Jared Miller is one-half of the guitar power powerhouse behind Morgantown, WV's literal and figurative Worst Kept Secret [har har -- sorry, couldn't help myself]. If you like tasty, heavy guitar riffs, precision drumming and percussion, paired along with pop-punk's catchy hooks and light-hearted sensibilities, WKS's eclectic style will please your musical palette.
In this interview, Jared discusses everything from Worst Kept Secret's formation, latest album "Confidence | Arrogance," and everything else in-between -- without further ado: Mr. Jared Miller.
As far as rock guitarists go, Alex Grossi is by far one of the most dedicated, hardest-working musicians out there. To name just a few of his accomplishments, by 20 years of age, Alex had landed a major label deal with Atlantic Records; later wrote, recorded, toured and performed with three different members of Guns n' Roses - his favorite band; and secured his spot as the third official guitarist for the legendary metal band Quiet Riot, which meant following two incredible talents - Carlos Cavazo, and the late, great Randy Rhoads.
Alex has continued his musical exploration with his latest project - Maps to the Hollywood Scars - which is a collaboration with American Idol finalist and Quiet Riot frontman, James Durbin.
Promoting the release of the Maps to the Hollywood Scars' EP debut, Volume One, Alex discusses the inception of this project, his professional career, as well as some other insights for all you rock lovin' string-benders out there.
Sometimes, during your musical journey, you encounter certain artists whose abilities seem to defy any physical and genre-specific limitations, and whose work can be an endless source of inspiration -- Shai Agmon, to me, is "that guy." I discovered Shai's work on Facebook, and became instantly fascinated with both his eclectic style and the ease with which he maneuvers around the ol' six-string. It just so happened to be that my exposure to his work coincided with one of the darkest periods of my life. I was 31 years old, laid off with no prospects, and with little hope and no direction. And please know that it is not my intention to make such a dramatic introduction, but during that time, his work was exactly what I needed, as it increased my curiosity of the instrument, giving me something more positive to focus on. The overall sound of his music, to me, tends to be sorrowful, morose, yet, at the same time, it can sound hopeful and inspiring. Shai is just one of those players that you can instantly pick out, regardless of the style in which he's playing. I really could continue on ad nauseam about my admiration of his playing, so I will be sure to spare you. So, without further ado, here is my discussion with one of my all-time favorite players, Shai Agmon.
Interview with Scattered Hamlet's Adam Joad
Q: How do you describe your sound to those who haven’t yet heard Scattered Hamlet?
We call it Honky Tonk Metal - it’s not quite full on southern rock and it’s not quite metal enough for the purist metal police to let us call “metal.” If you’re a guitar player its really just pentatonic based aggressive hard rock.
Q: Where did the name “Scattered Hamlet” come from?
I pulled it out of a Civil War book I was reading when I was working on the first demos for the band. It’s a slang term for small rural communities like the place I grew up. In hindsight I should have been more obvious, people seem to think it’s a Shakespeare reference which I think is funny, Do we look like we read a lot of Shakespeare?
Q: As a guitarist/singer/songwriter, what are your biggest musical influences?
Wow, for me there’s so many. Songwriting, I’m a huge Springsteen and Mike Ness fan. My favorite guitar player of all time is Dave Gilmour, I like his voice a lot too. For harmonies and guitar weaving I have to give it up to the Skynyrd boys: Gaines, King, Collins and Rossington. Tom from Boston is great guitar harmony player too, he taught me through Boston records the power of thirds.