Hi! I'm Allen. I am one of the fastest-playing, most proficient guitarists in the world when it comes to technique, but I also know when to shut up and fit the song. I have extensive experience recording and go the extra mile to truly bring songs to life.
I am an expert in music theory, composition, and recording technology. Additionally, I have taught on JamPlay.com for over 10 years and was an early YouTube partner.
My discography includes playing on albums with members of: Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, KISS, Poison, Dio, Black Sabbath, Night Ranger, Ratt, Skid Row, Deep Purple, Yngwie Malmsteen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Symphony X, Spastic Ink, Lynch Mob, The Cult, Steppenwolf, Cinderella, David Coverdale Band and Warrant.
My guitar style can easily adapt to most any genre. While I am a known top shred guitarist, that isn't all I do—or am capable of. I enjoy creating music with character and feel, and ruminating on how each song should sound. I also enjoy ambient music and lo-fi with personality.
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Interview with Allen Van Wert
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have done backing track production for huge name band members where I had to recreate their bands songs for them to use to play over.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My next album.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because it ends up digital anyway and when running tests, the average listener can't even notice distortion on a master so I doubt it matters much to them if an instrument was recorded to a tape.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I don't suck or allow anything to suck.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People assume I just play fast guitar or technical things that wouldn't fit a song properly to show off in some way. I happen to get jobs asking for that but I listen to slow music with a totally different feel than that. I like creating art.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording music since I was 12 years old. I am over 40.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Tori Amos because of the dynamic range musically.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is more.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: It tends to be rock oriented music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Understanding the art involved in creating music.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Accuracy and the proper character the song needs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the music and let my years of experience make decisions for me.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use sonar as the DAW and usually a Kemper for recording because it allows perfect quality recording of basically amp to ever exist. I can also reamp with it.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: It tends to be recording guitar and helping to compose parts to enhance a song.