Endorsed Artists

Max Solo

Max Solo is a 27 year old guitar player born in Moscow, Russia, and currently living in Berlin, Germany. After he finished May Lian’s guitar school he won the 2nd prize at the Russian National Guitar Competition in the Rock nomination. Between 2004-2005 he recorded 2 albums with a russian folk singer Alexey Vitakov. In 2010 he was chosen by Brian May of Queen out of more than 50 applicants to perform for the “We Will Rock You” musical at the Theater des Westens, Berlin, Germany. “Grand Guitars” magazine published an interview about the audition process (attached).
During last 15 years Max played in many bands in numerous styles, almost everything from jazz to pop, from funk to metal. In addition to that there’s always a lot of studio work, musicals and other events. In 2011 Max has played over 80 live shows and had 2 CD releases. After “We Will Rock You” he’s going to play “The Rocky Horror Show” and “Hinterm Horizont”, one of the biggest and most successful musicals in Germany. With a new band “Rabbits Gone Wild” Max plays bass and keyboards at once and sings. Check www.maxsolo.de

A Collegiate Affair

We recently endorsed the band A Collegiate Affair and wanted to share the band’s bio with you all:

“We’re A Collegiate Affair (ACA) and we’re based out of Blacksburg, Virginia. Our influences are Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan, blink-182, JET, and The Ramones. We all love punk…and classic rock. So we’re throwing our two loves together and creating a new genre of rock and we hope you enjoy our jams!”

Mikey Stecher- Bass/Vocals
TJ Miller- Guitar/Vocals
Tim Fogg- Guitar
Kevin Schmidt- Drums

Check out the band at:

http://www.reverbnation.com/ACAvirginia
http://twitter.com/ACARVA11
http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Collegiate-Affair/203146659741211

Stoop Goodnoise

Stoop Goodnoise, A band building, wrecking, and rebuilding again as they lead the way in the new Chicago Rock & Roll scene. Chicago has always been a city of collided cultures coming together to form something amazing and there is no band that encapsulates this like Stoop Goodnoise. A facepunch of 90’s grunge fury, punk choruses, and intergalactic guitar solos. One part Chicago street kids, one part classic rock phenoms, but all one original sound that can not be missed, that can not be ignored, that cannot be stopped.

They have played at numerous clubs around Chicago like House Of Blues Bottom Lounge & Beat Kitchen and have gone as far as being one of the three finalists in the MTV VMA 2009 Best Breakout Chicago Artist Contest where they supported All Time Low & White Tie Affair at Six Flags Great America. They’re set from that day was also featured on Comcast On Demand for the entire city of chicago to view at the push of a button.

They have just finished up they’re debut  album “Crash Me, Cloud” At Million Yen Studios in Chicago with Sciphonic Productions set to be released on January 28th 2012 with touring and music videos planned in the coming months.

Check them out at:

www.StoopGoodnoise.com
http://www.Twitter.com/StoopGN
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stoop-Goodnoise/144260285632636
http://www.myspace.com/StoopGoodnoise
http://www.youtube.com/StoopGoodnoise

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life – Folsom Telegraph

Folsom instructor melds music, lessons of life – Folsom Telegraph.

We wanted to share the above article with you about one of our endorsees, Scott Paul Graham.

Top Dead Center

Today we wanted to share a little bit about one of our endorsed bands Top Dead Center :-)! Top Dead Center is truly a band to be reckoned with. Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Top Dead Center has a contagious and intoxicating sound as brutal as the South Texas sun on the 4th of July. Their unique mix of influence from southern rock, vintage bar rock, and true heavy metal make Top Dead Center a true locomotive of music mayhem with a stage presence that guarantees a good time. Imagine the modernized bastard child of Mötley Crüe and Slayer having conceived Top Dead Center in the bed of a pickup truck outside Floore’s Country Store while Willie Nelson performed Whiskey River . . . it’s as brutal and awesome as that. Always a forward moving powerhouse of rock’n’roll wreckage in the South Texas region, the whiskey bent lineup have already recorded their debut album titled “A Train Ride to Hell,” which is available now. A brief tour through major cities in Texas will follow to support this release. Each member has an extensive musical history and experience in the Texas music industry. IN September 2010 TDC had an opportunity of a life time by opening up for rock legends KISS, after a three month competition with over 200 bands. Top Dead Center have shared the stage with several other regional and national acts with future goals to continue recording, touring, and spreading the South to every part of the U.S. . . . and then the rest of the world.

Members: Ol’ Mikey – Vocals
Justin Kase – Drums
ChRxis Crigger – Bass
Jack III – Guitar
Johnny Rodd – Guitar

www.topdeadcentermusic.com

Robert Kearns of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Some more photos from NAMM of Robert Kearns signing at our booth :-).

Josh Burke of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Josh from the band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus came out on Friday to sign at our booth!

http://redjumpsuit.com

Steve Stevens at our NAMM booth

We also had Steve Stevens come to our booth to sign posters :-). Steve Stevens is an American guitarist and songwriter. He is best known for playing guitar for Billy Idol, Michael Jackson, and Vince Neil. He also has critically acclaimed solo efforts (Atomic Playboys and Flamenco A Go-Go), collaborations (Bozzio Levin Stevens, a.k.a. Black Light Syndrome), and is an in-demand session guitarist. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Official-Steve-Stevens/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyle & John of Guitarings NAMM 2012

We had such an amazing time at NAMM this year. Kyle Gass and John Konesky signed at our booth on Saturday. We just wanted to share some photos with you all who may not have made it, check out the line, it was crazy! We will be sharing more photos this week of Steve Stevens, Playmate of 2011 Claire Sinclair, Josh Burke of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Robert Kearns who all signed at our booth this year.

 

 

 

Michael Sechrest

We’d like to introduce one of our new endorsee’s Michael Sechrest. Michael has been using our products for over 7 years now! Michael Sechrest is a Vocalist, Guitarist, Emmy Nominated Composer and Producer:
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio Michael started playing guitar at a young age. He has been Music Director and/or performed with various artists including Lakita Garth, Jon Gibson, Israel Houghton, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, Wayne Newton, and currently plays with Diana Ross. Michael has also produced and composed music with Susan Kay Wyatt, Lakita Garth, International Star Coco Lee, Rich “Rico” Henderson, Teddy “RedSun” Orii and many more. Michael has been a staff songwriter for several Publishing companies and has had works published with television networks NBC, ABC, and CBS. Also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song in 2003. Michael is also a co-owner of Sound Vision Studios in Harbor City, CA.

Paulo Morete

Paulo is a Spanish guitarist  and songwriter of the band Einsof (www.einsofmusic.com) and is very influenced by the more aggressive styles like hard rock and metal, in 2008 edited the successful debut called Neverending, with the single Paradox. After that came the collaboration with other bands like Satrapa (www.satrapaweb.com). He is currently recording the second album of 2012 Einsof and other projects with musicians in Spain for 2012

Paulo uses: Custom white pearl and Ultem picks 1mm pick.

More information :

 

www.paulomorete.com

 

www.einsofmusic.com

 

www.myspace.com/paulo5150

Keith Moody

We just wanted to share a new video by our Endorsed Artist Keith Moody! Check it out at the link below

One Big Ending by Keith Moody

 

Jim Luparello of Car Party

Jim Luparello of Car Party has been endorsed with us since 2011. Here is a little bit about the band:

Car Party is an American pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland. Although they did not come under their current lineup until early 2011, they began their journey in late 2009 through a Craigslist ad posted by drummer, Taylor Hughes. Because of their pop-rock sound and tightly woven rhythm section, Car Party has been compared to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie, Jimmy Eat World and The Early November.

In 2010 Car Party released their debut EP, “Excuses” and quickly began work on their sophomore EP, “High & Low Places,” released independently in August 2011. For the follow-up effort, Car Party teamed up with producer and friend, Ace Enders, of The Early November and I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business – Ace is also featured on the single, “Please Me”. As credit to the band’s hard work, “High & Low Places” received a warm reception among fans and critics alike, landing them in Alternative Press, Substream Music Press and an exclusive interview in Modern Drummer magazine. The video for the single “Please Me” will be launched exclusively with Substream Music Press later this year.

In Fall 2011 the band was able to land an endorsement from Orange Amplifiers, begin a PR partnership with the New York-based firm Big Picture Media and wrapped up a successful US/Canadian tour. Dedicated to hard work and making music, the band has their sites set on the future with a new EP and an independent east coast tour in the works.

Car Party is Michael Natzke, Taylor Hughes, Chris Martin and Jim Luparello.

Check out the Band’s pages to here their music and more :-):

http://www.carpartyband.com
http://www.twitter.com/carparty
http://www.facebook.com/carparty

Go Radio

We have recently endorsed Alex, Matt and Jason of Go Radio! Here is a little bit about the band:
It’s a truly rare occasion when a debut by a band is met with the kind of feverish fan anticipation that has encircled LUCKY STREET, the full-length debut by Tallahassee, Florida melodic rockers GO RADIO. But then again, none of those other groups have JASON LANCASTER at the helm.The GO RADIO singer/songwriter, who’s been crafting unflinchingly honest, breathtakingly beautiful music since venturing out on his own in 2007, boasts arguably the most goosebump-inducing combination of raw vocal talent and songwriting prowess in rock today. Backed by a gifted band with two stellar EPs under their belts, LANCASTER and GO RADIO are only just beginning to explore the seemingly endless potential for their mind-blowing creations.

The band–which also includes bassist MATT “BURNS” POULOS, drummer STEVEN KOPACZ and guitarist ALEX REED–immediately turned heads with the release of their self-released EP Welcome To Life in 2008, which bowled over listeners with its poignant, heartfelt lyrics and irresistible melodies. Attracting the attention of Fearless Records, the band inked a deal with the label, releasing the band’s second EP, Do Overs And Second Chances, in 2010. The EP, which featured the stunning ballad “Goodnight Moon,” landed at #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, going on to sell more than 15,000 copies in the U.S. In that span the group has toured extensively, heading out on high-profile runs with A Day To Remember, Secondhand Serenade and the Fearless Friends Tour with Mayday Parade among others. Despite the early success, 2011 promises to be the band’s most pivotal moment to date.

Known for their kinetic live performances and intimate interaction with fans, a packed slate of touring in support of LUCKY STREET–including a full run on the 2011 Vans Warped Tour–is the other crucial ingredient in bringing such vital art to the masses. GO RADIO aim to recruit a bonafide army of listeners, from multiple genres, as diverse as the band’s inimitable sound.

“We constantly put ourselves out there. Any chance we get to reach a new audience and get new ears, we’re down for. We’re not going to say, ‘Because you like breakdowns, you’re not gonna like GO RADIO,’ because you might,” says LANCASTER. “That’s how you build these things–one fan at a time, brick by brick. If it weren’t for everybody latching onto the band and finding something they enjoy about it, I’d still be playing acoustic guitar in my den right now.”

GO RADIO’s new album LUCKY STREET is out now on Fearless Records.

Websites
http://www.wearegoradio.com
http://www.twitter.com/goradio
http://www.youtube.com/wearegoradio
http://www.purevolume.com/goradio
http://fb.com/goradiostreetteam

Desert Rose

We recently just endorsed the band Desert Rose! They were founded in the Summer of 2009, through a love of Rum and a hatred for the lack of Rock N Roll in the music scene…. Desert Rose continue to spread their own unique brand of rock and chaos across the country!!! You can check them out at their websites below:

Forever The Sickest Kids

We want to introduce Rico, Austin and Caleb of Forever The Sickest Kids who we have just recently endorsed! Here is a little about the band: “Success in the music business requires a magical combination of talent, perseverance and opportunity. The six young rockers in Dallas, Texas band Forever the Sickest Kids easily possess all this and more. They’re unquestionably gifted, ambitious and hard working, and in the eight months since they formed, they’ve repeatedly created their own opportunities – sometimes accidentally. Five days after their official formation, singer Jonathan Cook was flipping through the Pure Volume web site when, with a click of his mouse, he inadvertently spent $350 the band didn’t have on a front page song placement. Worse still, Forever the Sickest Kids didn’t have any songs written yet. So, over the next two days, the band members got together and banged out a track called “Hey Brittany,” then recorded it with their friend/producer Jeff Rockwell. “Buying that Pure Volume spot was an amazingly great mistake,” laughs guitarist Caleb Turman, noting how “Hey Brittney” quickly becoming the band’s first big break. “The song just took off and after that everyone was suddenly interested in us.” It’s easy to see why. “Hey Brittany” is a confectionary gem that combines elements of power pop, pop-punk, electro-pop and ‘80s radio rock into an unforgettable sing-along that resonates with the energy and vitality of youth. Contrary to popular belief, “Brittany” isn’t Britney Spears, but rather a girl who was engaged to be married, yet made no attempt to hide her affection for the members of the Forever the Sickest Kids”

 

http://www.foreverthesickestkids.com
http://www.facebook.com/ForeverTheSickestKids

 

Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

We recently just endorsed Joey, Randy and Josh of Red Jumpsuit Apparatus! If you don’t already know about the band here is a little more about them:

Originating in Florida, childhood friends Ronnie Winter, Thomas Amason, and Duke Kitchens started the band while attending a AP music theory class, in 2003. The band name,’Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’, was chosen by the band voting for random words they threw up on a wall. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus released a “6 song EP CD that was spread throughout different cities to promote the band in 2005. The band also began to become more popular as they used certain social media (Myspace) to advertise their music. In 2006, they released their first LP, Don’t You Fake It with the singles “Face Down“, “False Pretense”, “Your Guardian Angel“, and “Damn Regret”.From 2006-2008 the band did several headliner and supporting shows with bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Madina Lake, The Audition, Saosin, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Taking Back Sunday, Lorene Drive, The Used, Monty Are I, Amber Pacific, Boys Like Girls, Halifax, Emery, A Static Lullaby, and So They Say. Their second studio album, titled Lonely Road, was released on February 3, debuting in the fourteenth spot in The Billboard 200, and was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, Less Than Jake, Hoobastank, P.O.D., All-American Rejects, Seether, Cold). In November 2010, the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entered the studio to record their third full-length album, Am I the Enemy, finishing in December 2010 with producer John Feldmann. The album’s first single, “Reap”, was released via YouTube on March 24, although the song itself was not released to iTunes until April 26.  The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus later released two other songs from their new album on their YouTube channel, “Salvation” and “Fall from Grace”. A June 7 announcement on the band’s Facebook page said the new album Am I the Enemy would be released on August 30, 2011. It would contain twelve songs.

Here is a photo of their current picks we just completed, they use our Colored Delrin in various gauges shown in the photo.

http://redjumpsuit.com
http://www.facebook.com/redjumpsuitapparatus 

Gavin Kelly

California native Gavin Kelly, child actor turned Nashville Star Country Singer Still acting, singing, and song writing is now Releasing His debut album titled “Honolulu Blue” opening the concert in Bedford Indiana on July 2nd 2011 for Bedford native Lori Anderson. Gavin Kelly is no stranger to the screen being raised in California and appearing on Television shows and movies growing up. He was an extra in a favorite television show Knight Rider with David Hasselhoff followed by Growing pains starring Kirk Cameron, And then Saved by the Bell with Tiffany Amber Thiessen. Gavin moved onto the big screen in the movie Terminator 2 JUDGEMENT DAY with Arnold Schwartzengger, and then the movie Drum Line starring Nick Cannon. Gavin moved to Nashville TN, Where he sang his way onto the reality TV talent show on the 3rd season of Nashville Star. Gavin’s latest screen claim to fame was in the movie Country Strong shown here in a scene with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw as a roadie just trying to get through the crowd to load the guitars onto the bus. Gavin has been recording with IMASTAR Records in Nashville TN with Award winning songwriter Tom Paden under production of Country music legendary musician and producer Dick McVey. Gavin’s 1st single release from the debut album written by Tom Paden titled “IN AMERICA” has hit 51 Country FM radio across the nation and still spreading!

For more on Gavin Kelly visit his websites:
http://www.facebook.com/GavinKellyFanPage
http://www.reverbnation.com/gavinkelly
http://www.facebook.com/Imastar.Records.Gavin.Kelly
http://www.myspace.com/gavincountry
http://www.cafepress.com/Gavin_Kelly
http://www.gavincountry.com/

The El Caminos

We just endorsed Jason of The El Caminos! Here is a little bit about the band from their website: If there is a common “happiness” thread through all people it would me music. Right?  Rich or poor; young or old; every walk of life; everyone likes music!  And along with music goes entertainment!  Who doesn’t like to be entertained?  Put those two items together and you have The El Caminos.  The band was put here to do just that: Play music and entertain people! They feel it’s their mission to make people smile, forget their cares for a little while, help people let loose, enjoy themselves, sing along like no one’s listening, dance a little (or a lot) and just have a great time in general! A lot of you that are reading this right now probably know something about the history of the band in some form or another; either you’ve discovered them recently and are new to the game or you’ve been around the block with them a few times and have seen the band grow… Either way, they’re going to include a short history of the band here, so hang on: It all happened way back in 1990. Jason was taking guitar lessons and he decided that he wanted to start a band.  He knew that Jeff played drums. So they talked things over. Jeff knew James and knew that James could actually sing.  So they talked things over. The three of them decided to form their first band together. They discovered that music was in their blood. They started out by playing Steve Miller and Mötley Crüe covers in Jeff’s parents’ basement. Through learning their instruments and playing shows the guys all grew up together as bandmates and friends. That band, which eventually came to be known as Silver Tears, played many shows all over Northeast Iowa and eventually all over the Midwest. In 1995, an album of original music was recorded and peddled.  Many more shows were played in Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and etc…The band eventually split up in 1997 and the guys all moved away and formed bands of their own. Some time passed and the guys found themselves living near each other again and the draw of playing music together just couldn’t be passed by. In 2005 they formed this thing that we now call The El Caminos. It started out as a “for fun” kind of thing, but the response to the band was so overwhelming that they couldn’t stop with just a few shows. They just kept on going and here they are today. Jason is still playing guitar, James is still singing, Jeff is still playing drums and Casey is playing bass guitar. The point of this short band history lesson is to point out that the boys have been playing together a LONG time. They’ve got a friendship and tightness that can’t be faked. You can see the love of friends, love of music and love of entertaining every time they step onto the stage and into the lights together. The band is a cover band.They play other artists’ songs.  It’s true. They don’t pretend they wrote the songs that they cover but they do take pride in playing them well and making them their own and they work even harder at entertaining the audience. By picking out the tried and true sing-a-long songs that seem to touch everyone they inspire and promote their credo;  Great Music and Great Times!

Attend any show and you’ll find out for yourself!

Visit the bands website to hear their music & more:

http://www.thecaminos.com
http://twitter.com/#!/jasoncamino
http://www.facebook.com/el.caminos
http://www.youtube.com/rockmeelcaminos

 

Logan’s Heroes

What do you get with five of the most talented rock n rollers coming together from all corners of the inner city? You get Logan’s Heroes! A rock n roll band that delivers the total package: hit music, image, and  energy. Logan’s Heroes gives you a sound that is on the forefront of rock n roll. A fusion of both retro/rock and pop/punk anthems that will take your breath away. Members of the band include twin brothers (Logan and Roger Raskin) born and raised on the lower east side of Manahattan, where the band was originated and developed its sound. These boys definitely bring out that NYC, CBGB type edge as splashes of their influences come pouring out once they take the stage. The brothers surround themselves with 3 other band mates/compadres from NYC as well, where back home on the east coast the 5 of them have cultivated the sound to develop what has become one of the most explosive rock bands out of NYC in a long time….With the release of the bands latest record (Logans Heroes “The Kids”) the hit single “Worthless” along with the music video, the band has mapped out its national touring schedule thus starting the next few chapters and adventures for Logan’s Heroes which has yet to be written.

www.twitter.com/logansheroes
www.facebook.com/LogansHeroesMusic
www.logansheroes.com

Guns out at Sundown

Guns Out At Sundown is a band based out of Western Maryland, finding its beginnings in 2007 with the name LenorAstray. Original line-up included: Jamie Peterson-bass/lead vox, Mike Dennis-guitar, Nathaniel Raley-guitar, and Trav Hensley- drums. Shortly after, we introduced long-time, childhood friend Christopher Tepper to drums, and moved Trav to lead vocals. After many discussions, and a drive for more, the band changed its genre to create a heavier sound. In 2008, Nick Miller joined the band to fill the position of guitarist, but left the band after recording our first professional demo. In 2009, we added Ryan Crosco to the roster. The band recorded its full-length album entitled, “The Comfort In Chaos”with Johnny Burke at Chin Music Studios in Cleveland, Ohio (www.reverbnation.com/vibestudios) in November of that year, but due to a few personal issues, the band took hiatus, planning to return stronger than ever once our lives were back on track. In early 2011, Ryan Crosco decided to leave the band, with Nick Miller rejoining and filling the slot. Now, with a new name, and our final puzzle piece, Andrew Hill on bass, we’re back. Look for the album to release independently soon, along with a music video with FBS Films, and brand new merch.

www.gunsoutatsundown.com

Faith n Fury

Faith n Fury was formed in December 2007. Two extremes fused together to create an explosion of musical energy, delivered to you through the airwaves. In 2008 FNF released their debut EP “Close to the edge” this concoction of epic hooks, driving basslines and eclectic drumming makes you wonder how a three piece could achieve such a giant sound. The band has been firing off live shows across the UK, making their presence known. Notably supported Zico Chain in June 2009 and The Doll that Kicks in 2010, In 2010 FNF released of their follow up EP “Start at the end” (which is available on itunes and Amazon) building up there reputation and following with continuous shows off the back of the release. Now in 2011 with a new single recorded and ready for release accompanied by an awesome music video, a strong fan base and a headlining show at the camden underworld KEEP YOU EYES PEELED!!

www.reverbnation.com/faithnfury

www.faithnfury.co.uk

Urban Bleu

Front-Man Aaron Robbie Fowler takes the lead with his soulful vocals, guitar, and harmonica. Django Lachlan’s skill and power behind his bass guitar are unmatched, along with his harmonizing vocals. Jeff LaCohn completes Urban Bleu’s musical magic with his rhythmic drumming and harmonizing vocals. Aaron Robbie Fowler and Django Lachlan have jammed together for eight years, Jeff LaCohn is a recent and welcome addition. With a wide range of technique and a broad musical knowledge, the power trio consistently produces fresh, dance-able music. Audiences love their blues roots,fused with rock, jazz, soul, and even a bit of country, with a more progressive sound unique to Urban Bleu.They write and play their music to cater to a wide range of listeners, their performances are always heartfelt and powerful. Their gigs have taken them to several cities within their home state, Utah. They have also traveled and performed in Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado. Urban Bleu’s goal is to open their doors to the world through technology and playing live shows initially in the West and Southwest, United States. Urban Bleu is ambitiously embarking on a unique and global distribution of the best their music has to offer. Urban Bleu’s plan is to take the airwaves by storm!

http://www.urbanbleu.webs.com

www.myspace.com/urbanbleu

Adammo

Ádammo is the revelation of teen pop rock music in Latin America. Ezio, Nicholas, Renzo and Diego are Ádammo, four teenagers that share one same dream and one same passion: music. The band’s name originates from a Greek dialect that means “The pleasure of doing something”, in this case, the pleasure of making music. It all began in 2008, when Adammo decided to participate in the biggest contest of music in Peru called “Garage Band” organized by Studio 92, the country’s most important radio station. More than 500 bands around the country participated and Adammo won. This launched the band to popularity creating a new musical movement in Peru and Latin America called Power Pop. Towards the end of the year, Adammo’s first video for their single “Sin Miedo” began to rotate in the well-known TV channel MTV Latin America (MTVLA). In two weeks it was among the 10 most requested videos and eventually reached the top of the ranking of “The 10 + voted MTVLA” for more than 30 days. In early 2009, Adammo contacted Kandavu Productions, a renowned entertainment company in Peru, who agreed to manage the band. Now as a team, the band recorded their first album “Sin Miedo” and began a short but successful tour around Peru, gaining passionate fans that still follow them today. The band presented their first album “Sin Miedo” at venue that holds up to 3000 people. An unforgettable party took place: fans waited for hours in line, tickets were quickly sold out, girls and boys were screaming and singing every single song and finally, after the rock show, every single fan got the autographs of their favorite band in a 2 hour autograph signing event… Adammo is now officially a fever within Peruvian teenagers. Eventually, the opportunity to perform in big music festivals came. The first one was opening for Mexican band Camila with more than 10 000 attendees, who knew little or nothing about Adammo, but this didn’t intimidate the band and the crowd responded cheerfully. After this, the band was invited as an opening act for artists such as Beyonce, Backstreet Boys, and more…Adammo’s second single, “En Tus Suenos”, also spent more than 30 days between the most voted videos, as well as reaching MTVLA’s first place in “The 100 most requested videos of 2009”. The success of these videos led MTVLA to nominate them in the MTVLA 2009 Awards in 3 different categories award, winning the category for “Best New Central Artist”. In early 2010 Adammo travels to California to record their latest production “Amber”, leaded by Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett at Signature Studios in San Diego and Chalice Studios in Los Angeles. In this album, the band decides to record their first song in English “Catch Me”. The band’s video for their single “Algun Dia” is Peru’s largest audiovisual production yet. This video had such an impact in the Latin American audience, that towards the end of 2010, the Latin Grammys nominated “Algun Dia” for Best Short Video, making them the youngest Latin band nominated yet.
“Amber” is then released in early 2011 in a music festival leaded by Adammo called “Amber Fest” with national and international guests such as Andrea Guasch, who is featured in the English and Spanish versions of their latest single and video “Siento Que Caigo”/“Catch Me”. The band eventually becomes a phenomenon of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, becoming an important and basic tool for the band’s marketing strategy. Thanks to the internet, language and distance isn’t a barrier for the band, who have already received messages all the way from Japan, Indonesia, Italy, Spain and others through the band’s Verified Twitter Account as well as Ezio’s, Nicholas’s, Renzo’s and Diego’s Verified Accounts… Twitter names Adammo as the most recommended and influential people to follow in Peru and Latin America. Most recently, Adammo has been nominated for the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards as World Wide Act Latin American that will take place this upcoming November 6th in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In these 3 years of musical career, Adammo has appeared in different TV shows such as MTVLA’s hit teen series “Ninas Mal”, as well as Nickelodeon’s latest series “Grachi” with the songs “Hechizo De Amor” and “Algun Dia”. The band had the opportunity to appear in one of Grachi’s episodes performing both songs that are part of the original Grachi Soundtrack. Musically, producer Joe Marlett defines Adammo as a “great new band with a very interesting musical purpose, mixes with great results rock’s aggressive style and pop’s versatility. The songs have a very good handle on composition and mixes; that along with the solid distortion from the guitars and the strength of the vocal interpretation, give as a result a disc (Amber) with a new sound and full of energy”.  Adammo is this and much more… It’s an energy that exists between four brothers; Ezio, Nicholas, Renzo and Diego.

http://www.adammo.net
http://www.facebook.com/adammoperu
http://www.myspace.com/adammoperu

Warrior Spirit Band

We are excited to announce that we now endorse Levon & King of the Warrior Spirit Band! Here is a bit about their band from their website. “Our Story” The ultimate mission of the Warrior Spirit band is to empower wounded warriors through music. As musicians we have the ability to share our love of music with others and present our story through lyrics and sound. The Warrior Spirit Band has the potential to do so much for our men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their ability to lead a normal life after being wounded or disabled in a combat zone. Warrior Spirit will help bring selected veterans outreach programs to the spotlight and will raise awareness of the struggles that our service men and women go through upon returning home and reacclimating to a normal life. According to recent VA estimates, approximately 6,400 veterans take their own lives each year. A growing number of these veterans are those that served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. The Warrior Spirit Band wants to help reduce those numbers by using music as a positive tool for veteran transition and support. Studies have also shown that music can have a positive effect on various mental conditions, including PTSD. Having a disability and struggling through life knowing you will never do some of the things you used to can really be hard on the soul. We hope to aid in the healing process and to bring awareness of veterans issues to the public and beyond, Knowing that the band is comprised completely of disabled or combat wounded veterans sends a message to others that it’s not the disability that stops you, it’s the ability to want to push forward and accomplish what others thought impossible. We want to help veterans and civilians move forward and never give up. That very Warrior Spirit is what we strive to show in our music and throughout our personal stories.

You should definitely check this band out, you can visit their website at http://www.warriorspiritband.com/

Iain Archibald

Iain has been endorsed with us since August 2011 and uses our 0.80mm Full Color Double Sided Acetal & 1.00mm Black & White Double Sided picks. At the age of 12 Iain Archibald picked up the guitar he took to it like it was an extension of his own body, seven years later and Iain completed his degree of Entertainment at JMC Academy Melbourne, where in 2009 he was awarded ‘The Most Outstanding Student’ of the Bachelor year. At JMC Iain received guidance & mentorship from industry veterans such as John Dallimore, Joanne Adderly, John ‘Swannee’ Swan, Pat Pattison (Berklee) & Ian Miller. During his second year (2008) John Swan saw Iain performing & asked him to form and lead a band to back him in his upcoming tour around Victoria. After Iain’s success, Swan teamed Iain with an international country singer, with whom he took on the role of guitarist, backing vocalist & musical director for her upcoming tour of Tamworth, the home of Australian country music. Iain charted over fifty songs in under a month to prove he had what it took. During his time in Tamworth he also accompanied the singer on guitar in the ‘Telstra Road to Tamworth’ competition, the same year ‘Jasmine Rae’ won, the show was viewed by 700,000 people world wide on Tv, Radio & the internet. In mid 2008 Iain was flown to Sydney to play a showcase with the international act for SonyBMG, where the head A&R for the company, ‘Courtney Hard’ first saw Iain performing, Hard asked Iain to enhance one of the company’s new bands named ‘Missing Hours,’ he landed the part after the first interview. By the end of 2009 Archibald decided to use his bachelor to the fullest & follow his passion for song writing & entertaining people, his first real attempt at writing his own unique style of ‘Country Rock’ won the honour of being recorded & played at the JMC Showcase evening at the Forum Theatre. Iain in his short time as a session musician & artist has played with at least a dozen bands, both original & covers, including ‘Dice’ with whom he recorded a 12 song album writing all his own parts as the lead guitarist & backing vocalist. He has also played at many of Australia’s fine venues, such as The Corner Hotel, The Forum Theatre, Central Club Hotel Richmond, Diggers & West Leagues club (Tamworth) & also appearing live on national television twice.

Check out this awesome video where Iain plays guitar and talks about our picks!

http://www.iainarchibald.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Iain-Archibald/290751777434

“MAZ” MAZZA

We recently have endorsed “Maz” Mazza. “MAZ” is the Lead Guitarist for THE TED POLEY BAND.  Born and raised on the border of North Bergen and Jersey City, NJ, MAZ started playing seriously at age 13.   His influences include the likes of Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Ted Nugent, Pat Travers and Mark Hitt.   At 16 he formed SSSTEELE ( A well known Jersey metal band that still have an underground following today), SSSTEELE enjoyed a good run on the Jersey Metal Scene for 10 years.  Their album was produced by Dae Bennett (Tony Bennett’s Son).  MAZ was voted best guitar player in NJ circa 1996 by The East Coast Rocker Magazine. Maz always kept busy playing more than 100 shows a year.  After the break up of SSSTEELE…MAZ was in various well know cover bands on the Jersey Scene to keep himself busy performing. MAZ was asked to join THE SMOKE– MCA/MECHANIC RECORDS DIV. recording artists.  Although that was short lived he was asked to join Steve Brown and PJ Farley from Trixter in a new project they put together called 40 FT. RINGO.   They  signed to Atenzia/Universal Records and released the album Funny Thing.  While playing in 40 Ft Ringo, Maz shared the stage opening up for David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper, Scoprions, Cheap Trick, Vince Neil, Ace Frealy, Jason Bonham, Foreigner, Faster Pussycat…just to name a few. MAZ’s raw guitar sounds, with his unique and unmistakable back alley style and charisma radiates when he hits the stage.   Because of his passion for playing his guitar, when Maz is not on the road, he performs with his band DETROIT CHEETAH,  a well respected and energetic All Star Band on the Jersey Music Scene. His experience, passion, drive and dedication to any project he is involved in does not go unnoticed by his fellow musicians which led him to become Ted Poley’s (Danger Danger frontman) lead guitarist.  Maz has toured the Midwest and Europe with TED POLEY BAND in the past two years with more dates to come in 2012. MAZ also performed in the video with TED POLEY BAND covering the song “Breathe” by Michelle Branch which can be viewed on Youtube.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ewx665FeOoVisit “MAZ”‘s website for more!  www.mazmazza.net

Donna Grantis

The past year and a half has been an exciting time for Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis.  Performance  highlights include: An international touring schedule consisting of four European tours with performances in Italy, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland and Macedonia, as well as performances in Singapore, Australia and throughout Canada and the United States; a Toronto Jazz Festival main stage performance opening for jazz icon John Scofield; an invitation by Paul Smith of Paul Reed Smith guitars to perform at an exclusive event alongside artists including Orianthi (Michael Jackson) and Mike Scott (Prince); The Sistah’s Project, a concert featuring performances by some of the country’s top African Canadian female vocalists, including Molly Johnson and Jackie Richardson, which later evolved into a nationally broadcasted documentary through VisionTV; and a concert celebrating the 25th anniversary of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues show, that included a roster of fantastic Canadian musicians including Colin James, Colin Linden and Jim Byrnes.  As a session musician, Donna has performed with multi platinum recording artist Amanda Marshall, Juno award winning artists Kardinal Offishall, Divine Brown, Kellylee Evans and Jacksoul, acoustic guitar virtuoso Tony McManus and blues legend Coco Montoya, among others. In 2009, Donna performed in the Women’s Blues Revue at Massey Hall with Maple Blues Vocalist of the Year, Shakura S’Aida – and was the first instrumentalist to be included as a featured performer in the history of the revue.  In 2010, she was appointed to the role of Musical Director and she will be leading the band once again in this year’s 25th Anniversary concert. Recording highlights through 2010 and 2011 include two full-length releases with artists Shakura S’Aida and Saidah Baba Talibah (daughter of renowned jazz vocalist Salome Bey).  In addition to performing as a featured guitarist on Shakura’s internationally released “Brown Sugar” (produced by Jim Gaines – Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana), Donna co-wrote nine original songs on the album and was the Musical Director of the project.  Similarly, Donna was a featured guitarist on Saidah’s highly anticipated debut album “(S)Cream” (CLK Creative Works), co-wrote six songs on the record and was the Musical Director of the group. Other notable highlights include:  endorsements by D’Addario strings, Planet Waves cables and accessories, Traynor amplifiers, Steve Clayton guitar picks, PRS guitars; and the creation of a guitar inspired jewellery line (the AJA Collection), designed in collaboration with Toronto goldsmith Tarah Zaczyk (Crush Lane). Looking ahead, Donna will be releasing her debut solo album this year with her group, the Donna Grantis  Electric Band.  As a graduate from McGill University’s Jazz Performance program, Donna combines a jazz sensibility with her blues and classic rock roots.  The Electric Band is a power trio with a passion for psychedelic improvisation.  Fans of artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Medeski Martin & Wood, Soulive and Jeff Beck would find a common thread in Donna’s music.

www.donnagrantis.com
www.twitter.com/donnagrantis
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Donna-Grantis/159585473803?v=wall&ref=search

www.youtube.com/donnagrantis

Enzo Penizzotto

We recently just endorsed Enzo Penizzotto! Enzo has been playing the bass since he was 14 years old. He started his first Real band when he was 19. That was called “Speed McQueen”. They were signed to Mercury records, released 3 records and tour the US extensively until Enzo was 26. He then hooked up with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts when he was 27 and has been working with them for the past 11years. He played and sang on the last 2 albums they have released. The “Sinner” album as well as the newest release “Greatest Hits”. Enzo is currently working with Bebe Buell now. He has been using our Acetal Rounded Triangle 1.0mm picks for as long as he can remember :-). 

Angel Down

Hard Rock has long been associated with negative connotations, but some bands have taken the opposite route and put their Christian beliefs in hard rocking songs.
Angel Down is one of those Bands. Based out of Memphis TN, they are currently one of the hottest regional Hard Rock Bands to hit the Southeast area. A.D. formed from members of some of Memphis’s most well known acts. As seasoned musicia…ns, they came together and formed Angel Down. Bassist John Austin and drummer Ken Rowe began rehearsing and writing heavy riffs and thunderous rhythms with the plan to play the music they love combined with the messages they believed in. Lead Guitarist Johnny Parks was added after a chance meeting through some mutual friends, and brought a new style to the groups sound. One thing was still missing though, and the band set out to find the perfect Lead Vocalist. After many auditions, Mindy Howell joined the group in November 2009, and the line-up was complete. With their God given talents, the band set out to show the world that they are ready to praise the Lord in the only way they know how, with loud, aggressive ROCK! You can expect heavy guitar riffs, screaming vocals, and a thunderous rhythm section in a live show that is second to none. While they are a Christian band, they are not here to preach with their live shows. As a band that has very strong beliefs, they feel the best way to get that across to people is through their music. People will know what they stand for, and what they believe in. Angel Down has proven to be one of the hardest working bands in Memphis. In a short period of time, they have played shows ranging from benefits and churches to secular shows at such places as The Hard Rock Cafe, and the legendary Stage Stop. A.D. has played shows at colleges such as Lambuth University, played at benefits for such causes as Toys for Tots and the Race for the Cure, headlined The North Mississippi Hope for Haiti concert and the Shelby County Flood Relief Benefit Concert. They have also done shows for ACTS of West TN (a teen abstinence group), and Cancer Research, in front of crowds numbering into the thousands. Their dedication and hard work can also be seen with the fan reactions. Playing to large crowds and adding over 1000 fans to their fan pages in just their first 5 months. Even with a heavy show schedule, they recorded three tracks at Three Flights Up Studio in Mid Town Memphis with mastering completed at Ardent Studios. They have recently been recording at the Grove Studio in Memphis TN on their debut EP “Believe”. What the future holds for Angel Down remains to be seen, but it’s clear that this is only the beginning for these Christian hard rockers. They are the right musicians playing for the right reasons. BELIEVE THE HYPE!

www.twitter.com/angeldownband
www.facebook.com/angeldownmemphis
www.myspace.com/angeldownmemphis
www.youtube.com/angeldownmemphis

John & Johnny have just become endorsed with Clayton.