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Sparky Heart of the Valley

“The King of California”. Sparky is not only a talented rock & blues player but also, “the best bartender from San Francisco Bay to Portland, Oregon.” and a good friend. He shows no fear or trepidation when it comes to launching off into and extended ten minute guitar solo and there’s no doubt that we need more of that kind of sheer guts and bravado in the age of the 3 minute and 23 second long pop song! Sparky was involved in testing driving an early prototype of the ‘Tube Drive’ pedal for me.

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Richard Aitken Nimrod Productions

Having cut their teeth in the music industry the pioneering composer- production team of Marc Canham and Rich Aitken formed Nimrod Productions in 2001. With over 100 million video game sales demonstrating Marc’s instinctive composition style and Rich’s detailed and contemporary production techniques, this complete team of forward- thinking audio minds have made a huge impact in the world of game audio; from their edgy orchestral soundtracks to more contemporary sounding scores and supervising licensed soundtracks. Working from their studio headquarters in Oxfordshire Marc and Rich have developed Nimrod and the NSO in to one of the most respected orchestral teams, composers and production houses in the music business…

Over the years Nimrod has pulled together a team of talented and experienced individuals who work on our projects. With an emphasis on live performance driven music and exceptionally high standards of recording and post production, Nimrod has gained a reputation of being a top-class audio team and a great bunch to work with.

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Rene’ has been promoted as one of the best guitarist West of the Mississippi. Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas. Rene’ started playing guitar at the age of 10 and had his first paid performance at 12. Known as a child prodigy Rene’ performed on separate occasions with Bob Seager and the Beach Boy’s, at the Heart of Texas coliseum in a packed house of 20,000 fans, at the age of 14. Rene spent many years in Austin Texas where Townsend Miller of the American Statemens Newspaper had featured Rene’ in an article. Miller wrote” Threadgill’s (Kenneth Threadgill) young picker, Rene’ Best was absolutely the best in Austin.” Rene’ went on to perform with Mr. Threadgill in the movie Honeysuckle Rose, Starring Willie Nelson. Making his living as a full time Guitar Virtuoso Rene’ over the years has performed with many big names in the industry. Known as a Guitarist, guitarist, Rene’s silky, rich smooth style is unique, refreshing and always played from his soul whether it be country, jazz, rock or blues.

Rene has performed with Hank Williams Jr., Kenneth Threadgill, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Bob Seager, Rufus Thomas, Lacy J. Dalton, The Drifters, Hank Thompson and Chet Atkins to name just a few.

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Many may have seen him, but even more will have heard him. The sympathetic German is a sought after cat in the German and international music scene for quite some years. 1997 he was awarded “best german Rock-Pop guitarist, in 2004, the 50th birthday of the Stratocaster, as the final winner of an europewide competition he was called “Stratking of Europe”. He is resposible for some jingles (f.e. the top german sports show “Das Aktuelle Sportstudio” (ZDF), film- and serial-stoundtracks ( “Die Oase” (The oasis), a big city eco-thriller, “Hart an der Grenze” (On the edge), both by ARD). He as well played with international greats like Stewart Copeland, Don Airey, Mel Gaynor, Percy Sledge, Bobby Kimball or Hazel O’ Connor, German acts like Purple Schulz, actor/singer Uwe Ochsenknecht, the Rainbirds, Bastiaan Ragas, No Angels, Planet Claire or Tic Tac Toe. On their sucessful tours Thomas had the possibility to play his guitar to a younger but surprisingly enthusiastic audience. Thomas uses the PC-2A tube compressor.

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Daryl Buckley Elison Ensemble
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Daryl Buckley is the Artistic Director of ELISION Ensemble, Australia’s premier contemporary music group. In this capacity, Daryl has been responsible for the development of innovative projects in the domains of contemporary opera, site-specific installation, improvisation and large-scale electro-acoustic music.

As the Artistic Director for the nationally-based twenty members of ELISION, Daryl has developed a broad experience of national and international cultural infrastructure, the handling of international collaborations involving participants from several different countries, and a practical understanding of the need for funding diversification and inter-arts collaborations in the practice of contemporary arts companies.

He has organised twenty-two international tours to over fourteen different countries with highlights including performances at the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the
Berlinerfestspiele, Wien Modern Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival in Paris and the Ultima Festival of Oslo. Yuè Lìng Jié (Moon Spirit Feasting) a Ritual Street Opera by Liza Lim (music) and Beth Yahp (libretto) was premiered at the Adelaide and Melbourne festivals, and in 2002 toured to Berlin, Zürich and Japan for the Saitama Arts Centre.

Daryl has also managed a large number of international composer commissions and cross-artform projects collaborating with visual artists from Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Finland, and Norway and has instigated the visits of over one hundred and fifty composers, performers, conductors, singers, visual, new media and sound artists to Australia to work with ELISION.

Daryl’s recording of Richard Barrett’s transmission for electric guitar and electronics released on NMC records was recently critically received in the UK’s Gramophone Magazine as a ‘tour de force’.

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Jon Carin The Wall

Jon Carin is a producer, artist and musician best known for his association with Pink Floyd, and more specifically its guitarist David Gilmour and former member Roger Waters over the last twenty-seven years. In the early 1980s, he gained fame as the front-man for the band Industry. During his time with Industry, the band had a breakthrough single “State of the Nation” in 1983 and was followed by the successful album Stranger to Stranger. Jon is ranked #38 on Digital Dreamdoor’s list of “100 Greatest Rock Keyboardists of All Time.” and is currently touring ‘The Wall’ with Roger Waters.

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Five old-time friends haling from Deerlijk, a small town in West-Flanders, formed Dogwalker in 2005. Although not really living in the center of the world they broke through the curtains of small town village life with their melodic and melancholic rock songs to fall into the hands of producer David Poltrock (Hooverphonic, Savalas, Tom Helsen, Lemon). David was impressed by the distinct voice of singer (and main songwriter) Nikolaas Debusschere and proposed to guide them through the pitfalls of the music industry. This led to the production of their first single ‘Summer Has Gone’, recorded by Staf Verbeeck at the Jet Studios, Brussels.

Dogwalker has convinced many with their enthusiastic live performances leading them to play Rock Waregem in 2006 (sharing the bill with Praga Khan, a.o.) Getting invited to support Sarah Bettens and De Kreuners led them to believe in their own strength to aim for a higher level. The result is the recording of a full album being produced as we speak, due to be released early 2010!

Are you in for some cranking guitar tunes guided by synthsounds and some pumping’ bass? Meet Dogwalker!

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Billy Corgan Smashing Pumpkins
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Billy Corgan is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional poet who is one of the founding members of The Smashing Pumpkins. The Pumpkins have a diverse, densely layered, and guitar-heavy sound, containing elements of gothic rock, heavy metal and psychedelic rock. Frontman Billy is the group’s main songwriter — his grand musical ambitions and cathartic lyrics have shaped the band’s albums and songs. The Smashing Pumpkins broke into the musical mainstream with their second album, Siamese Dream and with 18.75 million albums sold in the United States alone, were one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed bands of the 1990s. The band are currently recording the 44-song Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, which has been released, a song at a time, since late 2009. Billy uses the Phaseomatic tube phaser which I’ve just overhauled for him.

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Peter Cox Go West

Peter Cox is one of the greatest voices and performers to emerge from the UK and lead singer of Go West. After signing a deal with Chrysalis Records, their first single, “We Close Our Eyes”, was a Top 5 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Other singles included “Call Me” and “Don’t Look Down.” The following year, Go West were named ‘Best Newcomers’ at the 1986 BRIT Awards.

In 1990 they successfully cracked the other side of the Atlantic when they released the single, “The King of Wishful Thinking”, a song which featured on the soundtrack of the film Pretty Woman. Subsequent releases from the band received several awards based on airplay in America.

Peter and his partner in the Band Richard Drummie are still performing live shows and have a tour planned for December 2011.

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Wayne Eagles Milligan Eagles Project

A musician for 30 years and a professional guitar instructor for 20 years, Wayne Eagles performs and records both as leader and sideman in a variety of musical styles and ensembles. Based in Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, he has music-related BA, BA Hons, and MA degrees. Although currently instructing a wide-range of styles, Wayne was the first person to teach rock guitar in a Canadian University. He has been a Guitar Performance Instructor at Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture (SSAC: Music) since September 1992. Wayne’s performance history includes appearances at various Canadian Jazz and Blues Festivals, University music showcases, numerous radio/television broadcasts, and extensive club work. His most recent release – Milligan-Eagles Project – is a jazz/rock trio recording with double-bassist Mike Milligan and drummer Billy Kilson.

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Jimmy Edgar is one of the most talented artists to have emerged from the new worldwide wave of electronic producers – 22 years old and based in Detroit, Jimmy has been making music since a very young age, and was playing Detroit raves alongside the motor city techno royalty by the time he was 15. His music contains elements of Detroits’Techno and soul heritage, combined with a modern minimalist aesthetic and some devastating programming skills.

Jimmy has already had releases under different names on the Merck label (the amazing “my mines i” by Kristuit Salut vs. morris Nightingale) and Audio.nl (Michaus “%20″). His first release from Warp Records is the slamming four track EP “Access Rhythm”, out now and new album “Bounce, Make, Model” on Warp early November.

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John Fairhurst truly epitomises the modern day wandering blues man. Stories of hunger, listlessness, roaming and reckless abandon are just a prelude to John’s story, something that can only be fully understood in the presence of the man. John tells stories of wading into the sea off the New Zealand coast to smash raw oysters off rocks simply to get something to eat, but fortunately times have changed. He has since gone on to tour the globe, eat moderately well and entertain crowds at illustrious festivals such as SXSW, Glastonbury and Tarragona blues festival (Headlining slot) to name but a few. John’s enigmatic stories relayed through intense and original blues are all told using his trademark howling vocals; think Captain Beefheart meets Tom Waits. Introduced to Sarod Master K. Sridhar at the age of 5 when he stayed with John’s family, John’s music has a distinctly eastern feel, with influences from the Sarod Master as well as his own travels through Asia. With a bottle-neck style blues referencing the likes of Son House and Bukka White, comparisons to the fingerpicking of John Fahey, a leaning towards the psychedelic 60’s rock of Hendrix and Led Zepplin and the ever present influence of K. Sridhar and Indian raga, John’s music is a real melting-pot of diverse musical traditions. John’s meandering character, lead him to New York last year where he arrived with only a bag of clothes and his beloved resonator. He met a fellow blues player and proceeded to arrange and perform 14 sell out shows in a 15 days, a fete demonstrating what a gifted performer John truly is. Bare chested and tattooed (by monks in a Thai temple), when John Fairhurst walks onto a stage you know you are not only about to hear incredible blues, but the tale of one mans tireless journey leaving a lasting impression wherever he stops (which is nowhere for very long!). Summer 2011 will see John touring with his new 3 piece outfit: Simon Lovelock on Bass (Junkyard Scientists, Dustaphonics) and James Breen (Stac) on Drums, taking his sound to new electrifying heights. Work is underway on a new record, to be released in the autumn.

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Peter Frampton is a talented guitatist, singer and producer. He was previously associated with the bands Humble Pie and The Herd. His breakthrough album was his live release, “Frampton Comes Alive!” selling over 6 million copies in the U.S. and spawned several hits. Since then he has released several major albums and worked with David Bowie and both Matt Cameron and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam. He has also appeared as himself in television shows such as The Simpsons and Family Guy. He uses the Delta-Trem tremolo pedal.

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Deano George Deano George Project

Deano George Project is a tight threesome of talented, accomplished, award-winning rock professionals: Deano George – songwriter, lead guitarist, and lead singer who unleashes deeply passionate vocal work and exciting guitar mastery throughout the album; Ed De Four – drummer who infuses every song with controlled force and a dynamic sensitivity; and Michael Paige – bassist who grooves his lines to the max.

Deano has won several awards for his work, including a “Billboard Songwriting Achievement” award, and he’s developed a solid reputation as an amazingly versatile guitarist.

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David Gilmour Pink Floyd
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David Gilmour is best known as the guitarist, one of the lead singers and main songwriters of Pink Floyd. In addition to his work with Floyd, he has worked as a producer for numerous artists, has enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist and ranked as #14 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine in 2011. In 2011 he began using the PC-2A compressor and now owns three of them!

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Andy has been Pink Floyd’s engineer for 30 years. “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and “The Division Bell” were both nominated for “Best Engineered Album” Grammies. “The Division Bell” won “Best Recording Quality” at The British Hi-Fi Awards and Andy won the ‘Mix’ award for best live sound on the “Pulse” tour.

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Darren Jackson Kid Dakota
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With their 2008 release, A Winner’s Shadow, Jackson leaves behind the dusty, windswept panorama of the prairie and trades it for an urban landscape that crackles and pulses with electric life. Against this backdrop, we experience the awe and terror of the songs’ narrators as they navigate loneliness, loss and love.

Shadow takes the edge off these weighty themes with the gorgeous melodies, pop sensibilities and dynamic percussion that characterize the band’s acclaimed live performances. Even more readily than their 2001 release So Pretty or 2004’s The West is the Future, the songs of Shadow retain their warmth amidst their darkest moments.

It’s this unique balance of complexity and accessibility, light and dark, that makes Shadow an equally appropriate soundtrack for either the lost soul wandering the streets of NYC or the free spirit cruising the open prairie.

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Grammy nominated songwriter/producer/engineer/multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Kadish is a renaissance man for the iPod generation. He has written for such a wide range of projects that his resumé looks like the play list for the world’s most eclectic DJ, spanning the realms of pop, rock, hip-hop, country, and christian. After graduating high school, he attended The Berklee College of Music in Boston, on a Professional Songwriting scholarship, and studied Film Scoring. After years of touring both solo acoustic and with his band, Stereolife, Kevin met producer Matt Serletic who brought him to Warner Chappell as his “staff-writer”. While there, he co-wrote “Be There For You”, a standout track on Willie Nelson’s 2002 “comeback” album, The Great Divide. He co-wrote the songs, “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” & “Stuck” for pop singer Stacie Orrico. “(There’s Gotta Be) More to Life” & “Stuck” have had a significant life beyond just the album. The songs have appeared on the soundtrack to the television shows “The Simple Life” and “That’s So Raven,” the popular animated motion picture “Robots,” as well as on several compilations totaling nearly 11 million albums sold.

Kadish has collaborated with the singer/songwriter Jason Mraz on his sophomore effort, Mr. A-Z, producing and writing both singles (“Wordplay” and “Geek In The Pink”). Other songwriting/production credits include work with Coldwater Jane (Universal Nashville), Taylor Hicks (Arista), Hayden Panetierre (Hollywood), Tal Bachman (Sony), Bif Naked (Lava/Atlantic), Lucy Woodward (Atlantic), el Pus (Virgin),
legendary Motley Crue bassist, Nikki Sixx among others.

Kadish’s, a multi-instrumentalist, has played guitar on platinum-selling artist Rob Thomas’ 2005 release Something To Be, contributed guitars, vocals, bass, keys, and programming to a number of projects including work on the aforementioned releases by Jason Mraz, Taylor Hicks, Stacie Orrico, el Pus and Bif Naked.

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Peter Keller works at the Hamburg School of Music as a producer, arranger, writer, composer and musician. Not only an awesome guitarist, Peter is a gifted lyricist and composer adept on numerous instruments. He became a first-call arranger by coincidence and then a hit record producer by working his way up the ranks in the local music scene. He has arranged and co-produced a top 3 single for A-Ha; was lyricist on the multi-platinum debut by Juli; produced the current hit single by norwegian Apoptygma Berzerk; co-produced and played guitar on Peter Maffay’s #1 selling album; produced the current radio-single by De-Phazz; created sounds and programming for music-software giant Native; and is responsible for the smash success of his own band Wunder.

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Website: Tristan Klein

Tristan Klein is a self-taught musicaholic. Starting with the piano, then the drums, he eventually and definitely fell in love with the guitar when he was a kid, and started recording his own songs. After some time in the Netherlands spent playing most of Amsterdam’s blues clubs every night, he came back to France for his solo project. Two self-produced EPs came out of his works ‘Rebirth and Outside’, after which Tristan signed with the American label Grooveyards Records for an album including many talented guests (Jean-Michel Kajdan, Greg Koch, Craig Ericson, Ty Tabor at mastering) entitled Universal Mojo. Parallel to that, Tristan has been a very sought-after demonstrator (Music Man, Rocktron, Suhr, VHT, Jackson, EVH, AVID, L‰g, etc.), a role that has led him to play his own compositions for a wide audience of music lovers, composers and makers with a blues, rock or funk touch.

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Chris Lee Sore Point
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Guitarist Chris Lee his brother Richard ‘Tich’ Lee (drums) started playing blues/rock with mate Simon Phillips on bass in ’98. They played a few gigs and recorded a CD – ‘Scratch’. In 2002 Simon left the band and Phil Grimwade replaced him along with an additional lead guitarist, Chris Maguire – ‘Sore Point’ were formed. The band play and record covers of Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Queen and other 70s rock and also compose their own material. They’ve recorded a live-mixed CD in 2004 – ‘Raw’ and more recently a pair of studio-produced 4-track EPs – ‘EP’ in 2008 and ‘Beautiful Storm’ in 2010. Chris Lee uses the Fire Bottle tube boost pedal.

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David Lee River City Rockets
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“Reverend” David Lee is a guitarist with 40 years plus experience and has worked in numerous bands for over 26 years. His current band, River City Rockets came second in 2005′s Best of Des Moines (Best Local Band) Competition in CityView’s Readers Poll. David has also earned the title “Reverend” because he’s been preaching about tone for most of his adult life. He maintains an excellent website where music gear is thoroughly evaluated to ensure it lives up to claims made by the manufacturers. Pedals are thoroughly road trialed, in real world live performance conditions to prove their road-worthiness and also tested in various guitar/amplifier setups to determine their versatility. “Only pedals made by the very best Master Builders on the planet are reviewed!”

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Adrian Legg Adrian Legg
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Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called “impossible to categorize”. He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the “best acoustic fingerstyle” player four years in a row (1993–1996). From his early start as a bench technician customising electric guitars, Legg moved into guitar instruction, publishing books and videos on guitar technique. In 1996 and 1997, Adrian shared the stage with acclaimed guitar experts Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai as part of the G3 tour. Satriani said of Legg’s musicianship “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard. I don’t know anyone else who can create such a cascade of beautiful notes… Adrian plays like he’s got hammers for fingers.” Adrian provided a lot input on audio testing of the PC-2A photo-optical tube compressor.

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Website: Michiel Niessen

Michiel received his first formal guitar lessons at the age 8. At 14 he moved on to the lute. Having completed his classical education, he enrolled in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Netherlands, to study lute with Toyohiko Satoh. He graduated with honours in 1986 and 1988 with a teacher’s and soloist’s diploma. During his studies, Michiel won third prize in the first (and only) international lute-competition in Toronto, Canada, as the youngest and only student participant.

He plays exclusively on instruments made for him by renowned makers Richard Berg (Ottawa, Canada) and Stephen Barber (London, UK) and on a rare original archlute from Venice, around 1610. With Ian Schneller of Specimen Products, Chicago, Michiel Niessen dropped upon the lute/guitar scene the first dedicated electric lute. Michiel went on to shape a career as soloist, accompanist and orchestral player. He aims to expand the boundaries of his instrument by moving into crossover styles, ethnic and proto-authentic instrumentation, amplification and electronic influences.

Michiel uses the PC-2A compressor and Tube-Vibe on electric lute.

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Ed Oleszko Queensbury
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Young Welsh songwriter/guitarist Ed Oleszko has written/recorded and performed in many successful bands who have toured across the Uk and Europe. Many of his songs have received multiple airplay on BBC Radio 1, Kerrang Radio, numerous internet radio stations, as well as performing on BBC, ITV and S4C TV. Ed is now part of the awesome Queensbury, a hard rocking quartet whose powerful melodies and crushing riffs have gained them much critical and public acclaim and who are surely destined for the top. Ed has an absolute ear for the purest in crushing rock tone and Effectrode pedals are simply the best there is. Road tough and uncompromising not only do Effectrode pedals provide the purest warm vintage tones but also can push the boundaries in sonic experimentation to develop a range of new classic tones for the 21st century. Queensbury love Effectrode pedals!

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Chris O'Brien The Riot Tapes

The Riot Tapes were formed in 2009 by Chris O’Brien and Elaine Doyle. From the first time they started recording a few songs, they both knew, ‘this was it’. Within 3 months Chris had arranged to move his life to Dublin, to facilitate the collaboration. By April 2010, Jim Carroll from the Irish Times had heard early demos and had already dubbed their rough home recordings, “sparkly, twisty gems”.

This small review was seen by London producer, Tim Clarke, who had been scouting for new acts to work with. ”I was sent thousands and thousands of demos, but only heard two or three worth pursuing… at the top of that stack was The Riot Tapes.“ Tim and Chris quickly realised that they shared similar goals and a tireless work ethic, and so decided to work together on a record.

“Recording of the debut began in earnest in the summer of 2010.By then there were about 20-21 songs in the mix to choose from. We roughly demoed 17, decided on the 10 strongest and started working 4-5 days a week – recording all the music in various studios we could sneak into; be it home studios, mixing rooms in Dublin and London, or anywhere we could find some space to create,” says Chris.

The demos and early iterations of the recordings were shared online, by bloggers, music fans and friends and soon the demand for a release grew to a critical mass. In January Ronan Hunt-Murphy (from prominent Irish music magazine ‘Swear I’m Not Paul) called their forthcoming record, ‘one of the most anticipated Irish records in a long time″. By the summer of 2011 Phantom FM in Dublin was calling them, “the most talked about Irish band in years,” while the NYC based ‘le cool magazine’ called them, “one of the biggest breakthrough bands of 2011″.

In the fall of 2011 the band was dubbed “one of the best unsigned bands in Ireland by the Irish Daily Mail and were prominently featured on the Apprentice Ireland. They were also featured on a compilation CD of the “Best Irish Unsigned Bands,” 100,000 of which were distributed my The Daily Mail in Ireland.

They will be finishing their record and playing extensively in Ireland and the UK in 2011-12.

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Website: DeeRal

First started his professional adventures working with Michelle Gayle as a singer/guitarist signing to 1st Avenue as an artist. Together they wrote her album and went to LA to record with producer Harvey Mason. That then lead to working with many other artists including: Louise, Eternal, Sholla Ama, Mica Paris, Phil Collins, Donell Jones, Faith Hill, Heather Small, Spiller (No.1 with Groove Jet) Artful Dodger, Mariah Carey and Simon Webbe, Chipmunk, Leona Lewis.

His work would include TV, radio & tours from all corners of the globe. He spent almost a year playing guitar for Craig David after which he went on to play with Victoria Beckham and promote her ‘A Mind Of Its Own’ single.

DeeRal is a very busy guitarist – he never stops! Finally, he has just completed a live DVD with ‘Go West’ which he holds very dearly to his heart, having to take the place of the late great Allan Murphy.

Currently DeeRal is writing with Peter Cox and playing with ‘Go West’ and also working on a solo project within a rock slightly alternative vibe.

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Steve Rothery Marillion
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Steve is guitarist and one of the original founders of English rock band Marillion. His emotive, textural playing style and clean toned, high-sustain Stratocaster soloing define the band’s signature sound. Marillion have released 16 ablums since 1979 with a string of UK Top Ten hits spanning their career and an estimated fifteen million total worldwide album sales. The band continues to tour internationally, and are ranked 38th in Classic Rock’s “50 Best Live Acts of All Time”. Steve is currently using several Effectrode pedals in their Aylesbury studio, including the Tube Drive.

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Phil Shiell Bantaba X
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Phil Shiell has played bass in a number of bands (mainly progressive rock) since age 14. An enthusiast of active Status basses and also, more recently, the Chapman NS Stick, an eight string, multi-mode instrument. He is currently using the instrument in the Dusseldorf-based band Banataba X who perform a mix of avant-garde music, jazz and other musical elements – complex compositions, which are very rhythm oriented. Phil uses the PC-2A compressor to tame and sweeten the signal from the onboard active electronics in his basses which can be challenging to record.

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Eric Shoaf Vintage Guitar Magazine
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Eric Shoaf writes for Vintage Guitar Magazine where he reviews guitar related books, contributes interviews, feature stories, dealer profiles and a variety of other articles. He maintains a collection of classic Gibson archtops, a profusion of acoustic flat-tops, and about lapsteel guitars of pre-war vintage.

He came of age in the 1970s where his playing was fueled by popular music of the time, early and contempory blues. “I guess it was Johnny Winter more than anyone else that started me looking to find original blues recordings,” he said recently. “I was into Clapton, Santana, Beck, all those monster guitarists, but blues music moved me more than anything.” Not surprisingly his own playing is steeped in blues and he has cultivated a fine ear for tone over the years.

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Paul Stacey has played for Oasis, Neil Finn, Black Crowes (and produced their last 2 albums). He’s a very in demand producer and astonishing guitar player. Paul is an enthusiast for vintage and boutique gear and owns an Effectrode Phaseomatic Deluxe pedal

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Frank Sullivan is one of the founding members of Survivor, and has been the only constant member of the band since their formation in 1977. The band’s big break came in 1982 when Sylvester Stallone commissioned them to write the theme to Rocky III. Along with former bandmate, keyboardist/vocalist Jim Peterik, Frank co-wrote “Eye of the Tiger” which became an instant hit, holding the #1 spot for seven weeks on the Billboard charts. Frank uses the PC-2A compressor and is looking forward to getting hold of a Tube-Drive and Vibra Chorus as soon as they are available.

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Paul Turner Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai are a British jazz funk and acid jazz band and the most prominent component in the early-1990s London-based acid jazz movement. Subsequent albums have explored other musical directions such as pop, rock and electronica. Jamiroquai have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1997.

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Lars Vegas The Baseballs

The history of THE BASEBALLS began in 2007 in Berlin. Sam, Basti and Digger met by chance in a recording studio and started doing cover versions of songs from the Fifties and Sixties. But soon they discovered the appeal of transforming modern songs into a rock’n’roll style, or in the band’s own words: “We take good songs and lead them to their true destiny”.

The release of their debut album “Strike!” in May 2009 ignited BASEBALLS  mania all across Europe. The band held top positions in the European charts for weeks, achieved record-breaking sales: 4x platinum in Finland, platinum in Sweden, Norway and Holland, Double-platinum in Switzerland, silver in the UK and gold in Germany.

On April 15 the winners of the German Echo Award 2010 for Best Newcomer release their new album “Strings’n’Stripes”.

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John Verity is an English guitarist formerly with the band Argent from 1973 to 1976. When Argent split up, he formed Phoenix with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford. The band recorded three albums with CBS Records and toured Europe before disbanding. Rodford joined the Kinks, Verity and Henrit joined Charlie, to record an album with RCA Records. Verity produced the Phoenix albums and Charlie album as well as the first Saxon album. During the early 1980s Verity worked with Brian Connolly (former vocalist with Sweet) and released the single, “Hypnotised” which was released on Carrere Records in 1982 produced by Verity, and written by Joe Lynn Turner. Verity was part of Connolly’s backing band Encore when they supported Pat Benatar at the beginning of 1983. The line up of this band formed the basis of Verity’s own band, which went on to release several albums including Interrupted Journey.

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J.F. Verreault and Rumi Aoyagi are ESTECHO, an analogue electronic music project currently based in Tokyo. Their music relies mainly on vintage equipment such as tape echos, analogue synths & drum machines, electric pianos< and an assortment of analogue effects. Although the songs comprise many genres; psychedelic, progressive house, minimal techno, chill out, jazzy grooves, leftfield, downtempo ESTECHOs very distinct sound & production brings them all together as a coherent entity. It is a fully analogue, unquantised, warm and human sound, applied to contemporary electronic music styles and compositions through the use of digital editing and a modern musical sensibility. This recipe is what makes ESTECHO unique.

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Glen Webster Fraid Knot
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Fraid Knot is a technically driving, high energy group of musicians who embrace elements from the Canadian East Coast and Celtic Genres, as well as Irish, Scottish, and North American traditional/rock in their covers tunes and original music. Their guitarist, Glenn was born in Lahr, Germany in the summer of 1969 and soon began his musical development on the piano at the age of 4. Influenced by a family of musicians, he quickly decided to have a go at the guitar and has never looked back. Glenn began teaching several musical instruments and playing professionally in his early teens. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed a great deal of success performing solo, as well as, being a big part of many different types of bands. Glenn’s strong lead work has brought a true rock presence to Fraid Knot. This combined with the bands east coast roots provides a truly unique sound, with an electric edge.

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Owl City is an American electronica musical project by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young formed in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement. After two independent releases, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which spawned the quadruple-platinum hit single “Fireflies”. The album was certified Platinum in the United States in April 2010. Adam uses the Tube Drive – his tech told us, “Adam loves that thing!”

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Jack Zucker Sheets of Sound

Jack Zucker has an impressive resume having played, performed and studied jazz guitar for over 30 years. He obtained a Studio Music/Guitar Major at the University of Miami and has taught at Universities and privately for over 20 years and lectured on improvisation at jazz festivals. He has also studied with Bill Biesecker, Dennis Sandole, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Andrew White, Marc Copeland, Rick Whitehead, Randall Dollahan, Stan Samole, Larry Wooldridge.

He’s been involved in numerous live broadcasts for the Today Show, numerous other television and radio broadcasts and performed with Steve Abshire, Eddie Baccus, Greg Bandy, Keter Betts, Paul Bollenback, Dr. Glenn Cashman, Marc Copeland, Danny Gatton, Ellory Eskelin, Shannon Ford, Kathy Lee Gifford, Drew Gress, Jamey Haddad, Paul Horn, Bruce Hornsby, Randy Johnston, Greg Karukas, T. Lavitz, Mike Lee, Hank Levy, Joe Lovano, Rich Madison, Terry Plumeri, John Previti, Dianne Reeves, Howard Roberts, Jim Roberts, Dan Wall, Rick Whitehead, and many others.

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