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Craig Guerrieri
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One-Man-Band; Songwriter; Multi-Instrumentalist; Audio Mixing and Mastering; Video Production; Looping stations and drum machines strictly forbidden!
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Cygnus Studios: Introduction and Welcome
Owner and Operator of Cygnus Studios, Florida, USA. Studio name is a tip of the hat to my all-time favorite band, Rush (and more specifically, their epic song "Cygnus X1"). I write, arrange, perform, record, mix and master various genres of music (both covers and originals) as well as videos. Flying solo as a one-man-band, I play all instruments as well as perform all vocals, along with the occasional guest artist sitting in with me.
Band/artist history
Bands: - Aftermath (drums): 1974-1978 - Krome (live sound engineer): 1978-1979 - Niwot Nitwits (drums, guitar, bass, vocals): 1979-2011 - Joe Cool Band (occasional guest drummer) Instruments (all self-taught): - Primary: Drums/Percussion (since 1969) - Others: Guitar Bass guitar Analog and digital synthesizers Sequencers Harmonica Vocals Mentors: - Christer Karjalainen, Mixing (Finland) - Sasa Opacic, Mastering (Finland) Engineering: - Audio mixing/mastering - Video production Related: - Computer Science (BS, 1992) * Regis University, Denver, Colorado * IBM Systems/Application Programmer (1984-2011, retired) - Electronics Technology (AA, 1979) * DeVry University, Woodbridge, New Jersey * IBM Electronics Technician (1979-1984) Past Guest Artists: - Elmo Karjalainen (Finland) - Christer Karjalainen (Finland) - Nicole Guerrieri - Izsabella Mendez - Gabriella Mendez - Rhea Pitcher Musician Shout-Outs: - Vincent Angelo: Guitar/vocals - Lester Sak: Guitar - Elmo Karjalainen: Guitar (Finland) - Christer Karjalainen: Drums/percussion (Finland) - Sasa Opacic: Guitar (Finland) - Teddy Grimstad: Guitar/vocals (Finland) - Jack Collins: Guitar/vocals (RIP) - Bill Sandage: Guitar/drums/vocals - Bill Sandage Jr: Guitar/drums - Thom Sandage: Guitar/drums/keyboards - Steve Tubbs: Guitar - Ken Brown: Guitar/vocals - Phil Mangona: Bass guitar/vocals - Andy Rojas: Bass guitar/saxophone/vocals - Joe DeMott Jr: Drums/vocals - Christian Lasegue: Guitar/keyboards - John Grulke: Keyboards/vocals
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Of course! One memory that immediately comes to mind is, after finishing a nightclub set with "Tush" by ZZ Top. Several people liked my performance so much that they felt the need to buy me shots of Jack Daniel's. Actually, a lot of shots of Jack Daniel's. Good thing it was the last set.
Your musical influences
More than I can name, but here goes nothing: Rush; Yes; Emerson, Lake and Palmer; Pink Floyd; Led Zeppelin; John Bonham; Buddy Rich; Jethro Tull; Frank Zappa; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; Jimi Hendrix; Stevie Ray Vaughan; David Bowie; Grand Funk Railroad; Chuck Berry; Dream Theater; AC/DC; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Twisted Sister; The Monkees (no kidding)
What equipment do you use?
Gibson, Fender, Peavey, Godin, and Ovation guitars Ernie Ball and DAddario guitar strings Jim Dunlop guitar products Seymour Duncan guitar products SIREN guitar products Music Nomad guitar products Snarling Dogs Brain guitar picks and Micks bass picks DW drums and hardware Zildjian, Paiste and Wuhan cymbals Treeworks, LP and Rhythm Tech percussion products DW, Remo and Evans drum heads Pro-Mark drum sticks AHEAD drum sticks and accessories Tama Iron Cobra drum pedals Pearl and Gibraltar drum hardware ROC-N-SOC drum thrones Yamaha Digital synthesizers Korg Analog synthesizers and sequencers Hohner harmonicas Marshall, Line 6, Carvin amplification Carvin mixers Carvin PA speaker systems Tascam digital recorders Behringer USB audio interfaces Mackie studio monitors BOSS and TC-HELICON effects processors R0DE, Sennheiser, Carvin and CAD microphones Marantz and CAD studio headphones PreSonus headphone amplification Hosa and Carvin cabling Ultimate Support, Atlas, On-Stage, Hercules, and Frameworks equipment stands Dell personal computers Dell computer displays Acer tablets Logitech computer audio products HP and Canon printer products Motorola Internet connectivity DAW Software: - REAPER - SONAR Cakewalk - Audacity - Harrison Mixbus (occasionally for older mixes, because it's a steaming pile of shit) About eleventy seven DAW plugins Pinnacle Studio 22 Plus Video Editing Suite Guitar Pro tab/score production software DeoxIT electronics cleaners Beer, Jack Daniel's Velcro One-Wrap cable ties, by the mile!
Anything else?
Favorite musical quotes: "Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." - Miles Davis "If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet." - Keith Richards "The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between them." - Claude Debussy ...and from my favorite artist to quote, Frank Zappa: "If you end up with a boring miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest, or some guy on television telling you how to do your shit, then you deserve it." "You cant be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." "Most rock journalism is people who cant write, interviewing people who cant talk, for people who cant read." "If you want to get laid, go to college. If you want an education, go to the library."
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