May 15, 2012

This is the one where our ESP and LTD endorsers talk about their guitar secrets. How do you like our boys alongside the likes of Nergal, Hetfield and Hammet, Carpenter, and Cavalera? Just fine thank you, and it’s about freaking time!

Welcome to the pointy guitar crowd. Proud to be ripping it up with the rock stars. Check it out on the website.

Triple axe threat: Pinoy guitarists on heavy music

BY KARL R. DE MESA May 14, 2012 2:55pm
Pinoys love rock and roll. As much as we fawn over solo artists, adult contemporary songwriters andbiriteras, there’s a huge demographic whose tastes were weaned on the music of Juan De la Cruz Band, Maria Cafra, and The Downbeats.The slew of groups that those progenitors influenced are now ripping up stages with guitar driven music, and those bands are also heir to the sons and daughters of said fans.

As rock made its aggressive expansion into heavy metal, the guitar morphed from an instrument to party to, to a genuine weapon of mass sonic destruction.
Joey Dizon (Intolerant), Mico Ong (Fuseboxx), and Eight Toleran (Franco/Quezo) are three of the leading guitarists of Pinoy heavy music, and their riffs and shreds have taken local audiences to heights of sonic belligerence heretofore unknown, motivating them to the ritual of the circle pit and the synchronic headbang. They’re also really big guitar geeks.
In early 2012, ESP and LTD (the budget series brand) guitars chose them as the first Pinoy endorsers for their instruments of mayhem. Here we talk to them about their love for the instrument.
Wiry, heavily tattooed and with long hair set loose when he plays, Eight (or Otso) moves with the quintessential swagger of an old school rock star on stage. He remembers the late 1970s, when he was barely a teen, the times his mother would have relatives over to hang out at their house and play rock records of the day like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple in ye good ole LP format.
Those Jimmy Page and Richie Blackmore riffs must have made a big impression on him. You can still find a lick or two from his idols in the guitar work he does for the alternative roots rock of the incredibly popular Franco, and the nu metal attack of Quezo.

“A short time after that,” he explains with candor, “somehow meth got thrown into the mix and everything around me just went haywire real quick. I guess I was in for the ride as well. It forces you to revert to your own made up ‘happy place.’”
And his happy place for him was playing the guitar. It was, he explains, “[a] great distraction from all the crazy stuff that was happening around me at the time.”
Did you learn your instrument the traditional way, with a mentor? 
EIGHT: I tried to learn all the technical terms, chords, scales and all, but I guess I just gave up in the middle of it as soon as I figured out I couldn’t control my pinkie finger as well as the rest. As long as all the knobs work and I can tweak the gain up just right, I’m fine.
I notice you have a very low guitar stance, is it harder to play like that? 
EIGHT: I’ve always played in a weird angle, with my guitar slung lower than usual. I’ve always had to deal with little things I thought were common since I opted for the cooler stance.
Read more about OTSO, JOEY DIZON (Intolerant) and MICO ONG (Fuseboxx) at this LINK.

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