Saturday, 9 December 2017

SIMON HENLEY OPENS UP!








Hi everybody,



I’ve had a few interviews lately and every time I wish I had done things differently. Communication is a big skill to have for someone like me. I guess I’m learning as I go. Here are examples.



I had an interview with Monica Brinkman and Kerry Hall from It Matters Radio. Monica gave me the best compliment saying that I make my guitar speak. WOW! THANK YOU! But then I did not answer back, did not stop to thank her and moved on to the next question. I had trouble hearing them because I was using my phone to skype. I hope you know now.

Also, I’ve been talking about my path as a musician. My influences, my schools and mentors. Well, they are many, yes. But the clear untold story is that I learned to play the basics of guitar on my own and having fun with friends starting around the age of 12-13. Before this I had my father and uncles as models. My father used to play for us when I was very young and family gatherings were always filled with a bit of live music too. In my life I’ve had 2 major guitar teachers. One was classical around the age of 16-17 the other was jazz around the age of 30. While studying Classical, I had an affaire with the blues and the Rock. I was introduced to Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith very young, but It all started when a record seller strongly recommended Stevie Ray Vaughn. I had a blast imitating his solos, riffs and even the singing parts.



Folk is very natural for me and I’m not sure why. Acoustic guitar players were everywhere back in the 90’s and some of them passed by my mom’s house from time to time. Apart from the guitar playing, these guys had something to say. They had a lasting impact on me. Remember when the young Forrest Gump had a private “meeting” with Elvis Presley in the movie? When I saw this scene, I could relate so much!!



Growing up in Quebec City, listening to the radio and watching Musique Plus, we had the choice of 80’s one hit wonders, American and Canadian rock stars like Bryan Adams and the like. But the 90’s were more exciting for me. Our original music band was a quartet called “Perceptions of Reality” and in around 1995 we played the legendary bar called Le D’Auteuil in Quebec City. I was 17 years old. It was a mix of Metal and Rock. Yes, metal music was also a big thing for a while. Today I still listen to Deftones, Tool, COC and even old Metallica. At the same time, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Bush etc... were brought into the limelight. Rage Against the Machine was a main player for me. I was lead guitar of a tribute band called “Rage It” in 1997. We also played Le D’Auteuil. Mix all this with regular live rock shows at the Dagobert, my education was well on its way.



The mix of Jazz and blues combined was part of my adult schooling. I was part of a duo called Jazz Fiasco for some time and Susie Arioli and Jordan Officer were our main gurus. Even if my first jazz introduction was made by the music of Sting. In 2008, while playing in Jazz Fiasco, I decided that I too could create and develop my own thing. Well, almost 10 years later I’m looking back, and I feel like I won my bet.



There is one last thing I’d like to correct or improve. This happened more than 10 years ago. I was jamming and exercising on my guitar as I usually do, and I specifically asked to be guided. I had my acoustic guitar and started playing the foundations of what became many years later “Calling Upon You”.  This song’s intention was to attract my future Soul mate. Well long story short, I found her, or I thought I did. But life made it impossible for us to stay together.



And that’s about it. It’s great to be able to express myself correctly. Thanks for reading everything!



Here's a live cool instrumental tune on my album.

Friday, 8 December 2017

REALITY TV SHOW COMING TO CANADA IN 2018!


RISE UP TV is coming to Canada in May of 2018. It will comprise of 12 live shows, starting in Victoria BC on May 20 and working it's way across Canada, with the finale in Montreal on june 2. It is being filmed for TV and will follow the lives of musicians as they navigate the new music business! Also involved are celebrities, charities, sponsors and more than a few surprises along the way and our host and illusionist, Roger Boucher!. Follow this epic journey at the link below. Subscribers to the RiseUP TV channel will receive all the news, behind the scene footage, deals on merch, specials and  giveaways. Cost is $1 per month and this will include access to the episodes when they are released in the fall of 2018. Get on board now and watch it as it grows to a worldwide spectacle!


Saturday, 18 November 2017

BREE TAYLOR RECEIVING HUGE PRESS ON VIDEO!

Rosner Management artist Bree Taylor is receiving huge press on her new video "What you're looking for". Here is one of the articles coming from international press. We wanted to share it with you as Bree is one of the artists to watch in 2018, with video, sponsors, a reality TV show and tour coming alongside. Way to go Bree! Check this video out on the YouTube link provided!


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Bass player extraordinaire for hire!

Bass player extraordinaire David Ruel, formerly of "Withering Curse" is branching out of his home province of Quebec!. His accomplishments are many and now he is looking to bring his talents to touring bands wherever they may be ! He is in a unique position to be able to pick up and hit the road for bands or solos that are in need of a part time bass player for tours or shows, pretty much wherever and whenever is needed. The true meaning of a "hired gun". Check out the links below and contact him via email if you have a spot to fill. He has been a session player now for many years and has a proven track record!


David Ruel is a professional musician who is always craving for new projects, challenges and opportunities. Throughout the years, David has been performing in a lot of varied situations both live and in the studios, allowing him to develop and sharpen his play style in many different musical styles including (but not limited to!) metal and hardcore and all of their sub-genres, rock, pop, blues, jazz, folk, disco, country, electronic and classical music. In addition to studying classical bass for many years at Laval University with double bass virtuoso Zbogniew Borowicz, David has also been teaching music, mainly bass and double bass, for over seven years as a private professor. With hundred of shows and lots of varied musical experiences under his belt paired with endless energy and an extremely charismatic stage presence, David would definitely be a great addition to any serious band or project!

You can see more in my EPK and on my Website : http://www.davidruelmusic.com/ .

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

MISSY KNOTT STANDS OUT!

What are you doing this Saturday September 23! If you are able to get to this show, do it! Headlining is the wonderful Crystal Shawanda, of course worth the drive, but you may be less familiar with a new emerging talent from Peterborough Ontario, Missy Knott! she is making a huge impression and is as busy as you can imagine to prove it! Leave yourself lots of time to get there early and see hr perform! Here is the link with all the details.

http://www.brampton.ca/EN/Online-Services/Events/Pages/Event.aspx/5897/ed=20170923/st=1000/et=2000


Missy has just signed a management deal with Rosner Management Services and is scheduled to be a part of the reality TV show coming to Canada in May 2018! Catch a glimpse of her and get toknow this artist, as the world is about to as well!