Alpha Rev rocks Bowery Ballroom 4/25/2013

Alpha Rev, featuring Zak Loy on guitar, brought their version of sonic mastery to the Bowery Ballroom last week in NYC. The band played 8 melodic songs in their sold out performance including one completely acoustic song without any PA support from the venue. Osiamo endorsee Zak Loy played several guitars through Mooer micro pedals and picked with Pickboy picks to make it all happen!

Be sure to see Alpha Rev when they come to a city near you.

Stay tuned to www.osiamo.com for Alpha Rev’s tour schedule!

Alpha Rev Bowery Ballroom

Dealer Spotlight : Rogue Music NYC

Clay Rogue MusicStarting this month, May 2013,  we will feature one of our dealers on our blog. First up is Rogue Music, NY, NY. Rogue Music was born way back in 1983. Rogue started dealing used gear and today claims “the world’s largest single store inventory of used gear.” We asked Clay some questions about business.

How long has Rogue been in business?
30 years established 1983

How long have you been affiliated with Rogue?
24 established 1989

Why is Mooer doing so well at Rogue?
Excellent product, they sound great, perfect size, it’s something the salesmen are behind 100%.

How does the future of music stores look?
“The rent’s too damn high!” We are in a better position to compete because we buy and sell used gear in a big way. You have to focus on your strengths.

New Mooer pedal endorser Tony Natalizio

Tony Natalizio
Tony Natalizio is a lifelong student of music. He strives to continuously grow and change as a musician, which drives his intense urge to succeed. Tony is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Wooster, Ohio (now living in Burlington, NC). Blues, jazz, and country inspire his musical style.

Tony plays guitar and sings in Sentenza, whom released their self-titled, debut CD in July 2012. He is a regional performer playing with Sentenza and several other acts in North Carolina and surrounding states. With a goal of being involved in as many projects as possible, he has performed with many great players in North Carolina. Tony also teaches guitar lessons at Shomaker Guitars in Burlington, NC.

His first musical instrument was the saxophone, which he played in the school band. This was an important step in his music career. He learned to read music and perform at a young age. When he was 12, he received a guitar and started to teach himself how to play. After being self-taught for many years, Tony called upon local players for lessons to take his playing to another level. He continues to study and learn so that he may become as diverse as possible, and even has an Associate’s degree in recording engineering from Guilford Technical Community College in High Point, North Carolina.

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 www.pevar.com 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.