What is your first association with the violin? It’s likely of priceless antique instruments being played in grand orchestra halls. Though this scenario certainly does exist, the world of the violin is much more diverse. Contemporary musicians use it in electric and acoustic forms, with string, pedal, and amplification choices to create memorable performances and stretch the boundaries of its sound in the studio.
From heavy-metal bangers to country twangers to EDM mix wizards, The Hub gets up close and personal with musicians from every significant genre. We ask probing questions about their gear, their inspiration, their strategies in carving out a distinctive sound and style. We skip the fluff in seeking their perspectives about what it takes to launch and sustain a life in music. You’ll find interviews with major recording and performing artists and bands as well as profiles of new, emerging acts. Count on The Hub’s exclusive Artist Interviews for the inspiration and gear intelligence you need to make your own musical aspirations a reality.
There are countless options available for someone in the market for a keyboard. Size, weight, style, features, ports, price, and effects are all important considerations in a new keyboard, and there are many options in each category. Where do you start? What should the priority be?
Looking to pick up the ukulele? Many seasoned players have experience and ideas to get you started on the right chord. Getting started is easy - but don't let that limit where you can take the ukulele. You may find yourself at a lot of great events with more new friends that you can count.
Regardless of your specific drumming ability and the type of music that you play, buying a drum set is a big decision. It is easy to either keep it too simple, pick up a three- or five-piece drum set, and just not think about it again, or to make things too complicated by getting wrapped up in the dozens of decisions that you can make about various types of equipment. Whether you are in the process of buying your first drum set or you're interested in upgrading a few key components, you can get some great insight about drum gear from some professional drummers.
A couple of bars into the title track from Philip Sayce's 2013 album, Steamroller, and the guitarist-singer's musical legacy becomes clear. Shades of Hendrix and Stevie Ray abound, as do a host of other arena-rock acts of the 1970s.
But with continued listening, what emerges is the portrait of a young gun bristling with confidence and chops who's building a career and a sound on some very worthy role models. His songs have a maturity and artistic vision that reflect the diversity of the supporting roles Sayce has notched on his belt. Stints with Melissa Etheridge, Jeff Healey, and Kid Rock DJ Uncle Kracker have all been digested, and now help inform his powerful guitar technique, stage presence, and songwriting skills.
Many singers and performers have found success on their own terms in today’s music world. They draw from their own influences and their own unique experiences to write, record and perform music and to share their voice. These artists have offered some words of wisdom and advice, as well as some thoughts on choosing suitable microphones for studio and stage.