News — Lars Mullen
Artist Spotlight: El Amir - A James Bond Guitarist 0
Artist Spotlight: Grant MacLeod - The Munro Bagpiper 0
Guitar and Bass Player’s Top 10 Santa Pressie List 0
It’s that time of year again when musicians know what they want for Christmas… but daren’t ask. The chances of a new guitar or amp may be out of the question, whilst accessories and the essentials make the best stocking fillers...
Artist Spotlight: Diane Eaton - French Horn Player at the Symphony Orchestra Basel 0
“I’ve been with this orchestra now for 33 years”, says Diane “And still enjoy every rehearsal and performance. I was born and raised in Seattle on the west coast of the United States and have acquired my Bachelor's degree in music performance in North Western University, in Chicago, moved to Europe when I was 22 years old and went on to finish my studies in Berlin. Both these cities are known for their music colleges, especially for teaching brass.
Drastic Plastic: 10 Tips on how every musician can reduce plastic waste 0
The recycling of plastic waste is vital. It’s all about numbers, numbers that are hard to grasp, I did read that there’s been a 379 million ton increase in plastic production since the 1950s and, that a staggering 91% of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic waste at this moment in time…are not being recycled.
More and more household named brands are announcing plans to reduce the number of new plastics they use, to appeal to younger shoppers, while the music industry itself is working on various projects to combat plastic issues.
Festivals stand out a mile, completely littered with plastic of all kinds, sure, it gets cleaned up, but the cost is colossal. The way we listen to music has changed, as we favour downloads, it’s been calculated that literally millions and millions of boxes of software, CDs, DVDs and their plastic cases are ending up in landfills or incinerators. One guitar manufacturer in the USA actually encourages recycling old strings, not plastic of course, but it all helps and other large brands are taking note and making inroads.
But that’s all the big guys, so the most important question here is, what can we, as musicians do to help? Let’s start with life on the road.
Tips for Touring Musicians: The Band Van - Life on the Road 0
Having spent many years and driven thousands upon thousands of miles in a band van in both semi-professional and professional bands, I can relate to the rigours of loading and unloading the van in the early hours of the morning, a routine that was either like a well organised military operation or utter chaos.
The semi pro-band just wasn’t that well organised, but we did have our own time slots for driving and I particularly liked my stint driving home in the early hours of the morning. I enjoyed the solitude, the peace of mind, discovering my inner self as I explored my own creativity whilst watching the sky lighten to the unstoppable approach of dawn, you know…all that Zen thing ….but I was brought back to reality on so many occasions with a banshee-like scream from the back seats….“Sttttop, turn back I left my guitar at the venue”.
Artist Spotlight: Abigail Zachko - impressive, young and talented 1
There are still many extremely talented young musicians willing to carry the guitar into the future and Abigail Zachko in the USA is one of them.
Abby has only been on the planet a mere 16 years, and already at a level many old school players would love to be at, achievements so far include being hailed as one of the most exciting new guitar players in the industry, a recording artist and runner up in Music Radar’s Young Guitarist Of The Year 2018. Envious? Yes, we are.
Artist Spotlight: Mindi Abair - Saxophonist Extraordinaire 0
Artist Spotlight: Tom Doughty - World Class Lap Steel Guitarist 0
Tom Doughty and his relationship between mind and body is tempered by a serious motorbike accident in 1974 which left him with a spinal injury and a permanent disability that affected his hands and fingers. He, therefore, approached his instrument with a completely new and individual flavour, because he had to and not out of choice.
“I don’t have a choice,” explains Tom, “There is no choice...