Jimmy Owen is here Today to share his work Re-inspire and some of his other music in this Guitardoor interview.
London’s Jimmy Owen Has all the elements down… Be it The super tones he pulls from the Electric Guitar to the roots of the simple yet powerful delivery of his Acoustic work. He is a solo artist of high acclaim and also is working in the Band “Wolf Moon”.He provides something for everyone. Truly a Remarkable Guitarist.
Many compliments from those who have crossed his path ring True. “The way you hear music is the way Van Gogh saw colors” was Bruce Dickinson’s description of Owen’s work. We are pleased to share some thoughts and music with you here at Guitardoor.
What brought you together with music?
” I’ve always loved music. My father had a massive collection and would always be playing anything from Chopin to Jimi Hendrix. I really loved the piano first and I played that a lot. Then I got into guitar a little later on.”
Have you a favorite guitar and why?
“ I love lots of guitars but I have a little thing for the Strat. All my heroes play them.”
How long have you been active in music? What are career highlights or dreams?
“ I’ve been playing for a good while now. Starting with piano things. I’ve been lucky enough to have hung out with David Gilmour, I am a good friend of his son Matt Gilmour (Also a great musician/player)- David’s music has had a massive influence on me and he was generous enough to give me some time and show me some bits. “
“Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson/Alien Love Child)played bass on my record “Re-Inspire” extremely honored. I learned a lot from Guthrie Govan too, Martin Goulding was a big influence, Justin Sandercoe.. there’s so many to mention..”
“It’s been such an honor working with these wonderful humans. I’ve had the good fortune of having a signature amp built for me by Arjan Kool and endorsements from PRS, Victory Amps, and GHS Inspirations.’
Wolf Moon – Re-inspire [Official Music Video]
Any advice for new people in music, or picking up an instrument today?
.” Never lose sight of why you are playing. Be that child in your head at all times, never lose that wonderment for music, it’s a magical world and when you trust it will always be there to harbor all the emotion you could feel.”
What have you learned from your success or even failures?
“Neil Young said it so well, make friends with failure… I have! Believe me! But I have learned to take the good times when they are there and have faith that the bad times are just a phase and will pass, that is the promise of the ebb and flow of life. I try to remind myself every day but help others too when they are going through it as well, I find it cathartic I guess but we are all in this together.. having a sense of togetherness makes it a little easier.”
Guitar solo by Jimmy Owen (Lethbridge Owen), live at The Half Moon
Are you more comfortable in the studio or onstage?
“You know, I love both. A studio is a wonderful place for experimentation and I love the textures that you can etc but of course, you can’t beat playing to people and feeling that magic in the room. I Can’t wait to get out and do that again.”
How do you feel about the state of the digital music industry?
“ Hmmm hard one, I think that there are good and bad elements, as with everything. Accessibility of music is great but I think because of that, the function has changed and maybe it’s not being consumed in the same way as the music that influenced me. Every day there seems to be something new coming out or some new way to consume music haha! “
He can be Subtle or Ferocious, whichever serves best. He is simply a World Class player and a Great Gentleman. No Pretense to his intensity. No Doubts in my opinion that you will see his tremendous talents take him increasingly higher.
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