Ken Morton | Sep 18, 2019 | 0
Victor Gann – Guitarist Extraordinaire: Chapter III
Victor Gann – Guitarist Extraordinaire: Chapter III
Victor Gann is a guitarist extraordinaire based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area who recently unleashed his next glorious chapter of instrumental intrigue. Entitled III, this vibrant collection of guitar driven tapestries are wondrous to behold, with selections such as Eye Of The Storm, Raylyn’s Heart, The Life Together, and Evie’s Smile captivating the senses and setting the imagination in flight. In addition to the III magnum opus, Victor Gann also owns and operates a music school, composes film scores, and produces albums! Highwire Daze Online recent caught up the ubiquitous Victor Gann to find out more about the almighty III, advice on securing an endorsement deal, his work with the Raylyn’s Heart Foundation, and a whole lot more! Read on…
Where are you based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
I am based in the Dallas Fort Worth area, up in Denton. The scene here is very active, but very different. Denton is a big college town, so there is plenty of music and it’s also very diverse. At the moment singer songwriters somewhat rule the land. There are many coffee shops and open mics all around the town. But with that being said we have music of all types here: metal, country, rock, pop, punk, funk, polka…it’s all here, and many of them have great musicians in their bands. Now the odd thing…bands don’t have many places to play. Clubs and even rehearsal spaces are closing fast here. This is going to be an unpopular answer, but there is truth in it. One reason many of these places are closing is because of the abundance of singer songwriters. Many here think, why should I pay to see a band play their songs when I can go to an open mic or restaurant for free and hear songs I know? As a result many bands are taking their focus away from Denton…I’m in that group. And I don’t know about other areas, but tribute bands have taken over in DFW. And worse, many people think that by supporting these tribute acts that they are supporting local music. But there is a strong rock scene developing in DFW, the bands that are catching attention are good.
How does the mighty III compare to your previous solo endeavors?
Thank you for calling it mighty! We put a lot of hard work into this one. To me the biggest difference in III and the other releases is this, we are a band. Yes, it’s my name on the album, I toyed with the idea of changing it, but some of my endorsements didn’t like that idea…and I understand. But having Thomas and James in the band and on the songs…these were true collaborations. I may have come in with the main idea but then James would say, as he always does, “What if we play that part in 6?” So we would try it, and in some cases it worked. Or Thomas may have had an idea, “Never Forget” that was incredibly strong, just not arranged. So I would arrange in the way I needed to say what I needed.
Also on this release I gave myself more freedom. Literally every note on The Devil’s Been Busy was written. Most of these solo’s and melodies were written, but I gave myself some room to just go for it. Some of the songs I’ve never played the same.
I was also much more open on this release. Yes, it’s still a guitar album but we have all types of instrumentations and orchestrations on some songs. We really wanted each song to be as good as it could be. Song for song I believe this to be my strongest release. I think the melodies are stronger and with us working as a band I think the performances fit the song.
From a production standpoint I have to give a shout out to Jason Rochester of Mockingbird Sound in Denton. I’ve known Jason a few years and we have worked on several albums together. But this was the first time I used him personally and I believe it was his first instrumental album. Jason gave me all the freedom I needed and if I had an idea that stunk…he would tell me…and yes, it happened. There were also times where I wanted to try something and he would just go “Ok??” hell, I wasn’t sure if some of them would work, but he was open to seeing if it did work. He also didn’t fight me on the tones of this album. Nothing against the newer tones people are using, I just didn’t want them. I wanted this to sound close to the tones I grew up on and I think we got really close. So working with Jason was another true collaboration. That’s the reason he is also credited with additional guitars on the album, I wanted him on it, my way of saying thanks. The 12 string guitars you hear…that’s him, not me.
Tell me about the track Raylyn’s Heart and your work with the Raylyn’s Heart Foundation.
Thank you for asking about this. Quite a story behind it. A friend of mine, more like a member of my family, and a friend to many of the artists in this area Eric Stenger and his wife Christy had their first child, Raylyn. Well, Raylyn encountered some issues, she needed a heart. Many of us got together and wanted to do something for them. We decided we didn’t want to do a one time benefit, since this is going to effect her the rest of