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Mike Eldred On His Dream Guitar, Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix’s White Stratocaster

The “best unknown guitarist” - coined by the likes of Brian Setzer and others in the americana, roots and blues community. That’s after listening to Mike Eldred and his trio - a roots “super band” consisting of himself, John Bazz and Jerry Angel of the Southern Californian band The Blasters.… Read more

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Brandon Dickert of Save Ferris Talks Life on Tour, Composing and Drum Goals

Based in Orange Country, California, Save Ferris is considered to be one of the prominent bands responsible for the ska boom in the 90s. Powering the band’s tight grooves and tempo is drummer, Brandon Dickert. Aside from his drumming duties, Brandon is also the band's musical director, and has been a… Read more

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Angie Swan talks Inspirations, Super Fans and her Portable Studio Rig

Angie Swan is the sort of guitarist that gets you on your feet, swooning over the ripping solos which leave you wanting more. Hailing from Milwaukee and growing in a household surrounded by music, Angie attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music during the early 2000s and honed her craft… Read more

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Frankie Mares of Mexican band Troker talks Glastonbury, Quentin Tarantino & Tequila

Mariachi horns meet DJ scratching, a mix of the traditional and contemporary sounds of Mexico fused together by Troker, a Jazz and Funk band playing out of Guadalajara, Mexico. Troker is an instrumental band, but it's hard not to be captivated by the stories that they tell with their music… Read more

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Uriah Duffy On His Biggest Breaks and Being a Musical Director

A lot of you would recognise Uriah Duffy as the former bassist of hard rock band Whitesnake, but his accomplishments go so much further. A session bassist and musical director today, Uriah Duffy finds himself at home with any genre of music. He’s played with some of the most respected… Read more

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The Motet on The Funk Scene, Colorado and Touring

Based in Denver, Colorado, The Motet has been one of the leading lights in the funk music revival since their inception in 1998. For a solid twenty years, The Motet has explored different influences, seen lineup changes, but has always maintained its roots in funk, afrobeat and dance music. Fresh… Read more

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Alex Skolnick of Testament Talks Jazz, Metal and Joe Satriani

When you think thrash metal you’d think of aggressive, low-register guitar riffs and searing shred guitar solos. It’s a far cry from the elegance of jazz guitar, and we often find the guitarists of both camps staying inside the boundaries of their respective genres. Alex Skolnick doesn’t fit this mould.… Read more

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Spencer Fox of Charly Bliss Talks Band Name, Influences and Gear

Charly Bliss are a band composed of four long time friends who went to high school together. They describe their sound as “the finest guitar-crunched power pop this side of an old Weezer record with a blue cover” and “a candy-scented safe space for extreme fits of happiness and angsty… Read more

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George Cole talks Billie Joe Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz

George Cole has gone from electric guitar duties in a pop punk band to teaching guitar and mentoring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, to being a gypsy jazz acoustic guitar virtuoso, touring with the likes of the David Grisman… Read more

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Sasha Dobson Talks Jazz, Learning Guitar And Neil Young

“If it makes me move its in the right place. Pocket. Fast or slow, so long as it makes me go.” Sasha Dobson, New York-based singer songwriter’s first love was dancing and singing jazz, and has since added guitar, drums and most recently, bass, into her eclectic repertoire. Growing up… Read more

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Megan Slankard Talks Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Loose Leaf Tea

Megan Slankard is something of an indie sensation. The Bay Area based indie singer-songwriter has a powerful, expressive voice and pairs that with honest, heartfelt lyrics. With five self-released albums up her sleeve, and a 6th album due for the fall of 2018, you can’t help but be impressed by… Read more

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Ryan Meyer of Highly Suspect Talks Political Opinions and Practice

Meet Ryan Meyer. The drummer and vocalist in three-time Grammy nominated trio, Highly Suspect. Rocking out of Cape Cod Massachusetts, the band started playing Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd covers in local bars and within 7 years had received plaudits including a nomination for best rock song for “My Name… Read more

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Taka of Japanese Band MONO Talks Their Band Name And Musical Inspiration

MONO and MONO. It does seem fitting for the Tokyo-based trio to use a brand with its namesake. The instrumental band formed in 1999 and it's been hard to classify their music into any one genre, with their sound blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise into a highly-experimental sonic experience.… Read more

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Lex Sadler Talks Sneakers, Inspiration and Aesthetics

Since arriving in NYC, Lex Sadler has established himself as a go-to bass player, synth bass player, programmer and musical director for a wide range of musicians. Currently on tour with Peter Cincotti and toured extensively with upcoming R&B artist Jordan Bratton, he's also involved with his innovative project, Rhythm… Read more

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What’s In The Bag: Teddy Kumpel

New York-based Teddy Kumpel, has played guitar for a list of artists like Joe Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, Janet Jackson, Tower of Power, Rickie Lee Jones, Chris Brown, Tower of Power and many others. His playing can also be heard on feature film scores, including Anchorman, Confessions of a Dangerous… Read more

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Marty Friedman Talks Japan and Picking Techniques

Popularly known as the former lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth, Marty Friedman moved to Japan in 2003, where his success has very much continued on foreign shores. MONO caught up with him recently to find out about his move and his unorthodox picking style. In previous interviews, you’ve… Read more

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Stu Brooks of Dub Trio Talks Musical Heroes and Tour Essentials

Mobb Deep, 50 Cent, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill, Matisyahu, Mary J. Blige. The list goes on. Grammy-nominated bassist Stu Brooks has produced, recorded, composed and directed for a string of artists who relied on his pioneering style and creative approach on the stage and in the studio. With a CV… Read more

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Kato Khandwala Talks Sphere Studios and Influences

Kato Khandwala is a name synonymous with punk rock high-flyers, having produced albums for The Pretty Reckless, Blondie, Drowning Pool, and Pierce The Veil. He’s also worked with Paramore, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin and My Chemical Romance, among many others, so you know this man comes with a pedigree. Besides… Read more

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What’s In The Bag: Sarah Lipstate

Sarah Lipstate is Noveller, and with her guitar and a host of pedals, she’ll have you enchanted with her multi-textured compositions. A Pink Sunset for No One is the latest solo album she’s got out, and the 9-track epic displays Lipstate’s desire to push her ethereal sound, and pedalboards, to… Read more

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Doll Skin Talk Megadeth, Headlining Tours and The Year Ahead

 2017 played out to be a breakthrough year for Arizona pop-punk rockers Doll Skin. A headline tour, a slot with Vans Warped Tour, and the release of their first full-length album Manic Pixie Dream Girl were all a trailblazing testament to the fiery rockers’ ambitions. Achieving the perfect mix of… Read more

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What’s In The Bag: Matt Sweeney

Matt Sweeney’s run as a musician extends over two decades. He started out as a frontman for New York alt-rockers Chavez, but his knack for and versatility with guitars sees him still producing and collaborating with some of the biggest names today. Endless Boogie and Run the Jewels are just… Read more

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A Day in the Life: Fiona Silver

Fiona Silver's femme-fatale bravado has won her a lot of fans. Her debut album, aptly titled Little Thunder, is a daring fusion of soul, rock and pop that expresses a sense of revitalization; first from herself, and then into her listeners. The young songstress wasn't quite done for the year, going… Read more

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Christopher Williams of Accept Talks FlyBys and Hi-hats

There’s just no stopping Accept. The fiery rockers have decades of experience in recording and touring behind them after the breakthrough success of Balls to the Wall in 1985. The German heavy metal legends look to continue going from strength to strength with each album, and even new band members… Read more

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Dave Powers of MountainCity Talks Love and Personal Identity

Folk, pop, country, and with sprinkles of blue-eyed soul - the resulting mish-mash is an evergreen love story shared through music. MountainCity is a husband and wife duo based in Denver, Colorado. They have refashioned the love song genre, gathering over 8,000 viewers on their weekly streaming sessions. They’ve also… Read more

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The Dives Talk Heroes and a Sold-out O2 Arena

Take a listen to The Dives debut EP Everybody’s Talkin’ and you’ll understand the buzz that’s chased the new four piece rock band out of New York. Contagious riffs and frizzy hooks that are glossed with speaker-shaking production and zippy live performances, the boys have done as well for themselves… Read more

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Dan Bailey, Drummer for Father John Misty Talks Repetition and Stretching

Father John Misty’s third full-length release Pure Comedy has sent Josh Tillman and his band on multiple shows and tours, and why wouldn’t it? The record, a triumphant mish-mash of modern music, existentialism, and humanity, encourages the search for a happy ending through an eviscerating examination of Tillman’s self. Having played… Read more

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Nathan Peck Talks Musician Parents, Proudest Achievements & Push Ups

Nathan Peck’s done all a jazz musician could dream of. He’s a first-call veteran of the New York City jazz scene, flaunting it all on his upright bass, but extends his gift for grooves into the R&B, funk, rock, and hip-hop realms on his electric bass guitar. On the back… Read more

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Ken Goldstein AKA Jack Dempsey Talks Retrospection, Inspiration, and Reinvention

Taking time off recording in a studio in Los Feliz, California, Ken Goldstein chatted with us about his life on the road and his new record, Hello Breakdown. “My first solo acoustic record (Hello Breakdown) is not about a mental breakdown,” Ken explains. “It is about breaking down an old way… Read more

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“I experienced a MONO case miracle” – Steven Weinberg

At MONO we love hearing from our fans! Every now and then though, we hear from someone with such an incredible story which we not only love, but which reminds us why what we do matters. Meet Steven.... Steven plays Brad Whitford in an Aerosmith tribute band. On the 23rd… Read more

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Nick Hosford from The Outer Vibe talks Heroes, Drugs, and Pre-Gig Rituals

We sat down with Nick Hosford, lead guitarist with Nashville indie poster boys, The Outer Vibe, to have a chat about his musical heroes, keeping his fingernails in good condition and his MONO essentials. What was the moment that made you want to be a musician? Mr. Rodgers’ TV show… Read more