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The Future Of Guitar Playing Artist Spotlight: Alex Hutchins

World renowned guitarist Alex Hutchings has been blessed by gaining a national and international following over the last few years. Regularly touring around the globe Alex performs under his own name and as an international demonstrator for the Roland Corporation, Laney Amplification and Rotosound.

Other performances include the main guitar role on Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller Live’ arena tour in 13 countries. Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Isle of White Jazz Festival, Cannes Film festival as well as extensive gigs around the UK. As well as a guitarist Alex has also composed work for the BBC, ITV and the Cable Network. Alex’s laid back attitude and unassuming nature disguises the fact that he is a truly unique guitar player whose strengths lie in his powerful and dynamic balanced playing as well as the fact he consistently masters some of the most complicated techniques ,which he regularly uses in his playing. These include sweep picking, long legato lines and complex chord changes. Over the last 12 years Alex has played professionally in a variety of different musical ensembles from a Jazz trio to a full size orchestra to a Jazz big band, numerous pop outfits and his own projects. This is greatly contributed to his vast diversity as a musician. Culminating all of this experience Alex has now found himself in a position to draw upon such experiences to create his own music and is currently in the process of writing material for future releases and touring. Being the perfectionist that he is this will undoubtedly take some time but is sure to be something special when it arrives. Alex plays a variety of Laney equipment including Ironheart, Lionheart, IRT-Studio and GHR.

 

The Future Of Guitar Playing Artist Spotlight: Tom Quayle

Tom took up the guitar at the age of 15 after being inspired by his Dad’s incredible finger style guitar playing and quickly developed a love for the instrument. Being addicted to players such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci and Brett Garsed, Tom initially focused on rock technique before developing a huge interest in Jazz and Fusion. At this point Tom changed to his renowned 4th’s tuning and studied Jazz, graduating with a Jazz Performance degree in 2002 from Leeds College of Music.

Since graduating Tom has developed to become one of the foremost fusion legato players in the world with a strong reputation in both the teaching and playing world, having produced a large number of highly acclaimed tuition products for his own website and Lick Library that have helped literally thousands of guitar players from every corner of the planet. He has conducted masterclasses and played all over the world giving him acclaim that means he can count Dweezil Zappa, John Petrucci, Brett Garsed, Greg Howe, Andy Timmons and Tim Miller amongst his many fans. Tom currently plays with some of the best fusion musicians in the world – right now he is working in a duo project with fusion ace Martin Miller having toured Europe and played Japan at the end of 2014 and will be releasing his debut album soon along with many other projects for 2015. He is lucky enough to have five signature instruments with Fibenare Guitars and a highly popular signature overdrive pedal with Wampler Pedals called the Dual Fusion, that can be found on the boards of some of the worlds greatest players.

Tom plays Fibenare Guitars, Wampler Pedals, IQS Strings and Timbertone picks and is incredibly proud to be using the amazing Laney Lionheart 2×12 combo amplifier to craft his tone. .

The Future Of Guitar Playing Artist Spotlight: Lee Wrathe

Lee began his guitar playing journey aged 4, copying chords and licks from his ‘self-taught’ Father. During those formative years he was lucky enough to be exposed to a wide range of Musical genres and guitarists… Something which has lead him to become a regular guitar demonstrator for many brands in the subsequent decades. Demonstrating a diverse range of styles both to live audiences and on YouTube, Lee looks for diversity in the gear he chooses too. Utilising the IRT Pulse and IRT Studio for recording weekly video demonstrations for Music retailers YouTube channels, he can also be found using the L20 212T and Laney A1+ at Guitar Trade shows across the UK and abroad. Lee is also a passionate educator offering both on-line lessons and clinics and recently wrote and performed an original track for the official launch of our GHR50. In addition to all that, Lee has written, recorded and released 2 instrumental albums for which he received kudos from the legendary Steve Vai, a feat he managed to achieve again, a few years later after playing Steve’s Blue Powder during a demonstration! Lee believes firmly that when used in the right way, video based learning can be just as effective as face-to-face tuition, whilst being a cheaper, more convenient and less intrusive option. His website is designed to offer a variety of high quality and cost effective lessons, to suit every skill level, playing style or budget. Find out more at his website by clicking HERE.



The Future Of Guitar Playing Artist Spotlight: Martin Miller

Martin Miller is a professional guitar player from Germany, surrounded by music from the get go, Martin decided during his high school years to dedicate himself to his craft, studying at the convervetoire for several years and later attending Carl-Maria-Von-Weber college of music in Dresden. Currently Martin tours the world performing at Cinics and as a session player, in addition to being a regular contributor to Jamtrackcentral.com. Recently joining forces with fellow JTC Artist and Laney Endorsee Hedras Ramos they collaborated on a fantastic new track called “New Pyramids”. You can watch the video below….

LOUIS BERRY JOINS THE FAMILY!

Proud Liverpudlian Louis Berry grew up in a rough part of the city, and his first musical steps were taken while sneaking a quick go on his Grandad’s forbidden guitar, hidden under the bed, on which he taught himself a couple of chords. Somewhat surprisingly, he only discovered Johnny Cash when he was 20, having spent his adolescence listening to Tupac. Berry took the messages about society’s injustices in Tupac’s music to heart, and themes such as inner-city homelessness had a large influence on his songwriting. His rebellious style owed a lot to rock & roll greats such as Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, in stark contrast to the mainstream singer/songwriters with whom Berry drew comparisons, like Jake Bugg, Alex Turner, or the Strypes, acts which Berry felt lacked authenticity and substance.

Berry signed a record deal after playing just two gigs. He performed an explosive set for BBC Introducing in 2015, which triggered a lot of interest around his first track .45. Later that year, his debut EP Rebel garnered a very positive response and received wide-ranging support from major radio stations. It was dubbed “hottest record” by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 and made it into the Top Five tracks of the week on XFM, as well as receiving extensive airplay from Liverpool-based station Juice FM. After many festival appearances in 2015, he planned a headline tour in early 2016, his last stop was in his native Liverpool.

The hype is real and the reviews speak for themselves:

Well, he’s a confident little fucker but you know what they say – if you can’t walk it, don’t talk it.

“I want to be the biggest male artist on the planet. You name me one song in the charts right now that says anything about your life or my life. I can’t name ONE! Chart music now is just candy – it doesn’t feed your soul. An hour later you’re hungry again”. He is going to walk it.

Born in Liverpool to a heroin addict father and a mother desperate to keep him on the right side of the law, Louis Berry already seems to have lived nine lives. “I had to be older than my years to keep the family together. I had to be strong for my mum although I was ashamed growing up because of my dad. I was ashamed to be me and the only way I could get respect was by doing bad things”.

He’s a bit of a loner – albeit a loner known to many on the estate he grew up on – and a loner not unknown to the local police. His was a life spent living on his wits and his ability to help make ends meet through whatever means necessary. At his heart is a conscience and a sense of morality, although one which made him think it was ok to steal a car because “they could afford a car – we couldn’t afford to eat”. His was a life lived like so many others on sink estates across the UK.

Eventually getting access to a guitar after his grandfather gave him an entry level banjo, Louis would sneak up to his bedroom and learn to play. “I hated carrying a guitar case on the estate as it felt like a weak thing to do. But fuck it, it was what it was. At school there were the popular kids, and there was me. I thought differently to other people. It always felt like I was looking in on people and their lives. One night a friend made him sing – ”How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees, as incongruous as it was omnipresent. “I said ‘fuck it, I’ll sing the song ‘cause the cocaine addict who used to come around with his guitar and sing songs didn’t show up – he used to come round and sing songs while we had a joint”. For Louis, It was a turning point to realise that he had talent and to have that talent acknowledged by others. Here was something he could do that didn’t rely on living outside normal behavioral parameters, or living outside the law.

Things grew as the songs flowed. “I wasn’t part of the Liverpool music scene which is dominated by students. I did resent people who had it easy and who were desperately trying to fit in; I always thought ‘let’s be real about what’s going on, with people starving in the streets’. I always knew I’d sing about what I knew and what I saw and I don’t care if people like it or not. But, as it turned out, they did”. Indeed they did – the buzz on him grew so inexorably that it took just 2 gigs for him to be signed which, ironically, might be just what used to happen to many of the stage school wannabees that he so detests. But he’s in it for the long haul.

The early single ‘.45’ was the first introduction to Louis’ songwriting world and quickly won him local praise as well as support amongst music tastemakers such as Zane Lowe who nominated it his ‘Next Hype’. But it was ’25 Reasons’, the first single from Louis’ 2015 debut EP ‘Rebel’, which really cemented his sound, an amalgam of classic, gritty rock n roll with soul. The track saw regular plays and radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac and John Kennedy at Radio X. By the spring of 2015 he was awarded the ‘One To Watch’ at Liverpool’s prestigious GIT Awards by a panel consisting of representatives from BBC 6 Music, NME, Vice, The Guardian and Q Magazine.

“I’ve been through some tough shit – at times I’ve questioned my sanity. But I’m making it better now because I’ve done some bad things and I’ve treated some people really badly. After I spent some time getting wasted in Ibiza I woke up and said ‘I’m 20 years old and my lifestyle is fucked’. It was. And I found a way to make it better by making music”.

Signed to Ministry, and back in the studio putting the finishing touches to his debut album, Louis Berry remains a bit of a misfit, who will gladly offer an honest opinion about anyone he knows – including fellow musicians and people within the music industry. “If someone tells me I have to go out there and impress some people because they’re important to my career, I’d rather go out there and really piss them off. Because this should be about the songs and a belief that everything else is bollocks. I walk around thinking ‘people in Liverpool, can’t you see what they are doing to you?’.There’s so much to say and no one is saying it. I’m going to be the lad who does.”

Louis plays a Laney Lionheart L20T-212 with his band that includes Laney player and endorsee Jesse Eigen.

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IRONHEART 60 COMBO TO HEAD CONVERSION

We love seeing what our fans do to customise their equipment be it a band logo on the side of their cabinet, change of grille cloth or even the smaller changes like handles and knob colours. This following one from Darius Maroszyk is taking it to another level. He has converted his trusty Ironheart IRT60-212 into a snazzy 60w head and separate 2×12 cabinet. Now we already do a 60w separate head and 2×12 cab but because this is a combo conversion it looks really different and we love it!

LA50TH PACKAGES START GETTING SENT OUT!

The LA50TH is a strictly limited edition production of just 50 sets worldwide! It consists of . . .
LA100BL – a hand-wired, point-to-point re-issue of the first amp that Tony Iommi ever bought from Laney in 1969, lovingly built in our Black Country Customs workshop, here in the U.K.
LA412 – matching oversized 412 loaded with Celestion G12H made in Ipswich, England
TI-BOOST – a brand new Tony Iommi signature pedal built to match and exceed the performance of Tony’s original, modified Dallas Arbiter Range Master

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LANEY A-DUO PRESS RELEASE

JANUARY 2017: Laney proudly introduces a brand-new model to its A-Series acoustic amplifier range. The Laney A-DUO is a portable acoustic instrument combo with a range of acoustic-friendly controls and variables including digital reverb and chorus.

Designed and engineered in the UK, the A-DUO calls on Laney’s 50-year history of amplifier building to provide versatility, portability, and reliability to all levels of player.

POWER AND PORTABILITY At only 10.5kg (23.2lbs), the A-DUO is very portable but can deliver the power and headroom for large stage performances. An ultra-efficient, dual mono Class D power amplifier is combined with a pair of 8” custom-designed dual-cone woofers to deliver articulate, transparent acoustic sound reproduction with both punch and high end clarity.

ADAPTABLE CABINET DESIGN The A-DUO has been designed to adapt to multiple performance situations. Placed on the floor it has a minimal stage footprint and can even be used as a performance seat in this position. Alternatively, it can be placed on its side feet for tonal variation or mounted on a speaker stand for maximum projection.

DUAL CHANNEL FLEXIBILITY The A-DUO has two completely independent channel strips, both of which can accept either XLR or Jack inputs, provide 3-band equalization and feature a ‘Shape’ control for instant single button optimization. This flexibility allows for connection of a mic and instrument, two different acoustic instruments or even a blend of separate mic and pickup connections from the same instrument. Plus, with an additional Aux in connection for backing tracks, the A-DUO is ideal for live performances.

ON-BOARD DIGITAL EFFECTS Both channels also feature their own Chorus and/or Reverb for further sound enhancement without the need for external effects units. Each channel’s Chorus is visibly engaged with a green LED light which will then pulse giving an indication of the LFO (low frequency oscillator) rate. This rate can then also be adjusted by simply holding down the Chorus switch and turning the Reverb control pot. On letting go of the Chorus switch, the rate is stored and will even be recalled at the next switch on. Reverb and Chorus can be remotely bypass via FS2-MINI footswitch (available separately)

FEEDBACK ELMINIATION A simple but very effective Anti-Feedback button can be engaged to automatically scan for and then eliminate unwanted feedback. A Phase switch is also on hand to remove of destructive interference which can occur when a player is too close to the amplifier; a simple solution at the switch of a single button.

PRO EXTRAS On both XLR channel inputs, Phantom power is permanently available for use with a condenser or dynamic microphone. A balanced XLR D.I. out provides direct, mic-free connection to a mixer or active speaker system for larger performance situations. Four digital EQ pre-sets provide sound global enhancement options depending on situation and setup.

FEATURES • 10.5kg (23.2lbs) • Extremely efficient Class D dual mono power amplifier system • 2×8” custom-designed dual cone loudspeaker • Multi-position cabinet – can be used as a performance seat • Dual independent channel strips both with dedicated 3-band EQ and Shape • Independent variable Reverb & Chorus on both channels • Phantom Power • 4 x digital EQ cabinet pre-sets • Aux Input (mini jack) • Phones Input (mini jack) • Single button anti-feedback switch • Phase switch • D.I. Out (Balanced XLR with Pre/Post options and Ground Lift) • Master Mute switch • 35mm top hat for speaker stand mounting • FX loop (send & return)