Ive been asked this same question many times by both other musicians and fans and thought id get around to answering it in a blog finally. My first Guitar was aquired at the age of 6 yrs old, it was an old Acoustic Guitar that I had recieved for Christmas - it was almost as big as I was at the time (or at least it sure seemed that way..lol) Of course I had no idea how to play at the time, but just strumming the open strings was somehow very magical to me and I was instantly hooked at that point on the Guitar. Many years later around 1990, I aquired a White Fender Strat and customized it with Mother of Pearl pick guard and Fender Lace sensor (Blue,Gold and Red) pickups. It was an awesome playing and sounding Guitar - unfortunately lost that one when my house got broken into one day while I was away . (Yeah I was Pissed at the time..lol) I later had an old Kramer guitar with an aluminum neck and very heavy wood body (it was definately not a guitar you'd want to play an entire Gig on stage with..lol) Anyways, I installed an APH-1 Seymour Duncun Alnico Pro 2 pickup in the Neck (This was the original pickup Slash used) and a Seymour Duncun Full Shred pickup in the Bridge position. That guitar totally kicked ass as far as overall tone and sustain goes...I wish I still had it today to record with - because it sounded just killer. I ended up selling it to a Buddy of mine who later also sold it (that drove me insane-because I would have bought it back..lol) For my Album "Walking Through the Darkside" I used a Les Paul and recorded that album with basically just the Les Paul,My old Digitech GNX-4 Processor and my Roland GR-20 Guitar Synth for some backing Tracks and thats pretty much it . Everything you hear on that album is just myself and this gear. On my Track "Hear the Angels crying" -I used a panning effect which created a stereo type pan back and forth which you can plainly hear and a delay effect which gives the song its unique sound. Hendrix used Panning effects quite a bit on his albums as well (or at least his engineers did on his albums on some songs) I'm always fascinated by New gear on the market and try to keep myself updated on whats out there which intrigues me as Musicians tend to be extremely picky about getting great Tone and gear - but at a reasonable price tag as well . As far as Amps go,Ive always been partial to Marshall amps - I had a 30th Anniversary Head and 1960 B Cabinet with a 3 channel footswitch which was a great amp - but then again Marshall has manufactured so many awesome amps over the past decades that trying to choose just one...is like walking into a roomful of Gorgeous women and doing the same...lmao. As far as Pedals go, I loved the old Boss Super-Overdrive pedal - Zakk wylde originally used this pedal many years back - and I love the way it drives a Marshall....since then, many awesome pedals have hit the market, so its really a matter of preference now on what you like personally and the type/style of music you play. Anyways, I didnt mean to turn this Blog into a semi-novel here- just wanted to answer the most frequently asked question I usually get from people who hear my songs and ask what I use for gear. So there you have it !!!
I want to Welcome in advance any new African fans over the next few weeks and months- My album "Walking Through the Darkside" and any future albums will be added to the New online "Spinlet" Stores. The African music market is growing with online music stores like Spinlet, the leading music download and streaming service in Africa. Spinlet is a company focused on meeting the needs of music lovers: allowing them to buy, listen, share, and manage music all within a user mobile platform and website. Spinlet is the premier music download platform bringing media distribution to emerging markets in Africa and the rest of the world. Spinlet is available via website and also through a mobile app on Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia Asha. Spinlet Territories (Where Music Sells) Spinlet is available in Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
My Track "Beyond the Heavens" is something I created using my imagination and my Roland Guitar Synth. I posted a sample of the Track here to have a listen. -I was always a big fan of Star Strek films (even the original Star Trek TV series) and created this little synthesized piece as sort of an homage to the Star Trek Legacy and all the Stars of the film that it made it so great ! I'll be the first to admit its not really my typical Genre - but I hate Limiting myself to any Genre when it comes to creativity of the mind. Anyways, I find its a really soothing,relaxing-almost therapuedic sound track to help relax the mind and maybe even help relieve some of your daily stress perhaps -so close your eyes,take a listen, and hope you enjoy it !
Hey Just wanted to give all you Fellow Guitar Players out there a heads up about a really Great Guy who has an Excellent website where he showcases a lot of great amps and gear ! . His website is www.tonymckenzie.com and I highly recommend you check out his awesome videos. He actually examines gear inside and out and then demo's it for you . So its a highly informative website for Guitar Slingers.
This blog is not about myself or my music , instead it is much more important - its about the freedom to express ones opinions and expose Satanism and illuminatti symbolism in the mainstream music industry -particularly in regards to subliminal messages in music videos . Jeff C who runs a you-tube channel called "Free Radio Revolution" exposes a variety of things on his channel from false flag shootings , to the said Satanic messages in music videos .
Lately he recieved a copyright infringment notice from Warner Bros records and I'll let him explain it in his words via his video : http://youtu.be/_r_Tt5u80yI
If you want to make a difference please Tweet the man who filed the notice and ask him why he is attempting to silence those who expose Satanism in the Music Industry . ...I did ! @brianpopowitz .............................................................. @brianpopowitz @FreeRadioRevolu -Brian why are you trying to silence those who expose Satanism/illuminatti symbolism in music industry.
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@brianpopowitz @FreeRadioRevolu -What are you afraid of ? ...Truth ? or the masses being awakened to the Truth ?
My Music is now being Distributed to KK Box of Asia- KKBox is one of Asia's leading Music providers with 200 million subscribers.
KKBox is the top driver of digital music sales in the region, covering: Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao and Malaysia.
So Welcome Asian Fans - and keep Rock'in !
Completed Tracks for "God and JFK" today and started laying down tracks for "War of the Angels" - Sounding Pretty Cool so far- Still have a few overdubs and lead to do for this song yet. Rocked all Day..Rocked all Night (Hear Guitar in my sleep...lol) ..Its all Good though..lol .
Hey Guys,Just wanted to Thank you for checking out my tracks and fanning my Music page here and I apologize for the delayed response in getting back to some of you . Been working on some tracks and testing out my New Custom Slash Rosso Corsa Les Paul (-so been Rock'in out all day on it) But will get back to some of you guys over the weekend for sure ! ....Thanks again for the Awesome Support ! -Please dont forget to consider Downloading my Track "Hear the Angels Crying" as part of the proceeds go to the Fender Music Foundation which helps puts Musical instruments into the hands of kids in schools !
Just wanted to let Fans know that my music will soon be available throughout North Africa and the Middle East ,including Saudi Arabia,Dubai,Morocco and other locations via "Anghami" Music service.
-Anghami is a music streaming app that offers millions of Arabic and International music for users to listen and download on any mobile or tablet. Launched in December 2012, it is now the MENA region’s leading music service and has reached 4.5 million registered users to date coming from all over the world.
Anghami provides a legal way of accessing a large collection of tracks and albums from major and independent record labels. Anghami offers its users licensed content from the likes of Rotana, Platinum Records, Mazzika, and Melody. It also offers access to the international labels such as Universal, Sony, EMI and Warner, Beggars, Armada and many others. Anghami is on its way to hold a catalogue of 12 million tracks by mid-2014.
A free, ad-supported Anghami account gives users up to 4 and a half hours of streaming per month. For unlimited and ad-free streaming, users can pay for the “Anghami+” subscription. Through Anghami+ they can download as many songs as their phone can hold and listen offline. Right now, installing the app on your smartphone gives users a one month free trial of Anghami+.
Anghami Territories (Where Music Sells) -Anghami is available in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and UAE.
March 27/2014 :
-Hey Guys, Just wanted to let you know My music is now also available at the following online venues Globally:
1.) Bloom UK :
Bloom.fm is a mobile music app (currently available only on iOS devices) featuring free radio and tiered access music rental subscriptions.
Bloom.fm has three different streaming subscription options:
Bloom 20 – Provides customers with access to free radio and allows users to “borrow” up to 20 tracks for on demand listening (including offline) Bloom 200 – Provides customers with access to free radio and allows users to “borrow” up to 200 tracks for on demand listening (including offline) Full Bloom – Provides customers with access to free radio and allows users to stream an unlimited number of tracks on demand and to store them for offline listening
2.) Guvera :
Music services need to be more than just a great technology platform. Guvera is leading the charge by providing its users with the most immersive music experience, offering beautiful interfaces and premium curated content.
Guvera is an ad-supported and premium (ad-free) subscription based music streaming and downloading service, offering users unlimited access to millions of songs from the world’s best artists and labels.
Guvera boasts multiple platforms such as web, mobile and tablet (iOS, Android and Kindle).
Akazoo is an on demand social streaming music service with various social features. Users can subscribe for unlimited use of the service; additionally users have the option for a la carte purchases of high quality audio albums and tracks.
The Akazoo platform is entirely integrated with Facebook, hence making the music experience more social, and users can see what their friends are listening to in real time through the social activity feed.
Users have the option to use their personal cloud based library and listen to their purchases in offline mode from any device. The service is accessible and optimized for the web, mobile devices, tablets and Smart TVs. The supported options of the service include standard, premium and mobile only models.
*- Akazoo is only available in Greece, Malaysia, and Poland.