Northlane: "There’s definitely a place for alternate picking, but it’s better to try and down-pick everything you can"

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Since forming only a decade ago, Sydney tech-metal quintet Northlane have become one of the Australian metal scene’s fastest-rising powerhouses. On home soil they’ve topped the album charts, with a solid track record for landing in the top five, and their popularity further afield has seen them climb up festival billings with natural and relative ease.

A few hours ahead of one of their biggest European headliners to date - a sold-out show at Electric Brixton - guitarists Jon Deiley and Josh Smith are giving Guitar World the lowdown on their ultimate Kemper hack. It’s something that seems incredibly obvious, though for one reason or another isn’t yet common practice among most users of the ever-thriving profiling unit...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).