Interviews

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Buckcherry Guitarist Keith Nelson Introduces His Collector’s Choice Gibson

“It’s a guitar that all my heroes played: Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Joe Perry, Keith Richards. All the guys I admired played that guitar,” he told Gibson.com. “There’s nothing like the sound and feel and shape. Everything about the Les Paul is really perfect. To be able to use one to make music every night—I’m really grateful for that.” For years, Nelson has called the ’59 Sunburst Les Paul his guitar of choice for Buckcherry, both on the road and in the studio...
 
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Zakk Wylde: I Love All My Gibson Guitars

Zakk Wylde is known for his blazing Les Paul Bullseyes, Explorers and Flying Vs, but there’s a new Wylde model on the block: The limited edition Zakk Wylde Moderne of Doom. The Moderne of Doom is modeled after the legendary, yet never released, third member of the Modernist Series of the late 1950s: the Gibson Moderne. A few highlights include a Zakk Wylde design with a maple top and mahogany back, a maple neck with a Richlite fingerboard, EMG 81 ...
 
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New Artist Spotlight: Parmalee

A Southern rock patrimony, dues paid in church gigs, a player too drunk to pick, and a late-night gunfight: Parmalee’s Country pedigree is as real as it gets. Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas tagged along on their father’s blues/rock band gigs around Greenville, N.C. Soon they started playing on their own, joined by their cousin Barry Knox, a church choir drummer. After their dad’s inebriated guitar player failed to appear for a show, Matt took his place, with Scott assuming...
 
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Who Backs Your Music Crowdfunding Project?

Here is a real world, music crowdfunding success story for you. Louder Spaces raised $8470 in January with their music Kickstarter! Their bass player, Oren, kindly took the time to shed some light on who specifically ended up backing their project. Here is what Oren had to say. Who Backed Your Music Crowdfunding Project? Along with the [2530] FB likes, we have a significant fan base on Soundcloud, YouTube, and Twitter. We used these avenues to promote...
 
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The Gibson Interview: Johnny A (Part 2)

Boston guitar maestro Johnny A is currently busy putting the finishing touches to his forthcoming March 2014 album,Driven. If you haven’t heard or seen Johnny A, do your ears a favor and listen. From slick jazz-motifs to rock licks to inventive cover versions, Johnny is one of modern guitar’s instrumental masters. In Part 2 of his extensive talk with Gibson.com, Johnny A talks more about his signature Gibson Custom Johnny A model, Bigsbys...
 
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The Producer’s Chair: Jim Catino

Jim Catino’s passion for great music, great songwriting and great artists rings through loud and clear and it shows in everything he embraces. Catino has now been with Sony Music Nashville for about 14 years, but, it’s only recently that his producer chops have been significantly recognized. A lot of producers cut their teeth in the studio doing hundreds of demos for publishing companies and un-signed artists before their first major producing opportunity...
 
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The Gibson Interview: Johnny A (Part 1)

Sometimes, great players go too unnoticed — even in the Internet age. Johnny A is one. A supreme talent, Johnny is one of the best instrumental guitar players you’ll likely hear, but he’s still not a household name. 2014 could and should change that. He melds jazz, blues and rock with deftness, all with a delicately lyrical touch and great tone. Gibson.com asked Boston-born Johnny about his forthcoming new album, recording methods, guitars and how to cover...
 
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Interview with Major Leagues

Major Leagues are the jangly pop quartet from the sunshiney lands of Brisbane. If you’ve listened to FBi or Triple J in the last 6 months, you would have heard their super catchy track Endless Drain, taken from their debut EP Weird Season. We had a little chatty chat with them about life after The Saddle Club. First off the bat, how old are all of y’all and how did you meet? We all just turned 21 and celebrated together at Jake’s annual My Little Pony party. We met on the set of...
 
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Industry Profile: Bruce Houghton

Bruce Houghton co-founded the American booking agency Skyline Music Agency with Andrea Sabata in Boston in 1985. Houghton had earlier kicked off his career in the music industry as a lowly intern at the local branch of A&M Records after leaving Boston University. After selling advertising for the Boston Phoenix, he was offered a job booking Boston's infamous nightclub, The Rathskeller better known as The Rat Club. Next came stints as a regional college middle...
 
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Interview With ISLND

Oliver Fleming by day, and ISLND by night, Happy caught up with this electronic producer from Sydney to chat about multiple DJ personalities, Nutri-Grain and suing Vince Gilligan. How did you get into music? What or who first influenced you to start making tunes? It all started several years ago when I was diagnosed with inoperable cancer and was given 6 months tops. Since I had a family to provide for I met up with a friend of mine, Vince, and we drove out...
 
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Interview with Palms

Ever wondered why a life spent playing music is a sweet one? Following the release of their debut album, Step Brothers, we pinned down Palms’ frontman, Al (aka happy dude at Cream on King St), for a little chat. Here’s what he had to say. How did Palms come to be? Well, me and Tom were playing in a band called Red Riders together for about 8 years. When we stopped that band, we still wanted to make music, so Palms was sort of born from that. We met the right...
 
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Interview with I Know Leopard

Sydney via Adelaide four-piece I Know Leopard have released their very first single, She, from their forthcoming EP Illuminia. Before their November east coast tour, Happy cornered them for a little chat about the Adelaide hills, the difference between Chewbacca and leopards, and what it’s like to communicate musically. How was I Know Leopard born? Basically this is a new incarnation of an old project that I moved over with. I’m originally from the Adelaide Hills and most of us...
 
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Interview with Zeahorse

Following their very recent debut album release, we sat down with Zeahorse boys Morgan and Ben to have a chin-wag about the Sydney music scene, the 90s rave culture, and their post-Pools plans. So I just wanted to ask you guys first, how did you meet and how did the band come about? We all went to high school together in Hornsby, apart from Jules, our drummer. We were all part of the music department there. So we had like a long history of just writing songs together...
 
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Interview with Little Bastard

Little Bastard are a seven piece bluegrass party band that smell like beer. They’ve been touring heavily for the last couple of years, playing shows all around the country. They’ve also just been added to the line-up for Falls Festival at Lorne. I hung out with the man behind the double bass, Daniel D’arcy, and asked him some questions. Talk us through the conception of the baby that is Little Bastard. So, it all began with Lyall Moloney, a local muso, put...
 
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Interview with Day Ravies

Caroline de Dear is one quarter of Sydney psychedelic pop quartet Day Ravies. Happy had a chat to her in the wake of Tussle‘s release and talked about Adelaidean bunk beds, the Marrickville scene and the awesomeness of Deerhunter. First of all congratulations on releasing Tussle and all the rave reviews it’s been getting around the world – how does it feel to have your debut album so warmly received? It feels pretty wonderful. We all put so much into it, it’s really...
 
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