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Michael Schenker is one of the most influential rock guitarists on the planet with players such as John Petrucci, Kirk Hammett and Randy Rhoades citing the German born guitarist as an inspiration. Schenker rose to fame through his fiery playing in The Scorpions and UFO in the '70s and '80s. And whilst a host of offers from artists such as Aerosmith…
 
Martin Cilia joins us to talk about a career that has seen him play with legendary Australian surf band The Atlantics, the chart topping Mental As Anything, release a number of albums under his own name and a host of other projects. Martin also gives us a detailed look into his incredible vintage guitar collection - including a 1954 Fender Stratoca…
 
Mike Campbell is responsible for crafting some of the most memorable guitar parts in popular music. The long time Heartbreaker joins us to talk about a remarkable career working as 'co-captain' with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, filling in for Lindsay Buckingham in Fleetwood Mac and stepping out front and centre in his long term project, The Dir…
 
We revisit our conversation with the phenomenal Brett Garsed. Brett's unique and dynamic legato style has seen him earn tremendous respect in both his homeland of Australia and around the globe. Brett describes the development of his guitar voice in rural Victoria, being discovered in Mike Varney's 'Spotlight' column in Guitar Player Magazine and t…
 
The Fender Telecaster celebrates its 70th birthday this year. In 1950 Fender's Broadcaster - quickly renamed the Telecaster after a legal complaint from Gretsch - became the first commercially available solid body electric guitar after a tense arms race with Les Paul and other competitors. Music and popular culture was forever changed. Today we are…
 
Kat Ayala joins us to talk about her diverse and flourishing career. Kat tells us about melding big rock tones and intricate ambience in Forces & Fury - her rad project with Astrid Holtz - gigs with Vanessa Amorosi, Hayley Mary, Royale with Cheese and many more touring acts. Kat has great stories about landing high profile gigs, how Diesel introduc…
 
Joe Elliott is a great friend of the show. Joe first joined us in 2017 to discuss his fantastic Truth Serum album. Since then, the former head of guitar at the world famous Guitar Institute in Hollywood has been developing a comprehensive online guitar course. Matt has been a beta tester, Greg Koch & Brett Garsed have given it the thumbs up and the…
 
John Encarnacao's muse runs deep with a myriad of channels to direct his creative output. He happily steps from rock to free-improvisation and any number of points in between and beyond. In episode #144 John discusses the latest Warmer album, 'Wooden Box with Strings', his series of guitar solo albums, free impro trio W.E.S.T and much more. In addi…
 
Today we revisit our December 2018 interview with the one and only Vernon Reid. Reid is not only one of the most unique guitarists to emerge in the rock world, he is also one of the most thoughtful and articulate. As the founder of the genre breaking and status qou defying band Living Colour, Reid has fearlessly blazed a trail like few others. Reid…
 
In our August 2018 interview, Dave Leslie (Baby Animals) shared a multitude of fantastic on and off-stage stories about touring with Van Halen. On the sad day of Eddie Van Halen's passing we replay these stories with much love. To check out the entire interview with Dave - head over to Guitar Speak Podcast episode #91. Guitar Speak Podcast Links Pa…
 
Andrew 'Mozz' Macdonald joins us to talk about his ever expanding range of Mozztronics hand built pedals. Andrew's pedals are finding their way on many boards around Australia including those of Tim Rogers and Davey Lane (You Am I) and Guitar Speak alumni, Bob Spencer (The Angels, Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo). We talk about working closely with those art…
 
Dr Zane Banks and Jy-Perry Banks are two of the most electrifying young guitarists in Australia. The siblings tell of a musically rich upbringing and subsequent careers in the industry. The brothers are equally adept in country, jazz, blues, rock and art music. Zane attained his PhD through the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, researching the use of…
 
Adam Miller returns to talk through the adventure of relocating to California from Newcastle, Australia, writing and record his brilliant new album Unify, being part of the Two-Rock amp family, finding new gigs, inspired jams with Mason Stoops & Adam Levy, guitar talk and much more. Adam has his new Collings guitar in hand for a great guitar hang. …
 
Michael Staertow joins us to talk about spending seven years on the road with Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm, essential sideman tips, Les Pauls, paying it forward and even gives us a sneak peak of his much anticipated solo EP. michaelstaertow.com Simon Refalo Guitarist YouTube Guitar Speak Podcast Links PayPal Tip Jar Visit us at guitarspeakpodcast.c…
 
Today we look at Tonepedia's 'interactive experiencing platform' - an ingenious online site that allows users to check out and tweak a huge collection of pedals, guitars and amps in real time. Tonepedia's CEO Elad Yaacov and marketing director Lee Alexander talk us through the philosophy of the company, the outworkings of the site and the relations…
 
Joseph Tabua’s sound world embodies large slabs of colours that juxtapose indie rock influences with aleotoric and minimalist finesse. Joseph’s Fijian and Australian heritage are intertwined profoundly thus creating an electrifying and distinct compositional voice. We discuss Joseph's guitar approach from rock jams with an embryonic Silverchair to …
 
Today we revisit our fantastic 2017 guitar hang with the one and only Jude Gold. Jude is a multitasking guitar phenom and good friend of our show: solo artist / high profile sideman - Greg Howe, Billy Sheehan, Jefferson Starship journalist - Guitar Player Magazine podcaster - No Guitar is Safe educator - former Director of Guitar at the Musicians I…
 
It's our annual look at new gear from NAMM and beyond. We're joined by our friends Michael Ross (Guitar Moderne, Premier Guitar) and Gavin Moar (Cote Guitars) to talk through the latest and greatest in guitar gear. PS My apologies for calling Railhammer pickups 'Warheads'!! Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at guitarspeakpodcast.com Subscribe and…
 
Grammy-Nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris, is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr. John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton to name just a few. I catch up with Gil to talk ab…
 
Ryan Roxie - Alice Cooper Band, Slash's Snake Pit, Roxie '77 - joins us for a great guitar hang. Ryan tells us about crafting a three pronged guitar attack with Alice Cooper, his new System 12 Guitar Method, working with Slash, Orianthi, gear talk, the excellent 'In The Trenches' podcast and much more. ryanroxie.com Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit…
 
Eric Peterson - founder of thrash metal heavyweights, Testament - joins us to talk about the band's latest album "Titans of Creation". Eric discusses the process for writing and recording the record, how the guitar partnership with Alex Skolnick has developed, remembering the early days of the Bay area thrash scene and much more. Titans of Creation…
 
Guitar Speak Podcast Quick Picks are short and punchy reviews of albums, gigs, gear, books - anything guitar related. Today, we look at Joe Satriani's latest studio album, "Shapeshifting". Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at guitarspeakpodcast.com Subscribe and find previous episodes at: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Follow us on Facebook & In…
 
Scott Salmon of Nautilus Effects Systems first joined us in early 2020 to talk about the Aussie Bushfire Gear Giveaway, a fundraising venture that ended up with over 120 pedal builders from around the globe donating pedals. We catch up on the final results of that effort and then talk pedals and pedalboards in depth. Scott has a wealth of knowledge…
 
Guitar Speak Podcast Quick Picks are short and punchy reviews of albums, gigs, gear, books - anything guitar related. Our first Quick Pick reviews Joe Matera's latest instrumental album, "Electric Wire". www.joematera.com https://www.patreon.com/join/joematera Joe Matera interview - Guitar Speak Podcast #113 Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at g…
 
Its our fourth birthday and we are joined by the amazing Orianthi Panagaris. Orianthi joins us from LA on the cusp of releasing her much anticipated fourth solo album. We talk through an incredible career including stories of working with Michael Jackson, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood, Dave Stewart, Robbie Kreiger, Richie Sambora, Des…
 
The Guitar Speak Podcast review of the Whitesnake / The Scorpions double header in Sydney, Australia with special guest Jeremy Barnes. Thanks to Val MacIver of VMPR. Episode #131 Links Whitesnake + Scorpions Guitar Speak Podcast review PRINT VERSION GSP Episode #74 Joel Hoekstra GSP Episode #111 Jeremy Barnes Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at …
 
As Whitesnake are just about hit Australian shores in 2020 we replay our February 2018 interview with the brilliant, humble and super hard working Joel Hoekstra. Joel has forged an incredible career playing with Night Ranger, Foreigner, Cher, Trans Siberian Orchestra and his current gig in Whitesnake, to name but a few of the bands that have called…
 
Darren Hart, professionally known as Harts, is an acclaimed musician, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Over the years, Harts has established himself as one of Australia’s finest young talents, composing, recording and producing three studio albums, two EPs and a live album, securing three #1 most played songs on Australi…
 
PART II - The Guitar Speak Podcast has teamed up with the legendary Stevie Taylor of The Gig Life Podcast to present this roundtable with five of Australia's finest guitarists. We had a blast talking all things guitar with Peter Northcote, Chris Kamzelas, Ben Rodgers, Marc Malouf and Daniel March. Many thanks to Stevie for putting in the legwork to…
 
The Guitar Speak Podcast has teamed up with the legendary Stevie Taylor of The Gig Life Podcast to present this roundtable with five of Australia's finest guitarists. We had a blast talking all things guitar with Peter Northcote, Chris Kamzelas, Ben Rodgers, Marc Malouf and Daniel March. Many thanks to Stevie for putting in the legwork to make this…
 
As Australia is facing destructive bushfires of unprecedented magnitude we speak to Scott Salmon of Nautilus Effects Systems who has brought together a global community of pedal and gear builders - including JHS, That Pedal Show / Keeley, Lollygagger, Tate FX and Shin - Ei to raise much needed support. Episode #127 Links Aussie Bushfire Gear Giveaw…
 
Thank you for listening in 2019! Today we take a quick look back at the year that was and fire off an FAQ speed round. Episode #126 Links The Gig Life Podcast Libsyn Podcast Distribution Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at guitarspeakpodcast.com Subscribe and find previous episodes at: Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Follow us on Facebook & Inst…
 
Nili Brosh returns to the show to give us a deep dive into her latest solo album, 'Spectrum'. Nili also gives us the rundown on her gigs with Jennifer Batten & Gretchen Menn as discussed in episode #119, her epic Dethklok show, working with Tony MacAlpine, her brother Ethan, playing over 700 Cirque Du Soleil gigs and much more. Episode #125 Links w…
 
John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, KD Lang, David Lee Roth) joins us to talk about his latest album 'Invasion', touring the album, scary guitar tricks and much more. Episode #124 Links www.john-5.com John 5 2020 Australian Tour Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at guitarspeakpodcast.com Subscribe and find previous episodes at: Apple Podcasts Spo…
 
After a fascinating appearance on our Stratocaster 65th Anniversary Special, author Ian S. Port returns to discuss his book "The Birth of Loud" in depth. It is a brilliant read! “A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history. With appropriately flashy prose, [Port] dismantles some misconceptions and credits some nearly forgotten but …
 
Marty Friedman joins us for episode #122! Marty talks about: Touring and sharing the spotlight with his killer 'super group'. An amazing solo career with 15 albums and countless tours under his own name. Lessons learned after 10 years with Megadeth. How a move to Japan in the early 2000s made an incredible impact on his career. Signature gear from …
 
Leo Fender's Stratocaster is arguably not only the iconic electric guitar but an enduring symbol of popular culture. Following on from the visionary Telecaster, the Stratocaster has captured the imaginations of players across generations and styles. We are joined by Ian S. Port, US bestselling author of The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul and t…
 
Michael Sweet is welcomed back on the show to talk about his new star-studded solo album "Ten", Stryper, Washburn Guitars and his upcoming Australian acoustic tour. Episode #119 Links Michael Sweet 2019 Australian Tour Michael Sweet - Guitar Speak Podcast #85 Michael Dolce 2019 Masterclass Tour Guitar Speak Podcast Links Visit us at guitarspeakpodc…
 
Gretchen Menn, Jennifer Batten and Nili Brosh join us to talk about joining forces for what will be an amazing run of shows. We also cover upcoming solo work, the benefits of study, the changing landscape for female guitarists, current gear choices and much more. This was a super fun conversation with three incredible musicians. And Elvis the dog. …
 
Australian guitarist Cameron Jones takes us into his journey through the unique world of gypsy jazz guitar. Cameron explains the keys to the style, instrumental and historic influences and his own travels across Australia and Europe to collaborate, learn and perform. Cameron is the creative director of the Oz Manouche Festival, an annual event cele…
 
The Byron Bay Guitar Festival, located on the beautiful north coast of New South Wales, Australia, features a huge variety of performances, workshops and markets all celebrating the guitar. We catch up with festival director Nick Sergi, Murray Cook of the Soulmovers and Masterclass clinician Pete Northcote to talk all things BBGF! Episode #117 Link…
 
Phil Ceberano is one of Australia's most beloved guitarists - having toured the globe, appeared on countless sessions, fronting his own projects and serving as music director for his sister, Kate Ceberano. Phil talks about growing up in a creative home, catching the guitar bug via a friend's Led Zep album, employing the skills he honed as a musicia…
 
Nick Wolfe is a fourth-generation musician from his family of farmers and musicians hailing from the Australian island state of Tasmania. Nick talks us through his start on guitar at age six playing Billy Ray Cyrus hits and his metal and hair band days right through to the journey of The Wolfe Brothers. After years of paying their dues on the cover…
 
Sydney based guitarist and songwriter, Mark Tobin, joins us for episode 114. Mark talks us through a rich and ever growing career which started in the early 90s. As a member of the EMI signed band Scarlet, sessions at the legendary 301 studios and tours with Radiohead, Concrete Blonde and World Party among others followed. Mark followed this up wit…
 
We are joined by Australian guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Matera for episode #113. Joe has released a number of instrumental and vocal albums to worldwide acclaim. As a journalist, he has interviewed artists such as Slash, Gary Moore and John Mayer amongst many others in publications such as Rolling Stone, Guitar World, Australian Guitarist a…
 
Tim Rollinson is a leading jazz guitarist and producer who is best known as a founding member of Acid Jazz pioneers, DIG (Directions in Groove). Tim has also played with a diverse range of other artists such as Vince Jones, The Black-Eyed Susans, Louis Tillett, Ralph Pyl Big Band, Phil Slater, The 10 Guitar Project and blues artist Lucky Peterson. …
 
Simply put, Jeremy Barnes is one of the most ferocious guitarists on the planet today. Whilst 'Guitar World' has name-checked him as one of the fastest guitarists in the world, Barnes' tone, touch and phrasing place him in a unique class of players beyond a bpm bending shredder. Barnes talks about influences, getting unwittingly caught up in the sp…
 
Eric Fortaleza is one of the hardest working bass players in Australia, regularly hitting stages, television and studios with a bevy of artists that don’t require surnames: Ricky-Lee, Matt & Jess, Jasmine Rae and many more. Matt jams with Eric in his home studio and talks Fender endorsements, influences, MD gigs, vintage and custom shop Fenders, bu…
 
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