On Thursday, November 8th, Steve Stevens demonstrated his playing style and his use of guitar synths at the V-Guitar Experience event at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. On stage with Steve were the GR-55 guitar synth and the G-5 Stratocaster®. The V-guitar experience tour consisted of 20 dates that started on September 22 through November 25th in various locations around the world. More
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In this video Michael “Nomad” Ripoll demonstrates the GA-112‘s channel switching capability. For Michael, the GA Amp is a welcoming extension to his guitar rig because it covers a wide range of frequencies which eliminate the need for separate amps. This enables him to travel lighter and with less bulk. Furthermore, the amp’s wide frequency range gives hime the freedom to incorporate guitar synthesizers which vary in sounds and tones. More
A few weeks ago we gave Michael “Nomad” Ripoll a VG-99 guitar synthesizer to test drive and report. After a brief follow up we were surprised to learn that he’d been using the unit for his movie trailer projects. Michael says that within an hour of unboxing the unit he was committing to tape. Off camera, Michael explained that the unit has sparked his creativity, sped up his workflow and eliminated the need of extra musicians for his current studio projects. In these videos, both Michael and Joel Stevenett express how the VG-99 has inspired them musically. More
On Friday, November 2, 2012 Roland invited three of the top guitarists and industry veterans to Burbank California for a round table discussion on guitar amps. They discussed the past, present, and future of various amps and their use in popular music. For this first installment, legendary guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter shares his thoughts about the shoot and his time with Roland’s newest guitar amps, the GA-112 and GA-212.
Meet Michael “Nomad” Ripoll, our newest addition to the family. Michael is a music veteran with credits and experience that spans decades. As a professional guitarist, he has worked and played with many of the most respected artists in the music world. He remains committed to pushing the envelope and has broadened his career by seeking and securing opportunities in other facets of the industry such as operating as Musical Director for world renowned artists such as Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, composing for film, television, and teaching guitar. More
Lisa Harriton became the touring keyboardist and back-up vocalist for the Grammy-award winning alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins, in 2007. Harriton appears in the videos for “Tarantula” and “That’s the Way (My Love Is)”. Since her work with the Pumpkins, she has toured/performed with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) Adam Lambert, Ke$ha and Natalia Kills, opening for the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars. Also a singer/songwriter, Harriton serves up a soulful blend of Alternative Electronic music in her band, “Elle Rae”. Using the Boss RC-300, “Elle Rae” incorporates live looping with her vocals and Roland keyboards. Harriton will release her debut “Elle Rae” EP in Winter of 2013 on Broadstroke Records. She is currently the Chair of the Keyboard Technology department at Musicians Institute, Hollywood.
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Berlin Belgin Ugursu – Baltimore, MD
Belgin Uğursu, aka DJ Berlin, is best known in her country as the “Queen of Pedals.” A loop artist, songwriter, guitarist and DJ from Istanbul, Turkey, DJ Berlin became interested in music at an early age. She grew up playing the baglama, a popular Turkish instrument, and eventually picked up the guitar. She moved to the United States to work on her music with Tony Jones, an American bass player and songwriter, eventually relocating to Baltimore to attend a DJ school. Berlin aspires to make music in the style of Deadmau5 and would eventually like to write music for film.
Vox Machina – Longmont, CO
Matt Murphy and Mister Tim combine their beatboxing skills, vocal prowess, and technical savviness to create their signature in-your-face sound. Fused with an eclectic array of sounds ranging from electro pop to funk, folk and rock, the two minds of Vox Machina have been in countless bands, productions, experimental groups and cutting-edge a capella acts around the country.
Paul Newman – Hollywood, CA
Super Tall Paul Newman could be best described as a multi-instrumentalist, utilizing the BOSS loop stations to act as the modern day “one man band.” He has played host to renegade shows and street performances for nearly a decade. Well versed in the art of improvisation, Super Tall Paul has created his shows based off of the rapport with his unsuspecting audiences. A truly unique vocalist and beatboxer, he is also skilled in playing the ukulele, flute, sax and nose whistle.
Robert Williamson – Dublin, GA
When his wife was diagnosed with MS, Robert Williamson made the decision not to pursue a career in music, instead working at a paper manufacturing plant to care for his wife and three boys. He has spent time singing in his local church, and placed second in the talent category and third overall in the 1996 Country Showdown national finals, the world’s largest country music contest. Williamson bought a BOSS RC-300 when a friend showed him a Jarle Bernhoft video on YouTube. On a whim, Williamson submitted a video to the Loop Station World Championship and it brought him all the way to the U.S. National Finals.
Danny Watson – Cincinnati, OH
Danny Watson has always loved the creative process of making music, especially live looping. He has been singing and beatboxing for the past six years and began rapping and looping two years ago. He is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati while recording his first studio album. He plans to work on his music and grow in the industry for many years to come.
Steven Cantor – Alpharetta, GA
Steven Cantor, aka Heaven Beatbox, has recently emerged from the hip hop scene as one of the next up-and-coming beatboxers. A true hip hop head, he is also skilled in b-boying and graffiti art. Heaven has had numerous TV and radio appearances including BeatBox Event Europe (Paris), 95.5 and Q100’s “Atlanta Talented Show”, “All About the Business” on the CW, and Scribble Jam National Beatbox Championships. In 2008, he opened for Big Boi of Outkast. He began touring in 2010, performing in clubs and different venues on the east coast. He was most recently in Berlin, representing the United States in the World Beatbox Championships. He is currently the 2012 American Vice-Beatbox Champion.