Hi, my name is Ramiro Sangari. I´m from Argentina. I want to make you a few questions
about guitar power. I´m working in a local magazine.
1- How did the contest begin as a project?
Guitar Power began with an idea of mine after my show an clinic here in Buenos Aires and La Plata last year, and seeing that the guitar players here in Argentina needed more opportunity to get their music to an international audience outside of Argentina. I talked with my friend and fellow guitar player who is on my label Boosweet Records in the USA, Marcelo Roascio a well known guitarist and educator here in Argentina about doing a contest and giving as the Grand Prize a record contract with my label. We talked about ideas and I told him of what I had done before for various contests, we created a format and then started to work on putting things in place to make the “Guitar Power” come alive. We have major equipment sponsors from both the USA and Argentina like Seymour Duncan USA (not the local distributor), Xotic Effects, Slap Music(Ernie Ball, Morley), and others. So this is how the idea coma about and now on Oct 12, 2011 the 10 finalist who were selected from different parts of Argentina will play to see who wins the contract!
2- Why did you choose Argentina to do this contest?
Because I felt that there was a definite need for a real opportunity for the guitar players here, there are some really good guitar players and musicians here in Argentina, so why not give an opportunity such as this, that someone will have the chance to have their music heard and sold all over the world!
3- Which skills do you consider important to judge the musicians?
Of course the players will be judged on their playing skills, their execution, but also on their
composition, their sound, their stage presence and audience contact. I have to look at each performer
in a total aspect because this is also business for me, I have to be able to market and promote this
music, so it’s not all about playing ability. I am not interested in only technical ability as a player,
but charisma as a performer!
4- Do you know any musicians or bands from Argentina? How do you feel about them?
I know about some of them from coming here last year and learning more each time I come to Argentina, but there is not much music that gets to the USA from Argentina, so we do not hear a lot there. I went to hear David Le Bon last week and he is an excellent player, performer, composer, there is no doubt in my mind that Argentina like other countries have very talented people, they just do not get the international exposure that other artist in other countries get, but there are very professional and good musicians and artists here.
5- Are you looking for any kind of music or do you prefer some particular gender?
The genre of music is not important to me, but it has to be good and it has to have some sort of commercial benefit to it, I am in the business of selling music, so that always has to be a consideration for me, but that does not mean that the music cannot be original or creative. It just needs to be good!
6- What kind of music did you find among the brazilian music contestants?
Brasil has a totally different culture than Argentina, but I also found some very talented musicians like Miguel Mega who has recorded on 3 of my solo projects and is now an award winning guitarist, Kiko Loureiro from the progressive rock and metal group Angra, Edu Ardanuy from Dr. Sin, Ricky Furlani who is a blues guitarist and has sold many copies in the USA now, it has been mainly rock, blues, and jazz fusion, but with a Brasilian influence definitely whichmakes it original sounding.
7- What brought you to do this contest in Latin American?
Simply to give an opportunity to someone talented who otherwise would never have gotten and opportunity like what “Guitar Power” will produce for them
8- What are your following plans after you leave Argentina?
I am working on a new recording for myself it will be my 5th solo release of my career. I am working on this with someother talented guitar players like I did with my current CD “A Tribute To Stevie Wonder”, people like Greg Howe whoplayed with Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Rianna, Enrique Iglesias, George Lynch who was an original memberof Dokken, and has his own solo career with Lynch Mob, and Souls Of We, Victor Johnson guitarist of Sammy Hagars band, and others. I will return to Brasil in November to do some clinics for some companies I endorse there, come back to Argentina to mix and master the recording of the winner of “Guitar Power” then some shows back in the USA to close out the year. Then the NAMM SHOW in January, so I have a busy schedule ahead including running my record label, and my Guitar Global LLC company which sells high quality instruments around the world.
9- What plans do you have for the winner?
The winner will have to start immediately to record his songs in the studio professionally, because as I stated I am coming back to mix and master the CD here, then I will take the master recording back with me to the USA and start the process of getting the music marketed and promoted next year around the world, it is a lot of work so there will be no time to waste to have it ready for a next year release internationally.
10- Besides running this contest, do you have another projects?
Yes many, I talked about most of the current ones in the question that you asked me before, question 5, but there aresome new artist that I am also working with in the USA that we are preparing for release next year also.
That´s all. Thank you very much for your time and kindness! It was a real pleasure to talk to your readers by way of your publication, and I would like to thank you for your interest in “Guitar Power” it’s going to be a great event as we have gotten a lot of interest in the program!