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1.Tell us your name and the band you play for
My name is Juno DeVere and from 2018-2020 I performed with a band in Richmond Virginia. However, when I received my full scholarship to Berklee College of Music I had to move to Boston. Currently I am looking to join an already established touring rock / metal band.
2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar
When I was eleven, I was introduced to the video game Guitar Hero. This was my first introduction to rock and metal music. When I played the game, I enjoyed the idea of playing music to an “audience”. I was so bad at the game that I felt like my time would be better spent learning the actual instrument. The Beatles also really inspired me early on with playing the guitar. I enjoyed learning their songs and analyzing their music. That experience taught me so much about song writing.
3.Are you self-taught or did you take lessons?
I first started playing guitar at the age of twelve. I took lessons early on and as I progressed, I integrated other forms of learning into my daily practice routine. Over the course of my learning experience, I have read and purchased many books and videos that have greatly influenced my playing style and technique. To further my education, I took classes through Berklee Online. I was encouraged by many of the professors to audition for the on campus learning experience at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I auditioned in August of 2019 and in December of 2019 I was awarded a Full Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. I am currently enrolled in their Guitar Performance Degree Program.
4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
Yes, I can read and write music, tabs and charts.
5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone?
Yes, I feel like my music reflects a unique sound that represents me. It is a culmination of techniques and styles that I have learned along the way. I also write original music and lyrics. My first release will be an instrumental composition called ASCENSION.
6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )
I collaborated with DC Custom Guitars USA in 2019 to build my dream axe the “JUNOCASTER”. The hand scalloped solid roasted maple neck shreds effortlessly, and the tone quality is incredibly crisp and vocal. I hand painted the guitar body myself. The “JUNOCASTER” was modeled after the STRATOCASTER. I have always been a fan of the Strat because of the way they feel and their unique tone quality.
7.What about pickups? Passive or active? Tell us about them
I chose the Seymour Duncan YJM Fury pickups for the JUNOCASTER. I prefer the single coil sound!
8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand, model, speakers etc
I prefer analog vs digital. I use an old school pedal board and I prefer Marshall amps. However, I am still developing my sound and experimenting with different gear.
10.Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..
I would love to get a 1987 Marshall Plexi re issue or an original if I could find one. I am constantly evolving my sound and would like to stay with Marshall amps and Strats.
11.What guitarist can you not stand?
I think one of the greatest things about playing the guitar is that it reflects one’s individualism.
I try and respect every guitarist because playing the guitar is an art and everyone is expressing their artistry.
12. Is tone more important or is technique?
Technique is absolutely more important than tone! If you have good technique that will always translate through the cheapest instrument or through the greatest rig. The tone of your fingers is also very important and is the most likely place where a guitarist can reflect their uniqueness.
13. Name your top 6 guitarist
1. Shawn Lane
2. Yngwie Malmsteen
3. Joe Stump
4. Guthrie Govan
5. Ritchie Blackmore
6. Jason Becker
14.Who is the most overrated guitarist
As a guitarist It takes a long time and a lot of hard work to become respected by your peers. Some guitarists are respected for certain reasons. Being respected at all means they are making an impact on someone and that is what playing the guitar is all about. A guitarist can be rated by their musicianship, their performance, their phrasing, their tone, ect… so it really depends on what they are rating and who is rating them and for what reason.
15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?
If I had the opportunity to spend an hour with someone it would have to be Shawn Lane. His flawless technique, musicality and phrasing is a great inspiration to me. He is no doubt viewed by the virtuoso’s as one of the greatest guitarists that ever lived. Very few guitarists will ever achieve the mastery of the instrument as he had accomplished.