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”.

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Demolition of the Chocolate Apocalypse

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Back in April of this calendar year we revived a communication through our Facebook/Pickboy page from a young guitarist named JJ 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 JJ 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 JJ’s Electronic Press Kit in my inbox. Here’s his opening paragraph:

“My name is JJ 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.

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. JJ Murphy and Dynamo are sharks in an ocean of musically inferior minnows.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce Pickboy endorsee, JJ Murphy!

Click here to learn more about JJ Murphy and Dynamo.

 

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.

Marcelo Rosa with Mooer Pedals!!!!

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Since 2004 I teach guitar lessons. The experience of teaching was certainly a fundamental factor in my development, both professional and personal, because music can be an interesting tool in the process of self-knowledge, presenting benefits in other areas of life. An oriental proverb defines my experience as a teacher in a way that I find very interesting: “Students are teachers and teachers are students.”

Currently I teach at GTR Instituto de Música (Florianópolis/SC) and Fusion Escola de Música (São José / SC), and I am promoting my first instrumental work through concerts, workshops and master classes.

Discography 

Marcelo Rosa – Síntese [EP] (2013)
Heavy Metal Machines (Game) – Original Soundtrack (2013)
Fortress – América [EP] (2013)
Fortress – Shatter This Prison [EP] (2011)
Mindborn – Searching For Dreams [Single] (2008)

Bruce Bouillet adds Mooer micro

From Racer X to his new project The Order of Control, Bruce Bouillet has accomplished lots with his excellent guitar playing. Now Bruce has joined the Micro pedal revolution. He’s added 5 Mooer pedals to his pedal arsenal: Pitch Box, Mod Factory, Funky Monkey, Lofi Machine, and Micro Power.

Here’s a picture of his Mooer setup.

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Read more about Bruce and what he’s been up to here.

Learn more about Mooer pedals here.