FolkWorld #73 11/2020
© Janet Robin / String Revolution

Across the Western Ocean

»The Only Way We Can Play New Music«

The String Revolution has been hard at work on new songs and also releasing home style videos of those. "It's the best we can do right now under the circumstances", says Janet Robin.

Janet Robin

Artist Video Janet Robin @ FROG

"For now, we've all been working hard sequestered in our personal home studios. Since we are unable to get together, we've been exchanging ideas via emails, text, computers and zoom meetings. We've been individually recording our own parts and then having our awesome mixing engineer Matthew Hyde, out of London, mix it all together. And while we prefer to be in the same room when we're creating and working together, we think the music is still coming out great (we hope you do too)... we're each putting our own personal vibe into our parts."

String Revolution

The String Revolution:   Markus Illko,
Janet Robin, Daniel Schwarz, Art Zavala

Artist Video The String Revolution @ FROG

Based in Los Angeles, California, The String Revolution is comprised of four professional virtuoso guitar players who create distinctive sounds with their guitars: mimicking percussion, special effects, melodic grooves, bass lines, and more. They share a passion for many different musical styles and guitar techniques which has given The String Revolution a unique sound. This is evident in their studio recordings and live shows. A clear dedication and hard work ethic for the project brought The String Revolution together.

The band includes former Randy Rhoads student Janet Robin (named in the “Top 50 Acoustic Guitarist bonus list” by Guitar Player Magazine, 2017), who is also an acclaimed touring guitarist with the likes of Lindsey Buckingham, Meredith Brooks, Air Supply and many more, award winning Austrian nylon-string guitarist Markus Illko, Swiss multi-credited producer, songwriter, and guitarist Daniel Schwarz, and underground LA fav indie artist/guitarist Art Zavala Jr.

They released their first EP “Stringborn” in 2016 to rave reviews and jam-packed shows, and their newest CD, “Red Drops” was released in 2019. Both records were mixed and mastered in London by producer/engineer Matt Hyde, known for his production and engineering work with guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as engineering and mixing Slipknot’s Grammy nominated albums. The String Revolution’s cover version of “Billie Jean” reached the Top 10 Spotify LA Instrumental Charts and their songs on Spotify have reached over 2 Million plays in total.

They have been selling out several Los Angeles notable clubs such as Hotel Cafe, Boulevard Music, The Mint, and many music festivals as they continue to tour nationally and soon, internationally. In 2019, the band was invited to perform at The Grammy Museum in The Clive Davis Theater for their prestigious American Express sponsored concert series.

"If you'd like to support us, downloading always helps but spreading the word about us and streaming as much as possible on Spotify is also helpful. We'd love you to spread the word about the videos and share it too. The more views and likes we get - the better the exposure. Since there are no live concerts at this point, this is the only way we can play new music for you!"

With memorable songs, unique arrangements, and exceptional musicianship, The String Revolution is no doubt a new force in the world of music and guitar performance.

Janet Robin concludes, "We hope you are all doing ok during this unprecedented time period. What a year 2020 has been. The String Revolution had several great shows planned and unfortunately they had to be canceled. We're hoping to reschedule everything for 2021, when life will hopefully return back to a little bit of normal. As always, we appreciate all your support. As soon as live shows and touring resume, we hope to see you in person."

Postscript: "I was excited to be recently contacted by, one of the biggest music retail companies in the EU, based in the Czech Republic. They are like the Guitar Center of the EU. They were interested in having me put together a series of 10 TIPS & TRICKS VIDEOS as mini guitar lessons. I was also honored to hear that Fender Guitars was going to co-sponsor it. These VIDEOS are mostly for electric guitar although some of these techniques can be used on acoustic. I had to cover all levels so they may not all be for you but some might be just what you're looking for to help your guitar playing progress. Of course, there's so much more I can cover then in just 10 VIDEOS so hopefully we'll get to do another series :) Please check them out on YOUTUBE, like and subscrib" and comment if you'd like to... it will help the possibility of doing more of these! You can check them all out HERE." - Janet Robin

Photo Credits: (1) The String Revolution, (2) Janet Robin (unknown/website).

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