News — Lars Mullen
Artist Spotlight: Ahmad Hani 0
There are countless, everyday stories about the trials and tribulations that have squashed many an inspiring youngster’s dreams of becoming a musician. The cost of equipment for example, or not enough dedication from other band members, or getting married and not having enough time to commit to rehearsals. However, Ahmad Hani’s story about his road to success is far from every day.
“I was born in Egypt,” says Ahmad, “But my family moved to Dubai when I was just one year old, then when I was eighteen, I moved back to Egypt to attend university. I enjoyed learning other languages and dialects at school within multi-national classes. I made friends with students from the likes of India and Sudan. I loved all the sports, but my heart was in music. We always had music of some kind playing around the house as my mother was and still is a classical pianist and at the time, my Uncle adored The Beatles and we also had two TV channels broadcasting in English and Arabic.
I was just 14 when a friend in my class from Palestine introduced me to Iron Maiden. I loved this band, but at the time didn’t really think it was music and I was a little unsure about playing Iron Maiden loud in the house. In ’97 it was time to look at my future and in my heart, all I wanted was to be a musician, but my father was totally against my wish, he wanted me to study accountancy at university. This was just the start of a very difficult and epic journey for me. I agreed to go to university, but against his wishes, I bought a bass guitar and hid it under my bed. I could only play it unplugged during the night when everyone was asleep.
So far, Ahmad had struggled to play his bass in the dark without an amp and in fear of his father finding out. Pretty hard going you may think?
Artist Spotlight: Becky Baldwin - Top Female Metal Bass Player 0
A Celebration of English Musician Lars Mullen for St. George's Day 0
Hello, my name’s Lars Mullen. I’m a music journalist, photographer and press consultant for many music-related products around the world including the wonderful Fusion gig bags.
And most important, I’m a guitar player. Welcome to St. George’s day.
Yes, guitars are my thing – there’s quite a few around. I don’t keep them in the house anymore; we don’t have room apparently, so once a month I go for a boy’s day out to a lock-up where they’re all kept and turn up very loud – clear my head! I first started… I was eleven years old, so not long ago, I was on a classical Spanish guitar playing the Harry Lime theme in the school concert. Petrified, yes I was.
Artist Spotlight: Emma Richardson - Bass Player Band of Skulls 0
Bassist, Emma Richardson has not only been providing the low-end frequencies in Band Of Skulls since 2004, her harmony rock vocal blend with the band’s guitarist vocalist Russell Marsden is a joy in itself. I catch up with Emma as she takes a break from recording the band’s new album...
A NAMM Show Report by Lars Mullen 0
The NAMM Show is the ultimate stage for all communities within music, sound and event technologies, a chance to group and showcase new products to the industries press and potential dealers new and old.
The latest figures released for the 2018 Anaheim show indicate no less than 1,931 exhibitors showcasing over 7,000 brands to over 115,000 attendees...
Artist Spotlight: Justin Johnson The Guitarist Who Plays A Shovel 0
This is home (when he’s not touring the globe) for Justin Johnson, leading emissary and scholar of blues and roots music, also known as ‘The Wizard’ and recognised as International Slide Guitar Champion. Thanks to the wonders of Skype I get a tour of Justin’s house.It’s the heart of Tennessee… picture the scene: The sun bleached porch with the creaky old rocking chair, the rusty old redundant tractor (now home for the farmyard rooster), chilled beers, an amp and the dilemma of which guitar to play.
Artist Spotlight: Remco Hendriks - A World's Elite Bass Player 1
Until I actually met Remco Hendriks, I was one of thousands upon thousands of people who have watched him work his funky bass guitar grooves on YouTube, totally mesmerized by his sheer speed, accuracy, dexterity and phrasing on a fretless bass. I’d read all the quotes folk leave at the bottom… “Is this guy for real?” “Nah, can’t be done, it’s been sped up.”
Remco likes his privacy and own space so, as fans of his videos will know, he’s rarely seen full-face on screen. So I’m dragging my camera gear around Musikmesse, the annual trade show in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this year, when I notice familiar blonde dreadlocks. I’m thinking... is it or isn’t?
Witnessing Remco play live at the show, squashed all the rumours I’ve read, none of the videos are sped up and yes, I would say he is probably in the 1% of the world’s elite bass players.
Over a beer, Remco talks in his Dutch dialect about ‘all things bass’ and that until he checked it out, didn’t realise viewing figures for his videos were in the millions.
Artist Spotlight: Stephen (Mojo) Mougin, Nashville Bluegrass Player 0
Whilst at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, Tennessee in July 2017, I spotted an unmistakable, distinct green Fusion acoustic guitar gig bag, drifting periscope-like above a sea of heads at this year’s crowded event. Following said gig bag led me to the Fishman stand, arguably one of the world’s leaders within acoustic instrument pickup design, pre- amps and amplification.
It’s here that no other than Stephen Mougin multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, teacher, label owner and one of the finest bluegrass players, casually perched himself on a stool and played some fine bluegrass acoustic guitar. In typical American style, crowds whooped and cheered as Stephen finished his set and started to pack away his favourite Collings CJ-35 acoustic guitar in his trusty Fusion case.
Lars Mullen Goes To Summer NAMM in Nashville 2017 0
Founded in 1901, the North American Music Merchants show (NAMM), is one of the largest music product trade shows in the world.
Held annually in January at the massive Convention Centre in Anaheim, California USA and June at the Music City Centre in Nashville, these two shows are acknowledged by the music industry as Winter and Summer NAMM.
It’s here where journalists from all over the world struggle with jet lag and regimentally shoot photos and videos, gather news on all the latest gear from guitars to glass flutes to announce in their relative press outlets.
Summer, is a more relaxed event that doesn’t quite have the crazy, rock-circus Mardi Gras atmosphere that is traditional at the ‘Winter’ show where, around 6,000 brands are represented by no less than 1,700 exhibitors spread over several floors of the Anaheim Convention Centre, attracting close to 100,000 visitors.
Artist Spotlight: Victoria Vox - Singer-Songwriter / Ukulele Artist 0
Victoria has the ability to effortlessly rub her tummy and pat her head at the same time. In a musical perspective that means, not only does she have a stunning ukulele playing style, a voice that can effortlessly adapt to any musical genre, operate a pedal board with precision...she still has a secret weapon... the mouth trumpet.
Victoria has perfected a vocal technique that imitates the sound of a trumpet by blowing air through her lips, an incredible effect that at first raises a smile from the audience, often ending up with a standing ovation.