need to be professional."
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  • Interview: Ciro Manna (2008)
    Interviewed by Guglielmo Malusardi
    "I think that the song itself is the most important thing, because what we remember after the listening of a track is not a shred phrase but the central theme."
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  • Interview: Andy Timmons (2008)
    Interviewed by Martin Schmidt
    "I'm more interested in songs than in players. I love the last Coldplay album, because there's great melody. There's new guys like Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa, who really play well and say something emotional."
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