Martone is one of Canada’s most respected guitarists. His latest album CLEAN has recently been released so I decided to take a closer look at this new shredder. As you can see it became a long interview and I hope you are gonna have as much fun reading it as I had interviewing him.
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Barbara Lysiak publicist at Magna Carta Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Barbara Lysiak and Magna Carta for the promo pics of Dave Martone.
Hi Dave, I hope you’re having a good day. Are you ready to kick off the interview?
Yes, thanks lets go.You have recently released your brand new album called CLEAN; let’s talk about that album. How long did it take you to write all the material for the album and was it a given from the start that you were gonna do an instrumental disc?
This album came together really quickly for me. The others seemed to take much longer because I toiled over the songs probably for too long. These ones just seemed to come together much quicker. Plus, I wanted to have the record out quickly after "Aliens" to keep the momentum going.
It probably took a year to get all the songs together and recorded. There was to be another song on the album with a singer, quite a famous one, but their record company did not release the song due to timing issues. It will happen in the future and I think could be a huge huge hit!
Other than that, yes, I knew I was going to do an instrumental disc. I don’t know why the instrumental thing has happened to me in all honesty. I do enjoy vocal music quite a bit, and pop music as well. Who knows, I do like to sing and that could be another area of my carrier that could be explored!
Daniel Adair from Nickelback plays the drums on the album. How come you wanted to have him in the line-up? Are you and Daniel old friends?
Daniel has been playing with me for over 10 years. He has played on all the Martone records except for SHUT UP N LISTEN We met along time ago when he auditioned for the band. I remember for his audition, I had him learn a song from the Shut Up record. It was a track that my brother had programmed the drums on. They sounded quite real since Paul has the gift! I told Daniel to learn the parts from that song. He listened and said… "That must be a drum machine or there were some overdubs" I said… "No way dude!!! Some guy from Toronto played it” So, Daniel proceeded to learn the song and played it even better than on the recording… of course… and there was no dude from Toronto that recorded it… I just wanted to see if he was up for the challenge, and of course, he was!
We laugh about that story still to this day!
And Dave Spidel on bass is he a good friend to you as well?
Yes, Dave is a friend of Daniel’s that I was introduced to. Very talented musician, sometimes a little scattered, but has great feel and groove! Dave is always up to a challenge and is involved with a million other projects at one time! I don’t honestly know how he keeps it all together with all those songs in his head! Amazing!
Where do you find inspiration to write songs?
The inspiration for this album or songs in general comes from what you are going through at the time of writing them. That is it. It could be something you are grooving on musically, a movie, a book, a sexual experience, a meal; a good time with buddies or that special lady…. you get my idea. It also can come from just jamming with people or jamming with yourself in your practice space. Many cool licks come about this way with me as well.
You have said that you wanted the album to be playable by a three piece band, while not relying on heavily on studio production techniques, what do you mean with that?
I spent so much time in the past on making sure everything was correct, musically, technically, sonically etc. I would stress myself out!!! Plus, I have been doing this for a few years now, and getting used to the flow and how things work. I was quite pissed that many of the songs off the last record I could not perform live because so many parts were in different tunings, in the same song!!!! It was really impossible to re-create this live without a gazillion tracks playing behind you… which I did not want.
I just wanted the songs to speak! Like for instance, a great song is one that could be kind of just strummed on an acoustic guitar to get the gist of it. These songs of course you can’t to that, but that was the idea in my head for all the songs. I wanted the band to be able to play as a power trio and just kick some serious ass without having us missing all kinds of parts etc! That is why the record is less produced and has way more focus on songwriting!
You have a lot of famous guests that participates on your album; we find names like Joe Satriani, Greg Howe and Jennifer Batten as well as Billy Sheehan. How did you get all those virtuosos to feature on your album?
Let me start with Joe. I have been trying for a while to get Joe to play on a track with me. It was honestly just him needing to feel comfortable with the track and fitting in while being inspired by the track. After sending songs back and forth he decided on "Nail Grinder". I think this is a cool quirky track that has a very strong melodic form. I actually had two versions of the chorus for this song; the other version didn’t have as much harmony and was quite a bit darker.
I emailed the two different chorus excerpts to different people in the industry to see what they would pick. I also posed this same question to Joe but he said, “I can’t pick but I will tell you this, go with melody over technique since they (the people) will always be able to figure out technique.” That might not be word for word, but basically is the general idea. The darker version had more notes in it as well. I would say it was about 60% to 40% who favored the angelic chorus over the darker technical chorus. After was all said and done I picked the more angelic chorus that was full of melody, and Joe played an amazing solo in this song with great colors, feel, execution, technique and Joe-isms.
He also had quite explicit settings that he wanted for dynamics and delay settings. It was very nice to have this so I could make it sound exactly like he wanted after I imported his solo into my session. Joe is just simply an amazing talent and person and I am so humbled to have him on this record.
When Daniel decided that he wanted to do a cover of "Hard Wired", first of all I nearly shit my pants since it is a freaking hard song to figure out. I took my time with that track and decided it would be great to have a guest solo on this fusion type of song. I had done some work with Greg Howe for the last two years in LA for the National Guitar Workshop and we usually jam up a storm for the students there. I figured I would just ask him if he wanted to play on the record. He agreed and I was very excited to have another amazing talent on the record. I knew that "Hard Wired" was the song of choice since it fits in that "fusion" category type of song and that is totally Greg’s style. I remember getting his solo while I was on a clinic tour across Canada. I got it when I got home one night after a show and had a few adult beverages in me. I remember just being shocked with how devastating it was. It was the perfect combination of Rick’s bass playing on the track with Daniel kicking ass and Greg’s solo that just made this song severely rock.
The song "Moron Face" features a killer solo from fellow Digitech partner in crime Jennifer Batten. I have had the pleasure of doing some clinics with Jennifer for Digitech and Vox and we hit it off instantly. She is such a cool, talented woman who has achieved so many amazing things in her career. This song needed some female attitude and Jennifer was the one to just make it rock, and she laid down one freakishly cool solo. She also has gotten heavily into IMovie and has been making all kinds of videos lately for her project. She actually made one for the song "Moron Face" just because she wanted to, how cool is that? I’m sure it will be up on YouTube by the time you read this, so look out for it.
“Dinky Pinky” features the incredible Billy Sheehan laying down some sick, sick bass freakishness. I had a chance to meet Billy at the National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut. He did a wicked and hilarious bass clinic there last year and we hit it off instantly, he is such a funny, funny dude. After the clinic we went to downtown New Milford to have some dinner and a glass of wine or two, well… what a hell of an amazing night we had. We started off with those glasses of wine at around 6-ish and at that point we were approached from a couple of girls in the bar. They were new in town and were asking if we knew of any cool live music venues, since they said we looked like musicians, hmmm….. nice pick up line. Actually as we got talking one of the girls was just starting, get this bass lessons across the street and she had taken like 4 or 5 lessons at this point. This was almost perfect, I asked this girl "Hey, have you ever heard of this amazing bass player named Billy Sheehan?” and she goes. “I think I heard of him"
I said "Yeah he’s pretty sick, one of the best bass players in the world" and she says "I have to check him out". Billy was just dying laughing at this point. Than I told this girl that she had actually been talking to Billy and this was him. She shit herself and went running out of the pub across the road to the music store and told the owner of the shop who came over a few minutes later with the latest issue of Bass Player Magazine and who the hell do you think was on the cover? Billy Sheehan!
What a trip and that’s not all. They also brought over a few acoustic guitars from the shop and asked if we would play, well play we did and play Billy did. He played straight from around 8pm till closing, like 2 am. He took one pee break. We were singing anything possible that anyone would request. Here is the best part, the girl that I have been talking about requested a certain song that she had been learning on the bass and asked Billy to play it. He started to play it and then she said “You’re playing it wrong Billy, it should be the 5th fret, not the 3rd fret” as she points to the neck of the guitar. Billy tries the 5th fret and goes "You’re right". Man that was hilarious; he was the nicest guy the whole night. At the end after a few more glasses of wine I asked him if he would play on the record and that I had a perfect track for him with fast double bass and tons of notes, plus he got to have a long ass bass solo in the middle of the song. He accepted with a smile on his face. His performance is stunning on the track and his solo is just stellar. I am so honored to have him playing on this record and on this track.
You have produced the disc on your own, what’s it like to produce your own album? Can you have a critical eye and ear when you’re producing your own album?
I love being able to record the band and do it all at Brainworks, I really, really do. It is so nice to have your own facility and work to your own schedule. It is really just a simple project studio at heart, but I take my time to make sure it sounds slamming.
Way back when I attended Fanshawe College in London Ontario, Canada and I took the Music Industry Arts Program Recording Engineering and Production. Many of the things I learned back then always come in handy, and especially in today’s day and age where it seems like we all need to have a project studio to get shit done. It is almost expected.
The studio itself is run on a PC running the Creamware Scope IO internal mixing system, and my host sequencer is Sonar. Other software I use on a day to day basis is Soundforge, Gigistudio, Drumagog etc…
The room was treated from Primacoustic sound design with help from the amazing John Vrtacic. The sound of the room is very important, even if it is a basement, extra bedroom or whatever. I was having some low end issues in the room that made everything sound undefined and lacking punch. It basically sounded like mud and John helped me fix that.
The drums are set up behind me on a hard wood floor and the back wall is also all wood. Trying to keep that part of the room as alive as possible was important.
My main front end piece is the Drawmer 1960 Mic/Pre. Then I also use 16 channels of the Presonus Digimax 96K preamps as well. All FX are in the box, either from Scope or Sonar, and I monitor through either Yamaha NS10m Studio or the Tannoy Revel speakers. I also use a Tannoy 10"sub with either monitoring system, which is run through a splitter. Pretty much everything is patched into a Mackie Mixer and most of the standard mikes I use would be from Shure, Sennheiser, Neumann and AKG. I use Radial Mogami cable to tie it all together and Fostex headphones for late night sessions.
I am a firm believer in that you don’t need tons of equipment to make it sound good, you just need to know how to work what you have. I have seen people that have all the latest Johnson Rod Flux capacitor 3000 units and everything sounds muddy and unclear. On the other end I’ve seen people with just a garage band kick some ass!
When I am doing final mixes I will always reference on my iPod of all things. I am so used to how things sound on that, through my Sony headphones that is where I reference. I actually used to use my car stereo, but damn thieves kept breaking into my freaking car and steeling my stereo. After the third time I just gave up and I now have a hole in the dash. Let’s see them try and take that the bastards.
I load up my iPod with the evenings mixes and then the next morning when I am at the gym I listen critically to everything. It might take anywhere from 5-16 mixes to get it right. When I think I have it, I will then send the mixes to Daniel (drummer) and have him listen. He will always have great suggestions on things that I totally missed since I am so close to it. I do his suggestions and then we have it. Honestly, I have given the thought of having someone else produce the songs, but for the moment, I have never experienced that, and it could be wicked fun, but I feel that I hear the song the best in my head, and who better to pull it out and know exactly what it is supposed to sound like, then myself. So for the moment, I am cursed with trying to create all the sounds I hear in my head!
CLEAN was recorded in Brainworks Studio in Canada, did all of the guests record their parts in that studio or did they record their parts in other studios?
Joe, Jennifer, Billy, Rick and Greg all recorded their parts in there respective studios. Most everything was done through the computer and email. That is one thing I can suggest for future musicians. It is critical that you have your own recording situation going on. There are many many times you will need it far and beyond the simple task of just making your own music. It is as valuable as the air that I breath!!!
Who has done the cover art-work of the album? And what do you think of the cover?
That’s a pretty cool shot right? We needed an album cover and there were two working images. The one that is on the inside of the CD, and of course the cover. We were trying to go with the opposite contrast thing. Clean look against a dirty back wall and a dirty look against a clean background. Well, we ended up with a dirty look against a dirty background with a wicked font with the word "Clean" all distorted and falling apart!
That photo was taken by Mark Maranovitch. The touch up and graphic design was by my brother Paul with assistance from Carmelina Cupo
I think the cover has attitude, and believe it or not, it is just a Polaroid and has all kinds of specks and dirt on the photo. Quite fitting for the cover!
Does the title CLEAN symbolize anything special?
It sure does. I went through some very, very big changes in my life over the last year, personal issues, relationship issues, substance issues, musical issues, etc…and I needed to get myself on track. Many things had to move and change. The last song on the record "Fading Into Change" was a working title as well, but CLEAN seemed more…. cleaner
I also wanted to make a record that was not as full of crazy changes and production. I wanted to make something simple. I know when people hear this record they will say "Are you nuts? This is not simple at all!" However to me it is because I think it has much more melodic content. I wanted the idea of the songs to be able to transfer playing in a three piece environment. I really needed the last record to happen to get to this record. The last one was so full of production with many different tunings in one song etc…. I couldn’t perform the songs live and I hated that. I wanted it to be three talented dudes rocking their faces off.
That was another idea behind CLEAN.
Now the song "Coming Clean" has an interesting story to it. I was on a clinic tour for Vox amps across Canada last year, and I was performing this song in the set. I did not have a name for it yet and would always ask the crowd what they thought it should be called. I received many great song names, but I was in this one town, and there was this little 10 year old kid. He put his hand up after I played the song and asked what the title should be and he said "Um…. Mr. Martone… I think it should be called…um…..um….. Coming Clean”. The audience and I were quiet for a moment, then I had to ask him how he came up with such a title and he said that’s what it made him feel, Wow! I actually wrote half of that song about three years ago but was not able to finish it until last year because I needed to have closure with certain things in my life before I could end the song. Once closure happened the song was completed and that kid wherever you are, hit it right on the head. Cheers to you…. when you can drink.
I think that you play technical metal mixed with fusion rock, but how would you like to describe your music on this disk?
Hopefully it would sound like Martone! There are certain influences that we all have as artists and they will come out in our playing. Some can disguise them more than others, but that is how we all learn on the instrument. At a certain point however you start to come into yourself…
I have been told I have my own "Martone-sound" from different people interviewing me over the years.
I remember being around 22 years old and thinking at the time that I was just an imitator of other people’s licks. I forced myself to stop playing other peoples licks and start on my own journey. For the first year or so I sounded like shit! I would want to go back to playing other peoples licks because I could do it, but would pretend I would be shocked with 20 000 volts of electricity if I did that!
This made me just pulls my own ideas out and I think that has helped with the "Martone-sound"
What do you think your old fans are gonna think of the new album?
I hope they love it!!! I also hope this opens a whole new listenership to me! I like to think my records do not keep repeating themselves and that they continue to evolve with my development as an artist. I really wanted a simpler album with "Clean" but wanted it to grab you by the face and punch you in the throat!!! I hope I have achieved this!
I have do admit that I’m not a huge fan of pure instrumental albums, or at least I wasn’t until I heard CLEAN which I think is a brilliant album that you can listen to with out being a guitarist. Was that something that you thought of, I mean that this disk would be something that everybody can enjoy. And I think you’re an excellent inspiration for any aspiring young guitarists out there, who inspired you to pick up the guitar in the first place?
Thanks for your comment! That is what I was going for with the last comment I made!!! That is great to hear.
I think it’s because of the songs. Music is songs, and songs make people feel good! That is the power of music! Most of these songs have that in mind! To me, simpler songs, catchier melodies, not so wickedly insane production and crystal clear sonic quality.
Influences of mine over the years have been many. It all started with my father John Martone making me pick up a guitar at a very early age. He was a guitar player and wanted me to be one! I really did not want to play guitar being so young. I just wanted to play in the woods behind my house and roll around in the mud!
He bribed me to practice paying me 10 cents an hour!!
I would actually mark down how many hours on the fridge I played a week, then he would give me like a buck or something… and I would either by some candy or save up for a hot wheels car!!!
After all that I actually started to play and enjoy it. It was strictly classical guitar though. Then I heard the electric guitar from a friend!!!! He brought over a certain album!!!
But that’s another story.
What’s the main difference to be interviewed and reviews by US and Canadian press compared to foreign media? If there are any difference that is.
In all honesty, it seems like the foreign media are more interested in what I have to say. There seems to be double the amount of interviews, press, radio etc that is happening in Europe etc at the moment. I am not sure why this is, but I and my North American publicist are on this ASAP!
Are you gonna go out on tour now that CLEAN is out in stores?
I sure want to! I had a meeting with MC over the phone about this, and this is the last missing link to making the album become huge we believe! I would be touring at the moment, but Daniel being the drummer in Nickelback has its benefit but also can be very hard because of their tour schedule! We will be out there in support of this record somehow!
And when do you think your next album is gonna be released?
Honestly, I have a whack load of ideas that are documented in my Mac. I have not put anything new in the works yet since this album just came out! There are so many things to get done being a small one man show! That is why I am so fortunate at the moment to now have the support of Magna Carta Records!.
You are signed to Magna Carta, what do you think of that label? And how come you ended up at Magna Carta?
Magna Carta has been around for a while. I was shopping around for labels to put out the record. My friend Ric Fierabracci put in a word for me and I then was speaking to Peter Morticelli. When Peter and I first spoke, we did not even talk about the record. We basically just chatted about everything but. I think it was a "let’s check out what each other has to say" kind of situation. Peter and I hit it off right away and were chatting like old school buddies!
After the initial phone meeting, we were discussing more things on the phone one day. On this particular day I was taking my laptop in for repair since many of the keys were flying off the damn keyboard every time I was using it. It kept crashing and locking up, so I threw it in the trunk of my car and off I went to a dentist appointment. I was doing the bulk of my work on this computer and was in touch with other record companies as well at the time of negotiations. On this particular day I was waiting for an important email from Favored Nations but had to leave for my appointment. I’m in the dentist chair getting my teeth scraped and noticed that Peter had called a few times. Of course I could not talk to him at that moment so I waited until I was out of the office. I called Peter on my walk back to my parked car, and we were chatting about the contract. I got in my car and started to drive home. I went to reach for the radio to play a mix in the background as I was chatting with Peter. I always love listening to mixes of the album in the car at all different levels. So I go to turn it on and – my freaking stereo is gone! WTF? I’m pissed because this is the third time my stereo has been stolen from my car! I’m pissed! Peter asks if everything is OK, and I tell him what has just happened.
OK, I continue driving home talking about the contract with Peter. I am headed back home and want to check my email to see if the other company has responded to my email. I get home and as I am talking to Peter, I walk into my office at home to check my laptop for the email. I turn white as a ghost – I forgot my laptop was in the trunk! I go running out to the car with Peter on the phone, open the trunk as fast as possible to see that my laptop is gone!
I pretty much freaked out and told Peter I have to go! That laptop had all my info on it! I hate thieves! I hate thieves! I hate thieves! Man was I pissed. Luckily I had 95% of everything backed up at home on an external hard drive.
I was leaving 3 days after to do my summer tour and all my friends told me to get a Mac. So I did, and I have to say – yes, I love it! There is this cool program that I was informed about called Skype. I’ll tell you this. It got me through the summer!
Oh yeah. Magna Carta is a wicked label and are interested in working with me for carrier development. It’s quite awesome to be a part of a great time with Dan, Jeremy, Barbara and Peter all focusing on the same goal. Making the record happen and hopefully sell many many units!
Is CLEAN released world wide? And are there places where the album isn’t out yet?
As far as I know, it was a world wide deal with Magna Carta. I know that it gets released at different times in different territories throughout our globe.
The previous Martone album was released by Lion Music, why did you end your cooperation with them?
Lion Music is a great label. I honestly talked with Lasse at Lion about this new record. He told me he was not able to give me an advance that would be fitting for the record. Also he suggested personally a larger label for this record. We have a unique friendship and I honestly believe he wanted me to try and get the best deal I could possibly get for maximum exposure. I have done 2 records with Lion but knew it was time to move forward with a larger record company.
Are you happy with the work Magna Carta has put into CLEAN so far?
Very much so. Some people I would like to thank personally are Peter, Dan, Barbara and Jeremy. All of these people are part of a team that I believe collectively are here for the same reasons!
There is allot of effort and trust in putting out a record from an artist and I don’t take that lightly. I still work just as hard putting out this record as they do. We are a team but now there are just more players!! When there are more players, more jobs can get done, and that equates hopefully to album sales!!!
You are referred to as a guitar virtuoso what do you think of being called that?
Well, that must mean people think that I am virtuosic in what I play. I really don’t see that. I love to play. I think there are many more virtuosic players out there than me, but that is not what I am trying to do. I want to write kick ass music that has some awesome guitar playing in it! I don’t need to be the fastest gun slinger in the west, east, north or south for that matter. I just need to do what I do.
You have released several albums prior to CLEAN are they also strictly instrumental?
Yes, there is some use of vocals as a chant or more of as an instrument. An example could be on Attack of the Celery Crunchers. There is a vocal harmony on there that almost sounds like a keyboard. Demon Fetal Harvest of the same record "A Demons Dream" has the Indian chanting. Double FF’s has a female voice chanting a repetitive phrase over and over. I have used the human voice, but not in the classic sense of what someone would think of as in singing.
You come from Canada how famous are you at home compared to in the US?
Am I famous? Really? Thanks!!!!!!!
People are starting to know who I am but that is not really important. You are always just "Dave" in your own back yard. You know what I mean?
Are your previous albums available in stores today?
No, I believe you can only get "A Demons Dream" and "When the Aliens Come" in stores.
The others you will have to get online at www.guitar9.com
They also carry our two live concerts DVD’s "Martone" and "Live in your Face"
Can you tell us a bit about your background and what have been up to until today?
That a tough question. It can go forever!
I started with a love for recording equipment. I would have my father’s old reel to reel recorder and just screw with that thing. I used to love going to the dump as a kid and ripping out speakers from old TV’s and hooking them up to anything I could!
That was part of the passion along with playing. I obtained a Recording Engineering Degree from Fanshawe College in London Ontario. That was invaluable to my carrier development.
I also obtained a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. That was more invaluable info. Lots of bands and cranked Marshall amps were part of my background. For some reason the path of an instrumental guitar player just opened up for me. I never planned on saying to myself… "I am going to be the next greatest thing!!!" Never… It just kind of fell in my lap. I think a lot of it came from doing tons of guitar clinics for different guitar companies. I always needed material to play, and would always play songs from my records. This way people got to know my music, and I got to play my music and sell my albums! It worked out well. I have toured with very large bands like 3 Doors Down, recorded with huge rock icons like Chad from Nickelback, been a session guitar player for recorded labels like Island Defjam, and done instructional videos with Joe Satriani and performances or hosted clinics with many of my heroes. What matters at the end of the day is if you are happy doing what you do! Be it teaching, performing, recording, doing clinics, selling records, mixing music, or just plain old walking the dog! I am very humbled and fortunate to be able to do what I do. There was no other path for me and this was it. It just seems natural to me and I thank god that he is allowing me to do this every day!
For how long have you played guitar? And can you play any other instruments?
I have been playing guitar since I was 6 years old.. so I think I have been playing for at least….hmmm… most of my life!!
Wow…you would think I would be better by this time!!!!
I play the bass, and some keys. I always wanted to be able to play the piano like my brother… I just never devoted the time to it. One day… One day…
The guitar magazine Guitar One Magazine ranks you as one of top four shredders in North America, how does that makes you feel? Could you ever imagine being so successful?
Well, I felt totally humbled and honored. But I really don’t see myself as a shredder at all. There are amazing players out there. I just do what I do, and try to make my own path through the huge jungle out there!! Honestly, it was quite cool to be in that issue and have that said about me. It is great to receive press in guitar mags, because that is an awesome way for people to become aware of new talent! By the way… It was "underground" shredders in North America. Just thought I would clarify that.
Where in the world do you have your biggest fanbase?
Interesting question. I really don’t have an answer to that question. The internet it makes you quite accessible wherever you are and makes that hard to answer. I would be guessing. I have never played in Europe, but my last label was based in Europe. I have played many places in North America and my new label is from New York. I would have to say North America. I think the more you play live, the more fans you will get than just putting up videos on YouTube. There is a certain need for that, don’t get me wrong, but playing live and kicking ass is the best way to get fans and to have people start talking about you. It’s all about creating a buzz!!!
You have a myspace-page, are you active on the net?
Yes I do. I have my publicist helping me out with that page right now. His name is Jeremy and he is doing a great job. I really don’t do that much on line. Mostly email, sending audio files for recording sessions, and booking travel. Besides that it can be a huge time waster if you let it. Internet drool situation can happen when you are researching a new piece of gear!! You want it… You need it!!! NOW!! You can go broke on there!! I have never bought anything off of eBay! People can’t believe that… but hey!!!
On the other hand, having info up on you is a great marketing tool. A web page, myspace page, facebook page, having a presence on your companies’ pages that you endorse also helps monumentally. The more exposure the better I say!
What’s the most common question you get from fans?
What type of beer do you like?
What type of pick is that?
Why do you make those stupid faces?
Ya… that’s some common ones…
Have you toured or played anything in Europe so far?
No, unfortunately not. I have only been to London twice to record the Synesthesia album. I would really love to tour in Europe! I can’t imagine the culture and food, and new beer that I could explore!!
You also teach master classes and clinics, what do you think of that? Do you think it’s more fun to teach than to play live on your own?
Teaching is great and doing master classes and clinics come very naturally to me. However, there is nothing like playing with your band on stage and just tearing the place up! That is the best feeling in the world. Even if it is just you up there giving it your all and just pouring every ounce of your soul in to the performance, that is mind altering amazing feelings that run through your body, and it cannot be recreated with drugs, alcohol or any substance! All natural and that is the best!!!
What is the most important thing to think of if you want to play guitar?
For me… having fun and not being afraid to express yourself. So many people feel shy to even make a face when they bend a string…WHAT THE HELL!!!! GO ON… MAKE A FACE!!! IT FEELS AMAZING!
Also you can take it very seriously, but remember it is called "playing guitar" not "working guitar"
What are you the most proud of in your career so far?
Wow. Every step of the way we have to feel accomplishments with. This way every step leads to the other and we keep moving forward. I have to say, working with Joe Satriani on the Satch Zone was a definite highlight thought. As it was happening I had to punch myself in the face to really believe it was happening!!!
What equipment do you use live and in the studio?
Here is a list of most of my equipment…
2 Parker Fly Deluxe guitars
1 Parker Fly Classic
1 Parker Fly Mojo Classic Martone Custom
1 Parker Midi Fly
1 Fender Strat
1 Gibson Gothic Les Paul
1 Parker P8 Acoustic
1 Wechter Acoustic Nylon
1 Martone Custom Nylon
Amps and Pedals
Vox Valvetronix Head
Vox AC 15
Vox High Gain 50 watt head
Johnson JM150 combo 2 x12
Marshall 1×12 5210
SansAmp PSA 1
Digitech Genesis 3
Yamaha GW 50
Pigtronix Envelope Phaser
Route 66 Virtual Sound
Are you sponsored by any particular guitar company?
Parker Guitars. They are quite unique instruments. We are in talks at the moment on making a Martone signature guitar. I’m sure you will see this on the market in the next year or so.
Do you have any dream-guitar?
No. A Tele might be a cool addition to the family though!
Do you have any favorite guitarist amongst the ones that are active today?
Hmmm. I honestly do not listen to guitar music. I have always appreciated greatly what Alan Holdsworth puts out.
Do you have any advice to the young guitarist out there? What is the most important thing to think of if you’re thinking of start playing guitar?
Wow. I would say make sure you are having fun! Don’t treat it as a sport. Try and sing songs while you play. Having a voice is an important asset! Try and play with people as soon as you can string a few chords together! IT is so much fun!
Do you think that every one is able to play guitar?
If I can, anybody can!!!
What are the plans for David Martone in 2009?
Start work on the new record, get the Martone signature guitar going, tour the new record, get my ass to Europe and start on some clinic tours over there, do some more videos for the Satch Zone, and overall enjoy my ever changing life!
Well, that was all for now. Finally I’d like you to give the readers three reasons why they have to buy CLEAN?
1.Because it comes with a free Porsche Turbo when you order it… Batteries not included.
2.The cover looks really cool!!!
3.It’s the best songs and music I have recorded to date!
Thanks a lot for taking the time to sit down and answer all my questions; I wish you all the luck in the future.
And above all……
STAY WEIRD, Dave Martone
Read the CD review of Martone’s new album CLEAN in the database
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