Steve Clayton Blog

Full bleed on White Pearl

We often get asked what the full bleed option is for. If you select full bleed (adds $10 per side) it takes our print borders off, this allows you to extend your design over the edge. Most of our picks will have the entire face of the pick covered, however, the pearl are slightly more beveled so the design won’t extend quite as far. As shown in the picture below this still covers a lot more of the pick then if the full bleed option was off. We especially love how this full color design turned out on the white pearl with the marbleized look of the design. If you want a pick that will really stand out at your event white pearl is the perfect choice, even the pick itself is eye catching! Order your own set today at www.claytoncustom.com.

Guitar Pick Souvenirs!

Guitar Picks are not just for playing guitar, they make great giveaways for your fans! Clayton Artists WHOA! recently made their custom guitar picks into key chains, and we think they look awesome! The picks shown here are our Yellow Delrin and White Pearl. If you do plan to put holes in your guitar picks we do recommend getting picks that are at least 0.80mm and up, otherwise it can break. Other great ideas from customers we have had are earrings, necklaces, business cards, wall decor, and more! Really you can do anything with a guitar pick, the possibilities are endless just like our customization options! If you are looking for a guitar pick with a hole already in them we do offer our Eco material with pre-drilled holes starting at only $69.00 (includes a full color print).

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Happy Halloween from Clayton!

We like to trick instead of treat! Now through Halloween get 15% off your Custom Guitar Picks PLUS a FREE 12 pack of our Duraplex 0.60mm picks! You don’t even have to say the old line “Trick or Treat…” just enter promo code BOO16 during checkout to get your discount.

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Pinky Doodle Poodle’s new music video!

Clayton endorsed artists Pink Doodle Poodle from Japan releases a new video, using Clayton picks during the production of the song of course! View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqR3DkhYFDE&feature=youtu.be

The colors and scenery in the video are awesome, not to mention the vocals and guitar playing!

10% off Custom Guitar Picks!

Today through the 29th take advantage of 10% off your Custom Guitar Pick order! Just use promo code FALL16 during checkout to get your discount. Ready to order now? Head over to www.claytoncustom.com to order your picks! Please be aware that orders placed during the promotion can take longer to produce than our normal estimated lead times.

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Rewards for buying picks!

Did you know you can earn rewards on all our stock products when you purchase them at www.steveclaytonstore.com? You can use your reward points earned toward future purchases! The Clayton loyalty reward Points is a way to reward our valued customers. So how do you earn points on your purchases? First, register as a customer on steveclaytonstore.com and you will automatically be enrolled in our program! Then, buy great guitar gear from steveclaytonstore.com and you will earn 1 point for each $1 spent. Just make sure that you log in to your Oompa account during the checkout process so we’ll know where to credit the points! And how do you redeem the points? To redeem your points, log in to your steveclaytonstore.com account. Your rewards points accumulated will show on the initial screen. Points can be redeemed for their worth off your next order! It is that simple! And don’t forget you can get free shipping off your order with a purchase of $35+!

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5 Days Left!!

Don’t delay on placing your custom guitar pick order…there are just 5 days left for our 20% off Father’s Day Sale!

Custom picks make wonderful Father’s Day gifts! They are useful for Dads who like to rock out, and the custom printing on them adds that personal touch.

Now through the 14th, we are offering a 20% discount on all custom guitar pick orders placed through our website at www.claytoncustom.com. Just use the promotional code “DADSROCK” when you check out to have the discount applied!

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Cloudship

Products used: Clayton Custom Rounded Triangle Acetal .63mm

Jon: “I worked at a music store for years and after trying nearly every pick out there I found that the Rounded Acetal Triangle pick provided me with the flexibility, grip, and durability I need.”

Brandon: “In a pile of picks, I will always find the Clayton.”

Jon Napoles and Brandon Freeman are a couple of transplants who fortuitously met in Fresno, CA. After years of dwelling in the same circle of musicians, fate (and stubbornness) would bring the two together as the last remaining full time musicians of the group. One fateful August day the two gathered every piece of equipment between them and songs almost began writing themselves. Thus, Cloudship was born.

Since then the duo has played over a hundred shows, self-released two EPs and two music videos, sold over 500 units at shows and obtained an endorsement deal with Clayton. Their signature mix of modern rock, Americana and electronic has quickly made them a force to be reckoned with, especially among young indie bands.

Links:
http://www.cloudshipmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/cloudshipmusic
https://www.youtube.com/user/cloudshipmusic
http://www.soundcloud.com/cloudshipmusic
https://instagram.com/cloudshipmusic
https://twitter.com/cloudshipmusic

Carley Wolf

Carley Wolf Uses: Clayton Standard Acetal 1.00mm Custom Picks.

Carley’s Quote:  “When I need that extra bite in my tone, Clayton pics do the trick. I love the way they feel in my paw!”

THE GHOST WOLVES

“… Some of the most corpulent, room-filling distortion I’ve ever heard…. in my book The Ghost Wolves win the award for most badass, face-melting tone”  –Premier Guitar

The Ghost Wolves’ name mirrors the ferocious, primal sounds the Austin, Texas duo conjure from drums (Jonny Wolf) and guitar (Carley Wolf), and acknowledges Carley’s upbringing among hybrid wolves on her family’s ranch. The duo take inspiration from a variety of American styles – blues, rock n’ roll, swamp-boogie – and spin it into a hybrid they’ve dubbed “stomp n’ roll.”

The band formed in 2010 and released their first EP, In Ya Neck, in 2011, followed by the seven-inch, Getchya Hip Thrust, before signing to Plowboy Records in 2014 and releasing the album, Man, Woman, Beast, recorded at Austin’s famed Arlyn Studios.

The duo have collaborated in the studio and on stage with Bushwick Bill (Geto Boys), Johnny Vidacovich (New Orleans’ drumming legend), and BP Fallon (Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy). The Ghost Wolves are constantly creating new music videos, art, and custom stage wear, but they are best known for their infectious on-stage chemistry, relentless touring, and raw energy, with over 1000 shows delivered and counting.

In 2014 alone the band played SXSW, Psych Fest, Ireland’s Electric Picnic, plus their first European tour dates. Japanese cult fashion line, Hysteric Glamour, flew them to Tokyo to play their 30th Anniversary event. The Ghost Wolves’ complete music catalog and custom merchandise were carried exclusively in Hysteric Glamour’s Japanese stores for the entire 2014-2015 winter season. Revered global fashion house, Perry Ellis, used an instrumental version of The Ghost Wolves’ song “Gonna Live” for a behind-the-scenes look at Michael Maccari’s debut collection for Fashion Week in New York City last fall. “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” recorded on Carley’s vintage one-string guitar and one of several live during which Jonny plays drums with his feet and left hand – while playing an analog synthesizer with his right – has been featured on the hit TV series Shameless.“Dangerous Moves” was used in Oxygen’s Bad Girl’s Club and in the over-the-top trailer for Japanese martial arts film, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? “Attack Attack Attack” was heard on MTV’s Real World: Explosion, “Itch” on Oxygen’s Funny Girls, and Oxygen’s Best Ink used “Gonna Live” and “Baby Fang Thang.”

Carley Wolf endorses Clayton USA picks, Silvertone guitars, and Eminence Speakers.

The Ghost Wolves’ Sites:

http://www.theghostwolves.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TheGhostWolves

https://twitter.com/theghostwolves

http://instagram.com/theghostwolves

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheGhostWolves

The Brothers Reed

Products Used: Clayton Custom Green Delrin, Standard Shape, 0.88mm gauge

“It’s hard to beat the durability and playability of Clayton guitar picks. With how often we play I really need a reliable pick to get me through the entire show without too much wear which is why I play the heavier gauge Clayton .88mm. May the Clayton legacy reign supreme!”   -Phil

“Feel and durability are the two qualities I look for in guitar picks which is why I use the Clayton .88mm guitar picks because they don’t feel bulky in my hands but still hold up throughout multiple shows rather than disintegrating mid strum.” -Aaron

The Reed brothers have finally united to create music together after twelve years of being 3000 miles apart. Phil Reed moved to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2013 and joined forces with Aaron Reed in a project dubbed “Buckle Rash”. Playing around with their not so high-energy solo creations they developed something entirely different on the side. Musical tastes for both have changed over the years and evolved into a medley of folk/bluegrass/pop/country and so on… Focusing on tight harmonies and pretty riffs The Brothers Reed want to bring you a unique listening experience that never sits on one musical spectrum for too long. Whether you’re into blues, rock, folk, or soft roots country, The Brothers Reed are sure to deliver nerve hitting tunes in a most simple format.

The Brothers Reed — Aaron Reed and Philip Reed — have received positive responses from audiences since the two members of local band Buckle Rash started their side project a few months ago.”
-Laurie Heuston – The Mail Tribune

“It’s true we’re not very deep into the new year yet, but the bottom line is that Sick As Folk is easily 2015’s best local album to date, and The Brothers Reed have set a pretty high bar for other local artists hitting the studio this year.”
-Josh Gross – The Rogue Valley Messenger

Links:

www.thebrothersreed.com
www.facebook.com/thebrothersreed
www.reverbnation.com/thebrothersreed
https://instagram.com/thebrothersreed/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oUUeLGh0aA  (official music video for “Black Blood”)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBqDNEz1S48     (Live version of “Crazy Hippie”)

Both photos are credited to “Daniel McCarty at www.focalfireimagery.com“.

I.D.S.F.A

I.D.S.F.A. uses: Clayton Duraplex rounded triangle  0.88mm and 1.00mm

Travesty from I.D.S.F.A. Says, “If your going to pick a pick make sure to pick a Clayton pick, it should be the only pick you pick.”

R.I.P. from I.D.S.F.A. Says “Wait, these aren’t for picking your butt? Damn now my guitar smells funny, But sounds great!”

2 Time VRMA Award Winning Shock Metal Band 
WINNERS OF THE 2013 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST OF VEGAS” 
WINNERS OF THE 2011 VRMA AWARD FOR “BEST SHOCK ROCK”
In early 2011 a band of miscreants came crawling from the darkest corners of sin city nevada. This pack of the undead and some not so dead come from many different genres of the unimaginable, yet their styles mesh seamlessly. They have an aggressive, hard, gritty edge that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. 

I.D.S.F.A. released their first full length self titled CD in September of 2013 with songs about revenge, death, mayhem, and zombies, that is just the tip of the iceberg.
And if the music wasn’t enough to make you’re pubic hairs curl, the stage show is not to be missed either. along with their side-kicks “The Bio-Bastards”, I.D.S.F.A. is whipping up a frenzy with a new and exciting show. it’s filled with drum beating zombies, an 8-foot anti-aircraft gun, washed up sea creatures from the japan tsunami, plus much much more. But wait, There’s more. The only Bleeding Bass guitar in existence is sure to make your jaw drop.
I.D.S.F.A. consists of Knuckletooth on vocals, Travesty on the Bleeding Bass, Dr. Skum on the drums, R.I.P. on guitar and The Bio Bastards with their on stage antics.

Links:

instagram #idsfaband

 

Austin Schmidt

Products used: Clayton Custom Colored Delrin 1.14mm picks

  “Steve Clayton custom picks are the best quality picks I’ve ever used.”

Austin Schmidt, plays lead guitar and sings back-up vocals for the band Shot In The Dark.  He began playing guitar when he was 11 years old and went on to play in a band when he enrolled at West Coast Rock School at the age of 13.  For years Austin played with several different bands, learned additional instruments, sang lead vocals, and appeared at many different venues.  When Shot In The Dark was formed in the spring of 2013, Austin was able to take his musical talent to a different level.  The band began writing and recording original songs and released their own ep in June of 2014.  While playing with Shot In The Dark, Austin has had the opportunity to play two different dates during the 2014 Vans Warped Tour as well as many other festivals and events throughout southern California.  Shot In The Dark has been able to open for such prominent acts as Escape The Fate, We Came As Romans, SECRETS, The Dead Rabbitts, Alien Ant Farm, and The Tubes.

 

Links:

Facebook: http://Facebook.ShotInTheDarkOfficial.com

Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/shotinthedark12

Instagram: http://instagram.com/Shot_in_the_dark_band

Website: http://ShotInTheDarkOfficial.com

You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ShotInTheDarkBand

Twitter: http://Twitter.ShotInTheDarkOfficial.com

4 Days Left for 12% Off Your Custom Guitar Pick Order!

There are just 4 days left to take advantage of our Spring Sale for Custom Guitar picks! If you order online at www.claytoncustom.com any time between now and Monday, April 27th, be sure to enter in the promo code SPRING12 to get a 12% discount on your order! Custom guitar pick orders start at just $24.99 (text-only picks), and we offer free 1st class shipping on orders that are less than 400 quantity. What a deal!

Don’t delay; place your order now at www.claytoncustom.com!

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Clayton Endorsed Artist Gio Lombardi wins an Akademia Music Award!

We would like to extend congratulations to our endorsee Gio Lombardi on his win for Best Instrumental/R&B song in the 2015 Akademia Music Awards! Check out this page here to listen to his song that won!

Also, you can catch him playing live with his Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 0.80mm or 1.00mm picks next Tuesday, the 28th by clicking here. For more on Gio visit him on any of the following sites:

Gìo homepage: www.giolombardi.com
 
Gìo on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Giosart
 
Gìo on Twitter:https://twitter.com/gio1lombardi
 
Gìo on YouTube:http://www.youtube.com/user/giomusic2008
Gìo on Reverbnation:http://www.reverbnation.com/gìolombardi
 
Gìo on iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/gio-lombardi/id466019274
 
Gìo on NuMuBu:http://www.numubu.com/giolombardi
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Ian Litovich

Products Used: Clayton Custom Delrin picks.

”I love Clayton picks because they adapt well to any style of music and being a session player I look for versatile tools that help me play through any musical situation. It all starts from these picks!”

Ian Michael Litovich (Born on December 11th 1990). From San Juan Puerto, Rico. Having been influenced by his father to consider playing an instrument, Ian began to explore his interest at a very young age. Enrique Litovich, also an accomplished musician, had raised Ian an environment filled with guitars, recording equipment, and passion for music. But it was upon hearing The Beatles’ ”Abbey Road” at 12 that Ian’s perception of music began to change. It wasn’t long before Ian pestered his father into teaching him his first guitar chords.

Ian supplemented his father’s lessons by listening to music, reading books and observing other performers. After practicing for one year Ian’s curiosity spread to the bass guitar. Heavily-influenced by Paul McCartney’s melodic bass playing, Ian taught himself to master it. Next he taught himself to play piano, applying the same fervor he’d used to learn guitar. His enthusiasm soon spread to learning the recording process. Taught by his father to use a standard cassette tape recorder, Ian quickly graduated to record on reel-to-reel tapes in a small studio that he’d built in his own room.

Ian got his first taste of playing live when he performed for his high school at the age of 15. People started to recognize his talent and soon he was invited to perform at almost every school activity.

Ian’s musical journey continued when he received a drum set for his 16th birthday. Ian taught himself to play the drums with the same curiosity and drive he’d approached everything else musical. Once he mastered the drums, he set out to conquer the last piece of the musical puzzle: vocals. Being the most difficult thing to master, he began to record himself singing (and playing) multi-track covers, analyzing his own performance and looking for ways to improve. It wasn’t long before Ian boiled down it all down to a polished vocal style.

By the age of 17 Ian began playing the local circuit with cover bands and at the same time writing and recording his own material. Ian soon began making contributions to local bands and artists landing his first few gigs as a session musician. As Ian earned the respect of local artists and musicians he began to make a name for himself. Videos he’d posted of his multi-track recordings on Youtube and Facebook of multitrack recordings gave him wide recognition as a multi-instrumentalist and self-producer.

Website:
 www.ianlitovich.com
Twitter
: www.twitter.com/ianlitovich
Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/ianlitovichmusic
YouTube
: www.youtube.com/ianlitovich
Other
: www.soundcloud.com/ian-litovich

Leanne Bowes

Products Used: Clayton Acetal Rounded Triangle 1.00mm picks

“I used to only play bass with my fingers– until my guitar tech handed me the Clayton acetal 1.00mm rounded triangle pick! This pick gives me that 90’s gritty, grungy punk tone I’ve always been looking for.”

Leanne Bowes is an NYC-based bassist with both international touring and session experience. She takes pride in her unwavering sense of rhythm, which she considers an essential part of any great band. Leanne believes that the drums are the heart of the band, but the bass is the pulse. In 2013 she started playing bass for Hunter Valentine and has been around the world and back. With Hunter Valentine, she has opened for Cyndi Lauper, Sum 41, and has recorded in the studio with Linda Perry.

http://www.huntervalentine.com/

https://www.facebook.com/leanneonbass

https://twitter.com/leannekbowes

 

Tenacious D Functional Picks

If you are a fan of Tenacious D then you definitely have to try out the functional guitar picks from their movie Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny! These picks are an exact replica of the one from the pick necklace Jack Black wears in the movie, only you can actually play with these! Since they are such a popular item we had to extend the line to include thin, medium and heavy gauges so you are sure to find one that fits your ideal thickness. Also, even if you aren’t a fan of the movie they can add some variety in your playing style with the three different edges this unique pick shape has and it is made of Delrin for ultimate strength. What are you waiting for, you can buy a pack straight from our store and earn 7 loyalty reward points!

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David Miller

Products Used: Clayton Custom White Derlin 1mm Voodoo Highway picks, Heavy Wall Glass Slide – Medium & 3.5″ Black Soft Leather Strap

“Steve Clayton Picks last, look great and perform the way I need from aggressive to subtle, they deliver!”

Guitarist/Vocalist David Miller has played guitar for 41 years, 30 of those professionally. Raised on classic rock, hard rock, country and blues, David’s style is both aggressive and versatile. David currently plays guitar for the hard rock band Kleverkill as well as fronting his solo project called David Miller & Stones Throw, where he handles all guitars as well as lead vocals. Kleverkill released a 4 song E.P. and a video for the song “New Life” in January of 2016. The band plans a new release sometime during winter of 2016. David Miller & Stones Throw will record in the winter of 2016 as well. David has also recorded and performed with the bands Bad Influence & Voodoo Highway. He has also recorded with EDM Artist KEEZ, Steven Michael Hartwell and 4Dub.

Links

Addasi S Addasi

Products used: Clayton Custom Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks

“Steve Clayton guitar pick is the right tool for the right job,I feel very comfortable when I play my guitar with Steve Clayton guitar pick”

Addasi S Addasi (born September 26 1979 in Dourados Brazil) The Brazilian with Palestinian background is the lead guitarist , songwriter and founder in the Brazilian -American metal  band Black Oil Addasi and has traveled well over thirty countries picking up many styles and riffs along the way .All these cultures mix together to form very powerful metal.
After publishing an advertisement in a local Los Angeles newspaper called The Recycler, Addasi met Mike Black and formed Black Oil.

BLACK OIL is no stranger to sharing the stage with big acts like MEGADETH, FEAR FACTORY ,MOTORHEAD and have been direct support for bands like SOULFLY, OTEP, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, ARCH ENEMY, CARNIFEX, ANTHRAX, CATTLE DECAPITATION, MAGO DE OZ  and more. Played at  festival like Hell and Heaven Festival, Revolution Fest Guadalajara Mexico , Mayhem Fest 2012 Usa and more.

Links:

www.blackoil1.com
www.youtube.com/blackoilband
www.facebook.com/blackoilofficial
https://soundcloud.com/blackoilofficial

Leni DiMancari

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Guitar Picks

“There is no better guitar pick on the planet than an Acetal .80mm Clayton for durability and
dependability. They are comfortable in your hand, don’t slip, and take a beating during a show. I tried
other picks over the decades, and the best is Clayton. I proudly endorse the product as the BEST pick on
the market and I recommend them to everyone.” Leni DiMancari

Leni DiMancari is a Guitarist, Producer and Musician from Minnesota, who laid down his early musical roots performing in clubs throughout the Midwest. His musical influence varies from Steve Lukather to George Lynch, Jimi Hendrix to John Sykes.

He has 7 Minnesota Music Academy nominations under his belt, and the award for best new artist for the band Hurricane Alice, who later went on to sign with Atlantic Records. Leni eventually landed a few Independent record deals on his own after leaving the group and recorded with former members of Y&T, Le Mans, Montrose, Head East & Cacophony.

Leni was also the lead guitarist with the internationally known Tribute to the Band Heart- Bad Animals for 9 years. Currently Leni runs and manages Ten 13 Entertainment and works with 24 different artists on national bookings, along with being the lead guitarist of the Pearl Jam Tribute Band- Alive. Alive starts their national tour in 2015.

www.alivebandrocks.com
www.facebook.com/AliveTributeToPearlJam
www.twitter.com/Alivebandrocks
www.twitter.com/Alivebandrocks

Etsegenet

Products used: Clayton Custom Picks
“I really love Clayton picks… the texture of the pick feels great. They are the BEST!”
Ethiopian guitarist, Singer/songwriter and arranger Etsegenet was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. she started her musical career in a very early stage of her life by singing in elementary school; after she graduate from high school, her pursue for music continued and she join a private college “Mekane Yesus school of Jazz music” and graduated in Music Performance on 2010. Etsegenet had the opportunity to work, perform and record with musicians from all over the world. While attending Los Angeles College of Music (2011-2013), she was fortunate to learn under great musicians such as: Tariqh Akoni (Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys), Tony Inzalaco (Oscar Peterson, Dexter Gordon) Art Renshaw (Joe Pass, Lenny Breau),  Howie Shear (George Benson, Stevie Wonder), Jody Fisher (Mike Stern, John Abercrombie) and many others.

Etsegenet released her first solo album called “YIMETAL” on july 2013. and have been performing with musicians from all over the place. recently Etsegenet was a part of Oscar nominated song “HAPPY” by Pharrell williams as choir singer.

Links: 

Website: http://www.etsegenetmusic.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsegenet/500014583352753?ref=hl

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYieJtKKxD0844cWCB9R_K

Instagram: http://instagram.com/etsegenetmusic

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/etsegenet

Pavic

Products used: Clayton Custom Picks

“Clayton picks rocks! It’s important to feel comfortable with my picks, they’re part of my sound!” – Marko
“Love it! The shape, the feel, the sound‚ simply great!” – Aleks

Pavic are a Rock band from Rome, Italy. The band’s influences range from Classic Rock to Alternative Metal.
Their latest critically acclaimed release Is War The Answer was mixed by producer Rick Beato known for his work with Shinedown, Fozzy among others.
Recently the band opened at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy. Pavic shared the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth among others.
Check out the videos:
Song For The Rain (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0
Is War The Answer? (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk
In Your Eyes (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ

Joe Calabro – vocals
Marko Pavic – guitars
Lorenzo Antonelli – keyboards
Aleks Ferrara – bass
Antonio Aronne – drums

Links:
Official: www.pavictheband.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pavictheband
Twitter: www.twitter.com/pavictheband
YouTube: www.youtube.com/pavictheband

Michael Valenzuela aka MADV

Check out this short promo endorsed artist MADV made using his Clayton Custom picks!

https://youtu.be/Cl3ahSxW4-o

Michael Valenzuela was no stranger to music growing up in a very musically inclined family. He spent the majority of his younger years in Washington state. His father was a musician playing in several well known bands, a road manager, and owns his own studio. His siblings play instruments, as well. When this family gets together, the Valenzuelas can’t resist the urge to make music together. It’s no surprise Michael fell in love with music at a young age and caught the fever for creativity.

Valenzuela is a purely multi-talented musician, doing everything from playing guitar and keyboards to recording and mixing. He composes music of many different genres including hip hop, contemporary, Latin rock, neo-classical, rock and heavy metal. Valenzuela is also quickly making himself known for shooting and editing video footage.

A guitarist first, Valenzuela has a great passion for playing. He is a virtuoso of guitar. His instrumental compositions are both moving and many times complex. These works are definitely a treasure to the ear and when watching him play, to the eye. His intricate fingering styles using string bending techniques make it evident that his pinch harmonics and hammer ons can keep up with the most superlative guitarists of the 80’s. Though very experimentational, it is clear this man has studied some of the most prevalent guitarists of our time, to form his own style. The flow and melody of these instrumentals gives a great number of them a very neo-classical sound, full of deep emotion.

– Queen Eilene.

 

http://www.reverbnation.com/autumnforever

https://www.facebook.com/Autumnforevermusic2015

Rob & Jason of Cosmivore

Products used: Clayton Custom White Pearl 1.00mm and Black Celluloid 1.00mm picks.

“Cosmivore relies heavily on tone and artwork to set us apart from other bands. Clayton USA custom picks became our perfect solution for both. Not only do our fans collect these picks just for the artwork, but the picks are also responsible for creating the massive tone unique to Cosmivore. The print is durable and never rubs off, even after tons of abuse, and the fans love them!” ~ Rob Eaton of Cosmivore

Cosmivore is a unique (genre breaking) metal band from Arkansas. Their heavy guitar tone, atmospheric keys and one of a kind vocal styles set them in a genre of their own. The band consists of 6 members; Robert Eaton, Jason Noel, Clayton Latch, Patrick Eaton, Michael Aanimal Inman and Antwon Megatwon! Yes, they actually have a robot in the band!

Cosmivore released their first full length album, “These Castle Walls” in October of 2014, which took fans on a cosmic journey through space and time with their eccentric story-telling in songs like; “Brother Crow”, “Midwest”, “These Castle Walls” and “Universe” along with 7 other killer tracks. The album’s 3D castle cover artwork by Grimnasty (a.k.a. Solomon Perry) ties all of the material together into a fantasy vision unlike most metal albums. You have to really get into the artwork and the tunes together to grasp the real meaning behind the album and vision.

Continuing the journey, their second release, EP “XIII” was recorded on February, Friday the 13th, 2015 and released on March, Friday the 13th, 2015 featuring two new songs “Wings of Despair” and “Breathing Fire” with a total length of 13 minutes and 13 seconds, as well as completing their 13th official track release. The dragon artwork on “XIII” was also done by Grimnasty (a.k.a.) Solomon Perry and ties in with the bands overall “story”.

Along with the mysterious symbolic and astrological meanings buried deep in the fabric of their material, each song is a unique experience and no two songs sound the same, yet their formula for tone, punch and lyrical landscapes have fans anticipating new epic cosmic journeys and experiences from Cosmivore.

http://www.cosmivore.com
https://www.facebook.com/cosmivore
https://www.facebook.com/megatwonfans
http://www.twitter.com/cosmivore
http://cosmivore.bandcamp.com
http://www.reverbnation.com/cosmivore

Video Link for “These Castle Walls”: https://youtu.be/dIFUZ7dZjLs

Also available on your favorite online music stores (iTunes, Xbox, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and more!)

Photography by Scott Shupe 2014.

Dave Baker

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.26mm picks.

“Been using Clayton picks for 20 years! Claytons are the perfect plectrum! They enhance my tone and inspire creativity!”

Hailing from a musical family, Cleveland native Dave Baker is the grandson of Ruth Baker, who played guitar and sang backup for Roy Rogers. Inheriting her talents, Dave began playing guitar at age eight, and went on to study music composition and theory at Cleveland’s Modern Music School under the tutelage of highly acclaimed composer, arranger (Stan Kenton), and educator, Phil Rizzo. By age 16, Baker was officially a professional musician: going to school during the day and playing paid gigs in bars and clubs by night. His reputation soon earned him two Berklee College of Music scholarships, where he studied under jazz great Garrison Fuel, as well as Larry Bione, Bruce Saunders and Bruce Bartlett.  He also became an honors graduate of Cleveland State University, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing.

Baker further distinguished himself in the professional music community when he composed and produced commercial music for the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Cardinals, WKYC-TV, Sports Time Ohio, KSDK (St. Louis), KPNX-TV (Phoenix) and Clear Channel Communications.  He could also be heard playing guitar on many commercial jingles for McDonald’s, Mr. Hero, Pearl Vision, Sterling Jewelers, Matco Tools, Ohio Lottery and Cleveland State University.  His work in Cleveland culminated in 2010 with an Emmy® nomination for musical composition and arrangement.

Dave relocated to Nashville shortly thereafter, where his broad range of experience and incredible talents have served him well as a freelance guitar slinger. As Baker’s playing had been described by Guitar Player Magazine as “non-stop guitar bliss,” he quickly built his reputation in Music City based upon his versatility and professionalism.

He has played guitar alongside such notable country artists as The Line, Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Josh Thompson, Ashley Gearing, Darryl Worley, Justin Moore, Laura Bell Bundy, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Rodney Adkins, Brett Eldridge, Kip Moore, The McClymonts, Eric Paslay and, since early 2012, with Black River Entertainment recording star, Kellie Pickler. Dave is currently a standing member of her band in addition to pursuing his other music projects.

Over the course of his career Baker has performed at the White House, the Grand Ole Opry and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, plus toured the US, Australia, China, Switzerland, Germany, and Afghanistan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Bahrain (the Middle East twice for the USO).

Television viewers have also seen him in action on Ellen, Craig Ferguson, Dancing with the Stars, The View and Good Morning America, as well as televised Opry performances on the GAC network.

In 2014 Dave recorded and self-released his debut CD, 71 South, an eclectic album that brings the listener a collection of diverse instrumentals that encompass musical cleverness, humor and virtuosity while humbly reflecting Baker’s character.

71 South’s ten tracks underscore his variety in musical styles. From the “tongue-in-cheek” neo-classical opener, “Guitar Center Saturday” to the Eastern European tinged “The Brothel,” Baker explores a wide array of musical genres including his Latin influenced “Esteban,” Ennio Morricone-inspired “Spaghetti Western,” and the title track “71 South,” which pays tribute to a jazzier, bop affected characterization.

Baker both produced the CD and played electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, Jew’s harp and rape whistle. The album’s musicians include drummer Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean), bassist Vail Johnson (Keb’ Mo’) and multi-instrumentalist/producer John Painter (Ben Folds/Sevendust), among others. 71 South is available for purchase on iTunes and CD Baby.

 

Links:

http://www.davebakerguitar.com/

http://facebook.com/officialdavebakerguitar

http://twitter.com/davebakerguitar

http://youtube.com/channel/UCa_cgxq4qeHSebvHJjq1Adx

Simply Glowing!

Have a big concert coming up? Want some amazing custom guitar picks that you can throw into the crowd? Try out our glow in the dark custom picks! Your fans will go crazy when you use a pick to play and then toss it out for someone to snatch…and they will actually be able to see them, even if it’s dark, because they glow! They are also great for keeping with you backstage so that you are not fumbling around, trying to find your pick, when you are needed on stage! Just remember that these picks are one of our specialty items, and they take longer to make than some of our other materials so you will want to plan ahead when placing your order.

Order your own awesome custom-printed glow in the dark picks at www.claytoncustom.com today!

 

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Cannot Be Contained

Products Used: Acetal .63mm, Duraplex .73mm, White Delrin Custom 1.26mm & White Pearl Custom .63mm
“Clayton makes quality picks that seem to last forever. The edges will wear down before the pick ever breaks.  They have a great feel and a great sound to them….simply the best picks at the best price that we have ever used!”

Cannot Be Contained is a Christian Rock band who has been together making music for the last 4 years. We believe in spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. We believe that music can affect your thoughts and emotions and lead you to a greater place of worship! We always try to make the music about Him and not us so that it leads others into a place closer to Him so that they can feel his spirit all around them.  We continue on this journey to bring others closer to Him so that they can see that His way is the only way.
Links:
Website: CannotBeContained.wix.com/CannotBeContained
Facebook: Facebook.com/CannotBeContained
Twitter: Twitter.com/CannotBContaind
Cannot Be Contained – Found  http://youtu.be/XUcxm63WYUo

Bugra Sisman

Products: Acetal Guitar Picks 1.00 mm. Pro Lemon Polish.
“Steve Clayton Custom Picks have great attack and full of sensibility. I feel very secure when I use these picks. I never look for any other picks to get my tone right.”
Bugra Sisman started playing guitar when he was 12.

After taking guitar classes from Ceyhun Saklar when he was 14,
he went into Istek Belde Fine Arts high school.
When he graduated from this high school in 2005, he got accepted to Middlesex University’s Ba Music Performance department.
In this school, he worked with the famous guitarist, Timothy Walker.
He also worked on performance techniques with Raeneda Machie.
He had the chance to work with one of England’s most famous composers Dr Francoisand Dr Peter Fribbins.
He graduated from this University in the year of 2005, and he went back to Turkey.
While he continues his work on stage and studio, he also gives private lessons on his own and at some private institutions.

He is now recording his EP called “Until Now” and writing a guitar book where will be released in most book stores in Turkey.

Links:
https://www.facebook.com/ElektrikGitarTeknikleri
http://www.elektrikgitarteknikleri.com/
https://instagram.com/bugrasisman/
https://twitter.com/bugrasisman
https://soundcloud.com/bugrasismanmusic

Chris Martin Band

Products used: Clayton Custom 0.5mm Acetal, 0.5mm Black Celluloid, 0.8mm Black Celluloid

“We’ve used Steve Clayton custom picks from the very beginning, everyone in the band got CMB logo picks to use and share.  Not only do they look and play great, you should see the faces of the folks that end up with one at a show!  It’s like they’ve got a little piece of our dream!”  Mark White, Bass & Vocals

Chris Martin is an up and coming singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Emerald Coast of Florida, born and raised in Pensacola. His roots in traditional country music, from George Strait to Keith Whitley, have helped shape his contemporary country music sound. Chris’ easy going manner is completely evident in his smooth vocal style, delivering a uniquely recognizable “blue-eyed soul” meets “Nashville drawl” in his renditions of current country hits as well as original material. Backed by the “hottest little band in P’Cola”, the Chris Martin Band has made an indelible mark on the regional music scene, having achieved some impressive milestones for a band just over a year old. Not content to follow the typical “bar band” business model, the Chris Martin Band continue to hone their craft at fairs, festivals and concerts in the SE and beyond. With a Nashville produced, all original EP released in March 2014, and having shared the stage with the likes of Bo Bice, Charlie Daniels and Southern Rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, the future continues to look very bright for this new country artist and his band.

Links:

http://www.thechrismartinband.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ChrisMartinBand

https://twitter.com/chrismartinband

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdfxSVtPgTzxhcrFG_6qpOw

http://instagram.com/thechrismartinband

http://artistecard.com/TheChrisMartinBand

https://soundcloud.com/chrismartinbandmusic

 

Photo Credits:  Photo by Robert Weston Gilliard

Jeff Przech

Products used: Clayton Standard Duraplex Picks .73mm & .88mm
“The first thing that caught my eye about Clayton picks was strictly aesthetic – I thought they just looked cooler than the other picks out there! Once I bought a couple of packs and started using them I noticed the difference immediately. They feel stronger in my fingers, last longer, and, most importantly, they just sound better than the picks I was using. Some might find it hard to believe that something as simple as a guitar pick can have an effect on your sound, but it most definitely can and does. I’m a Clayton convert and I’m not going back.”
“We can sit a while and I’ll sing some songs ’bout where we’re going, not where we’ve been” – Jeff Przech, “Back Again”
The end of 2014 finds Connecticut songwriter Jeff Przech at work on his debut solo record, “Sounds Like Fresh.” The title is a little piece of wordplay on Jeff’s last name, which actually does sound like fresh. The album’s eleven tracks (ten original songs and a cover of Ryan Adams’ “English Girls Approximately”) are an amalgam of stories (both fiction and non-fiction), strong melodies, and expressive, honest lyrics. Przech is a reflective and genuine songwriter, one who takes great pride in his craft. “Sounds Like Fresh” will be Przech’s first, but certainly not last, entry into the arena of American(a) music. There are songs about where he’s been, but “Sounds Like Fresh” gives a crystal clear glimpse of where Jeff Przech is going as well. The songs that make up “Sounds Like Fresh” were written over the past few years, but really started to come to life  early in 2014 as Przech was working on original music with his band, The Bus Drivers. Once the creative floodgates opened, the songs kept coming. Some of the songs didn’t fit the band dynamic, leading Przech to begin work on “Sounds Like Fresh.” A weeklong trip to the solitude of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom this summer provided the finishing touches on the songs that will make up what he expects will be the first of many records to come.
Links:
http://www.jeffprzech.com
http://www.busdriversband.com
http://www.facebook.com/jeffprzech
http://www.twitter.com/jprzech