Mike heads to the NAMM 2014 Show in sunny Anaheim California to show you the coolest new stuff in music technology. On the way, we get some cameos from Victor Wooten, Monte Montgomery, Geezer Butler from Black Sabbath, Todd Rundgren, Carmine Appice, Art Alexakis from Everclear, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Red Brown from Pantera, the Iron Maidens (the all-female tribute to one of the greatest bands ever!), and some more. Plus, there’s Star Wars guitars, a $100,000 guitar (from Sparta, Wisconsin!), a dude playing guitar with his feet, and of course, enough wankery to kill a horse. It really is a plethora of awesome new instruments and equipment combined with some of the greatest players of that equipment and gifted music creators.
We’ve got some footage from the Chairman’s Ball, the TEC Awards (which are the industry awards for innovation in music technology – Mike works with the company that handles the voting for the awards, Broadjam (a website that any musician reading this should check out and they also sponsored our 2010 trip to SXSW!)), and just the coolest gear that he saw over the course of the 4-day show.
NAMM is the National Association of Music Merchants and they have a couple shows a year in the United States where the guys who make guitars, amps, drums, recording equipment, live show gear, virtually every product that has to do with the creation of music, from creating it, to recording it, to performing it. Manufacturers don’t pull any stops for the show and it ends up being a music gearhead’s wettest dream of equipment and sound. That also means anywhere you walk is going to have a dude shredding on guitar, someone overplaying the piano, or the worst, hundreds of people playing drum solos at the same time.
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