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10 Quick Ones with SHANI KIMELMAN – June 2018

| 27 June 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Israeli born and LA Based Shani Kimelman has made a name as one of the top emerging Metal guitarists, with a rapidly growing, enthusiastic base of YouTube followers and hundreds of thousands of plays. She recently revealed her cover of an obscure Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) solo, entitled “Gilbert Blues,” in the hopes of discovering the source track. “I stumbled upon this awesome Paul Gilbert solo a long time ago, when a former teacher of mine emailed it to me under the name, ‘Gilbert Blues,'” says Kimelman. “I searched for it everywhere and couldn’t find it. Enlighten me if you know anything about it.” We get Shani to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

My latest release is also my first and it’s an EP called Escape Velocity. It’s super fresh and in a few days it should already be available on all streaming services. I put a lot of work into it with the help of a few very close people, and for me the final product really reflects my musical formation in the last years and the huge transformation in my life since these tracks were written. The EP consists of 3 tracks only, so no hidden nuggets but there are definitely unhidden nuggets! I’m really happy with it and there’s more where that came from. All I can say is a very colourful experience awaits anyone who’ll listen to it and I hope people will enjoy my music as much as I enjoyed making it.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I don’t think there’s one specific moment when I realized I wanted to be a musician. I was drawn to music at a very young age and grew up in a family of Jazzheads. I played the saxophone when I was 8 and later, when I picked up the guitar for the first time, I think I already knew at that time I was going to be a musician. There was never anything else I was so passionate about and committed to.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

The first four would be Paul Gilbert, Nuno Bettencourt, Greg Howe and Dimebag Darrell (and their bands – Mr. Big, Extreme, Pantera..). They had the biggest influence on me as a guitarist and I spent the most time listening to them and trying to play like them. The fifth one would be the soundtrack from the video game Jazz Jackrabbit 2. I used to play this game for hours as a kid and years later, after listening to the soundtrack again, I realized how much it subconsciously influenced the music I write today.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Lady Gaga

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Ambient/Electronic music with Rock/Metal guitars, some jazzy chords in the background and a bit of a video game vibe. (whoa!)

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Getting to travel the world, see new places and meet people, and also being able to express yourself without words.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Right now I’m playing in an all girls GnR tribute band called Paradise Kitty (our next show is on July 6 in The Canyon Club, Santa Clarita, CA). We get to hang out mostly while touring or before/after shows, and we usually don’t have our acoustic guitars with us and we also don’t cook (wow I just bummed the whole question). However, you might find us doing really nice electric unplugged versions of GnR songs while warming up in the backstage before a show, or getting ready together, or having an after show drink and hang, etc. We have a great vibe in the group and lots of laughter and great moments and it shows on stage.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Computer Programmer

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

There are many moments in my career I feel were a misstep but I wouldn’t want to change any of them because they taught me something I probably had to learn. When I look back at stuff I did in the past I always think I’d probably do it way better today, but I guess that’s just how you know you’ve made some progress.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would go back to be a fly on the wall while Marcel Dadi was recording his album Nashville Rendez-vous (1990). My dad had the CD among hundreds of other albums, and one day I was looking for something new to listen to and I randomly pulled this album from the shelf and never returned it since. This album is just so beautiful and inspiring it’s a must hear for everyone.

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