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Rob Chapman

Rob Chapman is a guitarist from Brighton, UK and is the frontman for the band Dorje - youtube.com/dorjeband. Also known as "The Monkey Lord" or "Chappers", he is internationally renowned for his entertaining and instructional YouTube channel, which has over 275,000 subscribers and is approaching 100 million views.

Since graduating from the ICMP in 1995, Rob has performed in bands worldwide and acted as a session player for Universal Music on productions spanning from the blues rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the neo-classical metal of Yngwie Malmsteen. Rob's studio experience has seen him work with iconic producers such as Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Led Zeppelin), Todd Burke (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) and Nick Tauber (Def Leopard, Thin Lizzy) in prestigious studios across the world including Abbey Road.

In 2007 Rob became dedicated to building his YouTube channel full-time. He has carved a niche in viral marketing through video tuition and product demonstration. His engaging personality shines through on camera, which has seen him act as a freelancer to steer marketing campaigns and video productions for Andertons Music and many other brands of guitar, amp and effect.

Rob has also acted as an official clinician and demonstrator for a vast range of musical instrument products; From value ranges by Vintage Guitars and the affordable "Tiny Terror" by Orange Amplifiers, through to private stock PRS instruments and boutique Matchless amplifiers.

Rob is the founder/Owner of Chapman Guitars - http://www.chapmanguitars.co.uk

As a result of his success on YouTube, Rob has been invited to speak as part of a panel at numerous music shows across the UK - including Guitar Nation in 2010, and the Analogue to Digital show in 2011.

Most recently, Rob ran his own guitar festival - "MonkeyFest" - which took place at Bisley Pavilion, Woking across three days in July 2011 . The event was headlined by premier UK guitar talents: Guthrie Govan, Andy James, Alex Hutchings, Sacred Mother Tongue and Godsized.

Rob is currently endorsed by Gravity Guitar Picks, D’Addario & Planet Waves, Seymour Duncan, Faith Acoustic Guitars, Victory Amplifiers and Chapman Guitars.

Chris Mike

Chris Mike is a guitar player, as well as a session and touring musician. He performs around 100 concerts a year and has toured over Europe, North America and Australia.

In September of 2013, Chris released his first solo guitar album through Candyrat Records.  Not Just Lipstick on a Pig has received immensely positive reviews and has appeared in a number of top music sources including Guitar World, Premier Guitar, Guitar Italy, Metal Hammer, and Rock Hard.

“The album delivers a blend of modern composition along with soulful melodies, groove and highly demanding technical solos.”   Premier Guitar

The track ‘For Jason’, which appears on Mike's new instrumental album is a tribute to Jason Becker. Best of all, Becker has heard the track and seen the clip — and he approves! “Wow, this is absolutely fantastic," Becker said. "I love it and am honored he did it for me. It is so clean and creative. He is great!”   Guitar World

 His 2014 cover of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” followed in the success of his first solo record.  Both the album and the video were critically praised in the form of countless views and shares, not to mention the expansion of Chris’s fanbase.

He is also a member of JamTrackCentral artist roster, among some of the best guitar players worldwide. In September of 2015, he released his first Licks Package though JamTrackCentral, named Twenty Innovative Melodic Rock Licks. (www.jamtrackcentral.com/artists/chris-mike/)

Chris endorses Chapman Guitars, a UK based company owned Rob Chapman, Gravity Guitar Picks and Kemper Amps. He is also a member of Parthian Shot, a progressive metal band, of which he is the lead guitarist, composer, and producer.

Chris is currently dividing his time between recording the new Parthian Shot full-length album and his second solo album -- the latter of which is expected to be released by Candyrat in mid 2016.

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Steve Stevens

One of the truly original guitarists to emerge from the '80s rock scene was Steve Stevens. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on May 5, 1959, Stevens first picked up the guitar when he was only seven years old, and later became an avid prog rock fan, especially the likes of King Crimson and Yes. Honing his craft while playing in Manhattan, Stevens recorded an unreleased album with his band, Fine Malibus and also played as a session guitarist on Peter Criss' second post-Kiss solo outing, 1982's Let Me Rock You. Peter covered Steve’s song First Day In The Rain for this album. It was also during the early '80s that Stevens hooked up with ex-Generation X singer Billy Idol, who had relocated to New York in hopes of launching a solo career. Idol found the perfect foil in Stevens, and with ex-Kiss manager Bill Aucoin backing them, Idol's career skyrocketed. Combining Idol's punk and Stevens' hard rock backgrounds with dance music, Idol became one of MTV's early video stars, as such albums as 1982's Billy Idol and 1983's Rebel Yell became blockbuster hits -- spurred on by Stevens' inventive guitar work(and outrageous glam rock image). In 1985 Steve traveled to France to record with the Thompson Twins for their album, Here’s To Future Days. He was also the bands guest (with Madonna and Steve’s friend Nile Rogers) to perform at Live Aid concert. It took an extended period for Idol and Stevens to offer a the third album, 1986's Whiplash Smile, and although it was another big hit, Stevens longed to launch his own solo career, and exited Idol's band by the end of the decade.

Stevens also remained an in-demand hired gun, as he guested on recordings by Michael Jackson (Dirty Diana-Bad), Ric Ocasek (This Side of Paradise), and Robert Palmer (Don't Explain), among others. Additionally, Stevens appeared on the mega-selling 1986 soundtrack to the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun, for which he collaborated with keyboardist Harold Faltermeyer on "Top Gun Anthem" (which earned Stevens a Grammy Award for Pop Instrumental Performance that year). In 1989 after being signed by famed producer Ted Templeman to Warner Brothers Records, Stevens formed his own group, Atomic Playboys.

The early '90s saw Stevens keep up his busy schedule, as he formed a new group with ex-Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe, named Jerusalem Slim. In a strange twist of fate, Stevens then signed on to work with ex-Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil on 1993's Exposed. This saw Stevens & Neil as openers for the summer Van Halen tour. Many reviews stated that Steve was the best guitarist to grace the stage on many an evening. Stevens finally got his chance to show off his lifelong appreciation of prog rock when he united with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Terry Bozzio in the bombastic outfit Bozzio Levin Stevens, issuing a pair of releases thus far -- 1997's Black Light Syndrome and 2000's Situation Dangerous. Around the same time, Stevens reunited with Idol, appearing alongside the singer on 2002's VH1 Storytellers, and also found time to issue another solo release, Flamenco A Go-Go. In 2008 Steve released the critically acclaimed instrumental album Memory Crash. Steve and his charismatic wife Josie took the reality show plunge on E Channel’s hit show Married To Rock. 2011 will see Steve Stevens and Billy Idol celebrate a 30 year partnership that is stronger today then ever. In October 2014 Billy Idol with Steve Stevens release a new album for worldwide release. Extensive touring will follow as well.

Brad Rabuchin

Born in Dec 1955, Brad Rabuchin grew up in Pasadena, Ca oblivious to the classic rock era of the 60s until one night  on TV catching Mason Williams playing his guitar instrumental “Classical Gas” on a guitar with fish swimming around inside of it! He then delved into playing, first mostly acoustic finger style and later getting into electric. Brad studied music at Pierce Junior college but his musical identity was more drawn from self study and several excellent private teachers including Derol Coraco, Ted Greene and Joe Pass. 

Brad Rabuchin now splits time between leading his own band and a successful carrier as a sideman. Some of the Brads’ 
credits include: Bonnie Rait, Roy Hardgrove, Louie Bellson, Pat Martino, Steve Turre, Al Kooper, Steve Wonder, Buddy Miles, Lean-to, Diane Shurr, David “Fathead” Newman, Willie Nelson and even Mr. Tom Jones. Brad also spent 5 years as the last guitarist with Ray Charles . All the while, though, Rabuchin has also been honing his own unique musical voice, just left of center. 
Guitarist Brad Rabuchin is not one to paint by the numbers, musically speaking, or play by a given set of rules. That much is clear on his 2 solo albums “When Smart Dogs Go Bad” and “ Cats Have Edge” .They area jazz albums with liberal doses of other, mutually compatible influences, from rock to funk to ethereal aesthetics, and back.  Rabuchin’s band is no guitar dominated blowfest, but a musical outing accenting the leader’s compositional sensitivity and the delicate-yet-feisty textures of a carefully-conceived ensemble.

Steve Bello

Steve Bello is a 45-year-old guitarist originally from North Arlington, NJ. He has been a musician for 36 years. Bello is a national endorser for Ibanez guitars, Von York Strings, Morley pedals, Digitech pedals, Spectraflex cables, Metal-Shop Pedal Boards, Gravity guitar picks, and Orange amps.

Steve Bello's instrumental career happened quite by accident, as he was done with bands and whatnot back in 2000. When Ibanez approached him to do clinics for them in 2003, he jumped at the chance but there was one catch: they asked if he had cds for sale. So thus began his career as an instrumental artist. Steve has released five cds in 10 years: TWISTED METAL (2003), ALL WIRED UP (2004), JUPITER RETURN (2005), ABOUT TO EXPLODE! (2008), and most recently GO BERZERK! (2011). Released a new single called "Quicker Than The Devil" on March 23, 2015 as a free download for fans on Steve's Reverbnation page. New album is finally being recorded, doing all the parts himself!



 

John Kiernan

Many a musician are recognized for their ability to excel in a specific area of the music industry. Whether through virtuosic performances, wildly successful promotional strategies of the Do-It-Yourself mentality, or even creating soundscapes for movies and visual mediums, very few musicians stray from their specific aural crafting.

Enter John Kiernan, who with comparisons to virtuosic musicians such as Steve Vai and Andy James & film composers such as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer and Akira Yamoka, knows not of boundaries, but moves effortlessly between and with them.

John Kiernan wears many hats in the music industry. His abilities have allowed him to create mind gripping film scores for directors like Award Winning director Anthony Mezza, Nick Mandiola and Kevin Bianchi. John has also performed with the likes of Slash from Guns N Roses and records/releases albums with his solo instrumental metal/rock extravaganza John Kiernan as well as with his punk rock trio R.V.U. John also teaches students of music theory, composition, and guitar technique with his wife at their school The Academy of Musical Proficiency (A.M.P).

After studying with composers such as Dr. Stuart Glazer, Professor Michael Zager, and Professor Alejandro Sanchez-Samper at Florida Atlantic University, John took his travels to New Jersey, where her currently resides to compose, release music, and leave his listeners with aural satisfaction and longing for more, which is always coming right around the corner.

 

 

Linda Taylor

Guitarist - "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on the CW Network, and previously on ABC with Drew Carey. Recent recordings include Terri Lyne Carrington's Grammy winning "Mosaic", Art Garfunkel's "The Singer", Edwin McCain's "Mercy Bound", and Maia Sharp's "Change The Ending".

Recently appeared with Keb' Mo' on the Craig Ferguson show, and is currently co-producing Crystal Bowersox' upcoming "Promises", and recording for Terri Lyne Carrington's "Mosaic" follow-up.

 

Tommy Denander

Tommy signed his first record deal at the age of 14 with Polygram/Vertigo and has now been a pro musician, song writer and producer for over 30 years. Grammy nominated in USA, winner of "Rock album of the year" as producer in Australia, winner of many awards in magazines and websites around the world as guitarist, song writer or producer. He has appeared on more than 2700 albums plus countless singles, jingles, movies, commercials, PC Games etc. Tommy has worked or played in some way or another with a lot of artists and musicians - Michael Jackson - Paul Stanley - Eric Clapton - Alice Cooper - Ricky Martin - Ke$ha - Celine Dion - Jeff Beck - Jimmy Page - Eddie Van Halen - BB King - Carlos Santana - Richard Marx - Mutt Lange - David Foster - Steve Perry - Bob Ezrin - John Shanks - Jack Black - Westlife - Max Martin - Desmond Child - Diane Warren - Holly Knight - Denniz Pop - Vince Gill - Michael McDonald - all members of Toto - Joss Stone - Sheryl Crow - Bill Champlin - Neal Schon - John 5 - Rob Zombie - Yngwie Malmsteen - Fee Waybill - Timothy B Schmit - Don Henley - Richard Page - Michael Schenker - Mike Landau - Glenn Hughes - Don Dokken - Sebastian Bach - Steve Morse - Reb Beach - Kip Winger - Eric Martin - Alex Ligertwood - Joe Lynn Turner - Graham Bonnet - Jimi Jamison - Bruce Kulick - Eric Singer - Phil Collen - Steve Clark - John Corabi - Christopher Cross - Vinnie Colaiuta - John "jr" Robinson - Pat Mastelotto - Tony Levin - John Patitucci - Lee Sklar - Marty Friedman - Stephen Pearcy - Al Jarreau - Randy Jackson - Steve Stevens - John Entwistle - Jack Bruce - Robin Beck - House Of Lords - Bob Daisley - Don Airey - Pat Travers - Carmine Appice - Zakk Wylde - Marco Mendoza - Dave Meniketti - Steve Ferrone - Chester Thompson - Stan Bush - Gary Barden - Micky Moody - Bernie Marsden - Al Kooper - Vince DiCola - Gregg Giuffria - Paul Shortino - Marky Ramone - David Roberts - Greg Guidry - Jörn Lande - Mark Slaughter - Tony Harnell - Harry Hess - Dan Reed and countless more around the world.... Movies include - Gorillas In The Mist (Sigourney Weaver), Alice In Wonderland (Johnny Depp), Baltic Storm (Donald Sutherland). Has appeared on more than 60 gold or platinum albums. Has written more than 1800 songs on albums, singles, movies, games and jingles. Has written with great writers like - Desmond Child, Carole Bayer Sager, Eric Bazillian, Steve Porcaro, Linda Thompson, Steve Dorff, Holly Knight, Andreas Carlsson, Marjorie Maye, Steve Lukather, Stan Bush, Michael Landau, Bobby Kimball, Fergie Frederiksen, Jim Peterik, Bill Champlin, Bruce Gaitsch, Debbie Gibson, Michael Thompson, David Garfield, Jeff Silbar, Fee Waybill, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Robin Beck, James Christian, Jimi Jamison, Bob Kulick, Bruce Kulick... QUOTES ABOUT TOMMY Tommy Denander has always been the consummate live player, and I have recently found out that he is the consummate studio guitarist as well! Excellent and so egoless to work with, great player, great feel and perfectionist too! ROBERT "MUTT" LANGE (Legendary producer AC/DC, Def Leppard, Foreigner, Shania Twain, Nickelback, Maroon 5)

Tommy Denander is my "mail order" guitar whiz. Whenever I have a particular guitar problem I need solved right away, I send my files through the ether to the land of ice and snow and Tommy pours hot lava on them. He is intuitive and sublimely musical. He's a modern guitar player with enough of a grounding in classic guitar music to make him a Guitar Man For All Seasons! BOB EZRIN (Legendary producer KISS, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper)

Tommy Denander has tremendous talent in his hands and plays from his heart. He can write songs that make you sing, and plays guitar like a wizard. A great combination! BRUCE KULICK (Guitarist KISS, Meatloaf, Grand Funk Railroad, Michael Bolton)

Tommy played guitar on more hits than you can count. His songs are also heard around the world and his ears for spotting new talent are the best around! JERRY GREENBERG (President Atlantic Records, Michael Jackson Records)

Tommy is one of the most well-rounded guitar players I have heard. He has rock, rhythm and soul. JOHN "JR" ROBINSON (Session drum legend, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand)

 

Frank Steffen Mueller was born in Stuttgart, Germany. At the age of 13 he got his first guitar and from this moment on, he started playing, inspired by the music of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Genesis.

Music became his passion!

After three years of self-teaching he had his first gigs with a number of local bands.

When he was 18, Frank took lessons from Stephan Malek (classical guitar), Frank Sikora (jazz guitar and theory) and Wolfgang Thierfeld (rhythm).

A few years later, he started studying music/guitar at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, NL, with brilliant teachers like Wim Overgaauw and John Butler.

Frank attended workshops with famous musicians such as John Scofield, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Jim Hall, John Petrucci, Andy Timmons, Steve Coleman and many more followed.

He made many interesting experiences while performing with different bands and musicians. In 1987 he formed the Frank Steffen Mueller Quartet, which was very successful at that time. The Quartet was finalist of the European Jazz Contest in Brussels in 1989. He took part in international jazz festivals (Paris, Prague…) and the opening ceremony of the Athletics EM in 1986. Frank performed in different TV shows and worked on a number of CD productions with various international artists.

Frederic Rabold Crew, Peter Herbolzheimer, Oliver Leue, Dirik Schilgen, Iris Loem, Ingo Senst, Peter Schönfeld, Stephan Schuchardt, Regina Büchner, Klaus Warstat, Metropol Orchestra, Dani Moradi, Metropolis Acoustic Duo, Michael Schad, Atma Anur, Sean O´Bryan Smith, Ty Copeman, Hellmut and Pete Wolf, Wolf Entertainment, Ayman, Knaggs Guitars, Gravity-Picks, Wampler, Megatone, D´Addario, Meinl, SoundService, Positive Grid, Moen FX, Richter Straps....they all became very important companions and friends during his colourful life as a guitar player.

Frank loves playing, composing and recording all styles/genres of music such as Rock, Metal, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Popmusic, Acoustic, Flamenco …

Today Frank Steffen Mueller lives and works as a guitar teacher and guitarist/composer/session/studio guitarist near Stuttgart, Germany. He works with many international artists all over the world. Wolf Entertainment distributes Frank`s music worldwide in stores like iTunes, Amazon, etc. Frank is currently working on his solo album.

Music is still his passion!

Stefan Sandman

Stefan Sandman, a Berklee College of Music student, is a bassist best known for his work with the Maryland-based band Time Columns. The bassist also spent years as a member of touring death metal group What We Call Victory.

Stefan shows a passion for intense live performance as well studio/session work, as is evident in his numerous releases and lengthy show history.

Hear Stefan on Al Joseph’s recent debut album “Out In the Open” on JTC Records!

"Time Columns is the pure essence of essential musicianship, eargasmic melodic music that...keeps listeners attention and will continue to be devoted until the end. Mana - expresses the makings of a unique album...best album all year." -Independent Feedback
Website: www.stefansandman.com

Luca Mantovanelli was born in Caserta, Italy, into a musicial family. From a young age he showed a natural talent for music. He started learning drums, bass and wind instruments, then completely dedicated himself to the electric guitar. At first self-taught, he furthered his studies with Adriano Guarino and Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), also studying classical guitar with the Maestro Antonio De Innocentis.

Luca absorbed influences from all styles, and some of his biggest inspirations were Bireli Lagrène, Pat Martino, Robben Ford, Frank Gambale, Eddie Van Halen, Michael Brecker, Oscar Peterson, and Gary Burton. His natural versatility in a variety of musical styles allowed him to play in many area jazz, pop, blues and rock bands. When he joined the 900 Big Band, he opened the door to jazz festival performances and a collaboration with Jenny B and Katia Ricciarelli.

Luca plays classic Neapolitan songs with the “Bentornato Mandolino” orchestra (directed by his father Franco), and also has an acoustic duo with the singer Cristina Z, playing acoustic guitar and looping. 
In 2011 he played at the FB Jazz festival in San Giovanni Teatino with the dream of Butterfly, an acoustic trio with Emanuela Di Lullo (voice) and Riccardo Damiani (bass), on a bill with international artists such as Mike Stern, Jeff Berlin, Maurizio Rolli, Paolo Giordano, Nguyen Le, Bob Sheppard, Linley Marthe and more.
He showed Dv Mark and Music Man amps at Musikmesse 2014 at Mark World booth.
He's Dv Mark amps and GruvGear endorser.

Currently, Luca is working on his first CD as a solo artist.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/lucamantovanelli83

Fabian Ratsak

Location: Duesseldorf, Germany
Date of Birth: May 12, 1981
Been playing guitar since: 1994

I was born in 1981 in Detmold, a small town in Germany and started playing the guitar at the age of 13. At that time I was listening to a lot to Guns n Roses and Slash was my big idol at that time. He inspired me to start playing the guitar. It was my 13th birthday when I got my first guitar, it was a really cool but hard to play acoustic guitar. My fingers started bleeding learning first chords but I got addicted to it! During my first 2 years of playing I had a teacher showing me the basics to get started. I really practiced a lot and I totally fell in love with the guitar.†

Then i moved to Dusseldorf and studied the most of the time by myself, had the first band experience and started gigging around. In the year 2002 I met my band "Roomers" where I am still in and I love those dudes! We just released our third studio album which is called "Feelings". I started having some lessons with Martin Miller in 2010. Such a wonderful player and friend. I really learned so much from him and I always try to get better and challenge myself.†

Nowadays I am touring a lot with Roomers , also I have a cool side project called Yugoton a balkan cover band,lots of fun!
My main Job Is Guitar teaching.I love doing it!!

Playing and Influences†
A lot of musicians have influenced me, throughout the years. I really love every kind of music! Here are a few musicians that influenced me the most: Slash, Gary Moore, Jeff Beck, Malmsteen, Michael Lee Firkins, Guthrie Govan, Scott Henderson, Mike Stern, Martin Miller, Tom Quayle, Joe satriani, John Petrucci and so many others.†

Website: https://www.facebook.com/fabian.ratsak.5