Interview

Quick Questions With Reaven

Quick Questions With Reaven

Meet Reaven!
A powerful Indie Pop/Rock band with a fresh touch of Electro. They explore many paths, many atmospheres to bring you a very personal Rock sound with catchy melodies through an intense & multicolored universe.”

Quick Questions With Reaven

Quick Questions With Reaven

Answered by Romeo Bassi ( lead-singer / guitarist / songwriter of the band ).

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

“My dad was playing the guitar, but for a long time I refused to play (laughs)!! Then with all the musical culture from the 60’s and 70’s, I decided one day out of the blue to take a guitar and play. The first song I played was “Wild Thing” from The Troggs.”

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

“My capo for sure!”

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

“I guess maybe “Medicine at midnight” from the Foo Fighters.”

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

“Paul Mc Cartney for Pop music. Hendrix for guitar playing.”

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

“Always keep an old plastic card (credit card or whatever). When you run out of guitar picks, you can always cut the card to create one (I’ve done that so many times).”

 

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Quick Questions With Spacejam

Quick Questions With Spacejam

Spacejam: The seasoned musical travelers share a simple mission: to explore musical weightlessness and interplanetary interaction free of hatred and restrictions of genre.
Quick Questions With Spacejam

Quick Questions With Spacejam

1.Who inspired you to start playing?
As far as I can remember the one who inspired me first to make music and in particular to learn the guitar was Elvis Presley. My mother was a huge fan and as soon as he was on TV it was like the messiah who came to preach. His way of holding and playing his guitar, his attitude, his arrogance and his “fuck you, I’m the king here” immediately made me want to do better than him! Then I was fascinated by John Lennon of The Beatles and Pete Townsend of The Who who had an even more outrageous attitude and who broke his guitars on stage and on some live shows too. Finally, when I started playing guitar the guitarist who made me want to stop everything and never touch a guitar again in my life was the one and only Jimi Hendrix. Listening to him was as if an alien from Mars was playing the guitar, but the worst part was seeing a VHS Vid concert that my cousin John invited me to watch. I got home after and smashed my guitar on the floor in rage. I kept telling myself that I would never make it, I would never know how to play guitar in my life. I resented Jimi for several months then decided that I was going to kill Jimi a second time by playing like him and even better, and there was the punk movement, my very first gig at Brunnel University in Uxbridge in December 1977 a gifts from my cousins, it was The Sex Pistols and they were changing the face of the rock world and I wanted to be part of it too…

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
I would tell you that I could never in my life live without my favorite guitar, my 1976 Fender Telecaster an S Series handmade in the USA. I broke the bank to buy it at the time. It was Porl Thompson The Cure’s guitarist with whom I was friends at the time in 1986 who told me about this guitar and who had praised me the merits, versatility, the unique sound etc … I asked my mother to lend me the money because I was broke. I bought it in a music store in the Pigalle district of Paris where I had just moved at the time and my mother had arrived the night before from London to see me perform on stage. At the time I had an Ibanez guitar who looked like a Gibson Les Paul which I was not 100% satisfied with, especially in the clean sounds. After the show I convinced my mother that I had to change guitar and it was vital for me because we were going to record new songs and that I had to explore all the sounds that this could offer me before the recording sessions. I desperately needed to explore this new weapon. My mom just said “ok how much?” I told her 650 pounds, I saw his eyes come out of their lobes and her mouth remained open but no sound came out. She wasn’t very happy cause it was a lot of money at the time! It took me a year to give the money back to her! You understand now why this guitar will never leave me, I did my best shows with her and almost all my recordings. There have been times in my life where I could have sold her just for a living but I never did, I would rather starve. I would like to be cremated with my Tele.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Yungblud Weird, without hesitation because I find it very rich and very varied. I find the writing and production work to be excellent. He’s a talented young artist who opens up new musical horizons and for an old jerk like me, it feels good to get a big kick in the ass by such a talented artist. Thank you mate and let’s work together whenever you want!

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
A living guy I would love have a lesson from would be Dave Grohl because I find him to be a very complete and very talented artist. I loved watching his “Play” video in which he plays all the instruments. I know he’s been doing it from the start with the Foo Fighters especially on the song Everlong with which he was not satisfied with the drums. He asked William Goldsmith who was the Foo’s 1st drummer to record over and over the drums of this track so many times that he couldn’t take it any more and above all he could not reproduce what Dave Grohl asked him. Dave Grohl came back to the studio on his own the next day and did the drums on the track and decided to record all the drum tracks on the entire record. Brilliant!
A dead artist with whom I would have liked to learn is certainly John Lennon because his approach to working in the studio was so avant-garde at the time, especially on songs like I Am The Walrus and Tomorrow Never Knows. Another dead artist I would have loved to work with is Prince. A genius multi-instrumentalist, but also a master of production and recording. I admired his positioning in relation to artists and their record company in the late 90s/ early 2000s. He was the first artist to claim to want to regain control over his works, his name Prince, and to do without a record company to sell his songs with only a small tip left! He opened the door to a lot of artists and forced the music industry to rethink its economic model, something they were unable to do until this day!

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?
For me, the greatest quality for an artist is to listen to the world and never believe that everything has been taken for granted and that it has happened. Inborn talent is only 10% of the job. The other 90% are just work, work and more work. Do not try to copy other artists and keep your attention on yourself because that’s what makes you unique. Yes there are a lot of people out there and yes the world is not waiting for you, I would even say they don’t give a fuck about you. So that being said, you are unique, your way of approaching and understanding the world is unique too, so stop doubting or wanting to be like someone you’ll never be… If what you have come to say to the world is with music, then you have no choice but to be and exist as a musician. In any case, it’s in the long term that you will flourish in music or not. Being a musician cannot be learned, it is something that you have deep inside of you, it’s a vital need. If you’re fake, you won’t last long!

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Quick Questions With Pressure

Quick Questions With Pressure

Who are Pressure I hear you ask? Well if you had to tag them with a genre the one that fits best is a ‘melodic rock’ but they’re so much more than that. Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden and with vocalist Olof Jönsson you can always guarantee soaring, athletic and committed vocals. Together with a twin guitar sound coming from songwriter and lead guitarist Simon “Siirpo” Forsell and Emil Salling.

Their work often focuses and embraces the pressures felt from everyday existence. Their lyrics ably demonstrating that there are two sides to every story – the good and the bad. Every song has a double meaning and they truly see music as a tool to handle the different pressures thrown at us from the modern world.

The band began their journey together in 2018, and since then they’ve worked tirelessly developing their sound and live performance, their aim? To make memories with their fans and to an epic musical soundtrack.

A quote that can summarize their lyrics is: “How can you tell a story about life if you haven’t dared to live life to its fullest!

Pressure is all about every story, every moment, every Pressure!

Quick Questions With Pressure

Quick Questions With Pressure

Who inspired you to start playing? 

I started playing at a very young age. I think I was around 6 years old. I come from a family where we had a lot of music. Both my parents were playing different kind of instruments and I tried a few other instruments before finding love for the guitar! It stuck with me through all my years. I have also had a lot of good teachers that inspired me and kept me going. Then I started listening to different guitarist and got inspired by the fact that different people could get so different tone out of the same instrument. You can say that I really got inspired by the guitar itself. Its an instrument who really let you channel your inner soul.

Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without? 

As for right now I would say that its my in ear monitor which let me hear and really get the feedback I need. I didn’t work with in ear monitors for a long time and relied on the master sound and floor monitors. But had a “moment” when our lead singer brought his and I said to myself that I must have been really stupid not using this. Its not just a great way of getting exactly the mix you want, its also saving your ears.

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

There has been a lot of cool new albums this year. But “Power up” with AC/DC was really good. Haha, and I have a weak spot for the Finnish Monsters Lordi! Killection is a good album!

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

Oh, there is many guitarist I would love to learn from. Eric Clapton, Gary Moore or Eddie Van Halen to mention a few. Fantastic with their tone and melodic sense!

What is your number one tip for any new player? 

To keep at it. Its so important to remember to practice to never give up and to have fun. You don’t have to practice all scales, you can find a teacher or a youtube teacher who really want you learn and that you want to mimic. Listen to great solos, by different players and try to play exactly as them. Then when you get it wrong, go with it and find your own style. Keep practicing and remember that the guitar is one of your best friends in the world!

Please come and follow/listen to us!

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/pressuresweden

Facebook

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Website

https://www.pressure.band

Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/c/Pressuresweden

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Quick Questions With Alien Feelings

Quick Questions With Alien Feelings

From Wrexham in the industrial borders of North Wales armed with choruses that prove there’s only one thing better than a singalong: a shout-along!

Alien Feelings Interview

Quick Questions With Guitar Noodle

Tim- Bassist
Ryan- Guitarist
Who inspired you to start playing?
Tim- For me it was Joe Stump, the way he can make his guitar sing is incredible. He has
a way of letting you imagine anything and everything.
Ryan- I grew up a huge Green Day fan and it was their music I wanted to be able to
play, along with Blink-182 and Sum 41. But playing guitar just seems like something I’ve
always done because my dad plays a bit. I stopped playing for about 4 years before I fell
in love with music again after buying the first 2 Green Day albums (39/smooth, Kerplunk)
Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?
Tim- To name a few, My Affinity PJ Bass for sure, my laptop (the AF repository), and my
3d printer.. I need never worry about losing a guitar pick again.
Ryan- It’s gotta be my Gibson Les Paul Junior. I actually never played it for 8 months after
our last gig, way back in March, thanks to Covid and the fact it had been played to shit!
But I’ve had it set up properly and a bone nut installed, and the first time I played it
afterwards, it brought a tear to my 3 eyes.
What’s your favourite album of the year so far?
Tim- I’ve got to be honest and say I haven’t got a clue what’s been released this year. My
playlist ATM is full of 1 st wave SKA and Slayer…. And Alien Feelings of course.
Ryan- To be honest, I haven’t been listening to any new releases, but the best album
I’ve found this year has to be Operation Ivy.
If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?
Tim- Bit of a strange one but my choice would have to be Freddy Mercury. He could feel
and sense what the music was supposed to sound like.
Ryan- It’s gotta be Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden. The dude kicks ass and he’s cool as
fuck.
What is your number one tip for any new player?
Tim- Don’t ever stop practicing, I’m still a new player and Alien Feelings was my first
band, the knowledge and support my band mates have given me makes me wish I had picked it up sooner. The extra appreciation I now have for other musicians and artists is purely down to practice and bandmate support.
Ryan- If you’re super serious, learn scales as soon as possible!! Otherwise, you’ll reach a certain level, and they’ll bore the living shit out of you.
Here’s a list of our socials, you should definitely check-em out you beautiful
lot.
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Quick Questions With Dig Two Graves

Quick Questions With Dig Two Graves

Dig Two Graves is a Rock and Roll outfit from New Jersey. Combining an eclectic mix of Progressive Metal, Djent, and future pop, the group has garnered acclaim from a wide variety of music listeners, in and out of their genre. The band just released their critically-acclaimed debut EP, “Deathwish.”
Since their conception in 2017, Dig Two Graves has been working tirelessly to separate themselves from the pack in a very crowded genre. By combing a variety of musical styles into their all too often, cliché-heavy genre, they hope to be a breath of fresh air to anyone that listens to them play.

Dig Two Graves

Quick Questions With Guitar Noodle

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

My cousin Greg played guitar and when I saw his band play when I was a little kid, I immediately asked for one for Christmas.

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

My Kemper Profiler has been super hot fire since I got it. I love it so much.

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

Sokoninaru’s new album has been on repeat since it came out. I can’t really think of too many others, I’m a little behind the times.

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

I was going to say Hide from X Japan but I don’t think he spoke any english so that might be tricky. Probably Hizaki from Versailles, I think he speaks english well enough.

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

Try not to create bad habits. I held my pick wrong for a super long time and had no idea. It’s harder to break bad habits than create new good ones.

 

Official Links

https://www.instagram.com/digtwogravesband/

https://www.facebook.com/DigTwoGravesBand/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/6NSEOKLBYxDo6YYlL4cMPI?si=ColFCyT1QWiG7ZMqwwDu_A 

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/dig-two-graves/1435120379 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYNM3dVVn1QREyZbCB164Q 

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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.

Keep Up Interview

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