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Category Archives: Interviews

Calling all Harmonica Players

Calling all Harmonica Players

Last week I got to meet a very talented harmonica player named Roly Platt. I was impressed with his skills as a player on various blues styles. What caught my ear was a new sound breathing a new dimension into his harmonica. I am talking about a special tool called the Harp Wah. It added a very unique and quieter sound to the harp, much like a mute for a trumpet. Roly had to change the way he held this tool and even the way of using his hands. The sound was more delicate but still had the flair of the player.

I got to speak with Roly briefly after the show and have him explain this tool that he invented and is  selling to other players out there. If you love playing harmonica, I would encourage you to pick one up and create your own personal style with it.

Roly explained to me, that he would use coffee cups to create this new dampened sound. The problem was that the idea was not that good, a paper cup was not cutting it for the full richness he was searching out. This got Roly to thinking, maybe he should invent something that would work. Roly wanted something that not only looked professional, but could give the freedom to play the way he wanted to play. He wanted something that he could aim into his mike. Convenience was a big factor as well.Harp Wah

What makes this apparatus so effective is the fact that it is light weight aluminum that can hold up to bumpy life on the road. It is a one size fits all kind of product, valuable for every player out there. It doesn’t matter if you are right or left handed. You can direct the sound into a mike or free form on stage. It also comes in a nice little sack to protect it.

I won’t tell you everything about it. I think Roly’s website can explain it better than I could. All I know after hearing it live, that I would give it a big thumbs up. To learn and purchase this device, simply go to this site.

https://www.harmonicamute.com/

 

The Gypsy Keyboardist

The Gypsy Keyboardist

I got down to sit with the very lovely and nice Christina Melanie at a pub in Mississauga called The Roc N Docs. I had a new chance to see this musician play with someone new. The last time I saw her; she was in a Billy Joel tribute act and did a killer job… Continue Reading

Having fun with The Beachles

Having fun with The Beachles

It is a lovely afternoon as I sit with Tony Oldland from The Beachles. This was my first patio experience this year. Tony is a very approachable and friendly guy. As we warmed up to this little interview, I noticed Tony talking and waving to everyone. I started in the most obvious way and asked… Continue Reading

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Under Cover with Steve Horvath

Blast Toronto wants its readers to know there is a healthy and wealthy community of tribute and cover bands circulating around the GTA. I got the opportunity to sit down with a keyboardist named Steve Horvath and chew the fat about what is going on with today’s underappreciated but hard working musicians that let their… Continue Reading

Terry Draper – Part 2

Terry Draper – Part 2

Part 2 The Fall from grace and the endurance of a true artist, Terry Draper. Sir Army Suite did very little to push them forward and the record company had little faith in this band, but they had a contract to fulfill and this is how the company handled the situation. They were losing their… Continue Reading

Terry Draper

Terry Draper

Part 1 I had the chance to sit down with Terry Draper from Klaatu and have an intimate conversation with him. He was very generous with his stories and recollection of his history. It was a very long conversation, so I will break up this interview in two parts. The first part is his early… Continue Reading

Rocking the Boat

Rocking the Boat

So I am sitting at Yonge/Dundas square, waiting to do an interview with the promoter of Neurotic Entertainment. Across the square I spy a lovely young woman wearing a pink leather jacket waving at me. Her name is Karina Davy and Metal is her game. She sits down and says, “I bet you were not… Continue Reading

Harmonizing with Jay Harmony

Harmonizing with Jay Harmony

Jay Harmony started her singing career like any great soul and R&B singer, in the church.  She grew up learning all the tricks to become the singer she is today. She acknowledges that her Mother had a hand in her growth as a singer. Jay is from Jamaica and has studied different styles of singing, like… Continue Reading

Simply: Kill Sid

Simply: Kill Sid

I got to sit down with Kill Sid at one of their favourite places, Sneaky Dees, and got to know this punk rock outfit a little more. Kill Sid consists of Mike Miller on Guitar/Vocals, Doug MacKinnon on Lead Guitar/Vocals and George Lopes on Drums/Vocals. Mike and George met in college back in 2003 and… Continue Reading

Nanochrist

Nanochrist

I was lucky to sit down with half of Nanochrist a few days ago, and chat about the past present and future. Nanochrist is an Industrial Metal band that formed back in 1998. It has been an uphill struggle with Mike Bryant and Sqworm. Since their formation there has been a revolving door of musicians… Continue Reading