Alex Gibbons

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INTRODUCING: ALEX GIBBONS

Born and Raised in Sydney’s West, Alex Gibbons got his first taste of Rock n Roll at the age of ten, thanks to his Dad’s obsession with the genre. Listening to everyone from AC/DC to The Angels, something ‘clicked’ and he soon came to realise it was exactly where his future laid. Picking up the guitar at 15 with the help of one of Sydney’s greatest Blues players, John Costello, Alex begun playing in cover groups, and stayed with The Shadowboxer, a tribute to The Angels until early this year. But now, at 20, Alex is on a journey to find his own place in the industry and is igniting those six strings with a whole lot of passion whilst doing so.


 

Q. What is it about Rock n Roll guitar that’s got such a hold on you?

A. Whether it’s the chunky riffs of The Angels, the flaming solos of Ace Frehley, or the unique riffage of Brian May, I honestly can’t explain it. It just sounds so good, so easy to listen to, and so incredibly fun to play. There’s always been something about that kind of music that just makes me feel better, happier, Like life isn’t so bad.
Q. Are you working on any upcoming projects?
A. I am actually! I have some unused recording time that i got as an 18th present 2 years ago, So i’m still in the process of getting a band together to do so. I’ve got a lot of ideas that i still need to work out and put down, but something is definitely happening within the next year.
 
Q What records and or musicians have inspired you the most?
A. It’s hard to decide who has inspired me the most, but i’d definitely have to say Ace Frehley from KISS. I got into them when i was about 6 or 7, and i’ve just always loved how Ace plays. All the minor pentatonic solos (which i think may be the reason i use it so much), and just the raw down & dirty sound he has. I’ve always wanted to play and sound like Ace, but at the same time, be myself.
My fave KISS record would probably have to be the compilation “Double Platinum”…I can’t really choose a single album, most of them are just that good!
My second would definitely have to be Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. I just LOVE the blues. This guy is probably why. I just can’t get enough of his style of playing. There’s one particular song i am definitely in love with, it’s from their recent album “La Futura”, and it’s called Over you. It became very relatable at one stage, and I’ve just loved the song ever since. The solo just grabs me, and doesn’t let go. The amount of feel and passion he expresses through his playing is what i try to emulate when i’m out at a jam night or i’m playing a gig and so on.

My favorite ZZ Top album would probably have to be Eliminator. It’s got balls, it hits hard, and it rocks!

Q.What song are you most proud of?
A. I don’t really know to be honest. I’m not really a fan of my own instrumental music, but i guess i’m proud of them. There were just a whole bunch of emotions i was feeling at each time period, so i ended up just grabbing my phone, opening up the sound recorder app, and just laying it down that way. All 4 of them are up on YouTube at the moment. There’s a few that need to be re-done though, so keep an eye out!
Q. Any recurring themes throughout your music?
A. They’re all mellow and laid back,Y’know? Easy to listen to.. At least that’s what I’ve been told.
Q.What’s your ultimate goal as a musician?
A. The same as any other musician. To be known by the country, the world even. I want to write songs, release albums, play stadium shows, and have a damn good time doing it!

Alex Gibbons is a true talent, greatly emulating the Rock n Roll greats through his playing, and showcasing his deep dedication to his instrument throughout each performance.

To support this old soul on his journey to the top, check out his YouTube channel, or maybe even write him an email!

https://www.youtube.com/user/guard12340/videos

alexcgibbons@gmail.com

Peace, love and keep singin’ the Blues,

CKR

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