Osiamo Music Gear Goes International w Brazilian Samp!!!!!

Samp, 24 yo, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 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. Started to play guitar when he was 12 yo, a year after he personally met one his major influences on guitar: Jimmy Page. Sincethat day, he has never put his guitar down.

Samp kicks-off his career by the age of 19, when he started giving guitar lessons. Soon after he started doing studios sessions in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Those sessions brought a few opportunities for Samp: composing sountracks 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 a new kind of business in music: comercials.

Samp plays PICKBOY PICKS which is the pick of choice also home for artists such like Lita Ford, John Murphy, Jay Gore and Duane T.Jones.

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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!

 

Introducing the MxD Max Drive pedal from JBGuitars

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Osiamo is proud to introduce the MxD, from JBGuitars. The MxD is the most complete and comprehensive Overdrive pedal we have ever played! This is an incredibly well thought out and MxD-BOX2_SHD_1000executed unit; it covers the range from early JTM45 to JCM800 to Modded JCM800, for Modern/Heavier styles. The MxD does all of this, while being truly dynamic and maintaining the character of your guitar and amp. Playing the MxD, feels like you’re plugged into an amp and not playing a pedal.

There have been other excellent Boost, Overdrive, and Hi-Gain pedals; this is the first pedal that combines all three, in one package, with a few twists of its own. The MxD is not a copy of an old design; it’s an entirely new approach to Overdrive pedals. Besides the normal Level, Drive and Tone controls, the MxD adds SAT, MAX, SHIFT, and CLIP controls.

MxD-BOX3_SHD_1000SAT determines how saturated your signal will be. Like turning up a tube amp, SAT adds levels of thickness, gain, and sustain. SAT works independently of the DRIVE control, to give you the ultimate in tonal flexibility. Higher levels of SAT and lower levels of DRIVE deliver “pushed” Vintage amp tones; lower levels of SAT and Higher levels of DRIVE let you crank out great Classic Rock tones.
Raising both the SAT and Drive controls will put you in Metal heaven!

MAXMxD-SWITCHSIDE1_SHD_1000, when selected, sets the DRIVE and SAT controls to their maximum value (regard-
less of their knob settings); this is ideal for a Solo/Gain boost. The MAX feature can
also be set to only affect the DRIVE control.

SHIFT, in the Modern position, is perfect for adding that tight low-end bass boost. Select the Classic position, for a non-boosted bass response.

CLIPMxD-REAR_SHD_1000 gives you even more tone options. This feature allows you to switch in Diode Clipping, for even more levels of Overdrive. With CLIP turned off, the MxD sounds a little less compressed and more open.

Each MxD pedal is hand wired/assembled in the USA, using the highest quality parts and is built for Real-World use. The MxD comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The MxD features True Bypass switching.

Price $379.00
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Gaslight Anthem Hits the Road with Dr J Efx Pedals

Gaslight_Anthem_700x500Local New Jersey band Gaslight Anthem is gearing up for a 10 week fall tour in USA and Europe to promote their new record coming out next month.  They are also hitting the big screen with t.v. shows coming up as well.  The first t.v. appearance is on Letterman this Aug.18th.

When then started putting together pedal boards for the worldwide tour they went to their tech Kyle Roggendorf at Raritan Bay Guitar Repair. He recommended Dr J pedals to the band. They’ll be taking an Aerolite Comp, a Planes Walker Fuzz and a Bass Soloman Overdrive with them on tour.

We’re expecting to hear some big noise from Gaslight Anthem in the future. We’ll keep you posted on their appearances.

Click here to read more about the band.