12 QUESTIONS WITH ALEX WHISKY DEMIN

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
1993– “The Eclipse”.
1994 – “The CRUSH”.
1996 – LP “The CRUSH” – “Who are you?” – vocal, lyrics.
1999 – LP Solo Unplugged “Army” – vocal, guitar, lyrics.
1999 – LP “Impostors” – “To Canada”- vocal, guitar, lyrics.
2000 – 2005 – Vologda State Philharmonic (retro music) – vocal.
2006 – LP Solo Unplugged “Dema’s beating “Leningrad”- vocal, guitar, lyrics.
2008 – LP “Whisky Bar Band” – “Silly Woman!”- vocal, guitar, keyboards, lyrics, composer.
2009 – LP Solo by Alex Whisky “…and St. Peterburg is smoking!” – vocal, guitar, samples, lyrics, composer.
2012 – DVD “Whisky Bar Band” – “Live concert at the “Zal Ogidaniya” Club” – vocal, guitar, lyrics, composer.
2013 – “Whisky Bar Band”, 2 singles – “Playing Disco», “I lose my hair”.

What inspired you to start playing guitar?
I’d better say WHO. Robby Krieger from “The Doors”.

What was your first electric guitar?
Jolana Tornado, Jolana Diamant.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
The Doors – The Doors
The Beatles – Help
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
The Fratellis – Costello Music
The White Stripes – Elephant

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
I hope that the most important achievement will come soon.

How did you hear about Reverend?
Once, long time ago, I saw the Reverend guitar in the hands of “RED ELVISES” frontman”, we are neighbors with their bass player, we were born in the same city! I fell in love with this guitar at once!

What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
Reverend BuckShot is a perfect guitar! Anyway, I like the whole range of the Reverend Guitars.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
The Reverend BuckShot – it is an upgraded guitar with its own “roaring” character. It is very stylish, beautiful and vintage looking. The flat varnish on the neck of the guitar arouses the best contact (tactile) sensations. The neck profile is 100% for me. Bass contour – that’s what you need to play it fantastic!

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Guitar Effects – Cry Baby 95, Pigtronix Disnortion, Pigtronix Envelope/Phaser, Visual Sound Tremolo.
Amplifier – I prefer VOX AC30, 65-Amp, Matchless Amp.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
I am also a radio host at “Radio Rock Online”.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Play music sounds in your head and your heart, but not your player!

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
“Whisky Bar Band” is my project since 2007. We play a Brit-rock with a brass section, positive rock ‘n’ roll music with funny lyrics. We actively conduct concerts. Now we are preparing to record a new album which is planned to be released in CD format at the end of 2013. http://vk.com/whisky_bar_band