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Glory of the Singles

Posted on 08 October 2009 by Kheperi Global Media

D’ has a guitar performance on the song “Sailing” appearing on K Phanie’s upcoming debut EP Glory of the Singles. It will be released on October 20th.

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Glory of the Singles

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Glory of the Singles

Posted on 07 October 2009 by D' MacKinnon

For those of you near Vancouver, my friend K Phanie is releasing her first EP, “Glory Of The Singles” on October 20th.

She’s a very talented up and coming singer/songwriter that I had the pleasure to collaborate with on one song off her EP.

You can see the CD release party details here

If you can’t attend the release party, you should still pick up the EP when it comes out.

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R.I.P.

Posted on 13 August 2009 by D' MacKinnon

Les Paul just passed away due to complications from pneumonia.
The everyday person may not know him but many musicians have been impacted by his guitar innovations.
He was 94.

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And we’re off

Posted on 18 July 2007 by D' MacKinnon

The past year’s worth of music writing goes off to the pressing plant tomorrow.
Divine Reich’s An American Tragedy.
This album features….
13 songs.
40+ different guitar tones.
99.999999999999% analog synths.
1 Linn LM-1 on 3 tracks.
ZERO vocal pitch correction.
Recorded entirely in my home studio.
One song that is a reinterpretation of a song I originally recorded with the first band Kristian and I were in together. It’s very different from the original.
Lyrical content that’s incendiary, meaningful, relatable. Some of it will piss people off.
Lots of experimentation in performance and recording techniques.
One instrument that’s older than anyone in the band.
One song that contains guest contributions by Chris Randall (Sister Machine Gun/Micronaut) and Eddie Suicide (Royal Dead).
The last song recorded was done in an unsual way to increase the isolation implied by the lyrics (You’ll have to ask [K] about it).
All music written by me.
Did I mention this album is guitar heavy? And very glitchy.
One thing we’ve been told from people who’ve heard it is “It’s not easy classified in a genre, there’s nothing out there right now like it”. This is definitely a ROCK album with influences from anything from glitch, sunset strip rock, 1980’s Prince, drum n bass, electroclash to 1970’s David Bowie.
I’m excited and a bit nervous. It’s been awhile since music of my own has been released to the public…let’s review some history.
2003 Deviant’s debut release Absenta, some compilation CD appearances
2004 One promotional release by Deviant and some remix work. Had some music appear in film and tv. Deviant broken up, Divine Reich forms in it’s first incarnation and garners attention from labels. Breaks up. I spend a lot of time drinking and hating music.
2005 – 2006 Deviant reforms, spent a year writing and recording a Deviant album that got scrapped. One Deviant track surfaced to appear on compilation stuff. Worked on Royal Dead’s 1st EP. Band that I worked on since 2002 broke up.
2006 – 2007 Divine Reich reformed. Producing Royal Dead’s full length album and writing/producing Divine Reich’s full length. Formed a record label with my wife/manager/partner Jolene.
I’m sure a lot of people will love it. I’m sure some people will hate it. I’m sure I’ll get some hate mail. But art isn’t safe, art is dangerous.
It’s been a long road but this album is truely an effort that I’m proud to have worked on.

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Finally out of the shop

Posted on 11 January 2005 by D' MacKinnon

Just got my baby back from the shop. My Les Paul had been out of whack for a few months and I finally took it in to get worked on. The intonation was going flat above the 12th fret. I had that problem after I had done a thorough cleaning on it over the summer.
Seems the years of sweaty fingers, vans, basements and what not have caused the neck to twist a bit so I had the tech adjust the neck and do some fretwork. We’ll see how guitar handles itself tonight, I have some writing to do that I’ve put off until I got this guitar back (I never do lead work on my other guitars).

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Multiple Guitars..why do we do it?

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Multiple Guitars..why do we do it?

Posted on 16 November 2004 by D' MacKinnon

“You already have four guitars, why do you need another?”
I’ve noticed that non-guitarists are mystified by our incessant need to collect more and different guitars.
There are a lot of reasons, some arguably more justifiable than others. For instance, I regularly write songs in different tunings (standard tuning is soooo 20th century) and if I perform those songs live, you don’t want to retune between songs. Sometimes you can’t retune if you wanted to, like if the song was written with a baritone guitar.
Also, different guitars give different tones. For the non-guitarist, let me break it down simply: there are many components that give a guitar it’s sound, from the wood the body is made of, the design of the guitar, the strings, the pickups, the tuning. A guitar good for blues may not necessarily give you the beefy tone you need for a metal song.
For instance, I recorded a song this past weekend for a movie that contained multiple guitar parts. I originally tried to record the lead guitar part on this old Charvel that I own but the tone sounded a bit thin. Same for when I tried to use my Yamaha for the lead. I finally settled on using my Les Paul, which is what I use for most of my leads because the tone is just so much denser, most likely because the thing weighs like 20 pounds.
There is always the “bad” reason to want new guitars too, the cool factor of owning the latest thing. There are a few guitars out there that I wouldn’t mind owning just because they purportedly kick so much ass. Of course, I don’t have a few grand sitting around to spend on it when there are a dozen other items on my list to buy for my studio.
Are we guitarists really just in love with collecting guitars? Probably. Perhaps secretly we all want that room of guitars that Nigel has in Spinal Tap.

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