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Malekko on a mission

Malekko on a mission

MALEKKO HEAVY Industry co-owner Josh Holley has come a long way from painting pedals in the driveway of a house in Austin, Texas, but that is basically how it was done when the synth geek turned MI entrepreneur started back in 2006. Today, Malekko is the majority occupant of a building Holley now co-owns in the heart of Portland, Oregon’s Buckman neighborhood, east of the Willamette River.  more...
Oz Noy funks it up!

Oz Noy funks it up!

“YOU'VE GOT to go to New York,” they said. “That’s the place to be,” they said. It turns out “they” were right. Twenty years ago, Oz Noy left Israel, relocated to NYC, and never looked back. Since then, he has released eight albums, worked steadily as a session and touring guitarist, and when he’s not on the road, you can find him gigging at The Bitter End.  more...
Ronin works with, among giants

Ronin works with, among giants

IT IS A HULKING, yet relatively unassuming building that backs up to North Channel Bay off Highway 101 in Eureka, California. At one time back in the 1970s, it was used by shipbuilders to paint the hulls of ships and other maritime construction tasks. Today, it is the unlikely home of Ronin Guitars — one of the world’s only guitar makers to use reclaimed old growth redwood for electric and acoustic guitars.  more...
Dave Cobb brings together his <i>Southern Family</i>

Dave Cobb brings together his Southern Family

AWARD-WINNING albums, Grammy nominations, hit songs — Dave Cobb has produced them all, and each is a milestone for the Nashville-based producer/guitarist/imprint record label head. While he takes all of his accomplishments seriously, and with an element of disbelief for his good fortune, it’s clear how taken aback he is by his recent appointment as producer in residence at the legendary RCA Studio A.  more...
Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: <i>Gear!</i>

Welcome to NAMM-aheim, CA. Pop: Gear!

THE 115th NAMM show is in the books, and it was a big one according to show organizers. The National Association of Music Merchants said a record 1,726 exhibiting companies representing more than 6,000 brands were showcased at the 2016 affair, a 7% increase in exhibiting companies over last year’s event.  more...
John Lodge: Light years traveled

John Lodge: Light years traveled

For five decades the Moody Blues — bassist John Lodge, vocalist/guitarist Justin Hayward, and drummer Graeme Edge — have maintained a high profile in the music industry, with a loyal fan base that spans generations. With over 70 million albums sold worldwide, the group has won numerous awards and earned 18 platinum albums.  more...
Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

Blackbird Pedalboards finds new nest

SOME BUSINESSES are born out of necessity. Some are built out of desire. Still others... are just flukes. You’ll find by talking with many of the smaller gear manufacturers around, that their businesses were born from first doing a little something nice for themselves... and then that ‘little something nice’ catching the attention of a fellow musician, and snowballing from there.  more...