GP2 - October 2009 - (Page 8)
FEATURES Rafael Moreira All Together Now Rafael Moreira on Social Networking Your Way to Success BY MICHAEL MOLENDA R A FA E L M O R E I R A T R AV E L S I N A vastly different universe than most aspiring musicians. He has performed with hitmakers Pink and Christina Aguilera, spent 2005 and 2006 on weekly primetime TV during the CBS Rock Star series, joined Paul Stanley on the Kiss frontman’s 2006-2007 solo tour, appeared on MTV’s Rock the Cradle in 2008, snared a sweet publishing deal with Bug Music, appeared on American Idol’s “Rock Week” in 2009, and has gigged at prime venues such as The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, the MTV Music Awards, and The American Music Awards. But when it comes to releasing his own material, Moreira faces much the same challenges as any local band looking to break its way out of obscurity. “I had no record deal or budget when IOCTOBER 2009 GP2 recorded my first instrumental solo album, Acid Guitar, in 2005, and the situation is the same now that I’ve just released Songs About the World with my band Magnetico,” says Moreira. Without the perks of label funding, promotion, and distribution, Moreira opted to try building a fan base through social-networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. This is hardly a novel idea these days, but it may be the only way short of touring yourself into oblivion to successfully pull strangers into your orbit and transform them into lovers of your music. Moreira’s steady and informed use of the medium has currently won him more than 15,000 Facebook fans and thousands of MySpace views, while many local acts struggle mightily to seduce a fan community of a
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GP2 - October 2009
GP2 - October 2009
Raphael Moreira on Social Networking Your Way to Success
Guitar Player Live 2009
Guitar Player’s Guitar Superstar Competition
Muse’s Matt Bellamy on Guitar Textures
The Edge, June 1985
7 Hot Hollowbodies Reviewed
Art Thompson’s “Tube Tasting” Clinic
Interactive Guitar Lessons Powered by TrueFire.
Earl Slick; Andy Timmons
Matt Blackett; Laurence Juber
GP2 - October 2009
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