Shop Talk

This is the first installment of a new feature I like to call “Shop Talk” The idea is this; a professional musician is asked to imagine if they met another musician, what might they ask them in a conversation? It can be anything music related but the catch is they don’t know who will answer [...]

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Oblivion Her Majesty’s Rachel Bello, the interview.

Philadelphia, PA’s Oblivion Her Majesty is an experimental rock band that have come out of the gates with a polished, multi-dimensional sound. Having released their debut album in February of 2019 the band successfully blends their influences into diverse and original sonic palettes. Rachel Bello While just about every band says they have varied influences, [...]

Jeff Scott Soto discusses new Sons of Apollo album “M M X X”.

With the release of Psychotic Symphony in 2017, Sons of Apollo established themselves as one of the premier Supergroups. Consisting of Mike Portnoy (drums), Derek Sherinian (keys), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass), and Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), this is the musical Dream Team. Every member is a virtuoso performer, with a long history [...]

The Steinberger headless guitar…no more mystery.

A little over a year ago I acquired a Steinberger Spirit. You know, the “headless” guitar that seemed so alien when it came to fairly widespread attention back in the eighties. Thanks to prominent players like Eddie Van Halen, and Geddy Lee (Steinberger Bass) amongst others. However even today it still remains a bit of [...]

YYNOT: Happy accidents lead to “Resonance”.

Guitarist/producer Billy Alexander, upon seeing videos of bass virtuoso Tim Starace approached him about forming an online collaboration. Beginning in 2015 the two went to work on not only impressive original compositions such as the eponymous “YYNOT”, but covers of legendary Rush songs with staggering precision. After recruiting the talented-beyond-her-years vocalist Rocky Kuner, the band [...]