Some might say that creativity is its own reward. That’s all well and good but a little bit of recognition doesn’t hurt. Neither do prize packages that include everything a budding producer might need”from a new Fender® DLX Player Stratocaster® to an Intel Inspired Ultrabook. Artists entered into the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition have a chance to win all that and more.
But they can’t do it without help from their fans. Luckily, anyone who makes their voice heard while helping out their favorite Canadian artists can win some sweet gear of their own! Any fan judging in the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition has a chance to win a brand new Fender® Modern Player Telecaster Plus and a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp. So what are you waiting for? Get judging today.
OurStage, Guitar Player magazine, and Ernie Ball are teaming up this summer to offer aspiring guitarists a chance to win the ultimate Grand Prize. Enter the Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition by August 17 for your shot to win your very own feature in Guitar Player magazine, a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball, and more! Throughout the competition, we’ll be bringing you exclusive editorial content fresh from guitarplayer.com”enjoy!
“When Carolyn Wonderland took the stage at Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, the crowd didn’t know exactly what to make of her at first. She appeared somewhat shy and unassuming, armed with a Tele, a lap-steel, and a tiny Fender combo. As the band went into the opener, the first thing listeners were struck by was her singing voice, an amazing instrument unto itself, with uncommon power, dynamics, and range. Comparisons to Janis Joplin are inevitable, but Wonderland possesses a purity of tone that is all her own.”
Published by Matt Blackett, Guitar Player Magazine
Starting today, you can judge in the Intel® Canadian Superstars Competition to decide which up-and-coming talent rises to the top across seven music channels, including electronic, singer-songwriter, urban, pop, rock,
country and Francophone (for tracks sung in French).
In addition to the opportunity to discover great new music, judging in this competition also enters you for a chance to win a fantastic prize pack that includes:
- (1) Fender® Modern PlayerTelecaster® Plus
- (1) Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp
Why wait any longer? Click here and start listening now!
Boston-based band Naked on Roller Skates rocked and rolled their way straight to the top of the Indie Rock Channel in January. The band impressed not only the OurStage fans, but also the judges at Ernie Ball, securing the competition grand prize. Thanks to Ernie Ball, Naked on Roller Skates will be rocking out with free guitar and bass strings for an entire year! We caught up with lead guitarist extraordinaire Travis Richter to chat about his musical influences, playing style and much more. Check out the interview below, and don’t forget to head to the Alternative Country Channel to listen to the artists currently competing for the Ernie Ball Grand Prize.
OS: How would you describe your playing style?
TR: My playing style is to develop parts around the melody. I’m a very melodic player, so I’m always looking to find a riff or a part that compliments the song. I like to fill in the spaces.
OS: Who are some of your favorite guitar players?
TR: First and foremost, Lindsey Buckingham! He is my hero. I was always a big fan of the hair metal guys, Vitto Bratta, CC Devile, Frankie Hannon, etc. I also think Billy Corgan is an incredible player. It’s hard to narrow your influences down.
OS: Who has influenced you the most as a musician?
TR:It was probably my former bandmaster in High School, Frank Forgione. He was so passionate about music and he pushed me to be want to be great, not just settle for mediocrity. He also instilled a work ethic in me that has carried on to this very day.
OS: What kind of guitar are you currently playing?
TR:Currently, I’m playing a Telecaster and a Fender Bullet. I’ve recently switched to those from a Les Paul.
OS: What was it like winning the free strings?
TR:It was like getting laid for the first time, unexpected yet ultimately satisfying.
For more information about Naked on Roller Skates and to check out more of their music, head to their OurStage profile HERE.