On this week’s Academy Of Tone, Thomas is joined by German guitar icon Ali Neander to talk all things six-string, careers in the music business, and of course AMP1 and other gear!
Ali, who is a huge fan of the Mercury Edition, has been a fixture of the music scene in Germany for decades and is at home in many styles of music. Like Thomas himself, Ali has been a solo artist, a hired gun, a band leader, a composer, a studio musician and more over the years, and the guys will get together to jam and exchange stories.
And there’s lots to tell! For example, Thomas and Ali found themselves on the same tour back in 1997 – supporting no less than the king of pop, Michael Jackson! Ali was backing Sabrina Setlur, and Thomas was playing guitar for Tic Tac Toe as the two bands opened for Jackson at stadiums across Germany.
Like Thomas, Ali has been in many successful projects over the years: he’s a founding member of German powerhouses Rodgau Monotones, and has played with the likes of Moses Pelham, Glashaus, Rilke Projekt, Xavier Naidoo, Edo Zanki, Rolf Stahlhofen, and many more.
Ali has produced a steady stream of his own music over the years – recently releasing a new album, Organ Quartet – and also composed and performed many soundtracks for film and TV productions.
On the show, the guys will talk about all of this: Ali’s creative output and his various projects and stories, and Thomas’s parallel career. There will also be plenty of gear discussions: Ali, like Thomas, has played the best of the best over the years, and the guys will talk about their favorite German gear makers – names like Reinhold Bogner, Peter Diezel, Dirk Baldringer, Thomas Rheußenzehn, Manni Reckmeyer, Larry Groossman and Frank Finkheuser – as well as top German luthiers like Jörg Tandler, Matthias Schindehütte, Andreas Kloppmann and Andreas Lang.
This is going to be an incredible episode, full of exciting chat from two German music industry titans, so join us and make sure to ask your questions in the chat too! And beforehand, have a look at this short video of Ali and Thomas talking about AMP1 back in 2020: https://youtu.be/m4dijQ6mhR8
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