From Nowhere is the 2010 CD release from Italian guitarist Steve
Beach. Solid hard rock, played instrumentally, with no words, Beach
lets his fingers do the talking on a CD that rocks hard and takes
no prisoners. Although Beach falls into the instrumental hard rock,
neo-metal rock guitar, theres some alternating and shifting
in the moods, certainly enough to make him of interest to fans of
heavy hitters like Joe Satriani, to name just one. Theres a
solid backbeat in play here, and even an occasional sax solo, but
not too much info on the CD as to who it is! Commenting on the eleven
cut CD, Beach adds, Live From Nowhere is the least 'guitar-centric'
CD I could do. No hyper fast arpeggios, no ultrasonic notes or guitarist-only
oriented licks, just my emotions. Even so, Beach finds a nice
hard rock guitar chemistry and turns up the heat when he needs to.
WEB EXPRESS 3000 presents STEVE BEACH
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I was 8 my grandma bought me a very cheap acoustic guitar that I started
playing when I was 10. I studied classical music for 5 years, then
I moved into the electrical guitar world. My parents recommended to
study jazz but, at the beginning, I was not so excited about that.
In the meanwhile, I was fascinated by rock/metal bands like Deep Purple,
Iron Maiden, Metallica, Van Halen, RacerX... so I started studying
all these songs by myself and discovering their styles. As far as
other instruments, I play bass guitar and piano a bit and sometimes
I enjoy playing drums.
name of my CD, Live From Nowhere comes from the difficulties
that sometimes, musicians have in finding the right places to express
their own musical ideas. The CD was recorded between Germany and Italy
in October of 2009, I have good friends in both countries. Some musical
parts were recorded in the traditional way, amplifiers and microphones
while other parts where recorded using software like Guitar Rig or
Amplitube. These are the programs I like most. I played almost all
instruments except the sax in "Sky Full Of Stars" and piano
My idea was just to create a CD not only oriented to guitar players.
Until now I have played different music styles with different bands
and I always try to be open-minded towards arts and music. In this
regard I aimed at recording my emotions, avoiding to categorize my
songs into a specific musical genre. Influences from metal, rock,
jazz can be recognized in the whole CD.
usually play an Ibanez RG Prestige guitar with DiMarzio pickups (Super
Distortion in the bridge and PAF Joe in the neck) and some others
modifications like a killswitch button, etc... and an 80's Kramer
guitar, maybe a Focus model, that I bought two years ago by chance.
For me it sounds better then some brand new one thousand dollar Stratocaster.
I mainly used these two guitars for the recording of my CD.
When I play jazz I usually play a 50s-60s unbranded guitar,
with a DeArmond gold foil pickup in the neck. The strings I use are
Elixir strings and D'Addario strings.
Regarding my amplification I use a Brunetti XL 120 head and cabinet,
in my opinion it is perfect for rock, hard rock and metal. I have
also a Marshall TSL 122 combo that I use for old style rock or if
I have to play in small clubs.
During my gigs I prefer using pedal effects instead of rack effects,
for me pedals are easier to setup and transport. When I record a song
I like to experiment different sounds, so I also use rack effects
and software like Guitar Rig or Amplitube.
The pedals I mainly use are: Dunlop CryBaby wah wah, Aphex compressor,
Boss DS-1 Distortion with Keeley modification, Ibanez TubeScreamer,
Boss BF-3 Flanger, Electro Harmonix Small Stone, Digitech DigiDelay
and Roger Mayer Voodoo-Vibe. Depending on the music I play, sometimes
I like to go straight into the amp using only the clean and dirty
Regarding the keyboards I use a M-Audio KeyStudio 49i connected to
always tried to play and listen to every style of music, i.e., jazz,
rock, metal, electronic music, new age, etc... so I always tried to
be open-minded towards music.
I think that the artists that mostly influenced me were Bruce Springsteen,
Iron Maiden, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and Paul Gilbert.
Of course my favorite guitarist is Paul Gilbert, he's a fantastic
guitarist and also a really nice guy.
The most influential albums... Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis,
Get Out Of My Yard by Paul Gilbert and Bright Size Life
by Pat Metheny.
at now I have three musical projects: a rock/acoustic project with
a really good singer Christine... we are writing some new songs, a
metal project, the band name is Mirages and my jazz band.
I have some gigs in December/January and a recording session with
Mirages. We are recording 4 brand new songs.
Of course I am still working on instrumental stuff, and some good
ideas are rising. I'm not in a hurry to record my new CD, I just look
for new ideas and emotions in order to develop and improve my personal
concept of music that started to appear in Live From Nowhere.
My website is www.myspace.com/stevebeachguitar
A new website will come on January with some new stuff.
If you want to contact me feel free to do it at firstname.lastname@example.org