Internet and illegal downloading have changed the music industry in a profound way. Record sales are declining, most of the major music labels are gone or about to fall and it even seems that traditional music formats are on the verge of oblivion. At the same time the current digital revolution gives musicians the change to take charge of their own destiny. The internet allows them to present their material to the masses without the aid of record labels or to release their music independently. One of those musicians is Matt Stevens, a very talented guitarist who uses social media to get his music across. I had the pleasure of conducting an interview with this remarkable guy. What followed was a very interesting conversation about his guitar technique, The Fierce And The Dead and his unconventional views on the digital age.
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A friend of mine recommended Oceansize to me. I’m glad I checked them out, because I was completely blown away by the originality and intricacy of Everyone Into Position and especially Frames. When I got the news that the band is going to release a new album I was hellbound on reviewing it. Here it is, my review of Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up! Continue reading
Ghosts and other spooky phenomena are the cornerstone of many an English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish folk tales. It also happens to be the name of the latest record by the English guitarist and composer Matt Stevens. Let’s have a closer look at this haunting musical delight. Continue reading
The last couple of years were quite turbulent for The Gathering. Former lead singer Anneke van Giersbergen left the band in pursuit of her own musical endeavours. The future of the band was in limbo for quite some time. However they managed to pull themselves together, found a new vocalist in the form of Silje Wergeland and they released one of their strongest albums to date, entitled The West Pole. Continue reading