From an artist to a producer, Vahan Aslanyan tells us about his experience with Blackmore and what he´s learned so far
Vahan Aslanyan is most known as the guitarist of Blackmore. The band is currently in preparation to record their first full-length EP with multi-instrumentalist and the exceptionally talented producer Sonny Mayo (formerly of Snot, Sevendust, Hed PE, AMEN) and currently with long time rockers Ugly Kid Joe. The band expects to see a release date in 2014
During this chat with Vahan, we discuss being a musician and other topics like:
- From Victorville, CA, Armenian heritage
- Mom is Russian, a piano teacher
- Classically trained pianist, practiced 4-5 hours a day
- Orchestra in high school, viola player (6 years), upright bass, take up random things
- When it comes to theory, he still sees guitar as a piano, not a fret board
- Got so sick of playing piano, was so bored!
- His friend came over , shredded on acoustic guitar, Vahan fell in love with guitar
- Quitted and started a lot of things but the guitar stuck (playing every day for hours)
- Moved to LA a month after turning 18, the scene so fried, death core bands
- The Bands Event Horizon vs Blackmore
- Music is a job!!!
- “Welcome to the jungle,” LA is literally like that.
- “Everyone comes to LA thinks its a dreamland, its literally a 2 hour drive, I come when I´m bored”
- Why don´t we learn useful things in school. You have to learn on your own
- Loved MI Recording Program more than the guitar program
- Thinks different after it. Looks at it as a producer and an artist
- Didn´t have fun playing guitar anymore after the guitar program, thinking too much about it
- Logic vs. Pro Tools, Logic Dummy Proof while Pro Tools is industry standard
- Creative Juices…..for musicians 😛
- Supportive parents
WHAT DOESN´T WORK
The more shows you plays, the better it is…..BULLSH-T!!!
You loose people´s interest. That´s why artists tour!
Make one show a big event, so people want to go there
Not distract himself and focus on what´s important
Blackmore is his main thing
Establish a good relationship with venues
Gotta know your business
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SONG OF THE SHOW
“Beautiful Hurricane” by Blackmore