Bravewords Feature!

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016

MIKE CAMPESE JOINS INTO THE LIMELIGHT RECORDS FOR UPCOMING RELEASES   Original Feature:  Click Here! Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He was exposed to a variety of music thanks to his father who is a virtuoso violinist. With influences like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola and Van Halen, Mike became obsessed with the guitar. He attended lessons with a jazz guitarist and refined his technical skill through listening to Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Yngwie Malmsteen amongst others.Being a very versatile guitarist, he has played with an African band, pop groups and jazz bands. His core style however revolves around rock fusion. Mike appeared on the Jason Becker tribute CD Warmth In The Wilderness which was an international release and has performed with many international acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, The members of YES and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more. Into The LimeLight Records will re-release some of Mike’s previous albums together with a Best Of collection. Mike is also working on a brand new album to be released spring 2017 on the LimeLight Records label. Campese has just released his newest album,...

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Mike Campese signs with Into the Limelight Records

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016

MIKE CAMPESE SIGNS WITH INTO THE LIMELIGHT RECORDS.   Original Feature.  Click Here. Mike Campese joins Into The LimeLight Records for upcoming releases Mike Campese is a New York born guitarist that started playing guitar at the age of thirteen. He was exposed to a variety of music thanks to his father who is a virtuoso violinist. With influences like Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola and Van Halen, Mike became obsessed with the guitar. He attended lessons with a Jazz guitarist and refined his technical skill through listening to Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart and Yngwie amongst others. Being a very versatile guitarist, he has played with an African band, Pop groups and Jazz bands. His core style however revolves around Rock fusion. Mike appeared on the Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth In The Wilderness” which was an international release and has performed with many international acts such as Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, The members of YES and Asia, KC and the Sunshine band, Spin Doctors, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, Kip Winger, Rik Emmett Of Triumph, Vinnie Moore, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Oliva, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and many more. Into The LimeLight Records will re-release some of Mike’s previous albums together with a “best of”. Mike is also working on a brand new album to be released spring 2017 on the LimeLight Records label. Please check out the 9th solo album of Mike named “Chapters” and is available from July 2016.   Mike Campese tekent bij Into The LimeLight Records voor aankomende releases Mike Campese, een in New York geboren gitarist, begon met gitaar spelen toen hij dertien was. Hij werd blootgesteld aan een verscheidenheid aan muziek met dank aan zijn vader, die ieen virtuose violist is. Met invloeden als Black Sabbath, Jimmy Hendrix, Al Di Meola en Van Halen, werd Mike geobsedeerd met de gitaar. Hij volgde lessen bij een Jazz gitarist en verfijnd zijn technische vaardigheid door te luisteren naar onder andere Niccolo Paganini, Beethoven, Mozart en Yngwie Malmsteen. Omdat hij een zeer veelzijdig gitarist is, heeft hij gespeeld met een Afrikaanse band, popgroepen en Jazz bands. Zijn roots liggen echter bij Rock fusion. Mike verscheen op de Jason Becker tribute Cd “Warmth in the Wilderness” een internationale release en trad op met vele internationale acts, zoals Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, The B-52′s, Lou Reed, de leden van YES en Azië , KC and The Sunshine...

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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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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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Metal Master Kingdom’s review of Chameleon

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014

Metal Master Kingdom’s review of Chameleon

Read the Full Article Mike Campese has released his 8th studio album Chameleon on September 17, 2013, and it has something for everyone on it. Before doing this review I knew of Mike and his work, but had never really listened to it. What talent! Chameleon has 12 tracks of magnificent guitar work on it. Starting with “To the 9’s” which makes a sudden impact with the incredible shredding, then moving onto “Chameleon” which tones it down a bit and brings you on a more melodic ride with some vocals added. The transition from one track to the next is pulled off brilliantly. One of the biggest standout tracks on the album is “Pasta and Bananas”. It was that one song that I had to go back and listen to again. It starts to get a little heavier (which I am a fan of) and it just hits the spot for me. It gave me that chill up my spine. Tracks like “Firefly In A Bottle” and “Meant To Be” have more of a jazzy feel to them with some very catchy melodies. Overall it is a great listen. Production was done extremely well. Mike Campese has just an unspeakable amount of talent and has accomplished so much from his solo work to his work in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, guitar lessons, and being featured in multiple guitar magazines. Want and need a good listen? Like hearing the skills of a guitar player? Check out Chameleon! Looking forward to checking out more of Mike’s work and also for what he has for us in the...

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Mike in Axe Magazine

Posted by on May 20, 2014

Mike in Axe Magazine

One of the biggest and very popular Italian guitar magazines in Italy, Axe Magazine did a 8 plus page feature on Mike. The mag covers an interview, Cd review of Chameleon and a guitar lesson. Plus a nice mention on the cover! Be sure to check it...

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CanedoRock.com Review of Chameleon

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014

CanedoRock.com Review of Chameleon

Full Article Here El neoyorquino Mike Campese nos entrega su octava producción discográfica que se titula en inglés “Camaleon”. Lo del nombre es por la diversidad de estilos que se pueden encontrar aquí, y si bien, no es que Mike se despacha con una polka rusa, pero tenemos rock, funk, metal, algo de soft, blues, y hasta música de circo con guitarra. Campese además nos demuestra una vez mas su capacidad no solo compositiva, sino interpretativa, que desarrolla a través de la guitarra, generando diversas atmosferas y momentos variantes según el oyente va pasando pieza tras pieza musical. En varios de los temas, el yankee se toca todos los instrumentos, dejando muy poco a otros músicos, en partículas, sin interpretar la batería en varios de los tracks. Para ello se apoya en dos bateristas: Mike Normandin y Art Bernstein, aunque MC hace esta labor en cinco canciones. Para cerrar el capítulo de los que integran este disquito, aparece otro neoyorquino, el talentoso Vernon Reid de Living Color poniendo guitarra en “Do It For The Cats”. Aquí el moreno pone su experiencia y personalidad tras las seis cuerdas en el solo de guitarra, que se repite varias veces, haciendo un dueto ideal para los amantes de este instrumento. En cuanto a lo musical, Campese se extiende a un disco instrumental, con un par de cortes cantados. Los temas con voz son el que le da nombre al CD, luego “She Burnt The House Down”, y “Kilauea”, donde Mike se expresa de manera verbal, con un tono de voz parecido al de Lenny Kravitz, parecido dije… mientras que el circense es “Vegas (Playing for Slots)” que está dentro de los instrumentales. Por lo pronto los dejo con la tarea de descubrir, disfrutar y pasar un buen momento de la mano de Mike y su guitarra. Que les...

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Full Throttle Rock Interview

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014

Full Throttle Rock Interview

Full Article Here Interview with Mike Campese By Dave Smiles Mike Campese is a guitar virtuoso for the new generation of music fans. Taking the best of what has gone before and pushing himself musically and artistically into the future by writing within various styles. Through passion for his guitar playing and a love of music, Campese seeks to share these with an ever growing audience. Mike took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for Full Throttle Rock about his introduction to the guitar and music, creating songs and developing as a musician. We also talk about creation of his eighth album, Chameleon.   How did you first discover the guitar? I always loved the sound of the guitar. My brother played guitar and I starting getting into Black Sabbath. They really inspired me to play guitar, especially when I bought their first album. Originally, I wanted to play drums and I asked for a set and I never got it. My sister and her boyfriend at the time bought me a bass at a garage sale and the next day I traded it for a guitar. I used to always hang at the guitar shop at the mall and my friend played drums and we started jamming right at the beginning.   Who are some of your influences, and what inspiration do you draw from them? In the beginning Black Sabbath was a really big influence and I was into bands like Dio, Ozzy, Van Halen etc. I was listening to a lot of the guitar driven bands and my brother turned me on to Al Di Meola and that got me into the speed thing. The shred thing was getting popular and I started listening to Yngwie. I really started getting in classical music, my Dad was a violinist and I was listening to Paganini, Mozart, Beethoven and Vivaldi. Jimi Hendrix has always been a real big influence on me and Paganini’s music I love and all great music is an inspiration. I really admire artists that are originators that have a big impact in the music world.   How do you compose your songs? There is no one way that I compose. But, usually at first I get an idea or ideas and I like to record them so I don’t forget them. If I feel the idea is good enough...

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