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Quick Questions With Esteban

Quick Questions With Esteban

UK Desert Funk band Esteban recently released their new album, Jackpot Motel. I caught up with them to ask them the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

Quick Questions With Esteban

Ricky Houghton – Bass
1. Who inspired you to start playing?

As a Bass player strangely it was JimI Hendrix. i thought he was the coolest guy ever so i wanted to try and do what he did, but found myself naturally drawn to the bass. My parents had a few Beatles Tapes & Lp’s I had grown up with so the bass lines of Paul McCartney seemed a good place to start. After that i just took in as much bass heavy music as i could from Primus to the Wailers.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

My Lakland Jo Osborne bass. I have always either played Fenders or Warwick basses. When things started to take off for us musically i was always reading about Lakland basses on bass forums, I cheekily emailed them and managed to get one from them directly and it hasnt left my side since. Its been faultless on tour going from cold van to hot venue again and again and just always manages to stay in tune. In the studio it just sits nicely in the mix. No bells or whistles, just a really solid Jazz bass. The bass is about 16 years old now and to me sounds better than ever.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

In search of lost time by Proteje … He’s always been one of the nearly men of modern reggae, a few good tunes, this album just hits the spot, spirituality, big beats and good vibes.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Bootsy Collins – Nobody has better feel than Boosty… Whether its in a hip hop sample, JB record or P Funk you cant help but dance to Bootsy

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just live, breathe and eat music, soak up as much different music as you can. As a bass player work on developing the rhythm section of your band, listen to how guys like Bonham and John Paul John, or Sly and Robbie play

 

Liam Ryan – Guitar
1. Who inspired you to start playing?

The early 90s had such a massive influence on me. It was a great time for guitar-based music and it felt like there were many cool cultural shifts happening musically. I just remember an endless stream of new music at the time and so many influential bands/artists to be discovered (new and old). However, it was John Frusciante’s playing style on the album Blood Sugar Sex Magic that had the biggest impact on me.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

It’s probably a bit too obvious to choose a guitar… and it would be very easy for me to choose my PRS that has played hundreds of gigs and never let me down… but it’s an acoustic guitar that I truly couldn’t live without. Pretty much everything I create musically follows the same process; curled up on the sofa with an acoustic guitar where I can truly lose myself!

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Honestly, I’ve not really listened to a lot of new stuff recently. Although, I’m enjoying The New Abnormal by The Strokes. I’m glad those guys are still doing their own thing. There is something authentic and honest about their music which is really refreshing. It’s like they’re too cool to care about what the listener thinks… Which for some reason really appeals to me.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

We are so lucky to live in a time where lessons are so accessible online for us guitarists. It’s almost become too easy to expand your musical knowledge. That said, it’s also a time where we can easily be distracted and consumed by ‘stuff’ that gets in the way of progress. So, for me it’s more about finding the right headspace and motivation so I’ll go with Aristotle! But if he’s busy, I’ll have a 1:1 with Jimmy Page please 🙂

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Never stop learning, but use your ears first and foremost… and always go with your gut!

We’re releasing a few songs/remixes from our new album Jackpot Motel. Be sure to follow us for the latest music https://open.spotify.com/artist/3GXTHMLDq1SxKYP3h82iyt?si=jh6sgRbTR3edeh4CRMuLnw

YouTube – https://youtube.com/channel/UCjNENpAKFGiXFwtPFx0OAvQ

Instagram – https://instagram.com/weareesteban

Facebook – https://facebook.com/weareesteban/

Website – https://www.weareesteban.com

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Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

Today I’m catching up with UK Blues Rockers, Blackjack Love.

Blackjack Love

Quick Questions With Blackjack Love

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Azza : I’d say Noel Gallagher or Noodles from The Offspring

Sam : Duff Mckagan

Nick : John Lee Hooker

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

Azza : My ES-137, such a beautiful guitar man

Sam : Fast fret

Nick : My old Fender acoustic

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Azza : Royce Da 5’9” – The Allegory

Sam : Bouncing Souls – Volume 2….looking forward to the new Miley Cyrus one however

Nick : I’m not up to date with new stuff. New Foo Fighters single has really grown on me, hated it at first but now I’m addicted

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Azza : Hendrix or Slash, or maybe Curtis Mayfield. He could teach you some cool stuff with that piano key tuning he used.

Sam : Hendrix baby

Nick : Gotta be Keith Richards for me

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Azza : Don’t practice til you get it right, practice til you can’t get it wrong

Sam : Practise songs you like rather than scales and theory

Nick : Learn on an old classical Spanish guitar with really thick strings – it will make you a better person. And say no to funk

Azza : Funk is cool, don’t listen to him!

 

You can download our album ‘Bullets & Blues’, along with our latest singles on all streaming platforms etc. Check out our current single ‘Before I Leave’, there’s a cool video on YouTube for it.

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/blackjacklovemusic/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BJLMusic

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/blackjacklove

YouTube – https://youtu.be/navqPRYHfrs

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Quick Questions With Altostratus

Quick Questions With Altostratus

UK progressive metal band Altostratus recently released their debut album, Complete the Connection. I caught up with drew and Alex from the band to ask them the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

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Quick Questions With Keep Up

Quick Questions With Keep Up

Keep Up released their latest album “Up In Flames” on September 6th, 2019.  It is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and more! I caught up with them recently to ask them the Guitar Noodle Quick Questions.

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Quick Questions With Peralis

Quick Questions With Peralis

Comprising of members from three successful Irish Heavy Rock/Metal bands ‘Kerouac’, ‘Marabou’ and ‘Ritual Effect’, Peralis burst onto the scene with years of high intensity live shows and critically acclaimed releases under their belts.

Peralis spent the last few months writing songs and shaping a sound that will keep fans of Keroauc, Marabou and Ritual Effect very, very happy but the new expansion in sound scape will open the doors to new further reaching audiences. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Halogram

Quick Questions With Halogram

Halogram is a project of the Spanish guitarist Javier Iglesias and the bassist Dani Mourinho. They met in 2001 and played together touring with different bands all around Spain for 2 years. Later on, Daniel move to London (UK) to broaden his musical experiences within the British music scene while Javier continued his career as a professional touring musician in Spain. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Abysmatic

Quick Questions With Abysmatic

Abysmatic is a hybrid music project combining hip-hop, electronics and hardcore punk in a non-standard context and explosive live show, bringing the spirit of bands like The Prodigy and Pendulum.

The band was formed in 2009 by Denis Nickov – a multimedia producer known for his role as a DJ and vocalist in the neo-metal band Fyeld, metalcore pioneers This Burning Day and hip-hop label Illmate. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With LifeCycle

Quick Questions With LifeCycle

LIFECYCLE is a hard-hitting Alternative Metal band based out of Jackson, NJ. LIFECYCLE features Asim Rizvi (4Karma), John Soden (Legion), Joe Viggiano (formerly Ataraxia), Kevin Hightower (formerly Noosphere), and Scott Pustilnick (formerly MCA recording Artist Familiar 48).

The group met while recording at Audio Alley in Pitman, NJ where Kevin, Scott, and John introduced their experience recording with Grammy-nominated producer Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Blues Traveler), Mark Dearnley (Ozzy, AC/DC), Morgan Rose (Sevendust) and John “J.D.” Deservio (Black Label Society). LIFECYCLE takes the addictive guitar riffs and melodic vocals to produce completely original alternative metal. No Ego as LIFECYCLE writes what is best for the songs. Continue reading →

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Quick Questions With Plastic Barricades

Quick Questions With Plastic Barricades

Romantic and honest, gloomy and curious, melodic and melancholic, Plastic Barricades chronicle life in the troubled yet fascinating XXI century, asking questions and trying to find answers. Inspired and influenced by almighty Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Death Cab for Cutie, Placebo, Nirvana and many others, the band loves to experiment with styles, sound and approach.

Based in North-West London, Plastic Barricades are Dan Kert on guitars, keyboards and vocals and Paul Love on drums. Debut album “Mechanics of Life” was released in September 2017 and is available on Spotify. Continue reading →

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