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.
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Infected Mushroom are an EDM duo from Israel who now live in the United States. They are known for their instrumental prowess, their vocal intensity, and their relentless dance grooves. Musician's Friend caught up to Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani on a one-day break from their hectic fall tour. As they prepare material for a 10th studio album and perfect their mastery over the Emulator from Smithson Martin, we ask them about gear, music across the world, and the appeal of EDM.
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.
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.
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.
There is a comfortable simplicity to the acoustic guitar that frees it from many of the constraints of any specific music genre or cultural era. It is a great beginner’s instrument, and a strong tool for professional musicians. A new acoustic guitar is an exciting investment, and an old, well-used one is a treasure. From campfires to studios, bluegrass to rock, and basements to arenas - acoustic guitars are right at home.