カテゴリー: FEATURES (English)

Vol.32 MARAGOLD / March 2014

MARAGOLD


Many may image highly technical jazz and fusion music, knowing that this new band was formed by guitarist Greg Howe. But MARAGOLD reverses such speculations in a good way.
MARAGOLD features powerful, passionate and beautiful vocal performances by Meghan Krauss, versatile rhythm guitars and melodic/dynamic solos by Greg Howe, backed by some great groves created by the rhythm section of bassist Kevin Vecchione and drummer Gianluca Palmieri. MARAGOLD is a band that fascinates the listener with its impressive melodies that stick to your ears.
Meghan and Greg took some time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about MARAGOLD.

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Vol.31 Jake E. Lee / February 2014

Jake E. Lee


Jake E Lee’s long awaited comeback has finally become a reality with his new band RED DRAGON CARTEL. Featuring HAREM SCAREM drummer Darren Smith as the lead singer of the band, Jake successfully delivers some magnificent performances showing his continuous talent as a guitar hero. RED DRAGON CARTEL’s debut album features a collection of fascinating tunes along with a variety of guests including Robin Zander of CHEAP TRICK and ex-IRON MAIDEN frontman Paul Di’Anno. Jake E Lee took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about his new band and its debut album.

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Vol.30 Nile Rodgers / January 2014

Nile Rodgers

     
Nile Rodgers is well known for delivering numerous hit songs as the songwriter and guitar player of CHIC. Since the 80s Nile Rodgers has also made his name known as a producer for countless big artists such as Madonna, David Bowie, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, just to name a few. He has also fascinated and influenced many guitar players around the world with his dynamic and groove oriented rhythm guitar performances.

Nile Rodgers collaborated with DAFT PUNK on their latest release “Random Access Memories” proving that he still keeps fascinating the world with his amazing music and guitar performances. MUSE ON MUSE interviewed Nile Rodgers during his stay in Japan with the CHIC tour. Nile talked to us about several topics including CHIC, producing, as well as some aspects of playing the guitar.

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Vol.29 Michael Lee Firkins / November 2013

Michael Lee Firkins

    
Photo by Ross Pelton

Michael Lee Firkins has released “Yep”, his latest studio effort which is his first album in the past 6 years after releasing “Black Light Sonatas”.

Michael Lee Firkins debuted in the 90s with his self titled rock instrumental album. His unique guitar style and tones of blending melodic rock tunes with country music techniques quickly gained him recognition as a new generation guitar hero. Later, Michael went on to record albums with stronger influences from country and blues music, in which his powerful and deep vocals, and persuasive guitar performances have fascinated countless listeners. Michael Lee Firkins talks to MUSE ON MUSE about “Yep”, his latest studio album containing all the fascinating elements of country, blues and rock.

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Vol.28 Pete Lesperance / October 2013

Pete Lesperance

   
Photo by Tyler Weatheral

HAREM SCAREM, known for its high quality melodic hard rock music, is finally back in action after calling quits 4 years ago. The band re-recorded their masterpiece album “Mood Swings” aptly titled “Mood Swings II”. Pete Lesperance, not only acts as the core of the band ensemble, but also fascinates many with his remarkable guitar techniques and musical talent. MUSE ON MUSE asks Pete about the newly released re-recorded “Mood Swings II” album.

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Vol.27 Carl Verheyen / September 2013

Carl Verheyen

   

Carl Verheyen is not only known as the guitar player for recordings and tours with British rock band SUPERTRAMP, but has also taken part in countless soundtracks for film and television music. He is definitely one of the best guitar players/musicians in the LA music scene today.

Despite having a great career and being a very talented musician, it does seem unfortunate that many Japanese music fans are familiar with LA based musicians such as Steve Lukather and Michael Landau, but not with Carl Verheyen. We hope that Carl’s new release “Mustang Run” will bring opportunities for new listeners to pick up his music. “Mustang Run” definitely portrays “real” music by a “real” musician, and should prove why Carl Verheyen’s name is branded in countless works of music. MUSE ON MUSE asked Carl about his newest studio effort “Mustang Run”.

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Vol.26 Mattias IA Eklundh / August 2013

Mattias IA Eklundh

  
Photo by Lennart Sjoberg

Mattias IA Eklundh’s is an artist known for his “out of the box” ideas and music style filled with a unique freedom, fascinating melodies that please the listeners’ ears, and extraordinary guitar techniques that are matched by none. Mattias has succeeded in blending these various aspects of music, creating music not only for the guitar freaks, but also sublimates his music in an accessible manner for mainstream listeners.

Mattias has released his long awaited 3rd album of the “Freak Guitar” series titled “SMORGASBORD”, and took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about his new studio effort.

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Vol.25 Joe Satriani / July 2013

Joe Satriani

     
Photo : Chapman Baehler

With his cutting edge performance and technique, the guitar master of the rock music industry, Joe Satriani leads the way with his 14th studio effort “Unstoppable Momentum”.
With top notch musicians such as bass player Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction, Slash), drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Sting), and keyboard player Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) participating as recording members, Joe Satriani delivers an amazing band sound, creating a collection of tunes with a variety of musical styles, stirring the listeners’ imagination.
Muse On Muse asks Joe Satriani about his new album “Unstoppable Momentum”.

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Vol.24 Tyler Bryant / July 2013

Tyler Bryant

    
Tyler Bryant was born to be the guitar hero of the next generation. Born in 1991, the 22-year old guitar prodigy instantly made an impact to the music scene upon his debut. His music and aura definitely proves that he has the potential to succeed in the industry. Tyler Bryant talks to MUSE ON MUSE in depth about his musical background based on blues rock, as well as about his latest TYLER BRYANT & THE SHAKEDOWN album “Wild Child”.

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Vol.23 Doug Aldrich / June 2013

Doug Aldrich

   
Since his debut with the hard rock band LION, Doug Aldrich has continuously succeeded in impressing the listeners with his impressive rock guitar performances. Doug has taken part in numerous bands such as BAD MOON RISING, BURNING RAIN, Ronnie James Dio’s DIO, and David Coverdale’s WHITESNAKE, as well as releasing his own solo material. Doug has just released a BURNING RAIN album titled “Epic Obsession”, which turns out to be BURNING RAIN’s brand new studio effort in 13 years. This great hard rock album features Doug Aldrich’s guitar performance in full throttle. Doug took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about the new album “Epic Obsession”, as well as some insight to his aspects on playing guitar.

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