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Discussion with musicians, guitar makers, industry folk and just plain interesting people. By music journalist Peter Hodgson

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Discussion with musicians, guitar makers, industry folk and just plain interesting people. By music journalist Peter Hodgson

    John 5

    John 5

    John 5 is about to begin his first ever solo tour of Australia. We geeked out a bit because of course we did.

    Full tour details here! https://silverbacktouring.com.au/john5-2019/

    • 12 min
    Marty Friedman

    Marty Friedman

    Pinnacle Music Group are absolutely thrilled to announce that the legendary guitar virtuoso MARTY FRIEDMAN will be returning to Australia, for the first time with his full “Super Band” across four VERY intimate venues.

    With a career of over thirty years with some of the world’s biggest heavy metal acts on top of an absolutely monumental solo career, Marty Friedman is a household name for guitarists across the world, and Australian fans get the chance to see the legendary shredder himself tear it up onstage in four incredibly intimate venues, giving fans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Friedman’s guitar wizardry closer than ever before

    ULTIMATE VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE!
    You all have heard how great the VIP packages were for Marty`s US and Europe tours-this time will top even that! What you get with this great package:
    – Meet Marty and have ALL your items signed – no limit
    – Photo with Marty – with your own camera
    – Chat with Marty – no rush through
    – Exclusive Marty Friedman guitar pick – the exact same one he uses
    – And the rarest of the rare—the VIP only CD, “Marty`s Vault 4: Wicked Sh*t From Japan”

    If you know anything about the previous VIP packages, you will know that participants all received “Marty`s Vault 1, 2 & 3” Those are not available anywhere anymore. The new 75 minute Marty`s Vault “4” cd continues in a series of Marty`s recordings that he has done in Japan that have not been heard outside of Japan and contain some of Marty`s finest and favorite playing of his career. This is a must have for any Marty collector and is not for sale anywhere and ONLY available with the VIP package.

    VIP packages are limited. To get yours now, please send an empty email to:
    vip.info@martyfriedman.com

    TOUR DATES
    Wednesday, December 11: Crowbar, Sydney
    Thursday, December 12: Crowbar, Brisbane
    Friday, December 13: Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne SOLD OUT
    Saturday, December 14: The Basement, Canberra
    Sunday, December 15: The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne NEW SHOW

    Tickets on sale now via Oztix or
    www.pinnaclemusic.eventbrite.com

    • 23 min
    Matty T Wall

    Matty T Wall

    How does a musician, who happens to be pretty handy on the guitar, but lives in the most isolated capital city in the world, get some of the finest Blues guitarists on the international music scene to take part in his latest project? Simple. He asks them.
    Australian blues-rock barnstormer, Matty T Wall has been on a rapidly rising career trajectory since his 2016 debut release Blue Skies was nominated as Best Blues Album (International) at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.
    Wall’s 2018 follow-up Sidewinder proved the success was no one-off - the album subsequently reaching the upper echelons of blues airplay charts in Australia, the US and Europe, and opening plenty of doors all around for this firebrand singer-songwriter and fearsomely talented guitarist.
    While Wall’s latest release may be a tad unexpected, it’s sure to be very welcome for blues lovers. With a roll call of guests including Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos and fellow West Australian Dave Hole featured, the aptly titled Transpacific Blues Vol. 1 will be a must-have for lovers of classic blues numbers and amazing guitar skills.
    With his abiding love of blues traditions combined with a thirst for new and different approaches to the genre, not to mention an adventurous and enthusiastic approach to his craft, Wall reached across the oceans to invite some of the greatest blues players to trade licks for him – resulting in an album of classic blues songs with plenty of creative twists.
    “I’ve wanted to do a collaborative release for quite a while, but my initial idea was to do something with Australian artists,” Wall says of the project’s origins. “However, I’d always been inspired by what Gary Moore did with Still Got The Blues, he had Albert King, Albert Collins and even George Harrison playing on it.
    The seeds of inspiration sown – Wall’s initial idea became more ambitious. As he explains “I just thought, wouldn’t it be amazing to see if I can interest some of my absolute idols - some of the very best guitarists in the world - to participate in this project – they can only say no right? So, I just thought – well, why not ask them? ”
    Why not indeed. While Wall was focussed on the album being an internationally angled release, the first cab off the rank enabled Wall to think act local and think global. “Dave Hole is a huge blues name at home as well as in the US and Europe,” he states. “He ticked all the boxes right from the start, plus he’s just a wonderful guy – so generous and wise -.he was actually the inspiration for me taking my version of blues & music to the rest of the world! I wouldn’t have thought that possible to do were it not for Dave’s breakthrough success.”
    “From there I wanted to see if I could get some gun guitar players from the US. So Kid Ramos was the next guy. He’s an incredible guitarist who is very much like Brian Setzer (Stray Cats), he’s got that sort of vibe going on, and he’s a former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitar-slinger. I was then talking to a friend in the States about Eric Gales, who is absolutely my favourite guitar player at the moment and probably will be one of them forever. He’s like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Jimi Hendrix, the solos just flow out of him. Virtuosic, incredible solos. He listened to some of my stuff and he really liked it and wanted to go ahead, so it was really great to get that approval.”
    Next up on Wall’s blues hitlist was one Walter Trout. The great blues master and former Bluesbreaker is very much in demand, headlining major festivals and dominating international blues charts. But, Wall’s call was answered, and then some...

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    • 15 min
    I Built The Sky

    I Built The Sky

    Melbourne Australia's progressive instrumental project I Built The Sky will release their third album, The Zenith Rise, on November 1.

    I Built The Sky is led by guitar wizard Rohan 'Ro Han’ Stevenson and has been slowly climbing the ranks of the progressive shred guitar community for some time now with high level supports, headlining slots and international praise for their previous releases all going towards building an impressive global fanbase.

    The new album features a few upgrades from previous releases with some impressive artwork courtesy of artist Pat Fox who has worked with artists such as Tash Sultana, Northlane, The Amity Affliction and many more, and the contribution of ARIA nominated producer and mixer Forrester Savell who has been involved in a Mixing and Mastering capacity. The new additions to the album see's Rohan's music achieve a new level of presentation and sonic perfection to go along with the insanity of the guitar riffs, musicality and well crafted songs.

    The first single 'Up Into The Ether' launches the first taste of the new album with a spectacular video which depicts the real life situation of Rohan as he moves on from a safe career into the unknown of the music industry. The video starts off with a message to explain that he is pursing I Built The Sky full time and that life is too short to wait in doing what you love. The song has all the characteristics of previous I Built The Sky releases but... Better, from the depth of the songwriting, the dynamic variation and the quality of the production and caliber of the musicianship leaves a lasting impression on even seasoned music lovers.

    The Up Into The Ether video features live members Sam Tan and Rob Brens who have been working along with Rohan to create a live band with an impressive performance resume to date.

    Last year the trio toured Europe, UK and headlined two shows in New Zealand which saw raving reviews from fans and media alike.

    "Everything you need in an instrumental song - slippery riffs and big feels!" - Plini (On 'Up Into The Ether')

    Watch Up Into The Ether here: youtu.be/OTBdO18zmxQ

    2020 will no doubt see more international shows across UK and Europe as Rohan has now signed with highly reputable booking agency Atonal Agency (Animals As Leaders, Intervals, Plini, Sikth, Monuments)

    The Zenith Rise is available for Pre order Now!
    https://listen.ibuiltthesky.com/tzr

    I Built The Sky Street Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX7vNEE91tI&t=396s

    • 15 min
    Nili Brosh

    Nili Brosh

    After two solo records and work with several guitar legends, Nili Brosh (Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil, Tony MacAlpine) is no stranger to instrumental guitar albums. However, her latest effort Spectrum steps beyond the expected and into a global exploration of musical genres. A literal spectrum, the album seamlessly blends from one genre to the next, starting in one place and ending up in a completely different one; all the while suggesting that music - much like humans - is all the same.

    Opening with the Spanish flavor of “Cartagena” and “Andalusian Fantasy”, Brosh effortlessly demonstrates the gentle power of conveying melodies on a nylon string guitar. Fusing into the European folk-inspired “Circus Wedding” and Parisian flavored “Rachel in Paris”, accordionist Hubert Gall makes a guest appearance and takes us further into the stylistic journey. What was Parisian blends into the chill R&B inspired “Solace”, which is where we first hear Brosh’s electric guitar versatility and soaring solos. The transition to a more fusion-esque and progressive sound occurs with ‘Retractable Intent’ and ‘Desert déjà vu', before finally moving toward the screaming dance-inspired heavy leads of “Djentrification” and “Primal Feels”. Listening in one sitting, one may feel the transitions sneak up on them, at the end arriving at the question “how did I get here?”.

    The official music video for the single “Primal Feels”, released September 3, follows a similar concept of diversity and comprises a multi-ethnic cast of male dancers joining Brosh to visually enhance the song melodies. With dazzling film-like cinematography, the dancers mimic Brosh’s musical vocabulary in a style reminiscent of those classic ‘80s and ‘90s music videos. With their visual interpretation of the strong melodic hooks of “Primal Feels”, the dancers remind us once again that people - like music - are all the same.

    “Primal Feels” music video is performed by Angel Xplosion Anaya, Amaleke Kidd Bradley, Nili Brosh, Manine Kim, Gabi Torres. Shot and directed by A&G Productions, Choreography by Gabi Torres

    Spectrum is performed by Alex Argento, Nili Brosh, Mariko Friend, Hubert Gall, Pete Lockett, Eli Marcus, Alon Mei-Tal, Gretchen Menn, Ray Rojo.

    Track Listing:
    1. Cartagena
    2. Andalusian Fantasy
    3. Circus Wedding
    4. Rachel In Paris
    5. Solace
    6. Retractable Intent
    7. Desert Deja Vu
    8. Djentrification
    9. Primal Feels
    10. Resistance Piece

    Spectrum will be available on CD and digital download via Nili Brosh’s webstore and all major online retailers (Previous releases are also available through the same outlets): https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/nili-brosh

    For more information, visit Nili Brosh on:
    · Official Website: http://www.nilibrosh.com
    · Official Store: https://www.hellomerch.com/collections/nilibrosh
    · Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/NiliBroshMusic
    · Instagram:http://www.instagram.com/nilibrosh

    • 17 min
    Live Episode: Jeremy Barnes & James Norbert Ivanyi

    Live Episode: Jeremy Barnes & James Norbert Ivanyi

    Recorded live at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show, my guests are James Norbert Ivanyi and Jeremy Barnes as we discuss the state of modern guitar.

    James Norbert Ivanyi: https://jamesnorbertivanyi.bandcamp.com
    Jeremy Barnes: https://www.facebook.com/jeremybarnesmusic

    Want more live episodes like this but wish the sound quality was better? Subscribe to Patreon so I can afford to get a nice Rode Rodecaster Pro and start putting on dedicated live podcast interview events! https://www.patreon.com/iheartguitar

    • 49 min

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