Alain Johannes: "I love the immediacy of acoustic instruments but I love the crazy worlds you can create with pedals - all I’m looking for is honesty and rawness"

Alain Johannes
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“I’m stuck in Santiago... I’ve been here since March and apparently I can’t leave,” begins alternative rock mastermind Alain Johannes, when Guitar World calls right in the middle of a global lockdown few could have predicted. 

“I set off on my solo tour and stopped in Santiago to play with my trio and some friends, honoring Euphoria Morning - the record Natasha Schneider and I were part of with Chris [Cornell]. We were a week into rehearsals and it all started, though I guess it had started way before that...

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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).