Interview: Lorne Hind

Dan McAvinchey: Lorne, when did you first get interested in guitar, and how did you learn and progress as a player?

Lorne Hind: My first interest in the guitar when I was around 7 years old. I would take a hot wheels track and pretend it was a guitar. My mother enrolled my brother and I for piano lessons. I didn't like it after the first lesson. So my mother enrolled both us into a music school called “Canadian Conservatory Of Music" where I spent fours years learning music theory. During that time I would practice an hour a day learning the lessons that the teacher would give me. I also would participate in contests, shows, etc.

After four years I was getting bored and started listening and copying various styles of guitar players from the radio. It was around 1975/76 - late '60s and '70s rock guitar bands were on the mainstream radio. Bands such as Aerosmith, Free, Kiss, Black Sabbath, etc. Besides rock, I would listen to funk, disco, blues, country, adult comtempory, country, classical, and little bit of jazz. For guitar instrumentals in particular I would listen to Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons, Steve Via, Jeff Beck, Wes Montgomery, George Benson.

Dan McAvinchey: Was your latest album, "Wide Mouth Maeghan", self-released?

Lorne Hind: For this CD release I tried different independent and established labels. I came across a guitar player that has fans that is subscribed by email. He mentioned that he has signed with a record label named “Dr. Johns Surgery Records”. I took it upon myself to contact the label. Once contacted, I was told to submit samples of my songs. They liked what they heard. They played one of the songs on their radio station. People enjoyed the song. A couple of days later they sent me a small contract to sign. That was back in April of this year.

Dan McAvinchey: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard you before?

Lorne Hind: It would be a mixture of different styles with catchy melodies and shredding.

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Dan McAvinchey: How did you write the songs for "Wide Mouth Maeghan"?

Lorne Hind: For the writing aspect of it, I would create a guitar riff or strum some chords. Record it. After that record the bass, then add drum loops. Once that was completed, record the leads. I worked alone. The mixing and mastering was done by Wade Mosh. He is great! For the drums he added realistic sounding drum loops. Added a keyboard to one song and sound effects overall.

Dan McAvinchey: Do you get the chance to showcase your music before a live audience?

Lorne Hind:
Haven’t yet. I did have band members in place to rehearse and perform, but I got calls to sub–in for various bands. But I will!

Dan McAvinchey: Are you using any social media sites to promote your CDs and music career?

Lorne Hind: Yes. Facebook, Instagram and CD Baby.

Dan McAvinchey: From a publicity and promotion standpoint, what do you find is working best for you at the moment?

Lorne Hind: The record company is definitely assisting me getting myself and my music known.

Dan McAvinchey: Why do you think certain music fans prefer instrumental music over traditional vocal oriented music?

Lorne Hind: Certain fans (probably musicians) want to hear the instruments speak to them, which they can understand a bit better than the average listener.

Dan McAvinchey: If you could do a once-off album project with any guitarist in the world, who would it be?

Lorne Hind: Would be two - Joe Satriani and Andy Timmons

Dan McAvinchey: What's up next for you, what are some of your plans for the future?

Lorne Hind: I am slowly working on my fourth CD release. I will have one vocal song in the repertoire. The rest of the songs more melodies and shredding!

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Guitarist Lorne Hind has recently released his third CD, "Wide Mouth Maeghan". The album is a guitar instrumental release that features everything from melodic guitar lines and modulation tones to blistering guitar solos, and has been described as, "A must have for any progressive rock, shred rock or guitar lover."

Dan McAvinchey caught up with Hind for this Guitar Nine e-interview to discuss his new CD, his promotional efforts, and other musical topics.