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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“Chapters”, Anti Music Review

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016

Mike Campese – Chapters by Kevin Wierzbicki The recent earthquake in central Italy no doubt brought back horrible memories for Campese; the guitarist lost several relatives to a similar event that occurred in the same area a few years ago. Campese memorializes the tragic event in “The Quake of Laviano,” the album’s lead-off track and a cut that really showcases the varying tones that he gets out of his acoustic guitar; the instrumental mimics the event as bright, carefree notes are suddenly interrupted by chords that rumble ominously. Regardless of the horror that inspired it, “The Quake of Laviano” is a thing of beauty, as are the prog-tinged “You Take My Breath Away,” a vocal cut where Campese plays electric guitar, piano, drums and synth in addition to singing, and the speedy Steve Howe-like picking of acoustic instrumental “Capriccio Di Parma.” Campese likes to say that he is not a singer, he is a guitarist that sings, and while his vocal work on a few songs here is perfectly fine, the bulk of the album is instrumental. Campese’s travel, especially in Italy, has inspired much of the music here, evident in titles like “Cathedral of Florence,” “Treviso Skies,” “Dance of Venice” and the cleverly-titled “Romeing the Colosseum,” all of which feature masterful playing and many of which move at a tempo that’s conducive to grooving along. The album’s final two cuts are inspired by a place as sunny as Italy that’s located on the other side of the world; vocal cut “The Garden Isle” and closing instrumental “Kona” are as sublime as Hawaii itself. Mike Campese – Chapters Rating: 4 Original Feature, Click...

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Guitar Connoisseur Review

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016

Mike Campese: From the Big Apple to the Music World By Andrew Catania Let’s talk about a boy who was born in New York and started playing guitar at the very young age of 13. His father and elder brother both were also a great violinist and guitarist. He was obsessed with guitar and used to listen and learn technique of JAZZ, POP, CLASSICAL and many other genres. His ideal was Black Sabbath and wants to be like them. I’m talking about a guitar guru none other than Mike Campese. His father played a vital role to absorb music into his soul. For graduation he moved into a Musicians Institute in Hollywood where he got company of GIT many great players such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Norman Brown, Stanley Jordan, Keith Wyatt and many more. After that he joined that era’s top band Mister Strange. That band performed on many big venues of state. He also becomes the part of many TV shows. Currently, he has his own column in the Italian magazine Axe and also writing guitar lessons for many renowned online sites like Guitar9.com, ibreathemusic, Chops from Hell, Shred Academy, Premier Guitar, The Sound Guitar magazine and many more. Mike performed and opened for many national acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen on 3 tours, Michael Schenker, The B-52’s, Lou Reed, The members of Yes and Asia, KC and the Sunshine Band, Spin Doctors, Little Steven, Sylvain Sylvain of the New York Dolls, Sebastian Bach on 2 tours, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Lizzy Borden, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa and more. After sometime he left the band and formed group Jeckyl and Hyde to work on his own solo projects. He formed his own band published his first release “Total Freedom”. After that 7 more solo albums are released by him. Mike instructs more than 70 students a week, and is one of the top instructors in the NY territory. He has a steady holding up rundown and some of Mike’s students are from or went to prominent bands. Mike also has the honor to play National Anthem in Pepsi Arena for local baseball team fans. Mike’s new release is ‘Chapters’ which is his 9th solo album. It is a blend of acoustic and electric genre music. Album is originally written in Italy and Hawaii and you can sense the feel of Italian music and...

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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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New Cd, “Chapters”, Officially released!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016

    The 9th solo album by guitar virtuoso, Mike Campese, “Chapters” a 15 track, 67 minute album, that is mainly all acoustic, with a splash of electric guitar.  It is now available in all major outlets and right on this website.  Click here!     It began back in late 2013 when Mike Campese traveled to Italy on tour, to many Italian city’s.  Mike began to gather song ideas in his travels.  Most of Campese’s compositions are fueled through inspiration while visiting new locations and how can you go wrong with a beautiful country like Italy.  Not only is this album heavily inspired by Italy, but some of the compositions where written in some of the most beautiful islands of Hawaii as well, which Mike visits frequently.   Campese writes..……”Welcome to my ninth solo album.  This album features primarily acoustic guitar compositions with a touch of electric to add to the expression of the music.  Most of these songs where written on my journeys in various parts of Italy and Hawaii”       The album kicks off with the aggressive, acoustic guitar slap of “The Quake of Laviano”, that is inspired from an earthquake that hit several years ago in Laviano, Italy, the Italian region of Campania.  This is particularly close to Mike as he lost several relatives in the tragic earthquake while they where attending a cliff side wedding.     Mike is a very versatile musician and primarily a guitarist, he does play all the instruments on this album and performs the vocals as well.  Like the haunting track, “You Take My Breath Away”,  which has some beautiful melodies and soaring electric guitar throughout.  The vocals are full and lush on this track, as well as on a few others like, “Ariel’s Dream”, which is a beautiful tune with a lot of great melodies and some nice changes. Campese says, this song was written entirely on an airplane with a laptop.  Even though Campese is not really a singer, he quotes, “I’m not a singer, I’m a guitarist that sings” .  On this album, he does incorporate more vocal arrangements than on his previous releases.  The guitar and vocal track, “Lonely Road to Rome”, feature some of Mike’s best singer/songwriter moments.     This album features some of Mike’s best acoustic guitar work since the all acoustic release, “Hidden Treasures”, which was very well received.  There is a lot of blistering acoustic guitar on this album...

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New Cd, “Chapters”, Official Release Date, Friday July 29th, 2016!

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016

    The 9th solo album by guitar virtuoso, Mike Campese, “Chapters” a 15 track, 67 minute album, that is mainly all acoustic, with a splash of electric guitar.  It will be available in all major outlets and right on this website on Friday, July 29th, 2016.     It began back in late 2013 when Mike Campese traveled to Italy on tour, to many Italian city’s.  Mike began to gather song ideas in his travels.  Most of Campese’s compositions are fueled through inspiration while visiting new locations and how can you go wrong with a beautiful country like Italy.  Not only is this album heavily inspired by Italy, but some of the compositions where written in some of the most beautiful islands of Hawaii as well, which Mike visits frequently.   Campese writes..……”Welcome to my ninth solo album.  This album features primarily acoustic guitar compositions with a touch of electric to add to the expression of the music.  Most of these songs where written on my journeys in various parts of Italy and Hawaii”       The album kicks off with the aggressive, acoustic guitar slap of “The Quake of Laviano”, that is inspired from an earthquake that hit several years ago in Laviano, Italy, the Italian region of Campania.  This is particularly close to Mike as he lost several relatives in the tragic earthquake while they where attending a cliff side wedding.     Mike is a very versatile musician and primarily a guitarist, he does play all the instruments on this album and performs the vocals as well.  Like the haunting track, “You Take My Breath Away”,  which has some beautiful melodies and soaring electric guitar throughout.  The vocals are full and lush on this track, as well as on a few others like, “Ariel’s Dream”, which is a beautiful tune with a lot of great melodies and some nice changes. Campese says, this song was written entirely on an airplane with a laptop.  Even though Campese is not really a singer, he quotes, “I’m not a singer, I’m a guitarist that sings” .  On this album, he does incorporate more vocal arrangements than on his previous releases.  The guitar and vocal track, “Lonely Road to Rome”, feature some of Mike’s best singer/songwriter moments.     This album features some of Mike’s best acoustic guitar work since the all acoustic release, “Hidden Treasures”, which was very well received.  There is a lot of blistering acoustic guitar...

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