It seems that the countries from northern Europe have something special to have so many incredible guitar players, Mika Tyyskä from Finland and also known as Mr Fastfinger is one of them.
“In Motion” is a great music album full of superb guitar playing. Yes you will hear some heavy shredding in there but this is NOT your typical shredder’s album, it’s way more than that. Mika’s music is both intriguing and enjoyable.
Extracts from “In Motion” played before the interview:
I was very happy to interview Simon McBride (aka @smcbridemusic) via Skype as his music kept on showing up when I did some listening in shuffle mode to go through all the music I receive.
And each time it happened I said to myself ”I really MUST have this guy in the show!”.
That’s the method I use: I hit play and if the music I hear interests me I take a note. When it happened several times for the same artist, it really means I am on to something.
Extracts played before the interview:
Devil’s Road (Since Then)
Tear Down Your Soul (Since Then)
Down To The Wire (Nine Lives)
Rich Man Falling (Nine Lives)
PS: note that toward the end of the interview there is a weird offset between our voices so it sounds like we are talking at the same time and like there were some long silences during our conversation. I had to way to correct that after the fact. Sorry about that.
For this episode #150 I am very happy to present you with an interview from guitar super star Richie Kotzen (aka @Richie_Kotzen) himself! He was in Paris a couple of weeks ago for a concert and I had the opportunity to meet him right before the gig.
I cannot recommend enough his latest CD “24 Hours” which is shock full of good songs, excellent singing and awesome guitar parts.
Extracts from his album “24 hours” played before the interview:
Get It On
I Don’t Know Why
Richie’s guitar pics right before the show (notice the inboard tuner around the volume pot):
PS: thanks Michelle (aka @mholland5001) for putting me in contact with Richie’s management to organize the interview.
I am very happy to present you with the second interview on the Channel of a women guitar player with Clare Free (aka @ClareFree1).
As a reminder the first women interviewed was Heike Matthiesen whom I interviewed in french in episode #103 at last year MusikMesse. I also did more recently an interview with her in english that I will publish in the near future.
We need more women playing the guitar!
Let’s concentrate now on Clare who has just released a great blues album called “Dust And Bones”:
As you can guess I was thrilled to speak to Guthrie who is one of the srongest rising star of guitar playing. It’s the kind of musician you hear about in guitar magazine way before you hear their music then you discover what they do and you’re blown away!
Yes, Guthrie is THAT good.
Photo by Alex Solca
Song extracts from the album played before the interview:
Get It Like That
They will be playing in Paris on March 14th 2012 in Paris at La Scène Bastille (www.la-scene.com) so if you are around, don’t miss that! The rest of the tour dates are on their websitehere.
For the first time ever, a guitar player from Central America on show, please meet Hedras Ramos from Guatemala!
This musician is only 19 but is showing a musical maturity way beyond his age. His latest album (no, it is not his first CD, it’s the third one!) “Atoms And Space” is a great CD I took a lot of pleasure to discover. For sure Hedras is only getting started.