Nate Lopez and his 8 Strings

Nate Lopez came to our attention through EMGtv on YouTube. He was already using several Mooer pedals in his pedal board and we hooked him with a Soul Shiver pedal!

He has some big fans out in the Bay area and was nominated this summer for best jazz artist in the North Bay at www.bohemian.com.

Some accolades…

“You will note this 7 and 8 String guitarist uses every aspect of the guitar to play bass, rhythm and lead making him a one man band.” – Positively Petaluma

“To Say Nate Lopez just plays guitar is an understatement.” – Curtis Kim KSRO

Nate Lopez writes full arrangements for his 7 and 8 strings guitars. In addition to his jazz, funk, blues inspired originals, Nate specializes in instrumental arrangements of popular classics by groups from Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, to Daft Punk. Says Nate, “the extended range of my 7 and 8 string guitars allow me to play the bass, chords, and melody simultaneously. This gives me complete control of the music.”

Nate has been playing all over California for over a decade at many venues including recently Earthfest L.A., Winter NAMM, The Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz, Laguna Beach Jazz and Art Festival, Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, Reno Jazz festival, and countless wineries.

He is also been a featured artist on radio stations KRSH, KBBF, KVYN and KGGV. Here is on on EMGtv:

Nate studied Jazz and Classical music at Solano College, then went on to study North Indian Classical Music at the Ali Akbar College of music. Over the years, Nate has acquired a broad array of musical interests and skills, and is always exploring different sounds and experiences!

Click here to learn more about Nate at his Osiamo Artist page.

Introducing Neal!

Neal Walter

Please welcome Neal Walter, the newest member of the Osiamo team.

For the past 5 years Neal has been the spokesperson for guitartricks.com, the internet’s first multimedia guitar lesson website.   If his face looks familiar, you may have seen one of his 150 guitar lesson videos on YouTube, or his marketing videos for Guitar Tricks, which have been viewed millions of times in over 250 countries.   If you’re our dealer you may have talked to Neal on the phone already.

We asked him what he had to say about the new job and this is what he said: “One thing I like about working for Osiamo is that there’s a heart and soul at the company.  Ed, Rawn, and Jeremy really care about customer service, they’re honest, loyal people who appreciate offering value to guitar and bass players.  Plus they’re just fun guys!  I’m happy to be able to add a guitar players point of view, as a consumer, and as a pro player.  I think it’s cool that everyone at Osiamo is a gigging musician and has been for years.

I like that Pickboy is made in Japan and it has been around since ’67.  Like Guitar Tricks, Pickboy is one of the originals,  and I feel like more guitar players need to know about them. ”

Neal’s previous work, includes guitar lessons, product reviews, giveaways, NAMM coverage and interviews with Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Dweezil Zappa, Orianthi, Tony Levin, Paul Reed Smith and more.

Neal is based out of L.A., if you have a store in the area and would like Neal to stop by for a product demo or just to say “hi”,  let us know!  He’s already making the rounds and he’d like to meet you too!

Stay tuned here and to the Osiamo newsletter for the next wave of product videos, guitar tips and surprises from Neal.

In fact, here’s the first one:

Exclusive Interview with Mooer Artist Tommy Bolan

Tommy Bolan Mooer Pure Octave Eleclady LoFi

For those of us who aren’t hip give a us a brief background on you?

I am probably best known as the lead guitarist of the German heavy metal band “WARLOCK” (with Doro Pesch). I played on and did the World Tour and video for the Platinum/Gold selling Album “Triumph and Agony.”

What are you doing musically present?

I have my own band that I front called, N.Y.C (I sing lead vocals and play lead guitar), and I am also the lead guitarist of The Richie Ramone Band (original drummer of Ramones). I also sing lead vocals on many Ramones classics in our live show.

What’s coming up for you in the future?

A World Tour in support of the new Richie Ramone Band CD coming out called “Entitled.” It was mixed by Mark Needham (Pink, Killers, etc) and mastered by Stephen Marcussen (Prince, Stones, etc). I co-wrote on the disc as well. I am aslo writing the NEW NYC CD that is set to be produced by Grammy Nominated Producer Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Zombie, Otep, etc).

What do you think of the state of the music industry?

It has gotten tougher, as the industry has “splintered” in so many directions as far as A/R and actual labels and the way they sign bands now or even consider them.

Why do you use Mooer pedals?

Small size, BIG sound and pedal board friendly.

Exclusive Interview with Johnny Reno Prentice

Tell us about your musical background
My whole family are professional musicians, so I grew up surrounded by music and musicians. I didn’t get interested until I was 12, and I wanted to play the real guitar because I sucked at Guitar Hero. Once I started being able to play just a little, it became all I wanted to do, and I played all the time, even gave my PS2 away so I’d spend more time on the guitar! I started going to a lot of recording sessions with my Dad and all these amazing, world class guitar players were really cool to me and very supportive. I still learn a lot from them.

What are you working on now?
My main project is my own band, the BOY WONDER BAND, (www.boywonderband.com) where I get to play with a total badass band of seasoned pros, who are all like family, except for my brother, who IS my family. We play regularly at BB King’s in Nashville and it’s made me have to learn how to think on my feet and manage my energy for a four hour gig. I’m also trying to get comfortable with all the genres of music like jazz, fusion, country, funk, R&B and soul music.

What is the role of education in music?
I always hated school, but I like learning… well, guitar at least. I’m home schooled and so I’m kinda in music school all the time, minus the girls, for now. For real, I spend at least five hours a day playing. Unlike regular school, I also get to study with really great musicians and music is what I want to do for a living anyway. Other than playing the guitar, I’m kinda useless, so it’s a good thing I have a regular gig!

How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
That doesn’t really concern me yet and my total focus is on being the best player I can possibly be. All my mentors tell me that’s the only important thing at this point.

Why do use Mooer pedals?
1) they sound awesome,
2) they are tiny,
3) they’re TRUE BYPASS!!!!! and
4) Rawn is easily one of the the coolest guys out there!

For more information about Johnny and Boy Wonder Band visit : www.boywonderbluesband.com

For more information about Mooer pedals visit : www.osiamo.com