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MetalFoxweb.com - Vernon Neilly Guitar Power Interview

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MFW: How do you get to Argentina? What do you know about our musicians?

Last year was my first vist to Argentina, but for many years it has been one of my dreams to come here. Due to the rich cultural history that this country has. So last year we did a show at the Teatro Santa Maria, in addition to clinics in the Ciudad de La Plata. In both cases I was well received. I know Argentina is famous for tango and folklore. From this I met Walter Giardino de Rata Blanca,  Daniel Telis,  Pappo, David Lebón,  Pablo Soler,  Carina Alfie,  Miguel Sigales,  Ricardo Soulé, and some more. I’m here to meet more!

MFW:In your work you discover a multifaced man: production, sideman, radio announcer, even actor. You have worked with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Etta James, "Narada" Michael Walden among many, what is your next project and with whom?

Pat Mehtny, Jaco Pastorius and Narada Walden were at the University of Miami at the same period as me, so that is were I met them. I worked with many top artists in the U.S. such as Etta  James, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Mark Whitfield, The Temptations, and Howard Hewitt. Yes, I was in three big budget films. For Universal Sudios “Along Came Polly” with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston, for Warner Bros: “Starsky & Hutch” with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughan, Snoop Dog and Antonio Fargas, and for Sony/Columbia Pictures: “Walk Hard” with Tim Meadows and John C. Reilly. My new CD is called “ A Tribute to Stevie Wonder”, where I have such guests as Greg Howe, the brasilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro(Angra), Miguel Mega (Brasil),  Bill Hudson (USA), the french guitarist  Unam, and the bassist Juan Nelson, winner of of a  Grammy, from the band of Ben Harper  and Innocent Criminal Band. Actually I am working on another project with Greg Howe, George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob) and with Victor Johnson, guitarist of Sammy Hagar.

MFW: Is there a new area that you would like to venture?

I am always looking for new projects. I run a record labl called Boosweet Records. I have another company named Guitar Global that works with musical instruments and distributes them around the world. So I stay pretty busy.

MFW: How were your beginnings in music? Did you have support?

I come from a musical family in the Bahamas. My mother is a pianist and violinist, my sistr was a music professor and she played pipe organ, besides being a classical pianist. My brother was a professional classical and jazz musician, and he won many awards for his music. Yes, my mother provided support with all my musical projects. She still does it with everything I have accomplished.

MFW: What is your preffered guitar and the musician(s) that you admire?

I have to say that my favorite guitar is the one I play, and that was designed for me by Tagima Guitars of Brasil. It is my signature series guitars, which are made according to my specifibt cations. Also I have pickups made especially for me by Seymour Duncan in the U.S. My acoustic guitars are made by Giannini, also from Brasil. They were the ones responsible for making instruments that created samba, and bossa in Brasil. My favorite musician is without a doubt Jimi Hendrix, and even today, is still a big influence on guitarist around the world. His style and music still attracts me.

MWF: A Final Message….

Playing the guitar is an art not a competition. The guitarist should develop their own voice with the instrument. They should continue evolving and never be satisfied. To try to challenge themselves to learn more and play better. Besides they should enjoy this process, as they grow as musicians. It has to be something fun. If its not fun they should find something else that they are more passionate about. This advice could apply to guitarist, vocalists, bands, etc.

Thank you for your time and your interest in my career

Thank You, Vernon.


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