17,964 reputation
31969
bio website metaltech.me
location Scotland, United Kingdom
age 43
visits member for 3 years, 6 months
seen yesterday

Lead guitarist and petrolhead with Scottish Industrial rock trio Metaltech (and our alter-ego folk band Acoustech)

  • headlined the Orkney Rock Festival in 2014
  • nominated for Best Metal Act at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards 2011 (came 2nd)
  • nominated for Best Group and Best Loud Track at the Scottish New Music Awards 2011

Been gigging for 25 years, taught guitar on and off. Played a lot of the Scottish music festivals (Rock Ness, Wickerman, Belladrum etc), supported bands like Alec Empire, KMFDM, Angelspit, Psydoll. Headlined all over Scotland.

Website - http://www.metaltech.me

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/metaltech

Check out our videos - http://www.youtube.com/user/Metaltechtheband

Play classical, rock, blues, metal, spanish, slide...

On stage usually use Ibanez (7 string RG7321 and Joe Satriani signature models), or a 1989 Charvel Predator with a Dimebucker pickup through a Line 6 HD500 and a DigiTech Whammy, sometimes with a CryBaby. For the songs requiring fire I use a BC Rich Warlock with pyro attachments!

Generally DI'ed straight into the venue backline, or where we need to amplify - generally Marshall heads through Laney 4x10s.


Sep
26
comment Practicing modes on the piano
What exactly are you asking? How to work out what the notes are in each mode? What fingers to use? What do you mean by 'degrees'? Please edit your question to bring some clarity.
Sep
23
comment Where in a pedalboard chain would a multi effect pedal be placed?
Deinitely place delay last unless you like barely controlled feedback/weirdness :-)
Sep
22
comment Why does music seem to transpose when I yawn?
I have not encountered this. Interesting to see whether this is common.
Sep
19
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
18
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
The problem is that it generally doesn't generate that much value, and many venues use it purely as a way of lowering their costs.
Sep
17
awarded  Mortarboard
Sep
17
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
Now you're just asking for my comments on karaoke... I'd best not go there :-)
Sep
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
17
comment Pay-to-Play Gigs
Admittedly $2 isn't much, and perhaps is needed to cover costs on full open mic nights.
Sep
17
answered Pay-to-Play Gigs
Sep
16
comment What should i turn on/off first? turntables, mixer, headphones, audio interface
John - sound engineers absolutely hate people who do this. It can destroy speakers. I have seen maybe 4 speakers blown over the last 20 or so years in this way.
Sep
11
answered Mix or Mastering problem?
Sep
7
comment Can turning on an amplifier without a connected load (cab) cause damage?
The backline at the festival we played last night did get killed by doing exactly this - the techs clicked it off standby without telling me, and without having a cab attached. The nice red light on the front died instantly, and no noise came out. Needed to get a runner to find a new Marshall 120W head :-(
Sep
3
revised Where along the strings to pick?
edited body
Sep
3
answered Where along the strings to pick?
Sep
3
answered Tone knob usage
Sep
3
answered Guitar pickup selection
Sep
3
comment Drumming curriculum for a four-year old student
Hi Jared, those three questions are good examples of how to ask questions like this: they do not ask for recommendations of books etc. They each have a core focus. For 1) it's how to balance interest and maximise playing ability, for 2) what to do to encourage, and 3) how can you effectively teach to a mixed group in a short timeframe. That is the core difference. It makes the question valuable long term, rather than opinions on a book or website, which may change, be obsolete over time etc.
Sep
2
comment Drumming curriculum for a four-year old student
This type of question is not on topic here - but please read the comments on this one: music.stackexchange.com/q/6628/104
Aug
27
comment Electronic device that introduces harmonic overtones
If you don't have an eBow, you can do amazing things with the volume control, or an external volume pedal.