''This is the record I've been wanting to make for a long time' says Chris Mahoney of his debut solo album-''Rebirth'.'It's been an exciting and renewing experience' His playing up until this time has kept him playing in numerous rock bands,teaching,NAMM show appearances and landed himself endorsements with major guitar and amp manufacturers. Since first discovering the guitar in a sears catalog it quickly became his soulmate.''I would stare at pictures of guitars for hours wondering what it would be like to plug it in and play it.When I got my first guitar,it's all I ever wanted to do.' Spending every waking moment studying and playing he quickly became a teacher himself and for years now has had a full plate of loyal students.Major corporations such as Yamaha,Soldano and Mesa Boogie have includued him in their artist roster.He has been asked do to several clinics/seminars on their behalf.Countless lessons( given and recieved) as well as rock gigs,fusion projects and acoustic performances has seasoned his playing and given it a diverse direction.Preferring to study the 'conceptual' aspects of music rather then the 'learn by ear' method helped develop a unique style.''To be honest, I just never really had the patiece to sit for hours and learn other players recordings,I just found it a bit more interesting to study theory and harmony and unlock what the guitar offered.I simply found it easier and more rewarding to play what was in my own head than play what was in someone else's'.In fact,95% of the music on 'Rebirth' was concieved either hours or minutes before tracking.''I wanted the music to be spontanious and not rehearsed.It was exciting to me to go into the studio not really knowing what I was going to play'. Mahoney called on his long time friend Chris Cubeta to produce 'the sounds I was hearing in my head'.'I've wanted to work with him for a while and the timing was just perfect.He's the most passioniate musician I've ever worked with and we worked amazingly well together'.The album fuses rock,hip-hop, techno and industrial and most instruments were played by him.''I've always loved the way guitar sounds with electronic instruments so I wanted to start there and 'paint' what I needed with'real'instruments when needed.The drummers seat was filled by Jerry Terwilliger and Chris Cubeta. 'I actually tried playing drums myself but after about five minutes my arms were about to fall off so I handed the job over to Jerry,who was amazing and a pleasure to work with'. Chris Cubeta subbed when Jerry wasn't available.'I was thinking what can't this guy do!!' Giving no thought at all to commercial success,marketing,airplay,song length and all of the other pitfalls that can restrict creativity he chose to simply empty what was in his head into the computer.''It was very freeing to to let the song speak to me and not be confined at all'. This 'in the moment' approach is a breath of fresh air. You can hear the excitment in the music. The songs are catchy,happy,sad,inventful,curious and mind boggling. If you don't play guitar you'll love the record.If you do...you'll love it even more.
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