Mike Campese – Times Union, Albany NY – Newspaper Feature and Interview

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Mike Campese – Times Union, Albany NY – Newspaper Feature and Interview

Albany guitarist Mike Campese at the Madison Musician’s career entails more than playing By Jim Shahen Jr Updated 4:51 pm, Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Mike Campese “Your personality comes out in your music,” said Mike Campese, Albany-area guitar god, of how he uses his six-string virtuosity to express himself. “You’re speaking in music instead of words.” For Campese, speaking in music has been a long, fruitful conversation that’s taken him around the world and provided him with many opportunities. On Saturday, it’ll take him back to his hometown for a show at the Madison Theater. While Campese has a distinguished recording career as a solo artist, his work with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and session gigs, the live setting is where he flourishes. “The best thing is live,” he said. “In the studio, you can overanalyze it. Live, you go for it! “Everything comes together, you have the energy of the crowd, it’s the end result of what you put into your music,” he enthused. While some shows, like past performances and his upcoming set at Saratoga’s First Night in a few weeks, consist of just Campese and a backing track, at the Madison show he’ll be helming a power trio. He’s looking forward to the dynamic a theater performance presents. “It’s a really cool place and the sound is really good,” Campese says of the Madison Theater. “The best part of a theater show is that people come to see you, to see the show. Related Stories Famous bands and musicians from Upstate New York “We’re planning on playing a couple of hours, like 2 and a half hours,” he continued. “We’ll probably play like 4 or 5 songs off every album.” That includes tracks from his ninth and most recent album, “Chapters,” released last summer. Propelled largely by delicate, melodic acoustic arrangements augmented with tasteful electric leads, it’s a sonic departure from the dexterous shredding he’s probably most known for. “Every album is different,” Campese explained. “If one person hears just one album, it doesn’t represent who I am. “I was due for an acoustic album,” he continued, noting that his last acoustic album was 2007’s “Hidden Treasures.” “I like the sound of the distortion of electric (guitars). Acoustic doesn’t fully express who I am. (Electric lead overdubs) provide more variety, kind of serve like a violin.” As well as its sonic differences, “Chapters” reveals the flexibility and...

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Guitarz Forever – Mike Campese Interview

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Mike Campese Chapters Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of 13, and was exposed to music around the house, with his Father being a virtuoso violinist and his brother playing guitar. Mike, the youngest of the family, was heavily into Black Sabbath. Their music inspired him to learn the guitar and he began lessons with a Jazz guitarist. Mike was also heavily into Jimi Hendrix and other artists like Ozzy, AL Di Meola, Van Halen and many more. Mike was very obsessed with the guitar and he played it day and night, hours on end. When he was very young, his Dad encouraged him to listen to all types of music including classical music. He said, “if you want to be a great guitarist you must be open to all types of music.” Mike began listening to the virtuoso violinist Niccolo Paganini, admiring his incredible speed and techniques. He was also listening to Beethoven, Mozart, Yngwie and Vivaldi. Mike was in bands playing clubs, writing and performing at a very young age. After high school, Mike packed up and moved to Hollywood, California to attend one of the world’s top guitar schools, the Musicians Institute (GIT). Mike was studying with many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Keith Wyatt and many others. Attending this school opened up many new doors that exposed Mike to many styles of music. Mike graduated with top honors. Courtesy of Mike Campese.com Mike Campese Interview Scott – Hi Mike, Welcome back… What’s been up with you over the last 2 years? Can you give us some kool highlights? Mike – Hello Scott, it is great to be back! I have been doing the usual, writing music, recording, session work, writing lessons for magazines and still teaching guitar too. Also, I just released a new acoustic album and I recently signed to a new record label. I have been performing as well and I’m looking to do some tours. We recently shared the stage with Geoff Tate of Queensryche and I’m looking forward to doing another show at the Madison Theater in Dec. I’m still playing at NAMM in Anaheim, CA each year. Scott – So you have a new album out… Give us the name of it and why a new CD now? Mike – It is called “Chapters”. I was...

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Music Legends Interview

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016

Mike Campese is known as a guitar virtuoso, he is an all-around music performer, session artist competent in many musical styles, electric and acoustic. Mike has been featured and is a lesson writer for many national guitar magazines such as Guitar World, Guitar One and Guitar Player, he has done several full page lessons for these magazines and lots more. Interview Questions – What’s new in the world of Mike Campese? The album “Chapters” is the latest adventure. It is mainly an acoustic album with a splash of electric guitar. I’m always working on stuff, so there is always new material and different projects. You can keep up with the latest news and releases right at www.mikecampese.com. – How was it recording your album Chapters? It was fun recording the album. A lot of the ideas came about when I was on a tour of Italy and I recorded the initial ideas on my iPhone. Every city I was in, I came up with different ideas that would be a seed of a tune and recorded them. When I got back, I gathered the ideas and worked on one song at a time. I did this same process for the songs I wrote in Hawaii. In the studio I do a lot of experimentation and I’m pretty spontaneous, you never know what can happen. My favorite time is when the song is finished and listening back to it. – How did you go about making the artwork? The artwork is mostly based from the photos and the photo session for the album. The theme of the album is based off of Italy and some of the pics from the trip like from the colosseum and pics from Cathedral ceilings etc, which are beautifully painted. Once we have the pics and the materials, the artwork is assembled. We may do it in house or have an outside art designer to do it. This album we did it in house. – When writing a song, is there such a thing as investing too much time? Yes and no. There are some tunes where you are looking for a piece of the puzzle. You may be experimenting with something else and you may get an idea that would work for another tune. But, in general I don’t spend too much time on a particular song. The guitar parts are the quickest usually,...

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An Interview For NYS Music, With Mike Campese, Albany Guitar Virtuoso Performing at the Madison Theater Dec. 5

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015

Mike did a interview with NYS Music in regards to his show at The Madison Theater.  Click Here for the direct link. Albany area-based guitarist Mike Campese has an incredible resume built off of a talent he has perfected from an early age. Guitar was his academic pursuit, one that has served him well and opened doors both in opportunity and experience. Of the several big acts he has opened for or worked with, the most familiar of the Christmas season is Trans Siberian Orchestra whom he recorded and toured with for a short time. This Saturday, Dec. 5, Campese is performing at The Madison Theater in Albany at 8:30 pm. With a lot to talk about, Campese chatted with NYSMusic about some of his influences and experiences and about what’s in store for this Saturday’s show. Steve Malinski: How did you get started on the professional musician track? Mike Campese: My brother played acoustic guitar and my dad had been a violinist but went into engineering. My early influences were Black Sabbath and the guitar-driven bands. It went from there. I took lessons as a kid and would hang out at the music store at the mall, see all the guitars hanging up. I’d always ask the guy what the price is and they’d be so expensive. He didn’t think I’d buy it but my mom came up to the mall and helped me out. My sister and her boyfriend had gotten me a bass but I didn’t want to play bass so I traded it in the next day. But yeah, I was really into Black Sabbath and they influenced me as a kid. I moved to Los Angeles for the Guitar Institute (GIT) at the Musicians Institute (MI). It was a great experience, great school. I was exposed to all kinds of music. My teacher was a jazz guitar player. Before I went there I had already known a lot of theory but it opened a lot of doors musically for me. SM: You mention Black Sabbath as an influence, so I see why you went for that guitar driven style. But you really have a playing style along the lines of Eric Johnson, Steve Vai, Buckethead, and so on. How’d you ultimately settle into that groove? MC: As you advance as a player… even though I love Black Sabbath, their stuff was easy. Catchy, but easy. I got more into...

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Check out Mike live on Totally Driven Radio!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015

Show #120……….. We have 2 of the world’s best guitarist as guest….. The man who has played not only a double guitar, but a quad guitar, former guitarist of NITRO, the man known as MAB…… Michael Angelo Batio NY native Shred guitarist, who has been a member of  the Trans – Siberian Orchestra as well as releasing a number of solo albums….. Mike Campese Plus Kristyn Burtt will be calling in with this week’s Hollywood News & #DWTS report Click here to check it...

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Guitarz Forever Interview, with Mike Campese

Posted by on Apr 7, 2015

“Guitarist Mike Campese Interview”   Guitar virtuoso Mike Campese sets high marks for 2015… Monster Guitarist Mike Campese is an all-around music performer, best known for performing with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The Guitar virtuoso has set some high marks for 2015. Already this year he has been making some waves in this thing we call the music biz. The recording artist has signed a Deal with Agentur EAM for touring Europe, he has just launched a new official website, did an in-depth interview with Metal Temple.com, performed at NAMM 2015, and just finished up another interview w/ Sweden’s Robex Lundgren. Maestro Campese has also been in the studio working on his 9th solo album yet to be named. And lastly, he will be working on an instructional video for guitar aficionados world wide. 2014 was a banner year for Mike too. He was featured in Fireworks Magazine, Guitar Club Magazine, Power Play Magazine, Axe Magazine, Metal Master Kingdom.com, Melodic Rock.com, Canedo Rock.com, and Full Throttle Rock.com with reviews and Interviews for his 8th solo project Chameleon.   Guitarist Mike Campese Interview Scott > Hi Mike, Hey man…. Thank you so much for taking the time out to do another interview w/ me and my Guitarz Forever.com site. Mike > No problem, it is my pleasure! Scott > So your back from NAMM 2015… How did that go for you? Mike > It went great!  I was very busy and I had 3-4 performances each day.  Even though I was busy, I had enough time to visit the booths I wanted to visit and made some good connections.  Also, we got some great shots and video, I had a couple great photographers with me. Scott > I know you endorse musical gear from some of the finest manufactures in the world. Could you give us a quick run down who you are working with and why you chose that particular company. Mike > Yes, I’m endorsed by several companies and I will just talk about some of the main gear I use.  I only endorse products that I use and it is important for me to have a good relationship with the company.  For my main guitars I use Tom Anderson guitars and I have been using them for years.  They are a made very well, and they very versatile instruments.  Their guitars are a main part of my style and they are like family to me.  I feel the same with Mesa Boogie amps, they are...

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Sweden’s Robex Lundgren Interview

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015

  What´s the name of your band?  Mike Campese How was the band formed? After I was with other bands, I decided to write my own music and put together my own band. Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? I do all the guitar and vocals, sometimes I just play solo. I just have a bass player and a drummer in the band. Since it is a solo project, I may use different members. But, they are from NY. What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To write and perform my own music without someone looking over my shoulder. I’m in complete control of everything. Could you explain your music to someone that haven’t heard you? My music is in what I call, the rock fusion vein. I mix rock, blues, jazz, classical and other styles together. There is instrumental tunes as well as vocals. Where was your first gig? My high school and then right to clubs. Where was the latest gig? Just finished up the NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write all of the music, lyrics and arrangements. Who has the best since of humor in the band? Hard to say, but I like to work to with people with a sense of humor. I like to joke around myself and have a good time. What’s good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Being a solo artist sometimes you have to use other musicians. It is not like a regular band. You just have to make sure the musicians have there parts down. It can be good when they put their feel into the tunes and I consider my style what I call rock fusion. Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? This style just kind of happened from all my previous experiences and being open minded and versatile. My songs are mainly about true experiences. Do you write your own material or mainly covers? I write all my own material. Sometimes live, I may throw in a few covers. Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes, I made 8 Cd’s so far and working on the ninth. Total Freedom Full Circle Vibe The New The Meaning of Christmas Hidden Treasures Electric City Chameleon Do you have any...

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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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