Austrian Instrumentalist Balances Melody & Virtuosity
Never sacrificing melody for technique, and making sure that music is more than just a collection of learned licks and phrases perfectly describes the music of guitarist Chris Schatz on his demo CD-R. Featuring seven instrumentals in number of different styles (rock, blues, pop, etc.), the demo is a showcase for his singing, soulful style. Does this mean he can't 'shred' if called upon to do so? Not a chance. Schatz actually has chops to spare, as a number of pieces ("Legends", "Car Fun", "Hell Blues", etc.) amply demonstrate. In contrast to a lot of players who overuse their abilities, Schatz keeps his technique in check, bringing it out and letting it surface when the music demands some aggression, fury, passion or simple burst of energy. His demo is very well put together and his musical direction is clear and purposeful - hopefully a full length commercial CD is the next step for this young, talented Austrian. Chris Schatz was originally profiled in the October-November, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.
Born in Austria in 1973, Chris began from the age of 12 to teach himself the guitar, and within a short time he started practicing intensively . From 1988 to 1989 he played in the melodic rock band King Size, followed by stints in bands such as Frontliners (Austrian Country Awards winners). During this time he acquired skills in various styles, including fusion, blues and funk, and gained extensive live concert experience during tours of Austria and abroad. Chris founded the blues/rock trio Medicine Men in 1995, where he took the role of guitar player and singer. It was in 1998 that he finally began to develop his own ideas into instrumental guitar music.
Schatz aim is to strike the perfect balance between melody and virtuosity, treating both elements equally. He hopes in this way that his music has the potential to reach a wider audience.
4300 St. Valentin
Web site: www.home.pages.at/guitar
Rockin' Tinsel Town With Furious Energy
For a great listening experience, check out Danny Blitz' new CD Hollywood. Filled top to bottom with super high energy retro rock delivered with a punk attitude, clever lyrics, and even something you might not typically hear with this style of music - guitar solos. The centerpiece of the CD is simply a great idea for a song, "If Ozzy Was My Dad (That Would Rock)" - inspired by the hit television series. The producers of the show were so impressed with the track, that it has been licensed to air with the new season of "The Osbournes". Tracks such as "The Supermodel Blues", "To Be Alone" and the title track are more examples of the absolutely infectious nature of Blitz' songwriting and guitar playing - this music will stick in your head for a long time after just a couple of listens. Blitz handles the lead guitar duties (including the cool Randy Rhoads-like licks on "If Ozzy..."), as well as lead vocals, while Scott May churns out a seriously heavy, rhythm guitar chunk. These guys are headed rapidly towards 'household name' status. Danny Blitz was originally profiled in the December-January, 2002 edition of The Undiscovered.
Born in Houston, Texas, Danny began developing his trademark sound as a youngster playing Buddy Holly with loud distorted guitar. After leaving home to travel the country, with stops in Nashville, New York and Washington D.C., Blitz settled in Los Angeles. His virtuoso guitar playing, quirky sense of humor, and powerful songs quickly earned the loyalty of the fans, and the band has become one of the hottest acts on the Sunset Strip. Danny has been profiled twice in the Los Angeles Times since 2000, as well as many other regional and national magazines.
Blitz and band plan on being heard in a few million living rooms across America in the near future, and they continue to gig regularly, especially on the West Coast.
7095 Hollywood Blvd. #763
Hollywood, CA 90028
Web site: www.dannyblitz.com