Osiamo Music Gear Goes International, endorses Brazilian Guitarist Pedro Sampaio!

Pedro Sampaio with Antenna

Pedro Sampaio, aka, Samp, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and now 24 years old is a session guitarist, songwriter, film composer and guitar instructor. Since early childhood, Samp started digging music from his parents CDs, where he got his first influences: Eric Clapton, The Police & Pink Floyd. He started playing guitar when he was 12, a year after he personally met one his major influences on guitar, Jimmy Page. Since that day, he has never put his guitar down.

Samp kicks-off his career at 19, when he started giving guitar lessons. Soon after he started doing studios sessions in Rio de Janeiro. Those sessions brought a few opportunities for Samp. Mainly composing soundtracks for movies, and also inspired him to start his first band Antenna.

Samp recorded his first album with the band Antenna and recorded a live DVD with the band, which you can see in this teaser.

 

In 2014 Samp moved to New York City to attend an internship at the widely-known Big Foote Music + Sound studios. He recorded guitar and also got the chance to get acquainted with recording jingles for commercials.

He was introduced to Pickboy by his friend and fellow endorser John Murphy. Says Samp, “John Murphy, told me about that one.. the Pickboy Metacarbonate Pos A Grip 1.00mm, and I went mad! Best of both worlds!”

Samp plays PICKBOY picks which is the pick of choice for other successful artists such as Lita Ford, John Murphy, Jay Gore and Duane T. Jones.

Pickboy Picks, a Great Value!

2014 Pickboy Picks

Each and every day we make decisions on what to do, where to go, what to eat, and sometimes what to purchase. When making purchases we often say that something is too expensive. What does that mean? We are in fact making value judgements which includes the price and often a bunch of other factors that we use to determine if we’ll buy or pass on an item.

When we use the concept of value to make decisions sometimes the picture becomes a bit easier to see. For example, this morning did you make coffee at home, buy a cup at the local corner store or go to Starbucks? The choices are in increasing order of expense but the value with each one is different. Each takes a different amount of time, energy and costs us a different amount of money.

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What motivates us to choose the cup at home today over the cup at Starbucks later in the week? It’s value. The coffee at home today gives us a quick start to our day and doesn’t take much time and doesn’t cost that much. Later in the week when we go to Starbucks its more of a time commitment (walk, bike or drive there, wait in line, order, etc.) and of course costs us more money. But we do but and perhaps value both equally.

Getting back to Pickboy picks it’s easier to see that the price alone is not and will not be the only motivating factor in your decision to purchase or not. Since we’re talking about music and art the choice of what pick, string, guitar, amp, effects pedals etc. all becomes an artistic choice. These choices are necessarily more complex than our decision to have a coffee at home or at Starbucks. Artistic decisions involve value and also heart and soul. Most of the greats that we’ve come to know and love have sweated over all the tiny details to achieve their sound and tone. As the cliche goes, “the devil’s in the details.”

John Murphy Pickboy Artist

We like to think that Pickboy picks represent a unique value equation for guitarists. While the cost may be a bit higher, Pickboy’s attention to detail is also higher offering the player a more intimate experience with his art, music, guitar and audience.

What value decisions have you made today? What value decisions have you made that have affected your art, your music or your customers? In today’s crowded market place with many brands competing for your attention we feel that Pickboy offers one of the best value choices.

Unfortunately for musicians, the most common way many manufacturers and brands try to get your attention is to lower the price. We like to call this the “race to the bottom.” At some point you have to ask yourself is it possible to provide that product at that price. There were most definitely some short cuts taken to produce it. What were the short cuts, how will it effect your experience with the product and have you factored that into your value equation?

While other manufacturers are entering and competing in the “race to the bottom,” we at Osiamo Music Gear stand behind our brands and feel that each of them offer a superb value in the market place. We evaluate each product to make sure it provides a food value and furthers the journey to help musicians express themselves fully.

What is your dream? To perform in front of thousands, play that perfect solo, record a hit single or album? Whatever your dream is, remember, make decisions that further your dream each and every day.

The choice is always yours so choose wisely.

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Dr J Effect Pedals Now Only $99

Dr J 2014 Line Up

One of the best values in effects pedals just got even better. A boutique effect pedal for only $99? Sounds unbelievable but it’s true.

Dr. J brings “Boutique” tone and vibe to the masses, at a price any musician can afford. With new, lower pricing, any musician can have the tone and features of much more expensive effect pedals.

  • Studio quality effects, for $99!
  • 9 extremely musical, intuitive, and useful effects.

Since we lowered the price just one month ago on our Dr J effect line the reviews are starting to come in and it’s all good. Many stores and players are commenting on the quality, build and transparent tone of the pedals.

“Just had a chance to sit down with the Dr. J pedals and they are pretty awesome man. Some of the knobs aren’t as expressive as I expected. Surprisingly clean and transparent. My favorites are the Sparrow and Green Crystal. Can’t wait to get these in the hands of customers.”
Brandon Sato, Easy Music Honolulu HI
“Dr. J pedals have been a huge success in our small music shop. You don’t have to “sell” their pedals, they sell themselves. Have a customer plug in a Green Crystal or a Shadow Echo, and they’re immediately mesmerized by the tone, build and overall quality. Great pedals, a must have for music retail stores!”
Scottie Frier, Shem Creek

Check out this video review of the Shadow Echo by Andy of ProGuitarShop.com.

 

Click here to learn more about Dr J effect pedals.

5 Questions with Stew Cutler


1) For those not familiar tell us a bit about your career?

I am guitarist / recording artist living in New York.  I have 5 CDs out either on the Fountainbleu or Naim labels- the last recording, “After Hours”,  I released independently. I have played a lot Blues, Soul, Jazz and Gospel music with a wide variety of artists. I have been fortunate to have been able to work and travel as much as I have in my career.

2) What do you see coming up for the future of music?

As for what I see in the future in music- I guess Stew Cutler at Montreux Jazz Clubthere is already a bit of a divide between the “product” that gets churned out by the major record companies, some of which is great, but a lot is nonsense – and actual heartfelt music which will find its own audience. Kinda like fast food or factory farmed food, which gets pushed on us versus organic food which people want and have searched out to the point that organic and non GMO foods have become an industry on their own.

3) What role has music education played in your life?

As far as my own music education I am a self taught musician. I did have many people help me in an informal way, notably guitarist James Clark, but there have been many others. If you are following this path, keeping your mouth shut and ears open is a good rule to follow. It would be nice to see music education make a bit of a comeback in public schools.

4) Why are you using Mooer pedals?

The Mooer pedals are light weight and great sounding. They are especially great if you are traveling, as we all know air travel is becoming more difficult! But I use the pedals in the city too, On gigs on sessions etc, they are really nice sounding. (Ed note: Stew uses the Mooer Yellow Comp, Trelicopter, Ana Echo and Flex Boost)

5) What future projects do you have coming up?

I have a steady gig ay a place called Arthur’s stewcutler guitarTavern here in NYC. I want to record that band, maybe do a live disc, I also want to do a “family band” recording with my wife who sang on ‘So Many Streams” my third disc, my son who is very busy as a bass player in New York and plays on one song on “After Hours” and my daughter who sings and plays with a group called “Small Wonder”, as well as doing her own gigs under the name, “Yours are the Only Ears”.

Thanks for reading our interview with Stew. We really appreciate you checking out our site and your interest in Mooer pedals. This weekend use this code MOOERSC and get free shipping (US orders only) on your purchase of any Mooer pedal. Click below to start shopping.

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Tone Quest, Does the Pick Matter?

Exotic PicksIn our seemingly never ending quest to achieve “The Tone” we sometimes overlook the primary generator: the pick. A small, relatively inexpensive, disposable and perhaps easily overlooked component of our sound, the pick has for many years taken a backseat to the more glamorous and expensive bits – guitars and amps – the multitude of effect pedals, the vast selection of strings, cables, pickups and on and on. But if you stop to think about it, the pick is what strikes the strings and produces the attack and causes the vibration which sets the whole tone chain in motion.

There are many variables that go into making a guitar pick. Material, thickness or gauge, shape, grip surface and numerous other aspects are now considered when a company designs a pick today. We’ll be looking into each of these attributes over the next few posts and what characteristics they can impart to your tone.

Traditionally guitar picks were made from natural materials like wood, stone, quills and of course tortoise shell. For anyone that’s done a bit of research it seems that most players will agree natural tortoise tone is the end all of tone. We’ve been exploring some alternative materials in the past few years and feel that we’ve some good alternatives.

  • Ebony Wood : a hard wood that has a sharper attack but still warm tone.
  • Box Wood : nice even warm tone and quiet attack.
  • Bone : hard with bright attack and tighter tone.
  • Rose Wood : warm attack and tone.
  • Horn : a bit of punch on the attack and nice mid tones

To get you started on your tone quest we’ve put together a sampler pack of our Exotic picks. One each of the above materials for the special price of $19.95. Just click on the below button, put the item in your cart and shipping is FREE! (US orders only)

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The New Soul Shiver from Mooer

Mooer Soul Shiver

Be the first on your block to add the new Mooer Soul Shiver to your pedal board. We just received this new pedal from Mooer at our warehouse yesterday and it’s very cool and very ’60’s. The new Soul Shiver from Mooer Audio features 3 modulation effects: Chorus, Vibrato, and Rotary. The Soul Shiver captures the psychedelic vibe of the late 60’s with a warm and psychedelic chorus, a wide range vibrato effect, and a really fantastic rotary speaker effect.Mooer PCZ connector

We’re shipping the Soul Shiver starting today, Friday 8th of August. And if you place your order this weekend we’ll throw in a free Mooer PCZ connector so you can hook up your new Soul Shiver your other Mooer pedals. Copy and paste this code to in your shopping cart – SOULPCZ - when you place your order and get the Mooer PCZ for Free!

Have a fantastic weekend and a great gig! And if you’re interested in the Soul Shiver + the PCZ connector for FREE, click on the button below now to get it in time for next weekend’s gig.


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Demolition of the Chocolate Apocalypse

Pickboy Artist John Murphy

Back in April of this calendar year we revived a communication through our Facebook/Pickboy page from a young guitarist named John Murphy. Let me preface this all by mentioning that we receive  solicitations for endorsement and/or sponsorship on a daily basis.

Rarely do these amount to more than something like this: “This is Bobby Fastfingers and I play for Demolition of the Chocolate Apocalypse. Give me something for free because everybody who sees me play in my garage thinks I’m great”

Well John Murphy wrote, “I play in a band named Dynamo and we just cut a live CD at Ocean Ways Studio.” Needless to say he had pinged my musical attention radar. So I responded, “Send me your EPK to my email address. Usually this separates the pretenders from the alphas. If you don’t know what an EPK is you can’t send it.

The next day I receive John’s Electronic Press Kit in my inbox. Here’s his opening paragraph:

“My name is John Murphy, I am a 24 year old Nashville based guitarist. Fellow musicians have encouraged me to reach out to you and inquire about getting an artist sponsorship.  After every performance I do, guitarists ask me about my gear and even go as far as to take pictures of my set up and ask if I could loan them some of the picks I use. I have been using mainly your Pos-a-Grip 1.5mm and the carbon/nylon 1.14mm picks and they have been amazing.”

He was even gracious enough to indicate the exact time his solo started in the first video!

“I solo at 2:22″

I figured I’d start there and if he didn’t burn I’d blow him off. I have a stock ‘you’re making great progress, not what we are looking for, keep us posted of your future…..’ rejection letter ready to send. I would not be hitting the send button on that letter that day. What I heard knocked my socks off!

There seems to be a movement of late of bands that can actually play. They make music that matter. Bands like Snarky Puppy and Dirty Loops are putting emphasis song writing, tight arrangements and tasteful soloing.

Dynamo is absolutely in this same class.

https://www.facebook.com/DynamoMusic

Every now and then a band or artist comes along that gives us hope that there is still great music being created. It’s our jobs as listeners and fans to seek out and support the best of the music that speaks to us. John Murphy and Dynamo are sharks in an ocean of musically inferior minnows.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Pickboy Endorsee John Murphy!