Forty-Plus Years of YES: Steve Howe Talks Guitar-Playing

Ask any guitar aficionado to cite the most important players of the past 50 years, and it’s a near-certainty that Steve Howe’s name will come up before they take their second breath. During his amazing career, Howe has recorded 19 solo albums as well as records with Asia, GTR and others, but his most indelible mark has been made as a primary force in the legendary prog-rock band, YES. A key composer and player on such classic alums as Fragile, Close to the...

Interview with Sounds Like Sunset

After 9 years since their Invisible album, Sounds Like Sunset have returned with another full length record. Tomatrax caught up with David Challinor from the band to ask a few questions. It’s been around 9 years since your last full length album, what have you been doing over this time? We’ve been pretty busy. Just doing heaps of shows on & off, recording on & off when we can or when we feel like something’s worthy of being committed to tape...
Matt Heafy Trivium

Trivium’s Matt Heafy on New Music and His 6 and 7-strings

On 2013’s Vengeance Falls, Trivium mine a tight and cohesive blend of melody and blazing riffs with many apexes. This summer, Trivium are performing songs off Vengeance Falls (one of my favorite albums of the past few years) and the rest of their catalog on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. On Mayhem, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy slings his two signature models: the Epiphone Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy Les Paul Custom and the Ltd. Ed. Matt Heafy...

Interview with Jonathan Jackson from TV’s Nashville

Gear is the star attraction of the annual Summer NAMM show, but on the event’s final day, this past Saturday, one of the biggest crowds gathered to hear the debut NAMM show performance of Jonathan Jackson. Jackson plays struggling musician Avery Barkley on ABC TV’s Nashville, and Avery’s rise, fall and return from the ashes is one of the series’ most compelling storylines. Jackson is a five-time Emmy Award winning actor who won those statues and heaps...

Tomatrax interviews Twin Haus

Twin Haus have released their debut EP Waxen Myriad –seven tracks of decently ambient, delay driven rock music. Tomatrax caught up with the Brisbanites to discuss the life and times of Twin Haus. TRAX: How did the band form? HAUS: Things tended to fluctuate quite a bit during our first jams, there wasn’t much that had been solidified in the way of sound, members or name until Iti began making music with us in late July of 2012. We’d...

Interview with Amusium

There’s a new artist based out of New York that’s been turning heads regionally and internationally with his music. Amusium is born out of an obsession with all music, but with roots planted firmly in electro, orchestral, J-pop, house, and film scores. Russell Carlton Huiskamp—singer, songwriter, producer—spent the majority of his musical upbringing playing classical piano and training to be a composer. But, it wasn’t long until his interest...

Interview with Atlanta's Seven Handle Circus

Bluegrass with a twist. Pop-grass. Bad-ass newgrass. All are phrases that describe Atlanta-based Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece band that is redefining bluegrass and stepping outside the box of Folk/Americana. Comprised of Shawn Spencer (Guitar), Colin Vinson (Banjo), Steve Bledsoe (Mandolin), Richard Burroughs (Fiddle), Jeff Harrison (Drums) and Troy Harris (Bass), Seven Handle Circus is making waves...

Interview with Lunatics On Pogosticks

With a name like Lunatics on Pogosticks prepare yourself for music that will have you dancing around like a… crazy person. Happy had a chat with Lunatics On Pogosticks’ Calum Newton (vox, guitar) ahead of their tour, to talk about their experience supporting British India and Dune Rats and what we can expect from their latest EP, Slug Cat and Snail Dog. You tell a pretty vivid story with Less than Sober. Was it just based on a drunken night out?

Interview with SOJA

No one ever thinks to connect Arlington, Virginia to the dreadlocked, rastafarian, blunt smoking genre of SOJAreggae. That is, of course, unless we're talking about SOJA. The eight-piece reggae/dub group has been releasing records for over a decade and touring relentlessley the entire time. The Virginia natives are now amongst the elite reggae bands in the world and have collaborated with the likes of Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Collie...

Steve Lukather Talks Toto and More

Steve Lukather is seemingly everywhere this year. In January, he was part of the house band at the filming of "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" that aired on Feb. 9 on CBS-TV, sharing guitar duties with long-time friend Peter Frampton as they backed up a who's who list of notables (including Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Alicia Keys) celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's appearance...

Interview with Allday

Coming away from his first sold out tour and two fan – filled bus rides in Sydney and Melbourne, Aussie RnB/Hip-Hop rapping whiz, Allday aka Tom Gaynor took a break from signing CDs to chat with Happy about important stuff like the truth behind his sugary obsession, his greatest fears and what we can expect from his debut album Startup Cult. Jen has been converted to rap music and we think you will too.

Interview with Darlia

Darlia, straight outta Crackpool, have jumped quickly into the limelight, with their creepy single Candyman and with their amazing Knock Knock EP. Ahead of their upcoming Splendour in the Grass show, we axed ‘em a couple of questions. Tell me about your experience growing up. I read that you had a hard a time in high school and found a lot of solace in music. Is that true? I’m not going to wallow but I’m also not going to lie about it. But yeah it’s true. During early primary...

The Guitar Genius of Jeff Beck

Of the prime “Surrey Delta” players of 1960s U.K. blues – Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck – it’s Beck who is the connoisseur's choice. Although hardly a household name like EC and Page, Beck is rightly considered by those in-the-known as one of the most unique guitar stylists ever. Beck turns 70 on 24 June 2014 but, at his own pace, he is working on a new album that will undoubtedly again push the boundaries of electric guitar. Happy birthday, Geoffrey

Interview With Twin Beasts

Melbournian outlaws Twin Beasts create the kind of throaty, debaucherous blues-rock that makes a man wanna lock up his daughters, swagger into town and get cracked on a case of moonshine. In the calm before the storm of their impending tour, vocalist Danny Eucalyptus shared some truths with us about naked models, gettin’ creepy, and what can be expected when they take to the stage. You’ve defined your older LP, ‘Outlaws’, as a “spaghetti western rock...
Rebelution - 2014

Interview with Rebelution

Between putting out their Billboard-charting album Count Me In, and now supporting it with a 32-date summer tour, Rebelution is in the midst of a busy summer. Even so, Rebelution’s Eric Rachmany took out the time to answer a few questions for Music News Nashville. Your new album, Count Me In, is the #1 Reggae album right now - Congrats! Were there any influences on this album that might come as a surprise to your fans?
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