Playing guitar while riding a dragon...
My name is JD McGibney, and I conquer my battlefield on the wings of dragons. Sometimes while shredding on guitar, but always through a keen determination to follow my heart... and never actually on a dragon (sadly).
After almost two decades of practicing music and exercising my creativity in any way possible, I have learned that there is no other place I would rather be than on stage or in a studio; to me, music is the key to the universe.
I have traveled the world with some wonderful people, and I have had the opportunity to share the stage with some fantastic musicians. In my time on this earth, I have come to love reaching out and connecting with the world through that which I love most.
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JD is one hell of a guitar player. When I met him, he told me he plays Heavy Metal, but since then I've worked with him on not just Metal tracks. From Mainstream Rock to Pop and any other styles, JD can adapt easily to what's needed in a song, and brings great ideas to the table, be it in co-writes or as a session player.
My go-to guitar player for sure!
A quick learner, can emulate the style you want or bring in his own personal feel. Listens, plays nice with others, and is my go to guitarist for live performance, studio recordings or even to play around with for cover songs.
Interview with JD McGibney
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do Is live performance; whether that is coming in as a session player for a tour, a on eoff gig, or hiring my band.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Musically, I am very inspired by a lot of music from Sweden because of it's diverse composition and arrangement. In a business sense, my biggest inspirations are Bob Marley, Metallica, and the Beatles.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up differs and depends on what the project calls for.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First and foremost, I want to get to know the person/people I will be working with. I think the key to having a final result that EVERYONE is happy with is to first establish a connection with all involved on a personal level. From there, it is easy to cater to the project.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring what ever the song tells me it needs.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I always do my homework, and come to a gig prepared.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My heart and soul are in heavy metal, but I can play and love all genres of music because music is the key to the universe (yes, that was a bit of a pun).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Do not be afraid to let your personality come out in a performance or recording. Music can be technical on paper, but should ALWAYS be passionate when played.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Everyone! There is so much to learn from one another.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I would describe it as me. On a guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing music professionally for about three years, and living in Los Angeles just over four. I find that the most lucrative opportunities have come from developing friendships, and finding people that genuinely like working together.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A bottle of never ending sunscreen (I burn SUPER easily), my favorite guitar, my aviator sunglasses (because everyone loves Top Gun), my cell phone (so I can call for someone to pick me up), and an espresso machine with a never ending supply of coffee.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I will always make sure that what ever your dream is for a project gets nothing but 110% of what it deserves, and I promise to deliver as many quality puns and dad jokes as you can handle.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Would you like to join me for a cup of coffee?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Being into metal, most people seem surprised when I can play other genres of music. Or that I am super cheerful most of the time.