What do you love about music?
Music is the only 100% international language that all of us truly understand. Learning, practicing, playing, creating, recording & performing it - especially with others – is never “work,” it’s fun...in fact it’s a blessing. To my delight, I discovered – purely by accident – that teaching it is just as much fun, if not more. Music is also a great "healer" and bringer of happiness.
Who is your favorite artist?
My honest answer - as opposed to the dishonest one! - it depends on both the day and my mood. So, I can literally go from metal to funk; Pantera to the Police; Metallica to George Michael; Ozzy to Oasis; Slayer to Seal; and from ZZ Top to Zakk Wylde.
What are your top 5 desert island albums?
Fair Warning - Van Halen
Vulgar Display of Power - Pantera
Live - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
British Steel - Judas Priest
Live & Dangerous - Thin Lizzy
Do you play in a band or currently perform?
Too busy to be in a band (it's always been "all or nothing" for me) but produce groups and also perform all the time whether jamming with other bands, at GearFest or at the annual DimeBash and Ride For Dime charity events (see bio)
Music is the only 100% international language that all of us truly understand. Learning, practicing, playing, creating, recording & performing it - especially with others – is never “work,” it’s fun...in fact it’s a blessing.
Then, to my delight, I discovered – purely by accident – that teaching it is just as much fun, if not more. Plus, as an added bonus, teaching has made me a better player too.
Furthermore, due to my 30+ years of professional journalism focused purely on analyzing and dissecting the playing styles of “guitar heroes,” I’ve learned tips, tricks and techniques first-hand, directly from the likes of Ace Frehley (KISS), Angus Young (AC/DC), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Dimebag Darrell (Pantera), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Yngwie Malmsteen, Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Slash (G ‘n’ R) and Zakk Wylde...plus many more.
Being able to play that knowledge forward isn’t only fun, it’s a privilege...in fact, it’s an honor as I get to literally pass-on what some of the all-time, guitar greats have shown me.
In the ‘80s, English born & breed, Nick Bowcott, formed the cult British Heavy Metal Band, Grim Reaper. He was the band’s guitarist, riff (and often lyric) writer, producer and leader – but please don’t hold that against him. The band had three hit videos on MTV (back when that channel actually played music videos!), had three albums in the American Billboard Top 100, toured the world and even played in the Cotton Bowl Stadium, Texas at the 1985 Texxas Jam.” The band was also extremely proud of the fact that all three of their videos were “completely trashed” by the now legendary “Beavis & Butthead.”
In 1985, Nick recorded a critically acclaimed 6 hour teaching tape series, “The Heavy Metalist” for Hot Licks – the biggest teaching tape company in the 1980s. As a result he was given the “Guitar Column” in leading American monthly music magazine, Circus. He wrote exactly 101 before moving to Guitar World – the biggest selling rock guitar monthly on the planet – where he specialized in doing “private guitar lessons” with rock stars. He also worked closely with countless artists (see list above) on columns...the biggest two being Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) and Kirk Hammett (Metallica) as both of their columns became so popular they also became best -selling books that Nick co-wrote with them.
In addition to writing, Nick still performs live – a lot. Plus, as a result of being the Musical Director for the “Ride for Dime” and “Dimebash” charities, he “gets put together bands & then play with people I have no right to play with – including Dave Grohl, Nita Strauss, Zakk Wylde, Corey Taylor, Rudy Sarzo, Ace Frehley, Scott Ian, Paul Grey, Vinnie Paul, Geezer Butler, Kerry King, John 5 and many more...I am not worthy but I’ll take it!”