Category Archives: NAMM 2014

Fantastic Faces: NAMM Nightlife


Just a glimpse into some of the unique people who made up Friday evening’s pandemonium, by photographer Steve Oskard, for Rock World Magazine.     Read More »

29th Annual TEC Awards: Saluting New Sounds & Honoring Classics

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM

The Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards celebrates achievement and advances in music technology, so it was only fitting that electronic sound pioneer “BT” (Brian Transeau) opened the 29th annual show with an incredibly powerful demonstration of what the expertly-applied combination of music and technology can do. I couldn’t believe such intricate and layered sounds were being produced with little ... Read More »

The Making of Unforgettable Concerts: Flix FX


The lights! The sets! Part of the magic of attending a large concert is the intricate, stimulating environments that take the audience’s breath away.  Flix FX, operating out of Hollywood, provides custom props, stage sets, prototypes, animatronics, and many other services that elevate a stage show from status quo to unforgettable. Think Justin Bieber and his dramatic angel wing entrance ... Read More »

Guitarists Unite! Randy Rhoads Remembered


Randy Rhoads Remembered, the tribute concert to Ozzie’s guitarist who passed over 30 years ago, didn’t fail to showcase rock’s superstars of yore. Skill and dexterity were on display as multiple hard rock and metal heavy hitter guitarists like Rudy Sarzo, Alex Skolnik and Brent Woods (along with special appearances like Korn drummer Ray Luzier) owned the stage in the ... Read More »

Ultimate Ears: The Ultimate Partner for the Music You Love


Like many fellow performers, I have often relied on stage monitors to hear myself on stage, which often results in ringing ears and a strained voice by the end of the performance. As a low-budget singer/songwriter, I have rarely thought about performance enhancements such as in-ear monitors. Today, however, I found that in-ear monitors are not just for celebrities, and ... Read More »

BeatBuddy is Your New Best Buddy


One of the solo performer’s greatest challenges is finding a decent drummer, and hoping he doesn’t cancel the day of the show. Well, ladies and gents, today I found the solution: BeatBuddy, an accompaniment device that promises the “power of a drum machine, simplicity of a pedal”. Creator David Packouz told me all about this new and innovative approach to ... Read More »

She Rocks Awards Celebrate Music Industry Women


The She Rocks Awards honor women from all facets of the music industry. From an up-and-coming Latin Grammy Award winner, to a delightful pickup artist (no, not that kind) in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop, this year’s honorees covered a wide-range of experience, professions and vision. The She Rocks Awards is an annual event put on by the Women’s International Music Network ... Read More »

The Imagine Party 2014 feat. Art Alexakis and Sheila E.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images

I honestly didn’t know what to expect at the The Imagine Party at NAMM 2014. Having never been to the NAMM show before, I was unfamiliar with it, and the name itself was  ambiguous enough. Was there a concert? Would there be food? (The important questions, of course.) As long as it wasn’t a rave. I’ve had enough experiences with ... Read More »

gTar: Not Your Average Guitar Teacher


My first impression when I saw a boy with shaggy hair bent over a guitar, flashing LED lights on the fretboard guiding him through a song was, “Hmm. Rock Band rip off.” Then, I noticed the iPhone embedded in the body. And that’s when I became intrigued with the contraption. Turns out I was looking at the gTar, by Incident ... Read More »

“Diamond” in the Rough: DBZ-Diamond Guitars


For my first assignment for Rock World Magazine, covering the NAMM Show 2014, I was pleased to come across a literal “Diamond” in the NAMM show rough. As I weaved from the quieter Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center to the drum-filled and electric guitar heavy Hall D, I found myself at the threshold of the DBZ-Diamond booth, an ... Read More »

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