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Johnnie K

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Embracing All Musical Influences

St Petersburg, Florida area guitarist Johnnie K submitted his eleven song, mostly instrumental demo CD-R called Electric Angel. Taking his cue from artists such as Jimi Hendrix, who could cross musical boundaries at the drop of a hat, Johnnie K pushes his compositions in directions such as rock, fusion, jazz, new age, classical and blues, using his electric guitar to state themes and melodies that emanate straight from the heart. The production on the demos is basic at best, but the songs exist primarily as a showcase for what Johnnie K can do with his guitar - full-throttle bluesy lines, riffs drenched in massive reverb, gut-wrenching talk-box solos, and swirling guitar textures. From here, Johnnie K probably just needs to hook up with a powerhouse drummer and a producer/engineer type who can place his soaring guitar work into the proper context.

alb Music has been Johnnie's life since the age of eleven, when he would listen to records and imitate their bass lines. Recordings were the main tool he used to figure out motifs, challenging his ears and his heart. A few years later, he purchased his first Stratocaster, and began to use influences such as Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Frank Marino and Steve Vai to develop a spectrum of sounds and ideas for his playing. Johnnie also writes lyrics for a number of his songs, and is a visual artist as well (he has a gallery of his work on his web site). He started playing live in front of an audience at the age of fifteen, and has been touring, recording and paying dues for many years. At some point, Johnnie would like to record for soundtrack projects and pursue record label affiliations.

Johnnie K's future plans include trying to locate organizations that will help him gain exposure, locating dedicated musicians, recording more music, and touring the world. He is actively in contact with several labels, magazines and management companies in Europe and the United States.

Contact Information
Johnnie K
4066 34th Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
United States

E-mail: Johnnie K
Web site: www.johnniek.com

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Mark Pelletier

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Dedicated To Instrumental Rock

CityNight is the name of the three song demo CD-R submitted by Mark Pelletier, who hails from Ontario, Canada. The three instrumentals are rooted firmly in the hard rock vein, a la Joe Satriani, with extended solo passages and liberal use of wah-wah, flanger and crunchy Marshall amplification. The production is stripped down to the essential core; drum programs, a few synth sequences, bass by James Leacock and Pelletier's screaming guitar. Pelletier can be regarded as an up-and-coming axeman who raids the metal and hard rock riff archive with taste and discretion, adding his own stamp of distinction to the proceedings. He probably needs a to write a lot more material in order to truly set his music apart from the pack - that, coupled with production/engineering assistance should make his next recorded works a leap forward, and get him closer to his stated goals.

pic Mark began playing the guitar in 1990, at the age of 20, after beginning in music on instruments such as the trombone, trumpealto saxophone, bass and drums. He regards his primary influences as Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Back in 1990, Mark was watching the Much Music show on TV when Satriani's "Big Bad Moon" video came on - ever since, he has devoted himself to instrumental rock music. He regards Satriani as the one player that influenced his decision to pick up the guitar. Mark strives to express the influence of other guitarists he enjoys, such as Satch, and yet be totally distinct. Overall, he hopes his music is uplifting, never tears you down, always builds you up, and inspires others to want to get involved in a genre of music so much needed and loved.

Pelletier's primary goal is to sell his music on a large scale, followed by playing in a live atmosphere, touring, and eventually signing a recording contract. Someday he would love to be part of G3, playing alongside Satriani and Vai.

Contact Information
Mark Pelletier
260-1330 Jaine Blvd.
London, ON N6E 2H7
Canada

E-mail: Mark Pelletier
Web site: www.markpelletier.com

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