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Steven Wilson talking about his new record in Gitarist


My contributions to this month’s issue of Gitarist are relatively limited in number, but still interesting. First and foremost, I had a very pleasant conversation with prog rock legend Steven Wilson about his new album ‘To The Bone’. It is surprisingly low-key and poppy, considering the way his last few releases sound, but that does not make it any less interesting. If anything, it makes a better interview subject for sure. There is also a short interview with the young “psychedelic grunge” quartet Mantra from Haarlem, whose debut EP impressed me enough to want to give them some more attention. And there is a handful of reviews, of course.

In addition, I can really recommend reading the interview with The Black Keys’ frontman Dan Auerbach and the feature about the availability of rosewood. In combination with the gear reviews and the practical lessons for guitarists, there is no reason to leave this issue on the shelves if you have any interest in the instrument. It is in stores now.

Gus G and Aynsley Lister in Gitarist


If you’re Dutch or Belgian and into gear, you should really check out the new issue of Gitarist. There are quite some articles that I wrote, but there’s a lot of other interesting stuff as well. I spoke with Greek guitar hero Gus G about the massive amount of signature gear he has (and it includes one of the best live photos I have ever taken), I had an interesting chat with Aynsley Lister about the equipment he used to record his fantastic new album ‘Home’ (a sneak peak: he took more with him than he eventually used) and I talked with 16 Down frontman Marco Hovius about his new band Hey Kid. Also, reviews I have written on Lister’s ‘Home’ album, the amazing ‘Inhale My World’ album by Belgian Blues man Lightnin’ Guy, Aerosmith’s new DVD, Firewind’s new live album and the debut album by Sound Of Contact, which includes Phil Collins’ son Simon and is an impressive Prog record, are included.

The other articles include an extensive feature on Ibanez’s eighties guitar models – including the fashion and haircuts of the musicians playing them – and an interview with Deep Purple’s Steve Morse. There’s a workshop on how to play guitar within a Latin context and loads of gear reviews. This month’s retro model – besides the wide array of Ibanez guitars of course – is the Dan Armstrong Plexi. And there’s a lot of interesting things lining up as well, so why not consider a subscription?

Loads and loads of Kevy Metal and more in this month’s Gitarist


Although it’s been about five years since I’ve started writing on a somewhat professional level, I still get proud every once in a while. First of all: the new issue of Gitarist features a photo that I have taken (the King Of The World picture) and secondly: there’s quite a few larger articles and pictures I’ve made inside. With my big interview with guitarist Erwin Java (ex-Cuby + Blizzards) and singer/bassist Ruud Weber, there are three pictures I took at their show at Amstelveen’s P60. Also, the conversation we had about the start of the band and the recording of their downright fantastic debut album ‘Can’t Go Home’ is quite interesting. There’s an interview with Dutch Rock band Colossa, who have recently released their surprisingly good second album ‘New Day Rising’, and an interview with guitar legend Uli Jon Roth, which also includes a picture I’ve taken. As you may be able to imagine, I could hardly be more proud.

Besides that, there’s loads of interesting stuff in this month’s issue of Gitarist. There’s a big feature on the golden jubilee of the Gibson Firebird, my respected colleagues Mark van Schaick and Steven Faber went to the factory of Aristides guitars for a brilliant article, there’s an interview with Alice In Chains on their great new opus ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ and Guthrie Govan tells us all about his Charvel guitars. And if that isn’t enough, there are loads of gear and album reviews. I contributed greatly to the latter with reviews on the new Orphaned Land, Rob Orlemans, Seagall, Paul Rose, Hey Kid and both new Queensrÿche albums.

I haven’t had the time to read this front to back, but I will. I hope you will too. Also, I can’t enter for the Marshall fridge as I’m a contributor, but just look how awesome that thing is!