LCG-173-20121102.mp3 (41min 42s)
It seems that the countries from northern Europe have something special to have so many incredible guitar players, Mika Tyyskä from Finland and also known as Mr Fastfinger is one of them.
“In Motion” is a great music album full of superb guitar playing. Yes you will hear some heavy shredding in there but this is NOT your typical shredder’s album, it’s way more than that. Mika’s music is both intriguing and enjoyable.
Extracts from “In Motion” played before the interview:
- Little Wind
- Motion Beat
- Beach Turtles
I had the pleasure to catch him on Skype for the interview you will hear in this episode. He was in Tokyo, I was in Paris so no surprise the sound is kind of weird here and there.
Extracts played before the interview:
- Weapons Of Ecstacy (Bad D.N.A.)
- School Spirit Delin (Bad D.N.A.)
- Aitakatta (Tokyo Jukebox 2)
- Canon A La Koto (Tokyo Jukebox 2)
And each time it happened I said to myself ”I really MUST have this guy in the show!”.
That’s the method I use: I hit play and if the music I hear interests me I take a note. When it happened several times for the same artist, it really means I am on to something.
Extracts played before the interview:
- Devil’s Road (Since Then)
- Tear Down Your Soul (Since Then)
- Down To The Wire (Nine Lives)
- Rich Man Falling (Nine Lives)
PS: note that toward the end of the interview there is a weird offset between our voices so it sounds like we are talking at the same time and like there were some long silences during our conversation. I had to way to correct that after the fact. Sorry about that.
For this episode #150 I am very happy to present you with an interview from guitar super star Richie Kotzen (aka @Richie_Kotzen) himself! He was in Paris a couple of weeks ago for a concert and I had the opportunity to meet him right before the gig.
I cannot recommend enough his latest CD “24 Hours” which is shock full of good songs, excellent singing and awesome guitar parts.
Extracts from his album “24 hours” played before the interview:
- Get It On
- 24 Hours
- I Don’t Know Why
- Help Me
Richie’s guitar pics right before the show (notice the inboard tuner around the volume pot):
PS: thanks Michelle (aka @mholland5001) for putting me in contact with Richie’s management to organize the interview.
As a reminder the first women interviewed was Heike Matthiesen whom I interviewed in french in episode #103 at last year MusikMesse. I also did more recently an interview with her in english that I will publish in the near future.
We need more women playing the guitar!
Let’s concentrate now on Clare who has just released a great blues album called “Dust And Bones”:
- Believe In Me
- Stronger Than You Think
- Smaller Miracles
Fours songs from the a previous EP “How It Is” are downloadable for free from Clare web site, check this page: www.clarefree.co.uk/download-songs/
As you can guess I was thrilled to speak to Guthrie who is one of the srongest rising star of guitar playing. It’s the kind of musician you hear about in guitar magazine way before you hear their music then you discover what they do and you’re blown away!
Yes, Guthrie is THAT good.
Song extracts from the album played before the interview:
- Get It Like That
- Sweaty Knockers
For the first time ever, a guitar player from Central America on show, please meet Hedras Ramos from Guatemala!
This musician is only 19 but is showing a musical maturity way beyond his age. His latest album (no, it is not his first CD, it’s the third one!) “Atoms And Space” is a great CD I took a lot of pleasure to discover. For sure Hedras is only getting started.
Extracts played from the album “Atoms And Space”:
- Glorious War
- Virtual Tangles
- Stars and Comets
- Atoms of Distortion
MP3 file: LCG #081 – Popa Chubby interview
As usual, before the intervie you will hear some extracts from his latest album “The Fight Is On”:
- The Fight Is On
- We Got Some Rocking To Do
- The Right Time
- Steelhorse Serenade
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-071-20100908.mp3
For the second time I had the opportunity to talk with Dave Weiner. The first time was in episode 32 to talk with Dave about his life as the guitar player for Steve Vaï (whom you can hear the interview in episode 25), this time the occasion was to talk about his solo album called “On Revolute”.
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-059-20100513.mp3
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-058-20100506.mp3
You will find plenty of great videos of Philip on YouTube, but I like this one a lot as you can check him out playing all alone:
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-057-20100429.mp3
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-053-20100403.mp3
A true rock icon in this episode with Matthias Jabs from Scorpions, super-nice guy and very talktative. It was a real pleasure to meet and have a little guitar chat with the Scorpions lead guitar player.
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-050-20100313.mp3
As an added bonus for this special episode, I am VERY proud to debut a new music for the intro with a beautiful instrumental “Der aKtivist” piece from Jean-Michel Kajdan (a french guitar player you can hear in episodes #15, #42 and #43 in french). THANKS a ton Jean-Michel for allowing me to use your music.
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-044-20100128.mp3
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-038-20091209.mp3
- “Sick” from the latest Freak Kiychen album “Land Of The Freaks”
- “Mumbo Jumbo” from IA solo album “Freak Guitar”
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-032-20091110.mp3
As a follow-up to episode #025 (where you can listen to a Steve Vaï interview) I did a Skype interview with his guitar player for the last 10 years, Dave Weiner.
The 35 minutes plus conversation was recorded through Skype so please excuse the couple of drop-outs you will hear here and there.
Watch out on his website for his up-coming solo album very soon…
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-026-20091007.mp3
I was able to meet Paul Gilbert for a 15 minute interview a couple of hours before the MrBig show in Paris at Le Bataclan on September 16th 2009.
Direct link to the mp3 file: LCG-025-20091003.mp3
For the first time (and most probably not the last) this episode is 100% in english. It is the same Vaï interview available on show #024 but with an english intro and outro. This way all the english speaking people will be able to get the full “LCG” experience.
During the 30min interview, Steve talks about his latest live CD/DVD “Where The Wild Things Are”, his music, his band, his guitars, etc…