Sunday, July 20, 2014

"GUITAR GODS: Dave Martone"

Another of our "lost interviews" (from 2010)......

I don't remember how I first learned about Dave Martone (though I think it was on the advice of one of the "Guitar Gods" interviewees like Greg Howe or Jennifer Batten or Marty Friedman or Billy Sheehan...all of whom Martone has played with at some point), but I do remember that when I first heard him I was blown away.

Martone has a super fluid style that seems to at once draw on myriad musical styles and at the same time none at all....somewhere off in the stratosphere influenced by nothing but the intersection of heart, mind, and the musical moment. His technique is flawless, his sound impeccable, his compositions seemingly of some sacred geometry, his improv not of this earth.

Dave Martone started playing acoustic and classical at an early age, followed briefly by flamenco, and then leaped both feet into the world of rock guitar. After school, he secured a certificate in recording engineering from Fanshawe College and then headed to Berklee College of Music as a performance major, where he graduated in the mid 1990s.

Since then, he has conducted teaching clinics at Berklee, music stores, The National Guitar Workshop, and beyond, written for, hosted The Satcvh Zone with Joe Satriani, released multiple albums on Magna Carta Records, operates his own recording studio, and more.

You can visit Dave on-line, where his site is full of music, lessons, videos, and more,

I had a chance to speak to Dave recently (ed note: this was 2010 and is one of our "lost interviews"). Check it out!