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Death, doom, gloom and a whole load of stomping metal riffs! Richard Shaw came into extreme metal band Cradle of Filth and reinvigorated their music, going on to contribute towards some of the best contemporary death metal records around. He's heavily inspired by the likes of Queen, Metallica and even R&B musicians. You might have thought the Capta…
 
Mark Holcomb is part of the triple threat of guitarists in one of metal's biggest modern bands: Periphery. Mark is known to bring slamming, sliding, melodic sections to the American five-piece's progressive style. He's also big into his death metal and those blast beats, combined with thunderous riffing work their way into the music as well. The Ca…
 
Jeff Schroeder has been the guitarist for alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins for more than a decade now - becoming a mainstay of their touring line-up since he joined in 2007. Before that, he was an integral member of The Lassie Foundation. They were regarded as a trailblazing act who developed their own unique 'shoegaze' guitar sound. Dur…
 
Mick Thompson is one half of Slipknot's legendary crushing metal guitar section and has been with the band since the very early days of the nine-piece's existence. He's known as an extremely tight player, with an absolutely rapid picking hand and panchant for a filthy riff. The Captain met Mick while on tour with Slipknot backstage at the o2 Arena …
 
Mike Dawes is one of the greatest acoustic guitarists alive today. Known for his intricate solo acoustic arrangements covering percussion, rhythm, and melody all by himself, Mike Dawes’ skill and creativity have helped push the boundaries of what’s possible with an acoustic guitar. In our 'The Captain Meets...' series on Youtube, our very own Lee A…
 
From playing guitar with David Bowie in the late 80s and 90s to serving as one of The Cure’s current guitarists, Reeves Gabrels is a veteran of the industry. Reeves is a highly accomplished guitarist and has developed a uniquely experimental and dissonant style. In this interview, Reeves and The Captain discuss his beginnings as a musician, his pro…
 
Allen Hinds is an American blues/jazz guitar virtuoso. As one of the session scene's biggest starts, Hinds has multiple performing/recording credits to his name and has worked with the likes of Natalie Cole, The Crusaders, Hiroshima and Bobby Caldwell - with his slick fusion style always shining through. The Alabama-born musician has also launched …
 
Gus G is a heavy metal legend, and even that's an understatement. He's most well known for his work with Firewind, but has also played with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, Nightrage and Kamelot - applying his excellent playing and tone to a range of titanic sounding acts. The Captain rings Gus for an in-depth chat about all things music and guitar. The…
 
Welsh six-stringer Chris Buck has spent the bulk of his '20s doing the rounds with soul-infused blues-rock outfit Buck & Evans. In 2018, he was named best new guitarist in the world by an online poll, which led to him sharing the stage with Slash - and in the process, made him a household name on the guitar scene. Chris sat down with the Captain in…
 
Joey Landreth is a Canadian singer-songwriter who's known for his soulful combination of folk, country and blues. Performing both as a solo artist and as part of The Bros. Landreth, the Canadian guitarist's sound is equal parts hot valve-driven tone, a slide and the occasional b-bender. Joey sat down with the Captain in the Andertons studio to talk…
 
Guthrie Govan is widely perceived as one of the best guitarists in the world - full-stop. With seemingly infinite knowledge of styles and techniques, and blistering chops that'll have you questioning reality, he's undoubtedly among the elite - he's performed with everyone from Hans Zimmer to Dizzee Rascal. Guthrie sat down with the Captain in the A…
 
In the words of Joe Bonamassa: "Kirk is hands-down one of the best blues guitarists in the world". Not a bad testimonial by any stretch. Hailing from California, Fletcher's dynamite rhythm & blues playing is soulful and evocative - he's won numerous awards and has 4 albums under his belt, with plenty more on the way. Kirk sat down with the Captain …
 
Chris Robertson is the guitarist/singer of Kentucky-based hard rock outfit Black Stone Cherry, and a signature PRS artist. Since the band's inception in 2001, they've released 6 studio albums and shared the stage with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alter Bridge and Shinedown among others. Chris sat down with the Captain in the Andertons studio to tal…
 
Mary Spender is a UK-based singer-songwriter who also happens to have over 20 million hits on YouTube. Her content ranges from lush covers of blues, folk and rock classics to candid vlogs at NAMM. We're no strangers to her dulcet tones and killer chops - Mary's an Andertons TV veteran. This time round, she stopped by the Andertons studio to catch u…
 
It’d be accurate to describe Paul Gilbert as a true pioneer of the guitar virtuoso rock scene that we’ve become accustomed to today. His technical but musical playing has inspired a generation of guitarists, building on a legacy that stretches from the ‘80s right on through to the current day. Paul sits down with The Captain before his Guildford gu…
 
Ola Englund is a YouTube superstar. Named Musicradar's 'Best Online Guitar Personality' in 2019, the Super Swede is still growing a dedicated fanbase who regularly tune-in to his hilarious weekly FAQ, 'Will It Chug?' and 'Rig of the Week' videos. Aside from his YouTube endeavours, Ola has proven himself as a successful businessman and currently run…
 
Nita Strauss has been testing her mettle in some of the fiercest musical arenas around, developing a well-founded reputation that’s seen her play with the likes of Alice Cooper, Jermaine Jackson and Femme Fatale. She is one of the most in-demand clinicians in the industry for a reason. Endorsements from the likes of Marshall and Ibanez quickly foll…
 
Nick Johnston is part of a new wave of guitar virtuosos, renowned for his slick legato style and moving, soulful instrumental music. The Canadian already has five full-length albums to his name, and his latest release (2019's "Wide Eyes In The Dark") is considered his most accomplished yet. Not only has Nick established a large online presence over…
 
The Captain Meets his Dad - aka the Admiral! In our longest Captain Meets episode yet, Peter Anderton sat down with Lee in the Andertons studio to talk about the history of the company, his inspirations as a businessman and musician, how the industry has changed over the years - and much more! In our 'The Captain Meets...' series on Youtube, our ve…
 
Misha Mansoor is the founder of modern metal pioneers Periphery; trendsetters of the "djent" genre. As one of the most recognised and accomplished guitarists in the game today, we were fortunate enough to catch up with "Bulb" back in 2015 during his sold-out UK clinic tour. In one of our most popular episodes of 'The Captain Meets' thus far, Lee ce…
 
Laura Cox is one of the most exciting blues rock players around today, her playing has attracted millions of views on her YouTube channel and she tours extensively with the Laura Cox Band. Laura and the Captain sit down to discuss her guitar playing journey, finding fame on YouTube, and of course... gear. In our 'The Captain Meets...' series on You…
 
Back in 2014, the Captain sat down with blues virtuoso Joe Bonamassa at the Marshall headquarters to demo and discuss the limited edition Marshall CS JTM145 amp. The guys discuss the story behind this special amp and Joe gets some blistering classic Marshall tones with Bernie Marsden's vintage 1959 Les Paul! In our 'The Captain Meets...' series on …
 
James Bay is an English guitarist and singer-songwriter, probably most well-known for his wildly popular 2014 track ‘Hold Back the River’. What you may not know however, is that James brings a serious level of guitar playing to the table too. The Captain and James hang out backstage before his sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo, nerding out ov…
 
Ian Thornley is the lead singer and guitarist of Candian-American rock band, Big Wreck. With riffs as powerful as his epic vocals, Ian blew us away with his playing when he dropped by the Andertons Studio for a chat with the Captain. In a real treat for guitar nerds, they discuss his music, gear, and have an extensive discussion about theory and te…
 
Armed with his lap steel guitar, Coodercaster and bottleneck slide, Martin Harley has carved out a distinct tone inspired by the stirring sounds of delta blues and Americana. His last two albums were recorded in Nashville, the spiritual home of American folk and country music. Alongside his own solo material, Martin has performed with the likes of …
 
Yvette Young is one of guitar music’s rising stars. Making music both as a solo artist and with math-rock trio Covet, her unique style combines two-hand tapping with open tunings and chiming clean tones, influenced by her background as a classically-trained pianist and violinist. Yvette sat down with the Captain in the Andertons studio to talk abou…
 
One of Canada’s finest guitar exports, Ariel Posen combines gutsy slide playing with a masterful knowledge of harmony – the result is a uniquely expressive form of blues, with a healthy injection of jazz, country and straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also a regular on Andertons TV! Ariel sat down with the Captain in the Andertons studio to talk about…
 
Brazilian guitar virtuoso Lari Basilio is a true musical genius. Combining skilful, melodic and tasteful playing, Lari has developed a unique instrumental style that has garnered appreciation and admiration from across the music world. Lari stopped by the Andertons HQ to showcase her sensational playing, while also discussing her childhood in São P…
 
The LA Daily News once described Matt Schofield using the following sentence. “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades…head and shoulders above the herd”. Never has a few words been so accurate. Matt has justifiably been ranked alongside notable legendary players, including Peter Green and Eric Clapton…
 
This time, the Captain isn’t meeting someone known for their guitar playing ability. No, Christoph Kemper is far more influential. Getting into music as a keys player, Christoph developed his first virtual analogue synth and founded Access Music. He then moved onto guitars, inspired by digital amps. As you might guess from the name, Christoph is th…
 
The Captain was extremely excited about this one. Old school bluesman Walter Trout is an exceptional guitarist with an ear for a big tune and an inspirational back story. He made it out of the suburbs growing up on sixties jazz and the big names in rock and roll – eventually joining rock legend John Mayall’s band. Walter Trout recovered from hardsh…
 
Pete Thorn is one of the most popular and respected gear demonstrators on YouTube, known for his professionalism and immensely versatile guitar playing. However, Pete is also a world-class session musician who has played with the likes of Chris Cornell, Jewel and Don Henley, with several solo albums to his name too. Originally from Edmonton, Canada…
 
There's far more to Mark Agnesi than just that whole "play authentic" thing (you know what we're talking about). As the General Manager at Norman's Rare Guitars for almost a decade, Agnesi made his name presenting their popular 'Guitar of the Day' YouTube series; becoming a mainstay on their well-subscribed channel. Head-hunted by Gibson in early 2…
 
Tom Quayle and Martin Miller are spearheading a wave of young guitarists who are out to change the game. Combining a commitment to technique, a passion for jazz harmony and a love for the shred & fusion greats, they've forged an incredible sound that's as precise as it is dynamic. Tom Quayle started playing at the age of 15, initially preferring ro…
 
Dan Steinhardt and Mick Taylor have become household names in the guitar community. With their popular 'That Pedal Show' YouTube channel becoming a hub for stompbox fanatics seeking valuable insight into their favourite circuits and designs, there's actually far more to the dynamic duo than just their successful video content. While Dan is the foun…
 
Steve Vai – a true living legend. With over 15 million album sold and three Grammy awards under his belt, he’s among the most decorated musicians of all time. He’s also one of the nicest people we’ve ever had the pleasure of interviewing! Sit back and enjoy over an hour of pure wisdom, from guitar practice techniques to profound life lessons – and …
 
Tora Dahle Aagård is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and Chapman artist that is making waves – not just in her native Norway, but across the music industry. She combines incredible, highly technical guitar playing with a musicality and presence that belies her 24 years of age. Tora views the guitar as not just a separate musical entity, but as an ex…
 
Guitar lovers. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds and tales of the legend that is Eric Gales. In this episode of The Captain Meets, Lee sits down with this incredible blues-rock guitarist and gets deep in conversation about the players past, present and future. In this beautifully honest interview, Eric talks us through some of his more recent re…
 
Rabea has worked with Andertons for a long time now, but do we really know the man behind the afro? The baritone-wielding guitar virtuoso lets us into his crazy world of music. Growing up in Leeds with musical parents, Rabea began his musical journey as a drummer before being forced out of action and onto the guitar. Rabea slowly but surely discove…
 
One of our most popular interviews – Dream Theater legend John Petrucci is a groundbreaking guitarist, incorporating progressive music, shred, jazz and his own unique flavour into one mindblowing band. John is still a driving member of Dream Theater, with a back catalogue of 14 albums and counting, on top of a number of side projects and guest appe…
 
Hailed by many as a modern blues phenomenon, Dan Patlansky is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most formidable musical exports in recent memory. His sound and style has been compared to the likes of Hendrix and SRV, but with an undeniably electrifying take on the classic blues sound. For the best part of 2 decades, Patlansky has been making a name…
 
Australian-American fingerstyle guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel is something of a household name in the guitar world. Seamlessly blending jazz, folk, blues, bluegrass and country music, he's won countless awards throughout his career and is widely seen as one of the best acoustic guitarists of all time. Known for his energetic stage presence, genre-de…
 
A wizard on guitar, Albert Lee is a true ‘old-time’ country and rock player with chops in the bucketloads. You might find it surprising that he’s not actually American! Albert Lee is arguably Britain’s most successful export in the genre, having worked with the Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton and Dolly Parton. Described as a man without ego by his pe…
 
The Gristle King himself! Greg Koch is one of our favourite guitarists here at Andertons. He’s an incredibly expressive, versatile player and we think he’s a bit of an underrated gem. Greg has an envious catalogue of critically acclaimed albums stretching back to his 1993. Joe Bonamassa and Steve Vai have referred to Greg as an inspiring player and…
 
You can tell Jennifer Batten is a guitarist who has put in the hard graft to make it as a pro. And it certainly paid off, making the jump from teaching and playing in a number of cover bands up to playing for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. You’ve got to be good to play with these guys, and Jennifer proved early on that she's got what it takes. She’…
 
Josh Middleton has carved a reputation as one of the most technically proficient metal guitarists on the scene. He’s spent the past decade providing hard-hitting riffs for trailblazing UK prog-metallers Architects and Sylosis. In this episode, Josh chats to Lee about his first steps on the guitar, his ESP guitar collection, songwriting influences a…
 
Known for mixing exotic melodies with blistering sweep-picked arpeggios and soulful string bends, Marty Friedman's playing is etched into the memories of adoring guitar players all over the world. Having previously worked with Megadeth, undoubtedly one of most influential metal acts of all time, Friedman went on to enjoy a highly-successful solo ar…
 
Multiple Grammy Award winner Marcus Miller is one of the most celebrated bassists and producers in the world. As well as producing dozens of studio albums, film scores and compositions, he's performed and recorded with the likes of Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin and countless others. Marcus also teamed up with Sire to produce the inc…
 
One of our most requested episodes since day one! Lee finally sat down with everyone’s favourite Danish guitar god to have a proper chat – enjoy! First of all, yes, Pete is in fact Danish. Peter Honore originally hailed from Denmark, land of pastries, Carlsberg and really happy people according to multiple studies. Pete has enjoyed a colourful care…
 
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