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Mr. Big

An interview with guitarist Paul Gilbert
by Tina Hall
February 2011

Mr. Big was formed in 1988 by Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Pat Torpey on drums. Likely best known for their hit “To Be With You,” they have continued to provide solid rock sounds with a bluesy feel to the delight of their fans for well over 20 years. After a split in 2002, and reuniting in 2009, they released their newest album What if… in 2011. Immensely popular in Japan, Thailand, and South Korea, I recently sat down with Paul Gilbert to find out about the latest happenings with the band. Paul himself has been praised for his playing style being voted number four on the “Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time” on a list found in Guitar One magazine and has a spot on “Guitar World’s 50 Fastest Guitarists of All Time” list as well.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about your background? What were you like as kid growing up in Illinois?
Paul Gilbert: I was born in Illinois, but my family moved to Pennsylvania when I was around two, so most of memories are from there. Basically, I grew up in a rural area, and my parents were both pretty busy, so I was often bored until I found the guitar. Then there was always something to do. My uncle would visit sometimes, and he was (and still is) a great guitar player. He showed me a few basic things that really helped me out such as muting the strings with the palm of my hand, controlling feedback, how vibrato should sound, and the idea that I should practice all the time. I always loved music and listening to my parents records as much as I could. They had a lot of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, as well as records by The Who and The Animals, and a lot of classical music too. My dad also had several blues records, such as B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and Muddy Waters.


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Madlife

Madlife

An interview with singer Angry Phil
by Tina Hall
February 2011

Madlife was formed from the breakup of the Los Angeles based band Merge in 2004. It is currently comprised of Angry Phil on vocals, Isaiah on guitar, Jimmy Minj on bass, and Kylio on drums. Over the years they have toured with bands like Marilyn Manson, Prong, Adema, Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium, and All That Remains. Their newest single “Be Tomorrow” is out now from the album Angry Sonnets for the Soul . The album was produced by Powerman 5000 guitarist Evan 9.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about where you are from? Do you think you carry the influences of where you came from with you today? How has coming from where you have influenced your musical tastes?
Angry Phil: I am from just outside of Toronto in Canada. I carry some of the influences. I was driven to get out of there and away from what I hated most: snow. My musical tastes have been influenced mostly by East Coast Industrial Music, coming mostly out of NYC.

MI: When did you first become interested in music?
AP: I have been into listening and playing music my whole life.


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Founded March 7, 1996

15 Year Anniversary Issue

Founded March 7, 1996
by Rökker
March 2011

Maximum Ink was founded on March 7, 1996. There was no article this issue, just a celebratory cover image.


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Go Radio

Go Radio

An interview with singer Jason Lancaster
by Tina Hall
March 2011

Go Radio, out of Tallahassee, FL, is made up of Jason Lancaster (vocals), Alex Reed (guitar and vocals), Matt Poulos (bass and vocal), and Steven Kopacz (drums). The band is set to release their full length debut album, Lucky Street, with a tour to follow. The album, produced by Tim O’Heir (The All-American Rejects, Hot Rod Circuit, The Starting Line, Say Anything) and mixed by James Paul Wisner (Paramore, New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional), offers 13 solid rock tracks. The band is also set to tour on the Vans Warped Tour all this summer. Maximum Ink took some time to speak with John Lancaster about the band’s influences, the new album, and more.

Maximum Ink: Can you tell us a little about yourself? How do you think your upbringing influenced your decision to become a musician?
Jason Lancaster: I think my upbringing had everything to do with me becoming a musician. I was brought up around music with my dad being in a band from the time I was born until the day he passed. Life wasn’t always easy, but that’s how it goes for almost everyone. I learned not to complain about things I can’t control and to embrace the things that are good about life. It was an honest childhood, and I am grateful for everything I’ve been through, good or bad.


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Ari Mihalopoulos

Ari Mihalopoulos

An interview with Singer/Songwriter Ari Mihalopoulos
by Aaron Manogue
March 2011

It seems like Iowa is good at producing two things: Tons and tons of corn, and kick-ass metal bands. Maximum Ink has come across yet another of the latter in the band Destrophy. The Iowan quartet based out of Des Moines started all the way back in 2002 by highly-respected and enormously talented producer and singer/songwriter Ari Mihalopoulos. At the time Ari scouted the entire state in search of his perfect combination of musicians. After all was said and done, Ari had found Joe Fox (Drums), Eric Tisinger (Guitar), and Phil T (Bass) to complete his musical war party. Nine years, three albums and one EP later, Destrophy prepares for their second release under Victory Records titled Cry Havoc. Maximum Ink took some time to sit down with Ari and talk about their upcoming album.


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Dj Harry Towers

Harry Towers

An interview with Dj/author Harry Towers
by Tina Hall
April 2011

From 1983 to 1991, Harry Towers was the buyer and Billboard Reporter for Our Music Center on Staten Island. At the same time, he was a DJ, spinning at clubs such as Abracadabra on Staten Island, The China Club in Manhattan, Casablanca in New Jersey, and The Spectrum in Brooklyn (better known as 2001 where Saturday Night Fever was filmed). Harry was briefly a music reviewer for the Underground News and later for Dance Music Report Magazine and then Dance Music Authority Magazine. He is also well known for breaking Euro Dance Music. Furthermore, Harry also used to have a hot mix show on Saturdays at The Buzz out of Atlantic City and MIX 102.7 in New York. He can currently be heard on over 10 stations, the most notable ones being NRR Radio, Strictly Dance Radio powered by 1 Club FM and iDanceRadio.com. He formed Deet Promotions 10 years ago with a determination to keep dance music alive. Harry is about to release his first book entitled Abracadabra. Maximum Ink caught up with Harry, and the following is what he had to say.


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