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<strong>Sevenstring.org Song Of The Month: June 2009 - Keith Merrow's "Andromeda"</strong>
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<b>Keith "DIOBOLIC5150" Merrow's "Andromeda"
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<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> Name/age/location: </span>
Keith Merrow/29/Portland, Oregon
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Who are your biggest musical influences?</span>
I gather inspiration from all kinds of things, not just music. I find inspiration in artwork, movie scores, documentaries on the Discovery Channel (lol), and of course- amazing musicians. If it's a little out of the ordinary, I will most likely enjoy it. As far as metal bands go- just as long as it's heavy and technical I will listen to it. Some guitar players that have influenced me are, Toni Iommi (the reason I picked up a guitar), Andreas Kisser, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Windstien, Jeff Loomis, Dime, Dino C, Robb Flynn, Fredrik Thordendal, Paul Ortiz, Misha Mansoor, Scott Ian, Ron Jarzombek (yes!)… guys like that.
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;"> For those who haven't yet heard your song, describe "Andromeda" in seven words or less:</span>
Confusing, fun, energetic, heavy, nerve wracking, br00talz?
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What was the writing process like for "Andromeda"?</span>
My writing process is always the same for every song. Once a week, I lock myself in my home studio with a pot of coffee and try to challenge myself, musically. I wrote and recorded “Andromeda” one day after being “stuck in a rut” for a while.
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Did the song turn out as you'd envisioned it?</span>
I think so. I’m definitely my own worst critic. I didn’t think the song was anything remarkable, but the feedback I’ve received on it makes me think that it turned out okay.
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<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">What gear was used for the recording of "Andromeda"?</span>
My DAW- 3ghz quad core PC with 6gb ram, dual 22" monitors
M-Audio Fast Track Pro Interface
M-Audio BX8a near field monitors
KRK Rokit 10s subwoofer monitor
M-audio Oxygen 49 midi keyboard
Line 6 PODxt live
Agile Interceptor 7-string with DiMarzio Blaze's
Agile Septor 7-string with EMG 707 pickups
5 String Cort bass
FL Studio 8 with Drumagog plugin for drums. Custom made drum samples.
<span style="color:orange;font-weight:bold;">Where should people go if they want to contact you or hear more of your music?</span>
Keith Merrow's "Lonestar Transcend" EP (free download)
Keith Merrow on Youtube
Keith Merrow on MySpace
Keith Merrow on SoundClick
Each Song Of The Month winner will receive a prize pack courtesy of our pals at Prosthetic Records, home of bands such as All That Remains, Gojira, Beneath The Massacre, Neuraxis, Testament and our very own Animals As Leaders and Scale The Summit!
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