The Backbeat of Bon Jovi
Artist Interviews - Page 5
As the Foo Fighters proved with their album Wasting Light, the garage doesn't stop being a place of creativity for musicians. It's a sanctuary for most of us. It's where we get our start as musicians and truly hone our chops. The new signature instruments from Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins are all based on early guitars and drums from their garage days that helped pave their musical paths. These instruments pay homage to the originals that created a signature sound and helped develop their personalized sounds. Although most of us won't sell millions of records like the Foo Fighters, they continue to make music that inspires us, moves us and reminds us that even from the humble beginnings of a garage band can come first-class musicianship and worldwide success.
On the riser of academia or the main stage, Mike Mangini’s knowledge of percussion shines bright. On a firm foundation of science, Mangini catapulted out of his collegiate years in pursuit of like-minded, collaborative virtuosos. After 20-plus years of playing, teaching and preaching, the perennial student of percussion landed his dream gig: full-time member of Dream Theater. We recently sat down with the former professor.
As lead guitarist of Avenged Sevenfold, Synyster Gates is one of the top shredders in the metal world. With the popularity of his finger-twisting, mind-bending, high-octane fretwork that lays much of the foundation of the A7X sound, he’s now making his unmistakable tones available to the masses with Schecter through the Synyster Gates series of guitars and his new Hellwin amp—which made its recording debut on the band’s latest album, Hail to the King. We caught up with Syn during the band’s current tour and discussed his gear, his sound and what it’s like to create a signature line of gear while being in one of the biggest metal bands around.
Still Rocking The Road After 30 Years
In an age of producer-driven, computer-generated music, Jordan Rudess stands as an icon of virtuosity within amplified modern music. His technique is nonpareil, his harmonic imagination is vast, and his passion is without limit, and as such, he has emerged as a standard bearer for quality and innovation within the field of progressive metal. As the keyboardist for Dream Theater, the reigning kings of their genre, the audience for his thrilling musicality has swelled into the millions.
We talked to a handful of talented, experienced bass players to find out how they got into playing bass, who influenced them, and which basses are their favorites.