Jeff Pevar Exclusive Interview

Jeff Pevar

Jeff Pevar

Can you tell us a bit about your musical background?
I have been quite fortunate, as I knew that I wanted to make a career out of playing music in my early teens. I actually stated playing  in clubs when I was 15 (I was tall for my age). As the days have gone by I have played with scores of fantastic artists such as, Ray Charles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, David Foster, Rickie Lee Jones, Jimmy Webb, Marc Cohn, Phil Lesh, Jazz Is Dead, Jefferson Starship and many others.

I am a self taught musician and I would like to consider myself proficient in many styles, which is one reason that I have been able to stay busy as I have. The “classes” I ended up missing by leaving high school in my teens, I sort of re-created by manifesting all sorts of musical opportunities with established artists. So, in a way, I just redirected my course of studies. Between learning hundreds of songs for the various artists I have, and also learning how to be a supportive and sought after musician, is a wonderful opportunity to sink yer teeth into.

I feel quite blessed with all the opportunities that have presented themselves though my dedication to following my dreams and desires.

What are you presently working on?
I released my first record a couple months ago. It’s quite a story.

I received an invitation to compose music for a PBS documentary on the Oregon Caves National Monument. After I agreed to take on the project I was presented with the unique opportunity to record my original music in the Oregon Caves themselves!

I decided not to prepare anything in advance as I had a premonition that recording there would strongly influence my improvisations. I went in with no idea what I was going to do, and 12 compositions were spontaneously conceived, one after the other, while in the caves.

The staff at the Oregon Caves National Monument inquired if I would consider releasing the music I wrote for the documentary, as a CD of its own. The concept of turning these improvisations into complete arrangements, much less a debut release, wasn’t at all a consideration previously, yet, to my surprise and delight, a lifelong quest was realized. Up until this time, the daunting task of deciding what music might possibly be included on a debut project of my own had eluded me. Now in one fateful, fruitful three-hour visit to the Oregon Caves, this wish had been visualized, crystallized and documented.

Rather than release this debut as a solo guitar record only, I chose to overdub additional instruments in my home studio. While most of the instruments heard on these songs are overdubbed performances of my own, as the project evolved, I invited a number of special guests to add their unique flavor on selected songs, including one of my favorite vocalists and composers, Jon Anderson, best known from his work with the band YES, who co-wrote lyrics and sings on one of the songs “River Of Dreams”. It has given me a faith that more is available to us than we could ever imagine, if we trust to call on it. The record is called “From The Core.”

More info is at and there is a promo video on YouTube.

What do you think of the current state of the musical industry?
I think the fact that musicians have so much more power to produce, record, distribute and advertise music on their own, makes it an exciting time. Whle technology has been both a blessing and a curse, I am an optimist, and the fact remains that world needs inspiration and creativity to save it from itself. Hopefully as time goes on people will realize more how essential it is. may do,,,and many take it for granted.
All in all, I think that it’s an amazing time to be alive.

Jeff Pevar

Jeff on the “dusty end”

What’s coming up in the future for you?
I have my fingers in a lot of pies. I have been scoring films, making records, touring with various artists and all of those things I would  like to think that I am getting better and better at, so I am planning on doing all these things that I enjoy and am passionate about as Iong as I am breathing.  I like the saying “The only limitation is our imaginations” and my imagination runs wild, so I am quite excited about the days to come.

What attracted you to Mooer pedals?
I love the fact that I can have a pedal board with so many great effects and also at such a reduced size and weight than other pedals that usually don’t even sound as good! As soon as I heard them I had to get a bunch of em and I want to hear them all! Thanks to Mooer for making such a great product that it doesn’t break the bank or your back!

John Bendy Exclusive Interview

John Bendy and Mike Bendy1) Tell us about your musical background?

There was always music in the house. Neither one of my parents play instruments but they turned all three of us kids onto artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana and Stevie Wonder. I remember being five and hearing Jimi’s version of the Star Spangled Banned. My brother and I would listen to it on repeat completely entranced by the sounds he was able to manifest through his instrument. My dad would blast Wilson Pickett’s version of ‘Hey Jude’ featuring Duane Allman on the guitar all over Brooklyn in his blue Ford Van. The first guitar player I remember hearing and realizing it was a guitar was Chuck Berry doing Johnny B Goode. Everyone in my family calls me Johnny, that was my cue.

I started playing guitar at around age ten or eleven. This was the early 1990’s so there was cool guitar stuff happening on MTV such as Nirvana, Metallica’s black album had just come out as well as Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’. I was able to dig into that and add that to my bag as well. It was about that same time that my brother and I heard Jaco Pastorius’ debut solo album which devastated us and led us to jazz. I also heard Stevie Ray Vaughan around that same time which led me to the three Kings as well as Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters. I love James Brown, Bob Marley and those old records by The Meters. I don’t discriminate. If it’s good and honest I’m all over it. I love it all.

2) What are you working on now?

The main goal from here on out is focusing on Bendy Effect, a group I lead with my brother. Since getting sober I’ve realized how much time I’ve squandered. It’s sad that in this business it’s the norm to be wasted on and off stage. Real musicians are conduits. The great stuff doesn’t come from you, it comes through you. Your vessel is merely the vehicle. It’s just that it’s easier for most people to get out of there own way after they indulge in chemicals. I’m here to tell you they are not necessary for any of the the magic to occur. You are not your body, you are the eternal light which illumines it.

3) What is the role of education in music?

I’ve had no formal education in music. I have taken a handful of lessons from a guitarist out of Warwick, NY named Jeff Ciampa when I was 18. He was at Berklee when Pat Metheny taught there for a minute in the 1970’s. He was one of Pat’s students. He turned me on to the Major scale and its modes, the Melodic and Harmonic minor and Diminished scales and the harmony behind them all. He put me to work big time. He opened my eyes to a lot of things that I am still working on fourteen years later. He taught me how to practice. Thank you Jeff.

Knowledge is power. Feed your head. Never stop learning. Never be satisfied but don’t beat yourself up too hard over it. There is information that you have to acquire in order to evolve. You can learn it in school or through a great private teacher but you still have to do the work. You get out what you put in. In school it’s all condensed. What might take you twenty years to acquire on a bandstand you get in four. But you still have to do the work. That said you can practice all you want on your own but where it counts is up on the stage in front of the audience. There are plenty of cats who sound amazing in their bedrooms but that don’t mean scat.

I was accepted to Berklee when I was twenty years old but didn’t have the scratch to go. The thought of being tens of thousands of dollars in debt frightened me. When I was twenty I met Michael Brecker and he told me “Take every gig that is offered to you. Every gig. You might be on a polka gig and the drummer might be a super bad mutha like Jeff Tain Watts” You dig!? So I really took that to heart and I took every gig that was offered to me and continue to do so. My motto is if you are the best player in the band you are in the wrong band. Loosing the fear of playing with great musicians when you have insecurities is imperative. We are humans first. The people that I have met that are the baddest killin muthas on the bandstand are some of the nicest cats I’ve ever met in my life.

4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?

It is what it is. My intention has never been to be some rich rock star. If I had been one in my 20’s I’d be dead already, no doubt in my mind. I want to make people feel the way I felt when I heard Jimi, and Stevie, and Jaco. My main focus has always been the gig and taking people to a place where they are bathed in sound and forget their problems and worries. If the music makes you shake your ass and gives you goosebumps my job is done. All that other stuff is your ego screaming for validation.

5) Why do use Mooer pedals?

Tone for days, and they don’t weigh down my gig bag like other pedals!!! Rawn is one of the nicest cats I’ve met and Mooer has been nothing but supportive since day one.

The Tone King Reviews 5 New Mooer Pedals

As a grande finale to the “30 Pedals in 30 Days 2012,” The Tone King reviewed a mini-board of our Mooer micro pedals. You can check out the video here on YouTube or at The Tone King.

Louis gives 5 of our newest pedals a comprehensive review including the Funky Monkey, the Rage Machine, the Repeater, the Acoustikar and the Lofi Machine. Next he gives us some nice combos so we can hear what the pedals sound like together in combination.

If you haven’t check out The Tone King you should. It’s a really informative site with many in-depth and comprehensive reviews.

CMJ / The Deli Stomp Box Exhibit

The Deli Stomp Box Exhibit

The heavy rains came on Friday but could not wash away the masses. The CMJ Stomp Box Exhibit by The Deli was a huge smash. It seemed like every pedal manufacturer was present. As always the small foot print and price point of Mooer micro series of pedals was big attraction. All the pedalboard stations were routed through headphones. Main Drag Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was crowded but not overly loud. That was quite refreshing. The next Deli event with be 2013 SXSW in Austin, TX. See you there!

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A special thanks to Paolo at The Deli and to PedalTrain, Line6, and Shure for providing gear to make the event possible.

Exclusive interview with Nat Janoff

Nat Janoff

1) Tell us about your musical background?
I started playing piano when I was 6 then at 9 I started playing electric bass. At 11 I started playing electric guitar. When I saw Eddie Van Halen on MTV that did it for me!!! I just said that’s the sound I’m hearing in my head! It was the live video of the tune “So This Is Love” by Van Halen that changed something for me. But after digging rock, I just realized I loved improvising and that led me into jazz.

2) What are you working on now?
I’m constantly working all the elements of music. I’m also writing music for various Groups. Berkana an AMAZING funk/Jazz group, The Nat Janoff Group which can be a Trio, Quartet, or even Quintet. A trio with Tony Cimorosi a great bassist and Koko Bermejo a great drummer!!!! I also have a wonderful duo with Teymur Phell- an amazing bassist from Israel. He lives in NYC right now and has a regular gig with guitar legend Mike Stern.

3) What is the role of education in music?
I think it is there to bring awareness to all the AMAZING music in the world. And if you play an instrument there are more ways to learn than ever before!

4) How do you feel about the current ‘state of the music industry’?
Well there are more ways to promote and get your music out there than ever before. I think it is still going to evolve a lot though.

5) Why do use Mooer Pedals?
They sound AMAZING,they’re an innovative company and very forward thinking. Plus Rawn is TOTALLY AWESOME!

Osiamo shows Mooer micro pedals at 2012 CMJ / Deli Stomp Box Exhibit

Mooer pedal board at 2012 CMJ Stomp Box Exhibit

Osiamo is showing a Mooer micro pedal board at this year’s CMJ / Deli Stomp Box Exhibit. The event is being held at Main Drag Music in Brooklyn NY on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 from 12pm-9pm each day.

We fit an incredible 21 pedals on a board! The Mooer micro pedals are an incredible value and space saver.

Just bring your guitar to the event and plug and play. It’s that simple. For more details about the event click here.

Hipster’s Kill 55 Bar!

The Hipster Assassins bought their unique brand of fusion into the 55 Bar and took no prisoners. The bass tandem of Mike Bendy and Feliz Pastorius show and incredible knack of staying out of each others way. Mike used his UltraStrap playing his Xotic 5 string through Phil Jones Cabs. John Bendy tore up the night on guitar as usual. His combination of funk, blues and rock is perfect in this lineup. John employed his Mooer micro series Hustle Drive when he needed to turn it up a notch!

Stay tuned for announcements of upcoming gigs and check out their website:

Mooer Adds 9 New Pedals to Micro Series

Nine New Pedals from Mooer

Mooer introduces 9 new pedals to the US market this month! The Mooer micro series keeps growing and getting better. The 9 new pedals really round out the line: Blue Faze, Blues Crab, Eleclady, Flex Boost, Pure Boost, Ninety Orange, Triangle Buff, Reecho, and Trelicopter.

We are shipping the 9 new pedals now. Contact Jeremy Johnson at 347.707.1019 or email him at jeremy (at) to get some of these hot new pedals on order.

Click here to see the entire line of Mooer micro pedals from Osiamo LLC.