Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with LA based keyboard player, composer and singer Victoria Theodore at NAMM 2017 to discuss her role in Beyonce’s band and also to chat about Victoria’s solo album ‘Grateful’. Interview took place Winter NAMM Jan 21, 2017 at the Korg booth www.victoriatheodore.com
Roland Australia’s Matt Walsham shows us the 40th anniversary Boss DS-1 distortion pedal at NAMM 2017. Built only for 2017, in limited numbers, the Boss DS-1-4A 40th Anniversary Edition features a sleek black body, gold lettering and knobs and a silver thumbscrew. www.rolandcorp.com.au
AM editor Greg Phillips chats to Shane Nicholas about the new Fender Acoustasonic 40 watt amp. Also released at NAMM were a 100 and 200 version. www.fender.com.au
Fender’s Billy Martinez chats to AM editor Greg Phillips about the Paramount & Classic Design series of Fender acoustic guitars at NAMM 2017 www.fender.com.au
Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke with Fender’s Allen Abbassi about their limited edition Exotic Collection at the Fender booth NAMM 2017. www.fender.com.au
Yamaha Australia’s Nathan Biggin discusses the new 900 series of Paiste cymbals at the Paiste booth, NAMM 2017. au.yamaha.com
Yamaha USA’s Dennis Webster chats about the A series electric-acoustic guitars at the Yamaha booth NAMM 2017 au.yamaha.com
Guitar pickin’ legend Albert Lee chats to Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips about his signature model Music Man guitar Ernie Ball Music Man distributed in Australia by www.cmcmusic.com.au
Steve Lukather chats about the new Luke III Music Man guitars and upcoming Toto tour and recordings at NAMM 2017 Ernie Ball Music Man distributed in Australia by www.cmcmusic.com.au
The 5th annual She Rocks Awards was presented last night at the Pacific Ballroom of the Anaheim Hilton. The sold out NAMM event was a triumphant celebration of women in the music industry. Created by Laura B Whitmore, the event has grown from an early morning breakfast gathering five years ago (which Australian Musician attended) to become one of NAMM’s flagship events.
The night kicked off with a red carpet reception which featured many of the event’s guests including Garbage’s Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding and Lisa Loeb. Inside a rocking’ group of musicians was assembled as the house band, many of whom appear on the She Rocks Volume 1 compilation album, which was released on the day.
Honourees on the night included Shirley Manson, Esperanza Spalding and the great Ronnie Spector, who was thrilled to receive her Legend award. One of the great features of the She Rocks Awards is that it not only acknowledges women performers, but also those behind the scenes. An array of amazing music industry women were presented with awards last night too including Roland’s Rebecca Eaddey and Pearl Jam’s longtime sound mixing pioneer Karrie Keyes.
As you’d expect, the best was saved until last. The room was abuzz in anticipation of the final honouree, rock goddess Lita Ford. Clearly Lita was ecstatic at having received the accolade and was itching’ to rock out. Joined by many of the guitarists featured on the She Rocks album, Lita led the group of girls in a euphoric version of Kiss Me Deadly.
The She Rocks Awards, much like the women involved goes from strength to strength each year. Congratulations to Laura on another grand event and her continued work with the Womens International Music Network. It’s the kind of event we might want to think about for Australia!
Follow this link to our Lita Ford She Rocks interview
Follow this link to our Nili Brosh She Rocks Interview