Tru-B-Dor, formed by Alan Niven former manager of Great White and Guns N’ Roses to work with Michael Brandvold Marketing

Alan Niven, Slash, Heather Vincent-Niven

Michael Brandvold Marketing announces their latest client Tru-B-Dor, formed by Alan Niven former manager of Great White and Guns N’ Roses and his partner Heather Vincent-Niven, producer of Storm of Perception. Michael Brandvold Marketing will be working with Tru-B-Dor’s clients Chris Buck & The Big Horns and Storm of Perception.

Michael Brandvold said, “Alan has been a special guest on my talk show Dropping The Needle a few times talking about the business behind Guns N’ Roses and we just hit it off. We started talking about the acts he is working with now, Chris Buck & The Big Horns and Storm of Perception, and it just seemed like the next logical step to help out. Heather Vincent-Niven comments, “We want to embrace the DIY movement with our bands and Michael really has a grasp on marketing bands online and creating a digital content strategy that connects with fans.”

Chris Buck & The Big Horns and Storm of Perception each recently released new albums and both are looking to discover more fans and deepen their connection with their fans.

About Tru-B-Dor and Alan Niven
Tru-B-Dor was formed formed by Alan and Heather Vincent-Niven to support recording artists who still believe in the album listening experience and who form audio statements to conform to that medium.

The label is non genre specific, being driven exclusively by talent. Aiming to present tomorrow’s music today, [i.e. music that stands the test of time], it is not intended for the mere ephemeral entertainer.

Heather Vincent-Niven is a Fine Artist. She has spent her life in The Arts, theatre and music. Her musical roots run deep into the mountains of West Virginia, and the traditions of her Bluegrass musician family.

Alan Niven has spent most of his life recording, composing for, or managing musical entities. His past associations include Virgin Records, Enigma Records, Motley Crue, Berlin, Dokken, Great White, Michael Thompson [MTB], The Brewster Brothers and The Angels [Australia], Havana Black [Finland], Clarence Clemons, Izzy Stradlin …. and Guns n’ Roses.

About Chris Buck & The Big Horns
Chris Buck is a young Welsh guitar player who has already drawn some remarkable comparisons to Clapton, Slash and Stevie Ray Vaughn …. Slash himself has invited Chris to play on his stage.

“Postcards From Capricorn”, Buck’s debut, is an ad hoc recording made in Arizona with Jimmy Mack [b]; Michael Thompson [d]; and featuring Tony Montana on vocals.

Again the approach is analog in consciousness, and has a ‘live’ presence. The record represents some of the best blues rock guitar playing you’ll hear this year. If you’re into BCC, Free, or the artists previously mentioned, then you’ll not be disappointed.

About Storm of Perception
Storm are based out of the High Desert of Arizona, where they craft their powerful and organic music. In an age of Pro Tooled records and triggered drums, Storm record their music by actually providing performances. Compared to many, and unlike none, Storm cannot be confined to any genre, but if you threw Queen and Metallica into a blender you’d come close to replicating Storm’s sound.

The band is comprised of Brian Herring [v]; Dylan Doherty [g]; R.J. Felo [g]; Stevie Thunder Hollingsworth [d]; Mike Gim Lee [b] and Billy The Kid Fugate [k].

The band’s debut record “Into The Sun” also comes with a bonus DVD – an introduction to the band and its home.

“First there was Black Sabbath. Then there was Guns n’ Roses. Now theres Storm of Perception. Prepare to be blown away.” – Mitch Lafon. P G A

Visit http://www.stormofperception.com/ for more information on Storm of Perception.

Visit http://www.chrisbuckguitar.com/ for more information on Chris Buck.

Alan Niven Former Manager Guns N Roses & Great White Talks with Dropping The Needle

Alan Niven“If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it.”

Welcome to episode 36, January 21, 2013, of the Dropping The Needle podcast. In this episode Michael Brandvold and Mitch Lafon are joined by Alan Niven Former Manager Guns N Roses & Great White. Alan talks about his early work with Great White, he thoughts on the role of a producer, should a band self produce and his musical history.

Visit Storm of Perception

Visit Chris Buck & The Big Horns

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon, rock journalist.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Little Caesar, Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).

Part Two of the Dropping The Needle Podcast with Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Guns N’ Roses Guitarist

Bumblefoot photo by Dan Feeney“If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it.”

Welcome to episode 29, December 6, 2012, of the Dropping The Needle podcast. In part two of a two part discussion Michael and Mitch are joined by special guest Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Ron is the guitarist in Guns ‘N Roses. Ron talks about so much stuff in this two part interview. The Guns ‘N Rose recent residency in Las Vegas. His soon to be released line of hot sauces, the first albums he ever bought, his thoughts on KISS Music from the Elder and much more. But even more exciting is all of the bits n pieces of music Ron plays for us… Guns ‘N Roses, KISS, Cheap Trick, Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Rush and the entire debut album from Boston.

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from PureGrainAudio.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Little Caesar, Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).

Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is the Latest Client for Michael Brandvold Marketing

Bumblefoot_-_The_Pink_Panther_Theme_(art_by_Dan_Verkys_www.gardenofbadthings.com)Michael Brandvold Marketing is excited to announce their newest client, Guns N’ Roses lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Michael Brandvold Marketing will be helping guide Ron’s online marketing and e-commerce efforts.
I first was introduced to Ron on a episode of the Dropping The Needle podcast and immediately connected with his energy and focus on his fans. Ron added, “I am looking forward to working with Michael Brandvold Marketing. Michael’s experience over the years working with artist websites, fan communities and online stores is a perfect fit for all my expanding online activities. I am excited to have him join the Bumblefoot team.”
Bumblefoot has 20 years of releasing music, international festivals & headlining solo tours, and covers of guitar magazines. With many ‘Album Of the Month/Year’ awards in music magazines around the world, Bumblefoot’s latest releases were an innovative song-a-month series that include transcriptions and backing tracks for guitarists and recording stems for remixers, including a cover of “The Pink Panther Theme” featuring members of Guns N’ Roses.  Lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses since 2006, Bumblefoot has toured sold-out shows in over 40 countries, headlining festivals with crowds of 150,000. Bumblefoot’s unique ‘fretless guitar’ can be heard throughout GNR’s Chinese Democracy album.
Bumblefoot has collaborated as a songwriter/producer with many artists, his music often heard in TV, film and video games including theme songs to SpikeTV’s “MXC” and VH1′s “That Metal Show”, So You Think You Can Dance, Oprah Winfrey, ESPN, UFC, WWE, NFL, dozens of MTV/VH1 shows and more.  Bumblefoot has appeared on stage with Joe Satriani, Nancy Sinatra, Chris Jericho & Fozzy, Cyndi Lauper, members of Badfinger, Paul McCartney & Wings, and on recordings with diverse artists such as Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, Anvil’s Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, Jessica Simpson, rapper Scarface, comedian Don Jamieson and many more.
Studying music since age 7, he began teaching at age 13 and for the last 10 years has taught music production at SUNY Purchase College. He teaches master-classes at schools and venues around the world, and has been a guest music coach on MTV’s “Made”.  Bumblefoot is continuously donating songs and performances to fundraising CDs, often making appearances and donating autographed items for charities. He often performs at events for medical research, disaster relief, and children’s health issues, visiting patients at children’s hospitals all over the world with guitar in hand.
Upcoming projects in 2013 include accompanying vocalist Tony Harnell & the Wildflowers on acoustic guitar, releasing his own line of Bumblefoot hot sauces.
Visit http://www.Bumblefoot.com for more information on Bumblefoot and http://www.MichaelBrandvold.com for more information on Michael Brandvold Marketing.

Dropping The Needle Podcast #28 Part One with Special Guest Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal

Bumblefoot photo by Dan Feeney“If Beavis & Butt-Head had a music podcast, this would be it.”

Welcome to episode 28, December 3, 2012, of the Dropping The Needle podcast. In part one of a two part discussion Michael and Mitch are joined by special guest Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal. Ron is the guitarist in Guns ‘N Roses. Ron talks about so much stuff in this two part interview. The Guns ‘N Rose recent residency in Las Vegas. His soon to be released line of hot sauces, the first albums he ever bought, his thoughts on KISS Music from the Elder and much more. But even more exciting is all of the bits n pieces of music Ron plays for us… Guns ‘N Roses, KISS, Cheap Trick, Styx, Electric Light Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Bon Jovi, Rush and the entire debut album from Boston.

Part two of this interview will be posted on Thursday, December 6th.

Dropping The Needle is the podcast where all music from all genres is discussed. New releases, classic albums, rediscovered music, signed and unsigned. No ass kissing, just two guys talking about music. Dropping The Needle is hosted Michael Brandvold from Michael Brandvold Marketing and Mitch Lafon from PureGrainAudio.com.

Tune in to the next episode of Dropping The Needle to see what artists we drop the needle on.

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention. Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of Kissonline.com’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program. Michael has also managed the online efforts for Dream Theater, Little Caesar, Andy Gibson, Alexa Carter, Greg Kihn, Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

Mitch Lafon is a professional music writer located in Montreal, Quebec (Canada). His career started in 1980 when at the age of eleven he interviewed The Demon of KISS, Gene Simmons. In the ‘90s he did studio work with various artists including LA GUNS and worked on an Ace Frehley Tribute album. Over the years, his work has appeared in Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles Magazine as well as Metal Hammer (US) and Classic Rock (UK). Currently, PureGrainAudio.com and Roadie Crew magazine from Brazil are where his interviews can be found. He is well-respected by artists  who often request him by name (when they are ready to grant an interview).