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Alternate Rock, Rockabilly, and classic rock covers.
This is my cover tunes project. It's not so much a band as an alter ego. All guitars, vocals and instruments are me. It started out as an attempt to create a flexible one man band setup with MIDI backing tracks that could be expanded or reduced to accommodate additional musicians. When that idea fell through, I decided to use the backing tracks to create a cover tunes demo, "OPM," to present to bands looking for another guitarist/vocalist. It also gave me the opportunity to practice various recording techniques for use when I record my own originals.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
It's been ages and I would love to again some day. I was in a fantastic party band in college called Short Circuit with four other great musicians, and have worked in a couple other brief projects since then. I really miss the camaraderie of a group of people in musical sync, but it's as hard to find a good musical fit as a romantic one, so I'm still looking (on both counts).
Your musical influences
The Beatles, Allan Holdsworth, Brian Setzer, Led Zeppelin, the Cars, Benjamin Orr, Green Day, Nirvana, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Lindsey Buckingham, John Coltrane, Pat Metheny, Gene Vincent, Queen, King Crimson, U.K., Foo Fighters, Gin Blossoms, Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Rush, Django Reinhardt, David Gilmour, The Brilliant Green, Brian Eno...
What equipment do you use?
Steinberger (GM7SA, GLB-2S and GM-4T) and Brian Moore i9.13 Electric Guitars, Alvarez-Yairi acoustic guitars, and Pearce Amplifiers (G1 and G2r). For "OPM" tunes, vocals and acoustic guitars were recorded with a Shure KSM27 mic into Presonus TubePre preamp and Blue Max compressor then into a Boss BR-900 8 track digital recorder. E Guitars were recorded Pearce pre-out into Behringer Ultra G direct boxes and then into the Boss. Non-guitar backing tracks (keys, rhythm, bass, etc.) were programmed painstakingly, note by note, instrument by instrument, beat by beat into a Roland PMA-5 sequencer/sound module and transferred a track at a time to the Boss Mulittracker. I then mixed the whole mess and mastered it to CD on the Boss using BMX-5A near field monitors in the living room of my apartment.
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