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Paul Epworth

There aren't many individuals that can lay claim to single-handedly shaping the musical tastes of an entire generation of listeners. However, Paul Epworth can be counted among their number. His midas touch has continually set the industry standard for creative innovation, while his restless experimentation has explored the furthest reaches of songwriting and sound design. With production credits that include Florence & The Machine, Adele, Plan B, Friendly Fires and Primal Scream - to name just a few - it's not hard to see why Paul is one of modern music's must sought-after producers. Just last year he was awarded a Brit for Best Producer, as well as Music Week's award for Producer of the Year.

But it is not solely for his role as producer du jour for which Paul Epworth should be recognised. Alongside this lies his talents as a songwriter. Take, for example, his work with the international sensation Adele. Paul not only produced three of the songs on the worldwide multi platinum selling 21 the London singer's second album, but also co-wrote the worldwide #1 smash Rolling In The Deep and He Won't Go. Released as a single, the former track - the lead single from 21, the highest-selling digital album in the world - was a top 10 smash in an astonishing 27 countries as well as #1 in UK, US, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. Rolling In The Deep is also the year's best selling digital song, with 4.23 million sold, has set the record for the most-ever spins at Modern AC radio and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks. It also announced to the world that Paul is a songwriter possessed of the highest capabilities.

It seems that whatever project this songwriter, producer and mixer turns his attentions to, the results are invariably dazzling. "I don't rest on my creative laurels," he says "I'm never satisfied with something I've done, ever. I always want to change and develop."


Airship

Since forming in 2008, Manchester four-piece Airship have notched up acclaimed support tours with Editors, Biffy Clyro, The Joy Formidable and Frightened Rabbit. Developing these songs live, on the roads of Britain and Europe, was how Airship wanted to write them, and it wasn't until they were suitably road-tested within packed, sweaty rooms, that the band were ready to commit them to tape. Their debut album Stuck In This Ocean has been Produced by Doves/Cherry Ghost producer Dan Austin at Rockfield Studios, and aided with production by both Doves' ambient programmer Rebelski and Editors' guitarist Chris Urbanowicz. Stuck In This Ocean will be released on 5th September 2011 by Play It Again Sam and the band hits the road again for a full European headline tour a week later.

We first came across Kilpatrick Audio looking for a delay pedal whilst in London killing some time before a radio interview. We found the Echo Centric, tried it and bought it straight away. It went into Elliott's live rig and we eventually started using it more and more when writing until we had to buy another for using with keyboards. The triplet delay option is something magical. It's exactly what a delay pedal should be; great sounding, unique and a little bit mental in the best possible way! - Airship
Visit: Airship's Myspace page

John Bohlinger

Band Leader/ Musician/ Writer
The Lush Puppy is a killer two-in-one combo pedal. It really is a lush tone. - John Bohlinger

John Bohlinger, Montana native and former Ivy League Honors student is best know for his work in television. John lead the band on NBC's hit program "Nashville Star" as well as the 2009 CMT Music Awards, CMT Larry the Cable Guy Christmas Special, the GAC Network's "Next GAC Star", and several PBS specials including "The Outlaw Trail" and "Legends and Lyrics".

The consummate Nashville sideman, John has accompanied over fifty major label artist throughout his tenure in Nashville including Bret Michaels of Poison, Sara Evans, Leann Rimes, Miranda Lambert, Tanya Tucker, Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Kenny Rogers, The Beach Boys, Randy Owen of Alabama, Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues and many others. A versatile multi-instrumentalist, John has recorded master sessions on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, pedal steel and mandolin. John was recently cast as Gwyneth Paltrow's bass player in the her new film "Love Don't Let Me Down" staring Tim McGraw.

Visit: John Bohlinger's Youtube Channel

John Bohlinger with the Lush Puppy
Outside the Tonight Show Studio

John Bohlinger on the Tonight Show
April 29, 2010

Mark Karan

Bob Weir & RatDog

Mark Karan is best known for performing with the extended Grateful Dead family. For the last twelve years, he has anchored the lead guitar slot in Bob Weir & RatDog, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans year-round. Before crossing over into the land of the Dead, Mark worked his guitar and vocal voodoo for the likes of Dave Mason, Delaney Bramlett, the Rembrandts, Paul Carrack, Huey Lewis, Jesse Colin Young and Sophie B. Hawkins.

Mark also tours with an array of amazing musicians on his own, where his soulful blues-based vocal stylings and inspired guitar work meld with the remarkably creative and responsive playing of his friends in a passionate delivery of the psychedelicized sounds of Americana. This is where rock meets R&B and country and mixes with the soul of New Orleans, with healthy portions of reggae, folk, funk and whatever else the muse might bring. In addition to his originals, as well as those of songwriter friends, Mark covers a range of eclectic songs from Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "You Can Stay (But the Noize Must Go)" and Peter Tosh's "Don't Look Back", to the Kinks' "Lazin' on a Sunny Afternoon" or Joe Jackson's "Fools in Love" - his unique musical taste and song choices are the hallmark of these shows, and always crowd pleasers for his nationwide, loyal fanbase.

The vibro-man pedal may be the most truly unique pedal in the Kilpatrick line. It offers both true pitch oriented vibrato and amplitude tremolo... unique in a single pedal to begin with... but what I REALLY love is the vibro-man's ability to combine and blend the two effects for totally unique sounds. - Mark Karan
The echo centric is a really fun take on the classic delay pedal. It sounds clean and musical, is very quiet (not true of all echo/delay pedals), offers a good amount of delay time and does a nice job w/the tape echo style runaway feedback effects. The addition of the syncopation and timing (quarter note or triplet) options adds another sonic and rhythmic dimension to the pedal and had me going deeper and deeper creating interesting textural and rhythmic soundscapes. I got totally lost in this pedal... nicely done. - Mark Karan
Visit: Mark Karan's Blog