Paul Holdgate from Ibanez Guitars, Montrose, and Greg Golden Band joins Greg Marra on this episode of the show to chat about all things Ibanez as well as Paul's years as vocalist for the legendary band Montrose. Paul and Greg discuss studio gear, the state of the music industry and the new Greg Golden Band release that is produced by Frank Hannon of Tesla.
Jeff Kollman, guitarist for Cosmosquad, Bombastic Meatbats, Glenn Hughes, Mogg/Way, Solo, etc. talks about his career from the early years touring with Edwin Dare to present day. Jeff and Greg discuss guitars and gear including Jeff's signature pedal, Kollmanation. Jeff's band, Cosmosquad, released The Morbid Tango in Spring 2017 and you'll hear an excerpt of the title track in this episode as well.
Mike K, multi-platinum record producer and guitarist for The Fell (w/Billy Sheehan on bass, Toby Rand on vocals, Randy Cooke on drums), Smash Mouth, Nelly Furtado, David Archuleta and many others joins Greg to chat about his career as a producer as well as his studio "Twelve Records Music" in Nashville. Mike is sponsored by Ibanez Guitars and Laney Amplifiers among others.
Steve Fister, guitarist for Pat Travers Band, Lita Ford, Steppenwolf and many others, talks about his career from playing non-stop on the east coast to his time as musical director and lead guitarist for Lita Ford during the heyday of the late 80's. Steve's solo work has charted in the top of the charts in the European blues market and he tours regularly in the European markets as well as the US and elsewhere. Steve and Greg talk at length about the gear Steve has used throughout his career including his endorsements with BC Rich, Ibanez, and Gibson Guitars in the past and one of his current endorsements, Godin Guitars.
Mike Varney, founder of Shrapnel Records is the guest on this episode of IMP. Mike talks new Shrapnel Records releases for 2017 and takes a trip back to the early days when he started the label as well as his Spotlight Column. Mike's column introduced the world to many of the music industry's best shred guitarists of our time. Many rare stories are told in this episode of the inner workings of Shrapnel Records as well as behind the scenes of the recordings and what is involved in operating his record label throughout the past four decades.
Guitar pedal designer, Brian Wampler of Wampler Pedals, joins Greg on this episode of IMP. Brian discusses the history of Wampler Pedals as well as his new product offerings for 2017 including the Dracarys and Ethereal pedals as well as his new pedal platform amplifier, The Bravado. Brian talks about designing a pedal for Brad Paisley and how he met him years ago at one of his concerts. Brent Mason and Tom Quayle are also other signature artists discussed on this episode.
Mike Hansen is one the music industry's most in-demand session and touring drummers in the business today and some of his credits include: George Lynch's Souls of We, Bouillet, Hurricane, A Tribute to Hendrix, Bonnie Pointer, Tribe After Tribe, Plenty Heavy and many others. Follow Mike on a lifelong journey through his career as a working musician.
Joy Basu, music producer for Lab Hits (over 2000 placements for tv and movie), discusses his career in the music business from his current position as composer and publisher to his years as resident guitarist for Jessica Simpson, music instructor at GIT and LAMA and performing for an audience of 300,000 for his solo act.