Viewers would regularly host their own MTV parties, tune in for Friday Night video fights and experience unprecedented musical events such as Live Aid. The MTV phenomenon was so big that Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler referenced the channel, incorporating its "I want my MTV" slogan in the band’s massive 1985 hit, "Money For Nothing.”
I don’t really separate things. I love music and I love aesthetic art as well. I feel like there’s a thread between visual art and music. Sometimes a designer can give me a similar feeling and impact me as strongly as hearing a really cool song or a really great guitar player.
On January 21, guitarist Monte Pittman — who is best known for his work with Prong and Madonna — dropped his third album, The Power of Three, through Metal Blade Records. We recently caught up with Pittman between gigs to discuss his new album, what it's like to play for Madonna and, of course, his gear. Here’s what he had to say.
On February 18, tenacious rockers Skindred released a new album, Kill The Power, via Red River Entertainment/Sony RED. The disc is getting rave reviews across the board. We recently tracked down Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus — as he was gearing up for a tour with Seether and Black Stone Cherry — and subjected him to our "five questions" treatment. You can check out our conversation below.
The 1970 album Black Sabbath introduced the world to four English gents who would go down as the greatest, most influential heavy metal band in history. Twenty-two years later, the band’s hand of doom, Tony Iommi, continues to compose the most withering riffs this side of Hades.
Goldstein was involved in the design and release of Logic Pro X and helped create the R&B and hip-hop drum kits available to users in Drummer, a new virtual instrument introduced in the Pro X version of Logic. He's currently working with the Roots on their upcoming album, tentatively titled & Then You Shoot Your Cousin.