Archive for the ‘Guest/Other’ Category

Here is another one that I had completely forgotten to upload. No surprise actually, as I start to believe that only a small percentage of everything I have done is actually uploaded to this blog. Gonna try to change that. Anyway…

This is my guest appearance for Amken, an upcoming thrash metal band from Greece. Vanias, a member of Amken (and a great guy btw) was my student for a small period of time. If I recall correctly, we were working on some parts for him to play tight. The band eventually asked me to participate on their record as a guest, a proposal I gladly accepted.

You can listen to my solo around 02:44. This is something I could write for my band, Revolted Masses, and I am very happy that they liked what I did.

Recorded during 2016.

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I am really happy and proud to present to you one of the best moments of my career as a musician and audio engineer. Greek people surely know this guy, but for those of you who don’t, Vasilis Papakonstantinou is one of the best and most famous greek rock artists with a big career starting from the 70’s and still going strong.
For his new release, I was asked to reamp the guitars for the whole record as well as perform the electric guitars for a song called “Nama”. The main engineer is George Archontakis, a famous artist with countless releases under his belt, and a guy I really look up to.
Production-wise, the reamping process took place at Vintage Studios, with George giving the general guidelines and reference for the desired sound. I brought an ENGL Fireball connected to a 2×12 Vintage-30s loaded guitar cabinet. A single SM57 mic was used, on the right spot. Depending on the song/part, we changed mic placement, EQ settings, even adding my trusty Maxon OD808 in front of the amp where needed. The final result was more than pleasing and everyone was happy with the high-gain sounds.
Playing-wise, I used my Hagstrom EMG-loaded guitar, using mainly the bridge pickup, except from the guitar solo. I was free to add some ideas, but the main structure of the song was already decided.
Some trivia about the song:
*)The main “hook” lead was initially meant to be played with a whammy pedal. I decided to try a double bend (bend->slide->bend) to imitate this sound and turned out great, so we doubled this part with a lower octave and kept that!
*)The guitar solo is one-take, first-take, without me knowing that I was being recorded. George asked me to “try some things” but he was secretly recording me, in order to play freely and spontaneously. After listening to it, we decided to keep it!
Working with these guys is a life and career milestone and a dream come true. I feel I learnt more from this experience than a year to any music school.

Recorded/reamped during Summer 2015.

Another video of a live performance with the greek band Magic De Spell, this time at Syntagma Square. The whole gig was in the memory of Pavlos Fyssas, an artist who was murdered by the greek neo-nazi party called “golden dawn” back in 2013. Once again, various other artists also played that day and several hundred people attended the event.

Shot on 19 September 2014.

Many projects are currently on the way, so I decided to take some time and update this blog with a guest appearence I did back in 2013. Many musicians from all over Greece joined forces to cover “We Are Stars”.  All profits from this initiative were given to an organization which aims to constitute a shelter for abused children and women. You can see me playing with my old Ibanez (Satriani Signature) JS1000 right after 04:00.

Recorded during autumn 2013.

This is a video I found of my guest TV appearance with the greek band Magic De Spell, performing against the loss of 2700 jobs, due to the closure of public television.
Various other artists also played that day and several hundred people attended the event,.

I have also recorded this song in the studio (see https://vaggelisrevolted.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/magic-de-spell-%CF%84%CE%BF-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CE%B8%CE%B5%CF%83%CF%84%CF%8E%CF%82-%CF%84%CF%89%CE%BD-%CE%B1%CF%81%CE%B9%CE%B8%CE%BC%CF%8E%CE%BD-guestsession/) and have also played it live several times with the band.

Sound quality is pretty bad, with the guitar sound taken straight from the console (no proper mic recording due to time limitations) but you get the idea. Really memorable experience!

Shot on 11 September 2013.

Since many recording projects are currently on the way, I decided to update the blog with some session/guest appearances.

Over the last months, I recorded electric and acoustic guitars for the upcoming album of the greek rock band Magic De Spell. Great experience and learnt a lot both as a guitar player and engineer. Always a great thing to be in the studio with polite and professional people. I also helped shaping the guitar sound, by trying different setups and amp/guitar combinations.

Guitar-wise this session is far from the typical rock ‘n roll approach. Had to really focus on the vibe and feel of the guitar sound to make it work with the rest of the instruments, which can sometimes be harder that just playing precisely/fast.

This is a promo video where I also make a brief appearance. Full-length will probably be released over the coming months.

Recorded during winter 2014.

Sunday evening, and finally some free time! I “mixed” this version of PSY-Gentleman in less than 1-2 hours, and it was really fun(ny) to play this song.