1.Tell us your name and the band you play for
Jeff Carlson- Jeff Carlson Band
2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar?
-Gary Richrath from REO Speedwagon and Randy Rhoads
3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
Both but mostly self taught.
4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?
6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )
I have several that I use live...I use an Ibanez Iceman cracked mirrored Paul Stanley model, I use a 1960 reissue sunburst Gibson Les Paul, I use a 1976 Gibson Billy Gibbons previously owned Gibson Les Paul, I use a Washburn Festival series 1994 model-(black)
7.What about pickups? Passive or active ?
Tell us about them Passive- I use Seymour Duncan on my Iceman, and stock in my ‘60 Les Paul, and Seymour Duncan in my ‘76 Les Paul
8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc
Believe it or not, I use Line 6 for my head, and Marshall 50 watt head, and one 4x12 Marshall cab.
9.Do you have a pedal board?
Tell us about that badboy I just have one that has my wireless, and Line 6 pedal on it...not alot to use really.
10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail
…..Dream rig....I think I already have it...lol!
11.What guitarist can you not stand?
I know I’m going to catch crap for this..but I was never a fan of Stevie Ray Vaughn..he technically, was a great player, but I guess it’s just the music he did I was never really into.
12. Is tone more important or is technique? In my case of the music that I play yes. Now for someone else- that might differ.
13. Name your top 5 guitarist
1. Frank Hannon
2. Gary Richrath
4. Neil Schon
14.Who is the most overrated guitarist?
In my opinion- Hendrix. I just never got into him. I respect what he did for the music industry, but I just never was a fan.
15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?
1.Please introduce yourself and tell us who you sing for
Hi- I'm Jeff Carlson and I am happy to be here! I sing for my solo band Jeff Carlson Band.
2.What / Who made you want to sing?
Elvis, Jon Bon-Jovi, and Paul Stanley, Steve Perry, Tommy Shaw
3.Who was the first singer you saw live that gave you chills?
4.Many people say heavy music is just screaming, How would you combat that statement?
Music is art...there is no right or wrong way to convey your art, there’s room for everyone in my opinion.
5.If you growl or do harsh vocals how do you keep your voice after such violent performances?
6. Do you have a warm up routine? Tell u bout it ?
I have a routine that I learned from Robert Mason from Warrant/ex Lynch Mob...I yell in a towel backstage for about 3-5 minutes off and on, and it warms up my chords just enough but not too much.
7. Do you think power or performance is more important?
8. Who do you think gets unfair vocal praise, someone the world thinks is great but is not? / And who is great but does not get the credit?
1. Celine Dion. 2.Pat Benatar and Ray Gillan and Mark Slaughter, Rick Springfield-(that guy never gets any credit as a singer, and he’s killer live! Lol!)
9.Name your top 5 vocalist
1. Elvis Presley
2. Pat Benatar
3. Tommy Shaw
4. Lou Gramm
5. Steve Perry
10.Micheal Buble or Jim Gallette? Just testing your skills here-Neither..lol...
11.Who do you love to listen to that would surprise people?.
12.If you could remove the autotune from any singer who would it be?