15 days till Guitare en Scene!

GES 2014
FESTIVAL GUITARE EN SCENE is coming closer and closer!
The weekend of July 18-19-20 will bring you the best music impressions for the whole year!
Seriously recommend to come!

How was it last year – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/guitare_en_scene_2013
How it was first time for me in 2012 – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/ges_2012
Photo gallery – https://www.flickr.com/photos/2tails/collections/72157631606834515/

Happy to see InRock especially mentioned on the press dossier! Happy to feel myself as  a part of the big GES family!


Mattias Eklundh: Creating something out of nothing!

Это интервью на русском в Инроке – http://www.inrock.ru/interviews/mattias_eklundh_2013

Больше фото далее или https://www.flickr.com/photos/2tails/sets/72157644268880250

The tall smart long-haired Swedish genius I met on the grounds of Guitare en Scene Festival in France is the man who invented his ‘Freak guitar” style being absolutely hilarious and free with the instrument he loves. His name is Mattias Ia Eklundh, the chief cook behind the tasty music unit named Freak Kitchen. We are in late July of 2013, in the calm little place in France that is brought to life annually with the guitar aficionados festival. Mattias has just finished a 3-hour clinic on Indian rhythms and uncommon musical timing,  a very mind opening piece of inspiration and theory that was equally very insightful and completely entertaining!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

At first I wanted to talk to you about the clinic you just did. What are your impressions?

Oh, the students were great! They were brave to show up and even braver to stay. I mostly went into Indian rhythms and stuff like that, clapping and transforming it into actual guitar playing. The thing is I never do what I’ve planned, I’m just doing what I’m interested in. In that sense, sometimes the participants suffer in a way. They come thinking like I wanna learn shredding or I wanna know how to do this and that, but I say: not now! Because I think there is stuff more important than that. But they fought a good fight, I think. They were really trying to get into this system. And that’s what it’s all about: to give some inspiration and encourage them to grow their own mustache, as I like to say. To give them some positive attitude and show that you can live in this strange business now and do your own thing. I’ve done my own thing for quite some time now, so I can share something.

I guess that’s the best approach to teaching: when you share what you are most interested in at the moment…

Absolutely! Because otherwise you have to write some stuff down and I never write anything down saying like: show some picking here, some shred there, different techniques. It’s not funny! You, pretty much, have to  show yourself and what you are interested in. And if you have an interesting self to show, the students stay with you and stay alert to what you are saying. Besides humour is a powerful weapon too. I say stupid things once in a while. I’m dead serious in what I intend to show them, but humour is a good way to get your message through, to bring them in and give them a big hug!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

In creating music humour is also essential..

Yeah, many people don’t think so, but I do! I am from the Frank Zappa generation and he was asked once: does humour belong to music? Well, of course, it does, it belongs to life. Humor is a good way to frame life and to make it understandable, laugh at it, because it’s hard! Really, it’s a nasty planet in many ways, we live here for a long time and then we die. But humor helps to have a good time while you are here, ’cause what the fuck! I’m a middle-aged man, I have some good years left for me, but then, hey, I’m actually gonna die! What can I do about it?

Have fun!…

Yeah, have fun and do your thing! That’s what it’s all about! Don’t worry about tomorrow that much, it’s really in the now! Live in the now! Anything else is irrelevant.

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

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Van Canto at Volta Club, Moscow

Я избгаю слов “самый удивительный” в репортажах и пресс-релизах, но пожалуй, о творчестве Van Canto иначе и не скажешь. А как? Ведь акапелло-метал – явление, и правда, редкое 🙂 А когда концерт проходит в День Всех Влюбленных, успех обеспечен: зал Вольты был полон юных дев и влюбленных парочек 🙂 Нет, все очень занятно, не спорю, но не мое – ну, очень не хватает гитаристов, как-то странно без них честное слово 🙂

А репортаж с текстом Димитрия Кошелева и моими картинками – читайте в Инроке – http://www.inrock.ru/live_reports/van_canto_2014

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow

Van Canto in Moscow


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Interview: Beth Hart – Peace Within Myself

It’s been almost 2 years since my first interview with Beth. At that time I went to Europe and she was on my “must-see” list for Guitare en Scene festival in France. We instantly connected and talked openly about many things. I can admit, I am  impressed by the power of Beth’s character and by the beauty of her soul. So this interview still looks relevant and very important…Don’t miss Beth on April 3th at GlavClub in Moscow!

This interview was originally published in №56 (6, 2012) InRock music magazine (Russia) and can be also found here http://www.inrock.ru/english/interviews/beth_hart_2012 Please, be so kind to quote with credits 🙂

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…we had a chance to meet Beth in person at “Guitare en Scene” festival in France. Beth, as emotional and charming in real life as in her music, open and frank, almost ready to hug you for a good question, talked to us about her life and her beautiful music.

Beth cares to establish deep understanding with her audience, and isn’t it something that deep that every true artist strives for?! And we must say she truly succeeded in in this. Her previous album “Don’t Explain”, a gorgeous selection of covers for soul & blues classics, recorded together with well-known guitarist Joe Bonamassa, achieved all possible awards and won critics’ applause. Beth’s new CD “Bang Bang Boom Boom” out in October. We are more than sure it should repeat the success of the previous one. Besides this time it’s not covers, but all-original material written by Beth. We talked to Beth about how “Don’t Explain” has changed her, about the energy and inspiration beneath the new record, about who and what supports her every waking hour, and surely, why blues is the best cure for love. Meet one and only – Beth Hart.

To see your set live was one of my special goals for Guitare en Scene festival, along with ZZ Top. And I really hope there would soon be the day when you come to Russia. That would be really cool, if you come together with Joe Bonamassa or on your solo tour!
Oh, thank you! Thank you! Oh, yes, I hope so too! And I think that this or next year it will happen. I’d been hearing from my label, that we might come in the next 6 months or smth like that. And that would be really amazing, because I’ve never been to Russia.

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