Archive for September, 2009

Speechless.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2009 by demianarriaga

A couple of days ago I had the privilege of performing once again with Richie Kotzen, this particular show took place in Livermore, CA as part of the GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE festival which was a huge weekend-long event. We performed on Friday night and the show was supported by guitar virtuosos Chris Duarte and Michael Lee Firkins. The show itself was amazing, I had a blast and I was also stoked to see my dear aunt Adriana, my father’s little sister, whom I hadn’t seen in years and it was the first time she’d seen me perform in a long time. I also got to meet everyone at Guitar Player magazine, Mike Varney founder on Shrapnel Records, the first ever metal label and the man who signed  Yngwie Malmsteen, Richie Kotzen, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine and  Jason Becker among many others. As a guitar fanatic I owe this guy so much, he was at the forefront of it all, if it wasn’t for him none of the guitar players I listen to and inspired me to pick up drumsticks and dream of one day playing with them, wouldn’t have done what they did. Another monster was there and quite possibly the nicest dude ever was THE Steve Lukather from Toto, his discography could’ve been written by Tolkien, that’s how extensive it is.

However this night was particularly special and eye opening because of someone remarkable in the audience. Life has been kind enough to me to give me the opportunity to perform while incredible musicians were in the crowd and Friday we had the honor of performing as Jason Becker was there.  I can’t begin to tell you about Jason’s talent and how influential he has been to many many guitar players, unfortunately he suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Jason has fought against all odds, literally. He’s fighting death, with family and music as his only weapons. His drive and love for what he does, the amount of energy and focus needed and the people around him are keeping his legacy alive and I feel truly thankful to life for putting in the same room with this man. Jason continues to make music! With the help of his father he has written numerous cd’s after his diagnosis and its nothing short of breathtaking.

He was honored on that night with the “Guitar Player Magazine’s Jason Becker Award” the very first one, a historical night honoring the brave, creative and inspirational mind and soul of this human who is an incredible source of positive attitude and perseverance. While onstage his father read a very touching message form his best friend Marty Friedman followed by a speech written by him, read by his father. I approached his Father after the show and I was speechless, literally couldn’t say a word and if you know me you know that’s damn near impossible. I managed to muster enough energy to say precisely that, that words couldn’t describe how I felt…

It was one of those nights were you feel humbled to the floor and inspired to highest pinnacle. I never thought I would be in the same room with Jason and I feel lucky to have been impacted directly by him, now more than ever I feel there are absolutely no excuses, no compromises and NO OBSTACLES when you follow a dream.

Thank you Jason!!

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Luck? Doubt it… highly doubt it.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 10, 2009 by demianarriaga

hi.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again: the success of my friends make me as happy as my own, no exaggeration. This success that I speak of motivates me more than that from any famous rockstar or award winning actor, mainly because I see these people as my peers and it sparks a certain belief in me that says that I can do it too. I must say that as much as I value my musicality and my craft I don’t think that I’m as good as some of the people I work with, but the belief and will to progress in always there and it keeps me going. I’m not selling myself short Mom and Dad… : )

Regardless of the kind of job they have, I find inspiration in the dedication, hard work and self-belief that some of my friends have and of course that extends to people that aren’t close to me yet. Since I moved to LA from Boston i’ve met some wonderful people that I can’t even being to express how grateful I am to life itself to have brought them in my path. Women and men that I always dreamed of meeting whose hard work and accomplishments are just what they envisioned  and set out to do. Also, i find motivation in those that haven’t had “success” yet and keep trying and trying and trying, ironically this means success to me, the refusal to give up, regardless what anyone says.

Life recently rearranged some circumstances and brought me back in touch with a dear friend of mine called Frederick. I’ve known him since I was born, literally, and as a matter of fact my parents have known him for a few years more than they know me, haha.  To say that our meeting was just inspiring would be an insult to the universe. I can’t put to words what I felt when I saw him and another great soul and friend of mine, Jody, perform a couple of weeks ago.

He’s always been a musical role model for me, working his ass off since I’ve known him. He recently relocated to Atlanta where, to make a long long long story short, ended up working with Sylvain Sylvain from the New York Dolls. In short the Dolls were one of the first ever Punk bands and bands like motley crue and aerosmith revere these guys… Being from Venezuela, its not an easy task to “infiltrate” the punk scene and doing it with the guitar player of that band that virtually started it all its impossible, or so you would think… Fred has managed to do that and people have to know.

Who has to know? Anyone who has ever had to fight against the odds or has lived some sort of uncertainty in their art and has pulled through. Anything is possible if you put your mind to it? Well, sort of, you also need to move your ass and get it done, if not its only wishful thinking which in reality is nothing but a plateau. Most people would say: “wow, he’s so lucky!” Well, try not to say that anywhere near me for I will not cease to prove my point haha.

I’m all about positive thinking and I don’t really believe in luck, however I cannot be so gung ho  and sit here and imply that people living hard hard times or tragedies have brought that upon themselves. Being at the right moment at the right time is directly related to how prepared you are at that moment. If you aren’t ready and prepared that moment NEVER arrives, it’s a fact, it’s the only way to make it “the right moment.”

This is something that I try to teach all my students and I won’t stop until they prove me right again and again just as they have been doing. Parents, your kids have inspired me more than you can imagine and damn I feel lucky 😉

European Tour 2009 with RICHIE KOTZEN!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 7, 2009 by demianarriaga

Hello,

Just the fact that i can even write something remotely close to what i’m about to is SURREAL. After an incredible month and half tour of Europe early this year, followed by Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and New York i’m stoked to inform you that i’m going out on the road AGAIN!

For those of you in Europe i will love to see you again! Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid and my dream city of LONDON, can’t freakin wait!!!

I’m going to miss all of my students dearly, you don’t even know! luv u kidz.

Oct 8th – Camden Underworld, LONDON
Oct 9th – Fiddlers, BRISTOL
Oct 11th – MR Kyps, POOLE
Oct 12th – Robin 2, WOLVERHAMPTON
Oct 13th – 12 Bar, SWINDON
Oct 15th – Rio’s, LEEDS
Oct 16th – Club Academy, MANCHESTER
Oct 18th – Trillians, NEWCASTLE
Oct 19th – Classic Grand, GLASGOW
Oct 20th – The Caves, EDINBURGH
22.10 X-ROADS – ROMA (ITALY)
23.10 NAIMA – FORLI (ITALY)
24.10 BLUESIANA-VELDEN (AUSTRIA)
26.10 SMUGET-OSLO (NORWAY)
28.10 *VDPMUSIC CLUB – NORD WIND”* – BARI (ITALY)
29.10 ROCKAWAY – POTENZA PICENA (ITALY)
30.10 BORDERLINE – PISA (ITALY)
31.10 IL PEOCIO – TROFARELLO/TORINO (ITALY)
03.11 JAS ROD – MARSIGLIA (FRANCE)
05.11 SALAMANDRA – BARCELLONA (SPAIN)
06.11 TEATRO – LAS PALMAS (SPAIN)
07.11 RYTMO Y COMPAS – MADRID (SPAIN)
08.11 SALA ROCKSTARLIVE-BARAKALDO/BILBAO (SPAIN)
10.11 LE SPLENDID – LILLE (France)
13.11 LE FORUM – -VAUREAL/PARIS (FRANCE)
14.11 BORDERIJ – ZOETERMEER (HOLLAND)
15.11 BOSUIL – WEERT (HOLLAND)
17.11 SPIRIT 0F 66 – VERVIERS (BELGIUM)
20.11 EXIT – PRAGA (CZECK. REP)
21.11 KULTURBASTION – TORGAU (GERMANIY)
22.11 MEGA CLUB – KATOWICE (POLAND)
24.11 PROGRECIA – WARSAW (POLAND)
26.11 BLUES GARAGE – HANNOVER (GERMANY)
27.11 BALLROOM – HAMBURG (GERMANY)
28.11 UHLENSPIEGEL – LEONBERG (GERMANY)
30.11 REIGEN – VIENNA (AUSTRIA)
01.12 A35 – BUDAPEST (HUNGARY)
02.12 HEINEKEN TOWER BRATISLAVA (SLOVAKIA)
04.12 STONEHENGE – SOAVE/Verona (ITALY)
05.12 CORALLA-SCANDIANO/REGGIO EMILIA (ITALY)

ps: if you want to see what kind of music we play go to http://www.myspace.com/demianarriagamusic and watch our videos or go to an older post in this site.

thanks for your support.

d