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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New Music Video featuring Clayton Endorsee

Clayton Endorsed Artist Samuli T. Mäkelä and Seele releases “Rakkaudesta Sokea” Official music video from the album “Jos Vain Kaiken Jättäisin”
Actor Tommi Eronen known for starring in the movies Jade Warrior (2006) and Bad Luck Love (2000)  makes a performance (co-starred by Hanna-Leena Henriksson) in the Finnish rock-metal band SEELE’s new music video for ‘Rakkaudesta Sokea’
The video, filmed in Janakkala, Finland, tells a story of a couple lost in the wilderness. Running low on water, it becomes clear that only one of them will survive.
Band consists Julia Mattila (Vocals), Riku Mäkinen (Guitar),  Samuli T. Mäkelä (Guitar), Jyri Vesterinen (Bass) and Samuel Tähkä (Drums)
Watch “Rakkaudesta Sokea” here:

New Exotic Picks

We are always expanding our offering for Exotic pick materials and have just introduced three more this year:

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The new exotics are made from 2 woods to create one awesome pick! Exotic Fuse – Ebony Front with Padauk Back: Both ebony and padauk have been fused together to create a beautiful and powerful tone. This pick features an ebony front, with an padauk back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection. Exotic Fuse – Maple Front with Ebony Back: Both maple and ebony are fused together to create a beautiful harmonious tone. This pick features a maple front with an ebony back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection. Exotic Fuse – Rosewood Front with Steam Beech Back: Both rosewood and steam beech are fused together to create a beautiful pick with a rich and deep tone. This pick features a rosewood front, with a steam beech back. Each pick is hand-made and crafted to perfection.

Click Here to Purchase yours now!

 

Last day to save 10% off picks!

Don’t let this one blow on by! Hurry up and take advantage of our Fall Sale with 10% off your custom guitar pick order. Enter promo code FALL16 during checkout to get the discount!

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Customizable Sample Pack

We have always offered our standard Variety pack which features 6 of our most popular picks, but have you always wanted to get your own pack of picks to sample a larger selection of what we have to offer? Well, now you can! This is also a great way to buy picks if you play with different styles, materials, ect.! You can select 12 guitar picks from 9 of our most popular styles (featured below) and better yet you get to select the pick type, shape and gauge all just for $9.99 (plus shipping). Mix and match and discover your favorites, click here to buy now!

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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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New Sharp Picks!

We have expanded our Acetal line of picks with 3 new shapes! We now offer our Acetal in Sharp Standard, Sharp Triangle, and Sharp Teardrop.  Get an extra edge with these picks that are made from our renowned Acetal material. Strength is key to the ultimate performance. The composition of Acetal gives you just enough stiffness to give you those killer power chords, but has just enough give so that you’re not busting strings left and right. Plus this pick has a matte surface that prevents it from moving or slipping in-between your fingers. These are great for speed picking and fast riffs! We also offer them in all 8 gauges for each shape. Check them out here http://steveclaytonstore.com/product-category/guitar-picks/acetal-sharp/.

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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

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

 

Frank Piombo

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal Standard 1.00mm

“Clayton USA, I picked you because you are the best”

Born and raised in Libya, Tripoli, to Italians parents, it’s no wonder that music was a constant in Frank’s life. At the tender age of six, Frank’s family would move to Rome (his mother’s birthplace), where he was inspired by the sounds of his father’s music. An avid accordion player, Frank was moved by the romantic tunes produced by his father, and their effects can be heard in Frank’s music even today.
By the time the family immigrated to the United States, at age eight, Frank was inspired by the sounds of the late fifties and early sixties, prompting him to take guitar lessons. But it was the sound of The Beatles that motivated Frank most, and helped the teen to focus more seriously on his music.
By his late teens, Frank was playing gigs at weddings and small venues, eventually graduating to known jazz venues in and around town.
Flash forward more than thirty years, and today Frank Piombo’s portfolio is an impressive one. Appearing as lead guitarist and vocalist alongside Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co, the original Infernos; and sharing the stage with the likes of The Duprees, The Mello Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants, Frank has proved to be much more than a jazz guitarist.
In addition to touring the New York Metropolitan Area, where he has built a solid fan base, Frank has also shared the stage with various European artists, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.”
Frank’s CDs (The Night Speaks; Sleepwalk; and Smooth Reminiscence) have led to a large international following, prompting several fan pages on Facebook. And his music is now heard throughout North America, and several other continents, including: Africa, Australia, Europe, and South America.
Since June 2012, Frank Piombo has held the #1 jazz artist position in New Jersey, according to ReverbNation’s Jazz Charts! And in 2014, Frank Piombo was accepted on the popular digital radio station Pandora, where he now boasts his own station.
Log onto Pandora.com and create the “Frank Piombo” station on your laptop or mobile device today!
All cds are available at the following locations: cdbaby, Amazonmp3, ReverbNation.com, iTunes and other locations. They are a combination of Straight- Ahead Jazz, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and Easy Listening Vocal Tunes.
As well as his own compositions, Frank performs the works of George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Sonny Rollins, Erroll Garner, Larry Carlton, Ronny Jordan, Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Horace Silver, Lionel Richie, Bobby Hebb, Duke Ellington, Cannonball Adderley and many others.

Links:
www.riggyentertainment.com
www.twitter.com/frankpiombo
www.facebook.com/riggy182
www.myspace.com/frankpiombo
www.youtube.com/riggyentertainment

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

Andy Sarcone Rooney

Products Used: Clayton Custom Acetal 1.52 Gauge Guitar Picks
“The Best Guitar Picks Ever…i’ve tried and played with lots of different brands over the years but this picks are out of this world….”

Lost in the Forest of a Dream, Andy Sarcone Rooney (Lead Guitarist / Vocalist) 
conjured up this hex on a windy night, under the light of a SPELLED MOON… 
Conceived in a professional studio atmosphere since the beginning and styled on an eclectic mix of Power Metal and Neo Classical flavors with movie score backgrounds. 
11 tales were written for this first album, and the magic began to happen. 
The recording sessions soared to new heights of production value 
At Tony Bongiovi’s POWER STATION studios with main manager, Rob Roy, and chief engineer, David Levy. 
Soon after kicking hard Patrick Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) joined ranks to play the mighty drums bringing a marvelous style and performance.
Claudio Pesavento (studio keys for Dokken / Jeff Beck / foreigner) who brought some furious melodies within his piano playing. 
Stinging with Venomous bass playing style Ralph Rieckermann (Scorpions) joined this crusade and took over the low end. 
Moving in full throttle, The band went into gear. 
Daniel Trajtemberg “DANKER” (Rata Blanca / Mario Ian / Malon) captured the essence of this musical assembly and became the visual director, illustrator and photographer. 
following destiny from shore to shore Mr Rooney moved across the mountains to build a recording studio within “BLACK GATES” upon the city of fallen angels in Los Angeles California, where the band writes,records and produces the entirety of its material.
The EP “Forsaken Spells” conjures up a compilation of legends and every day situations 
masked in fantasy tales from long forgotten times. 
Some of them rooted on real life characters from centuries ago. 
Countless moons passed by in the making of this taster 
bearing a previously unreleased Scorpion’s song (written by Ralph Rieckermann and Grace Sharington). 
Now called “Hidden in the Winds” (lyrics and arraignments by Andy Rooney). 
The following power ballad, “Soul Mates,” chronicles a man’s struggle to cope with the loss of his eternal lover & triumphantly finishing with the clincher of the trio, a thunderous call to battle aptly named “A War of Shadows.” 
A determined engineer Dave Jenkins (Uli John Roth, Joe Lynn Turner, Matt Sorum, etc.) 
mixed this Extended Play at The Wine Cellar Studios in California, 
Then Brad Vance from Red Mastering (Ritchie Blackmore’s Night, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning) For the final tweaks, at the dawn of 2012.
Soon after Mr Jimmy Wiggle (Zakk Wylde, Eddy Van Halen, Slash) was in charge with tweaking and modifying the amplifiers heads that will be used on the full lenght album.
by May of 2014 – as one of the many guest in SPELLED MOON,
Bass player Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Impellitteri); records 2 songs with the band bringing great tasty licks to those tunes….
Nov of 2014 – Mr Joe Petro (Heaven and Earth / Randy Piper (W.A.S.P)) becomes the permanent bass player with whom recording sessions resume bringing to the band eccentric tones and licks with his many 8 Strings Basses.
With a whole team and a strategy, SPELLED MOON keeps writing chapters for this story; 
SM plans for the full length album to be released really soon.
At the witching hour in times of sorcery we gather, under the light of a SPELLED MOON…

Links:
Andy Sarcone Rooney.
https://www.facebook.com/andy.sarcone

Spelled Moon:
www.facebook.com/spelledmoon
www.youtube.com/spelledmoonofficial
www.reverbnation.com/spelledmoonofficial
www.soundcloud.com/spelledmoon
www.twitter.com/spelledmoon1

Solace of Requiem

Products Used: Jeff uses Acetal Standard , 1.52mm & Richard uses Acetal Standard , 1.00mm.

“I have a unique style of playing with my fingers and a pick. Every other pick I’ve tried tends to slip and fall out of my hands, but not Steve Clayton picks. Maybe it’s magic, but whatever the reason, I’ll never consider another company!” – Jeff Sumrell    

“Steve Clayton picks, I can honestly say, are the finest picks money can buy. I have used them for over 20 years. I recommend them to all my fellow guitarists and guitar students. If you want the best, you want a Clayton!” – Richard Gulczynski     

EPIC F****** BRUTALITY! Classically Composed / Brutally Rendered . . These are the only words that can accurately describe Solace of Requiem. The band is from the United States and plays a most unique and original form of extreme metal. Sometimes labeled as “Technical Blackened Death Metal”, SOR’s music is not only instrumentally technical, but is also technical in composition. Blending together an array of haunting technical passages, classical movements, grim ambience and relentless brutality, with a diverse assortment of highly intelligible extreme vocals. Making it is easy to hear the vast collection of influences that are incorporated within Solace Of Requiem‘s music. As opposed to the overdone “riff 1, riff 2, chorus, repeat” format, or simply juxtaposing a string of so-called “brutal” riffs with no rhyme nor reason, Solace Of Requiem has created music that is unique in sound, as well as in structure. Making extreme metal that is in a genre all its own.

Links:

http://www.solreq.com/

https://www.facebook.com/solaceofrequiem/

Alex Cole

Products used: Custom White Delrin picks – Standard shape, 0.8mm

“My fans wanted my guitar picks.  They like to keep them as a souvenir of my show. When i found out Clayton makes customized guitar pics I started putting the Alex Cole logo on them. I like to throw them out to the crowd. People love them and I love playing with these picks! They help to define my groove and tone! They’re very resistant. Nothing better than Clayton Picks!”

With his wild guitar style, Alex attacks the stage and sends his dynamic energy into the crowd. This is something to be experienced! This band performs all original music that will remind you of AC/DC, Van Halen, Ted Nugent. It’s classic 1980’s ALL NEW rock n’ roll.

“Alex Cole, a pure high energy Rock and Roll show!”

THE JOURNALISTS

“Rock has risen from its grave. When Alex Cole enters the stage it isn’t a person you are seeing but a reincarnated Rock Star…”

VALLEY SCENE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles

“Alex Cole who delivers to the audience edgy guitar riffs

ROCK HARD MAGAZINE

“Great band indeed fantastic rock, Alex Cole Being the singer, songwriter and lead vocalist there very little in the way of pure talent these guys don’t have!”

ROCK BANDOM RADIO

Video from The Canyon Club: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S26Xxqqafuw

Video from The Mint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2KHZhaloXM

Mp3’s of more songs: http://www.alexcolebigrough.net/#!music/c1x9v

 

We have some great recent reviews: http://www.alexcolebigrough.net/#!news/cb30

Links:

alexcolebigrough.com

youtube.com/thebigrough

facebook.com/alexbigrough

twitter.com/alexcolebigroug

instagram.com/alexcolebigrough

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

 

Steve McCall

Products used: Clayton Ultem Teardrop 0.56mm

 “I take a lot of pride in my sound. I was blown away by the difference in attack and tone when I switched over to Steve Clayton picks. Count me in for life!”

The South Bay of Southern California is no stranger to iconic and successful punk bands. There are many bands that take pride in calling the South Bay their home. Bands like Black Flag, The Descendents, The Deviates and Pennywise all hail from some part of a place that continues to create amazing music. Along with bands that have established themselves is a plethora of bands that are chomping at the bit to catch a break and bands that are making the South Bay’s renowned punk scene what it is today.

With so many punk bands in Southern California, it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that members from three different bands are coming together to make something new by the name of WRATHS. Drummer Andrew Murphy and bassist Chris Kranes— from the rock ‘n’ roll band The Darlings— teamed up with 1208 guitarist Steve McCall and legendary Pennywise front man Jim Lindberg to create this unique sound.

WRATHS come to the scene with something that sets them apart from just another Southern California punk band. McCall’s technicality really adds a sound that keeps them distinct. He uses a chorus pedal which was big with bands like The Damned, TSOL, The Nerve Agents and even The Cure. When Lindberg first heard the music he admitted to hearing parts that reminded him of bands like, Washington D.C.’s melodic hardcore band, Dag Nasty and even Queens of the Stone Age. It’s these types of sounds that make it difficult to pigeon hole WRATHS.

 

WWW.WRATHSBAND.COM

 

www.twitter.com/wrathsband

 

www.facebook.com/wrathsmusic

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.

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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

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