Check him out with his band Dynamo
Check him out with his band Dynamo
We had a chance this week to catch up with one our favorite players and all around great guy, Duane T Jones. Duane is the founder and guitar player for Swirl. And right now you can vote Swirl “Band of the Month” on Firebrand Rock Radio. Duane plays a Pickboy MetaCarb Pos A Grip. You can read more about Duane here on his Osiamo artist page.
Tell us a bit about your musical background?
I’ve been playing guitar since age six taught by a local genius in the Bronx names Richie Giorgianni, was lucky enough to go to F.H. Laguardia Performing Arts High School and then study with some amazing masters at the Berklee College of Music where I was in a jazz fusion ensemble with 3 of the members of Imagine Dragons (Wayne, Ben, and Dan. Ben makes amazing cinnamon rolls.). I’ve since then had the pleasure of playing with many of NYC’s phenomenal up and coming artists like Nisha Asnani and Mario Spinetti. I’ll play with pretty much anyone, I just love sharing the experience. I’ve played in jazz bands, dance bands, rock/funk bands, big bands, kirtan combos in yoga studios, solo as a one-man band, with improv comedians, theater orchestras, my own vegas style shows, and much more. I enjoy playing in hospitals, retirement homes, prisons, rehabs and delivering live music to people that can’t afford it or aren’t able to go out and hear it. I love to play pretty much all styles of music and see all vibrations as being created equal, but especially like really spaced out soulful music that has a phat pocket groove with a catchy melody and room for improv with an eastern undertone that sounds like it was spat out by an extraterrestrial aboriginee. I recently went on a tour with Brother Joscephus and The Love Revolution and had a blast playing with them. If you haven’t heard them, go see them live. It’s an amazing experience.
I’m currently working on cruises in Australia and New Zealand as a one-man-act with a loop station. I loop guitar, bass, vocals, beat box, world percussion, household items and an iPod synth attached to my guitar with velcro while doing sorcery, mind reading, pranks, yodeling, vocal toning, animal noises on guitar, and a lil’ comedy and speaking about holistic health and transcendence.
I’ve designed my own guitar along with Godin called Aurora. She’s got a killswitch, sustaniac pickup, Stets Bar tremolo system, Slidefly slide holster, bone nut, harmonic overtone switch, and an iPod holder for synth and sound effects. If James Bond had a guitar, I’m pretty sure he’d want this one haha. It’s a blast.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I am working on an album trilogy with my band of extraterrestrial, inter-dimensional shamans called the KoZmiK CoLLeCtive. They and others like myself are part of a sleeper cell of a secret agency from the 9th Dimension called L.O.V.E. that zips through the inter-dimensional multiverse to spread love, color and liberation among it’s many inhabitants. We’ve currently been driving around these earth-body machines to create a traveling sound healing festival on Earth that will incorporate vibrational sciences, integral education, holistic health, transcendental practices, performance and visual art, and more along with some and kick-ass music to heal people, empower them and bring out their love and special abilities. Check out some of the the music at www.jonnymantra.com.
We’ve recently patented an exciting new type of guitar slide called the Java Slide that’s really going to shake up the music world. We’re currently looking for a partner to team up with or license the patent to. You can check out the video.
I’m also working on an instructional video called “Strange Guitar” that will display tons of unorthodox, but useful tricks on the instrument along with some of the ones that players may have overlooked as well as another video on the topic of “Ultra-Creative Solo Guitar” that will hopefully extrapolate some fun new ideas out of solo musicians and bands alike. Check out some of the ensuing music and mischief at www.jonnymantra.com.
How would you describe the state of music right now?
As for the state of music right now, I think there’s just so much going on and so much to explore. The quickly emerging technologies, population boom, growing cosmic awareness and the most access to culture and information that we’ve ever had can shine many paths to walk along if the interest of the individual is there. As long as the spirit of creativity and authenticity are kept alive and we don’t forget where we’ve come from, we can expect lots of new and beautiful musical colors to emerge. I do think that music as a service to humanity, nature, and the universe has an infinite amount of implications that have yet to be explored by many. I feel that the more people think outside of the box while creating music, but do it in an accessible way, the bigger the impact it can have on a wider audience and raise the center of gravity of awareness and musical intelligence. The only way to charm a snake out of her basket is to first play her what she likes. Then you can show her the many colors and lights of your world. (Piss her off and you might get a bite on your ass filled with venom.)
What’s coming up for you in the future?
In the near future I will be traveling all over the US with in my funky camper-party-van named “Iris the Space Van Love Machine” performing everywhere so look out for us this Summer 2014. We plan on visiting Eco-villages, Native American Reservations, festivals, bars, clubs, hospitals, random streets and subway stations, ashrams, temples, churches, parks, crop circles, vortexes and anywhere we can play and meet some really cool people and jam with some sweet musicians while picking up talent for the KoZmic CoLLeCtive Festivals. We’ll need all the help we can get :). Videos and dates will be posted at http://www.jonnymantra.com . In the long term, I’m looking to run a Cafe/Healing Concert Venue/ Hostel/Permaculture inspired eco-village that will provide shelter for those who need it, and give people a place to let loose, be creative and evolve into the infinite beings that they’re destined to bloom into.
What attracted you to Mooer pedals?
I love Mooer because the pedals are super small in size, quirky, and they sound amazing, but best of all they sound unique! They have really cool names too. I’ve been traveling all over the world and it’s been so great to see these popping up in guitar stores on the most random places and islands in the middle of nowhere! I’ve been especially loving the sounds of the Lo Fi Audio Machine and the Bass Sweeper. I play a lot of spacey and funky music and it’s really been enhancing my live performances. I’m really excited to do some recordings with them too. It’s nice to see somebody doing something so different for such a great price, creative high quality, while conserving pedalboard space as an added bonus. You guys rock, your pedals turn heads and your videos are awesome and the people that you have demoing your pedals are brilliant artists! Thanks again for introducing these amazing new sonic bliss machines into the world. P.S. Pickboy pics are the s#!t!
Jonny Java Mantra
For this final round Thiago had to compose and record a whole song, and he did it in 2 days. He composed the song in one day and I recorded in the very next day. Mike Lepond, bassist of Symphony X, played the bass on the new song called “Terra” which means Earth.
Says Thiago, “Pickboy picks are with me 100% in every moment of of these process! The Best Picks in the World!”
For those of us who don’t know please tell us a little bit about your musical background?
I play bass and guitar since 1982. I started on bass but have been going back and forth. I have always done original songs, very rarely covers. For me it’s a personal expression and I try to enjoy it has much as possible.
What musical musical projects are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on my own original tunes that I hope to play bass and guitar live utilizing the Mooer Looper pedal when it comes out.
What role do you feel musical education plays?
I was not formally taught because my parents did not want to be a musician. I did it anyway. I had just some teachers from here and there to learn the basics. I spent years listening to albums etc… Young people today have so many choices to learn. There are so many schools out there with so many people graduating with a diploma but they all kind of sound the same to me. I miss the personal individual sound in people’s playing these days.
What do you see for the future of music?
That’s a very tough question. Personally I think an artist has to learn to do everything themselves. There is no possibility to sell a record that will pay the bills. Do everything on your own. Make a proper web site. Promote yourself. Record yourself. Then go out and play live. You can’t rely on anybody else anyway. So just do it. Make a thing, market it. Just do it!
Why do you use all Osiamo products?
Well I use the UltraStrap because you gave it to me and I love it! The Pickboy Picks are the only alternative to the old picks I used to use that are not available any more. I have 2 more Mooer that I love. The Mooer Green Mile is a transistor overdrive that gives that “tubeness” to the tone that no other pedal at even for double the price can deliver. And the Mooer Trelicopter is perfect as well. They are small and a great ‘go to session’ solution. The R.Cocco are simply the best. Just the best!
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!
For the third consecutive year www.Osiamo.com will participate in the Spring New York Guitar Show on April 7th. From 10am to 5pm @ The Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Admission is free and all are welcome to buy, sell and trade. Osiamo.com will display Mooer Micro pedals, Pickboy picks, R.Cocco strings and Taurus guitar and bass pedals.
Osiamo.com will occupy it’s usual position on the Big Stage and will be able to accept credit cards at this show for the first time!
Of particular interest this year will be the Taurus StompHeads. The StompHead series of amps are a revolutionary way of thinking about a guitar amp placing all the controls at your feet. The the top of the line is the StompHead 4SL featuring an analog, switchable 40/70 watt amplifier integrated into a floor pedal. The 4SL incorporates 2 x 12ax7 tubes in the preamp section and has 3 gain stages. Its big brother is the 4HG (High Gain version) which produces a more modern compressed tone. The range is rounded out by the 1BL and 3BL. Both with a few less features and power but at a more affordable price point.
For more information visit www.facebook.com/BrooklynGuitarShow
John and Mike Bendy of Bendy Effect and Cris Tian of Visions of Atlantis will be demonstrating Osiamo products at NAMM 2013.
Friday 25th January
Bendy Effect 11:30
Cris Tian 2:30
Bendy Effect 4:30
Saturday 26th January
Cris Tian 11:30
Bendy Effect 2:30
Cris Tian 4:30
Sunday 27th January
Cris Tian 11:30
Bendy Effect 2:30
On the 7th of December 2012, Lunar Explosion will open for the most important bands of the Italian school of progressive rock: BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO and LE ORME.
These two bands are known as the best Italian bands together with PFM and AREA. This concert will be in Crazy Bull Arena Live, with a capacity of 1,500 people, Via Brescia 11, Torri di Quartesolo (VI), Italy.
Lunar Explosion have also launched their new website with an English language option. Check it out!
Lunar Explosion features Pickboy artist Mattia Sisca on guitar.