Video Interview With MIKE CAMPESE At NAMM 2015 for Metal Shock Finland, Performance Footage Available

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015

Composer, guitarist, songwriter MIKE CAMPESE performed at NAMM 2015, on January 22nd-23rd, in the Anaheim Convention Center at 800 West Katella Ave, Anaheim, California, where Metal Shock Finland‘s Sandy Storm had a chance to sit down with Mike and talk about Mike’s several NAMM appearances in past years. Among other topics were Mike’s music, his latest album Chameleon and his new website. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE...

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Mike at NAMM 2015

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015

Check out Mike at this year’s NAMM Convention! Mike will be heading out to California to play at the NAMM show in Anaheim at the Convention Center again this year. Mike will be performing January 22nd-25th at the Anaheim Convention Center at Booth 6225 in Hall A and at Booth 3590 in Hall D. Click here to see when Mike is playing and where you can catch...

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Metal Temple Interview

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015

Metal Temple’s Cami Kyttle recently had a chance to talk to Mike Campese, a guitar virtuoso and all-around music performer, best known for performing with the ephemeral Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Also holding an extensive and well-received solo career discography, Campese spoke with us about his life and his newest solo album entitled “Chameleon.” First of all, how the hell did you learn to play guitar like that?! Lots of practice! It took many years of hard work and dedication. I developed my speed and technique pretty much after the first year of playing guitar and as time went on I developed more control and feel. I’m very versatile and I love all types of music. From learning to play different styles and techniques over the years, it just comes out in my playing and writing. I did take lessons and I went to GIT in Hollywood, CA. But, if you don’t put the time in, all that does not mean anything. How did you decide which songs would have vocals attached and which would be strictly instrumental? Usually, after I came up with the initial riffs for the tunes, I then decide if it will be a vocal tune. Sometimes before I write the tune I will get vocal ideas or a concept in my mind and how I want the song to sound. Since I’m not a singer, I’m a “guitarist that sings” I usually come up with the music first and then I will add vocals. Also, I like to have a few vocal tunes on each CD that I put out. It opens things up and it can widen your audience. Sometimes it just happens before your eyes, I always let things happen naturally…. How did you come up with the names of the songs that are just instrumental, such as “Pasta & Bananas?” Lol. Everyone asks about this title! Every song and title I come up with is for a reason, even if it is an instrumental or a vocal tune. I decided to name that song “Pasta and Bananas,” because that is my ritual before I play. I usually eat pasta and bananas before I go on stage, separate of course. I may have pasta earlier and then right before I go on stage I eat a banana. It gives me energy when I play and I like to have food in my system. I...

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MIKE CAMPESE Signs Deal With Agentur EAM

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015

MIKE CAMPESE Signs Deal With Agentur EAM

Agentur EAM Event And Artist Management has announced the signing with the Composer, guitarist, songwriter MIKE CAMPESE: Holidays are coming but we have not enough for this year and we want to announce a new great artist for our family. He’s Mike Campese. Mike was a member of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and received a Gold record for his work and has appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth In The Wilderness” on the Lion Music label in Finland, which was a international release. Read More...

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MelodicRock.com Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014

MelodicRock.com Review of Chameleon

Mike Campese is back with a new solo release, titled “Chameleon”. This is Mike’s 8th solo CD,  it contains 12 new tracks and is a little over 60 minutes. This cd really packs a punch, If you heard Mike’s previous cd’s you will realize that he has really honed his writing and musicianship. The first track “To the 9’s” is slamming, it’s a blistering tune with incredible melody and alone it is worth the price of the cd. Not only is Mike a guitar virtuoso, but he does sing on a few tracks on this disc as well. The titled track “Chameleon” has some real nice haunting melodies and some nice lush vocal harmonies. There is some serious shredding on this cd and plenty of melody as well. With the blistering guitar and the Paganini inspired section in the tune “Raise the Bow” and the multiple meter changes in the song “Pasta and Bananas” that progressive rock fans will love. Mike returns with his blues roots on the tune “She Burnt the House Down”, which has some incredible soaring leads that are in your face and some real nice vocal melodies. Campese gets funky on this cd as well, the tunes “Funky Monkey Man” and “Firefly in a Bottle”, feature some pretty awesome funk grooves and some nice vocal lines. If you have been following Mike’s music and career, you will know that Mike is known for his great sense of melody and melodic shredding on the guitar. A perfect example of this is the tune “Flashback”, this beautiful ballad was inspired when Mike was living in Hollywood and attending Mi. “Vegas” (playing the slots) is probably one of the most unique tunes on the cd. When you are listening to this song, you will think you are in Vegas playing a slot machine. Now let’s cross the pacific ocean, the Hawaiian volcano inspired tune “Kilauea” erupts with some incredible guitar lines with some in your face guitars. For the first time on any Mike Campese cd, Mike has a very special guest, his friend and guitar legend, Vernon Reid of Living Colour. Mike and Vernon are trading off with some crazy solos at the end of the jazzy tune “Do it for the Cars” Mike is a very versatile guitarist and on each cd he incorporates a little jazz and other styles in his music, which makes him...

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Axe Magazine 10-14 Lesson

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

Axe Magazine 10-14 Lesson

Continuando il discorso dalla puntata precedente, ecco altri esempi per esplorare la tastiera e prepararsi a shreddare. Questo passaggio a terzine di semicrome dimostra una possibile applicazione dei concetti della puntata precedente in un contesto musicale. Un pattern a semicrome che, in modo un po’ inusuale, si muove in senso diagonale. Molti chitarristi, per chissà quale ragione, non praticano questo tipo di movimento… Un altro pattern “diagonale” suddiviso in terzine di crome, basato sulle permutazioni 3, 4, 1 e 4, 1, 2 delle dita della sinistra (prime due terzine). Proseguendo, la diteggiatura varia per adattarsi alla scala diatonica di FA maggiore. Per ora è tutto; ricordiamo di continuare a creare i nostri pattern. E ricordiamo il mio ultimo CD...

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Pure Metal Interview

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014

Pure Metal Interview

Gitarowy kameleon Początków muzycznej aktywności tego pochodzącego z Nowego Jorku muzyka naleŜy doszukiwać się jeszcze w połowie lat osiemdziesiątych. Wtedy to nastoletni Mike Campese, wespół ze swoimi szkolnymi kolegami, współtworzył tradycyjnie heavy metalową formację DIVINE MALICE. Po latach działalności z róŜnymi wykonawcami, swoją muzyczną karierę zdecydował się powiązać czasowo z projektem TRANS – SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. W międzyczasie samodzielnie sporo koncertował m.in. z takimi wykonawcami jak DOKKEN, Yngwie Malmsteen czy Michael Schenker oraz scenicznie wspomagał występy członków takich formacji jak YES i ASIA. Od roku 2000, kiedy to ukazał się jego debiutancki solowy krąŜek „Full Circle” do chwili obecnej opublikował osiem solowych albumów, z których ostatni zatytułowany „Chameleon”, wydany został w ubiegłym roku. Poza tym muzyk posiada na swoim koncie całkiem pokaźny dorobek muzyki, napisanej specjalnie dla potrzeb filmu i telewizji. Wielokrotnie był teŜ wysoko notowany w plebiscytach, ogłaszanych przez fachowe i uznane magazyny w rodzaju „Guitar World” czy „Guitar Player”. Panie i Panowie przed Wami Mike Campese we własnej osobie… Mike, w związku z tym, Ŝe jest to nasze pierwsze spotkanie czy mógłbyś w kilku zdaniach przybliŜyć swoją sylwetkę naszym czytelnikom? Mike: Zatem jeśli nie są zaznajomieni z moją działalnością to proszę bardzo. Jestem gitarzystą i kompozytorem na co dzień mieszkającym w Nowym Yorku w Stanach Zjednoczonych i mam swoim dorobku całkiem pokaźną ilość wydanych solowo płyt. Większość nagranej przeze mnie muzyki to głównie muzyka instrumentalna. Sporo teŜ współpracowałem z wieloma krajowymi wykonawcami. Byłem członkiem TRANS – SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, a takŜe przygotowuję lekcje gry na gitarze, które później są zamieszczane w licznych światowych publikacjach. Kompletny wykaz moich powiązań jest dostępny na mojej stronie internetowej. Jak sądzisz co powoduje, Ŝe wielu gitarzystów decyduje się na solową karierę? Mike: Rzeczywiście istnieje wielu gitarzystów, którzy usiłują robić solową karierę i jest juŜ całkiem spora liczba takich, którzy juŜ od dawno to robią. KaŜdego roku pojawia się coraz więcej i więcej gitarzystów, którzy jednak robią wciąŜ te same rzeczy, po prostu w czasach Internetu jest to duŜo łatwiejsze niŜ kiedyś. Musisz jednak wiedzieć, Ŝe to wymaga naprawdę duŜo cięŜkiej pracy, aby osiągnąć sukces i móc w ten sposób zarabiać na Ŝycie. Dzisiaj tak naprawdę juŜ nie potrzebujesz duŜych wytwórni płytowych do tego, aby na dobre zaistnieć. Jestem przekonany, Ŝe to bardzo waŜne, aby mieć coś indywidualnego do przekazania w zakresie gry na gitarze i móc być przede wszystkim wszechstronnym. Przyznam Ci się, Ŝe ogólnie to w jaki sposób grasz na gitarze przypomina mi...

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Power Play Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014

Power Play Review of Chameleon

American guitarist Mike Campese and I share one thing. I wish it was musical prowess, but alas it’s not. He’s good on the old guitar, while I’m not. He’s probably best known for his short stint with Trans-Siberian Orchestra in 2004 for the album “The Lost Christmas Eve.’ Other than that, he has released eight solo albums. “Chameleon” being the latest, although this did first see the light of day back in 2013. This album is slightly different from your usual guitar virtuoso release, as Mike includes five tracks that have vocals. These are sandwiched in between pure instrumental tracks. One school of thought in doing this could be that it provides a break from the shredding and apparent cramming of notes into bars of songs, which is quite overpowering. if you want to know what a tune with 64 notes in a bar sounds like (a hemi demi semi quarter) then I’m sure there’s bucket loads in here. Another school of thought might be that it provides a change of pace. Slightly slower, more melodic songs with a bit more soul and character doesn’t do the overall feel of the album any...

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