|Chad Laniewski ( La – New – Ski ) Born May,15,1972 in upstate New York. Chad’s passion for music came to an early age of eight. His first inspiration was his Grandfather John Laniewski which Chad’s first guitar was given by. His Grandfather played and owned almost every instrument there was.Very fond memories of going to his grandfathers house was especially his music room. Chad began his journey of lessons first through his Grandfather then on to many Teacher’s along the way. Chad’s last instructor Doug Villano a graduate from Musicians Institute – G.I.T. was an inspiration both musically and personaly. Chad’s main musical style is Instumental Rock and intermixes styles of Rock, Classical ,Jazz and Blues. With Each song he blends many styles of music together to keep it as described ” A Variety Pack “. Chad has played with various local bands but has set focus the last several years mostly on his Instrumental career with heavy promoting in 2010. His playing has been compared to such artists such as Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Andy Timmons and George Lynch but has his own unique style at hand. Chad has an obsession with his tone for both recording and live situations. Always working on developing new ways to get that tone he desires, he is very particular about. Chad moved to Texas when he was 16 and since still resides.|
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Talk about the record. Where did you get the idea from? What is the inspiration behind this album?
The idea for THE ALBUM ” ELEVATED ” has been an ongoing project for many years. I am a perfectionist, so over the years I have tweaked my sound from pedal to pedal and amp to amp and everything possible. I was finaly pleased with the tones and songs for this album. I will continue to do the same for the next album. I would say the inspiration comes from life experiences, my family and my Daughter’s ( Shelby and Abby ). My Grandfather John Laniewski was a major influence in mypassion for music. My Grandfather owned and played almost every instrument there is. He played accordion in a Polka band. When my Grandfather was dying of cancer he told me ” Don’t ever stop playing you have to much talent “. I think about that day all the time.
Who are the musicians that play on the record?
Me, myself and I ( HA HA ). I had a hard time finding musicians for the recording process, so I moved forward on my own. I am about to start working with a great group of talented musicians for this album and future albums. I played all instruments except the drums, I have a few great drum programs that I used for the album.
Who are some of the bands/musicians that influenced you?
Too many to mention. I am a huge Dream Theater fan. Almost everything from the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s. Head Bangers Ball on MTV was the big thing for me. Guitar influences range from : Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Frank Gamble, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Stanley Jordan, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Andy Timmons, George Lynch, Jason Becker, Greg Howe, Tony McAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Ritchie Kotzen, Paul Gilbert, Dave Weiner, Rob Balducci, Brad Paisley and so many more, I could write a bookmof all the bands and musicians that influenced me.
Do you have any projects that you are currently working on right now? Any in the future? Any plans to tour?
I am currently getting all the right musiciaans for my long term instrumental project. I am also currently in a try out phaze for a Christian based band as the lead guitarist. I am also trying to land a job as a product specialist for a pedal and amp company to tour and demo the products.
Any interesting stories you would like to share with us about the recording process?
The recording process took about a year to complete. I wrote so many songs and was not feeling a lot of them. The ones I didn’t complete were thrown together and didn’t have any heart and soul to them. I play with emotion and want the listeners and fans to feel it as well.
What was the most challenging aspect of creating this record?
The big challenge was balance between the writing, recording, tone changes and family. A lot of time and effort went into this album. My family was wonderful and understanding in this venture.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering support creating this album?
My wife Michelle, Daughters – Shelby and Abby. My stepson’s Taylor and Parker. My parent’s Ken and Mary, my Brother Kenny, Ann and James. Susan, JC and Nancy, Serena Diver, Jane and Aunt Doodie. Rikk Beatty and Travis Larson for the advice and help. Raymond at Maurice The Fish Records. Brad Zeil at Presonus, Laguna guitars, Ibanez guitars, Digitech, Line 6, Cakewalk / Sonar, Dimarzio pickups, Planet Waves, VOX, Dunlop picks, Ernie Ball strings, To all my family and friend’s. A big warm Thank You to all my loyal fans and listener’s you all are awesome.