MonoNeon: “Try to transcribe stuff – go out and find things that you can use in your own playing”

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Heavily influenced by the art of French-American painter, sculptor and writer Marcel Duchamp, MonoNeon – also known as Dywane Thomas Jr. – has certainly become one of the more enigmatic rising stars of the bass world in recent years. 

He was one of the last musicians to work with Prince before the visionary’s passing in 2016 and has been spotted jamming with the likes of modern blues hero Eric Gales at NAMM, also performing on Gales’ latest album The Bookends.

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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).