カテゴリー: FEATURES (English)

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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Vol.22 Bobby Caldwell / April 2013

Bobby Caldwell

  
Bobby Caldwell has been well known worldwide as a singer and songwriter continuously delivering us compositions of high quality. Bobby has also contributed songs to numerous artists during his career. Tunes such as “Next Time I Fall” by Peter Cetera and Amy Grant, as well as “Heart of Mine” by Boz Scaggs are 2 very famous songs in Japan. Bobby took time to tell us about his musical background, his aspects on songwriting, and of course about his latest release “House Of Cards”.

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Vol.21 Robben Ford / March 2013

Robben Ford


Photo : George Wells

Robben Ford has been well known as a great guitar player, continuously creating quality music and albums throughout his long musical career. His excellent tone and performance has fascinated countless music fans all around the world. Robben Ford has released “Bringing It Back Home”, a blues cover album also showing where his roots belong. The album displays a magnificent performance with a pleasant and emotional sound on the guitar. Check out what Robben Ford has to say about his new album “Bringing It Back Home”.

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Vol.20 Steve Lukather / February 2013

Steve Lukather


Photo : Rob Shanahan

With a career of close to 40 years in the music world as a top musician and guitar hero, Steve Lukather continues to keep busy, participating in tours such as the G3 Tour with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, as well as Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band. Steve Lukather is back with a brand new solo album titled “Transition”. The new album displays a collection of quality tunes, along with great vocal and guitar performances. Luke took time to talk to MUSE ON MUSE about his new masterpiece.

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