Jon Gomm, singer, songwriter and one of the world’s most extraordinary guitarists, has a new album out: Secrets Nobody Keeps. To celebrate, we asked Jon down to The Quiet Room for a wide ranging interview and what turned out to be one of the most spellbinding sessions we’ve ever filmed. Gary Cooper says: if you ever thought shredding only worked with solid bodies, pointy headstocks and whammy bars, think again!
Blackpool, UK born Jon Gomm is one of a new generation of musicians for a handful of reasons. To begin with he has turned his back on the traditional record company and major gig route to fame and fortune. He has deliberately sought-out musical education and knowledge and, perhaps most of all, he has thrown the conventional acoustic guitar player’s manual out of the window, joined the percussive acoustic revolution, and is now one of the world’s leading proponents of a style that is even changing the instrument itself. Even if acoustic guitar isn’t your thing, I guarantee that if you click on one of the astonishing performances Jon recorded for this issue, you will want to watch the others, as well as our indepth interview, in which he explains how his dynamic style draws together threads as diverse as thrash, Jazz, Blues, Flamenco and more into an extraordinary fusion that is genuinely greater than the sum of its parts.
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In our interview with Jon, he explains his complex musical journey, discusses the almost supernatural ability of his Lowden guitar to withstand the aggressive technique he uses, talks about the multi-miking approach to acoustic guitar reproduction on stage (as also espoused by our resident acoustic gurus, Don Alder and Giorgio Serci) as well as the influences that have contributed to his style.
True to his new generation approach, Jon Gomm has embraced social media as a launch platform. In January 2012, his YouTube video of Passionflower went viral and now has over three million hits and his new album, Secrets Nobody Keeps has been fan-funded. To date, he has performed in the UK and across Europe, the USA, Australia, Canada, South Africa and even China. And people are listening. His CDs sell in serious numbers and he has had tributes paid by no lesser mortals than David Crosby (CSNY), Jon Anderson (Yes) and Tommy Lee (Motley Crue).
But don’t just take our word for it – click on the videos and watch one of the world’s most exciting guitarists at his enthralling best. Then try to figure out how he does it!