Last weekend, I had the pleasure of performing at Earache Records' 25th-anniversary label showcase in Pomona, California. The event was sponsored by Scion AV, which, in the last few years, has used its in-house record label to help promote different musical genres, including metal.
Having done many recording sessions, I've developed a routine to make sure I'm always fully prepared for the studio. By being properly prepared, you will ensure that your sessions will be an enjoyable experience and that you will impress producers and fellow musicians by being proficient and professional. Here's my checklist of studio session essentials that will help you, especially if you're new to recording.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about heavy metal that provoked a strong reaction, both positive and negative. I want to follow up on the subject to try and further share my point of view and address some of the comments it received. The most important thing to remember is that I'm just voicing an opinion, and I'm not an authority on the subject, just a fan.
I woke up this morning to some very good news. John Sykes just updated his official Facebook page. It looks like he's working on a new album that will hopefully be released soon. For those of you who know Sykes, you already know he is a phenomenal guitar player, singer and songwriter. For those who don't, here's a quick history lesson.
I decided to write a blog post dedicated to Ritchie Blackmore. Everyone knows who is. He's the guy who wrote probably the best-known guitar riff of all time. So what's he doing now? You probably know he has a project with his wife, Candice Night, appropriately titled Blackmore's Night. I'd like to dispel some misconceptions about this extremely creative project.
When I first began playing guitar, my goal was to be able to play my favorite songs. Within two years, I had developed an effective method for learning any song I wanted, no matter how technical or difficult. At this stage I began to concentrate on song writing and the creative side of music.
A record deal is the holy grail for any up-and-coming band. The truth is, the industry has changed so much in the last five years; very few bands are actually ready or suitable for a record deal. I have come up with three questions bands need to answer to see if they're ready to start approaching record labels.
Yesterday was a special day for the United States, and for me personally. I just voted for the first time in the presidential election. As I was voting, I thought about each candidate's campaign and couldn't help but think about the similarities between running for office and releasing music as an independent artist. Whether you're running for office or releasing your own music, it all comes down to self-promotion.
My name is Will Wallner. I'm a guitar player from England and now live in Los Angeles. My journey in music began with my education. I have a degree in music production from the University of Portsmouth and have also studied at Musicians Institute in Hollywood. Over the coming weeks, I'm going to share my experiences as a student and how I think going to school has helped my music career.