Fyns Stifttidende anmeldelse af Live Koncert på Dexter (Odense)

 

Han er verdens 15. bedste guitarist, og han er fynsk. * * * * *

 

Det står hævet over enhver tvivl, at Odense har avlet en musisk verdensstjerne. Selv når man sammenligner ham med nogle af de største guitarhelte, giver han folk som Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani og Steve Vai baghjul, fordi han simpelthen håndterer sit instrument mere komplet.

Det er derfor mærkeligt, han endnu ikke er mere eksponeret, for havde han været amerikaner, var han allerede blevet udkåret til guitargud og sømmet fast på diverse billboards.

Men janteloven har også sin charme, og der er en mærkelig kontrast i at kunne gå ind på Dexter, der – trods alt – var udsolgt, og se én af verdens bedste guitarister folde sig ud på sit instrument – og så mellem numrene tale hygli’ syngende fynsk.

Måske var der netop udsolgt i kraft af, at den store verden har fået øjnene op for vores komplette guitarist. Steffen Schackinger er blevet kendt i kraft af sin placering som nummer 15 på en britisk liste over de bedste guitarister i historien, og smutter man forbi youtube, kan man se, at hans mest kendte, og nok også mest gudbenådede nummer, ”City Lights”, er set ikke mindre end 1,2 millioner gange.

Det interessante til aften var dog især, hvordan hans stemme så var, om den bare tilnærmelsesvist nåede de astronomiske højder, hans guitarspil er på.

Guitar epic

Det var en broget forsamling, der var mødt frem – men alle må de være glade for guitaren, og den fik vi også for fuld skrue.

Schackinger giver en effektfuld start med masser af delay og noget lidt sløv 80’er baggrunds-chords. Og forstætter så i den vante hybrid picking, over i arpeggios, tilsat lidt flashioletter – det er et rent show off i løb og diverse flabetheder, og man er gravalvorligt hensat i en måbende tilstand. Det er simpelthen chokerende, hvad den mand kan på en guitar.

Og så har han en fantastisk melodisk fornemmelse, der afspejler sig i de mange udbyggede riffs, der bærer numrene, og ikke mindst i hans soli, der i overlegen stil berører

diverse kirketonearter, men samtidig er uhyggeligt velkomponerede. Episk!

Stemmen

Schackinger spiller både nyt og gammelt med det til fælles, at der en top gear lignende flabethed over det meste, flankeret er han af den navnkundige Henrik Bjørn på bas, der spiller en sikker Bentzon Brotherhood-lignende bas, og Lars Daugaard, der er overmåde tight på trommerne. Og gudhjælpemig om han ikke også synger godt. Lyst og skrøbeligt, men hamrende lækkert på ”I Dont Know a Thing”. En Tim Christensen-lignende sag, men selvfølgelig med et ekstra lag ætsende distortion.

Steffen Schackinger er stor, stor, stor. Oplev ham før din nabo!

Reviews – ElectriGuitartistry

 

 

He doesn’t just stand out because he concentrates on playing the guitar…but for the plain and simple fact that this guy is amazingly talented.

Schackinger seems intent on reinventing the guitar and extending the boundaries of what a lead guitarist is capable of producing.

 Steffen’s playing is precise and intricate…and the sounds that come from his guitar are inspiring and impressive.

Babysue.com * * * * *

 

…how refreshing it was to get acquainted with a guitarists music that was so sincere and inviting to listen to.  

… Steffen is a well rounded player, as well as a writer, creating music that really tickles the ears, especially the ears of a person like myself, who really has heard just about everything a guitarist can do at this point.

… No question, he comes into this recording with a maturity rare for young guitarists.

… Just when I thought the future of solo guitar was in jeopardy, this cd comes along with a refreshing breath of air

… the cd never suffers from the same issues many solo happy guitarists do. Steffen proves that writing paired with great playing always makes the best combination, it is music after all, and when the music comes first, the playing plays a much more complimentary role in making the end results so satisfying.

… Congrats to Steffan for such a mature and satisfying collection of songs, I hope you had as much enjoyment making this cd as I do listen to it. I hope to hear more from this musician soon.

Proggnosis 2008

 

It’s not often listeners get technical talent commensurate with songwriting ability, but Schackinger offers both in spades. Along with his calm expertise on the guitar comes an understanding of many different types of music – Indian to Irish to rock to reggae – which he combines wonderfully on every track.

Kevin Liedel, Musicreviews.

 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

ElectricGuitartistry Posted by Jon in Reviews

I’ve had this album for ages and meant to do a review a long time ago but somehow forgot about it, and I can’t imagine why Steffen is an incredible guitarist! I was reminded after seeing the video above posted on YouTube by his record label CandyRat Records which is an excellent label full of amazing talent such as Antoine Dufour. So after drooling over Steffen’s Suhr and of course his playing I fired up
iTunes to listen to ElectricGuitartistry again to see what I’d been missing out on. This album shows that Steffen is not only a highly capable shredder but also that he is a very melodic and tasteful player with interesting compositions rather than just sweep arpeggios over a backing track. The opening track “Major Inventions” is a 10 minute epic initially reminiscent of Jeff Beck or David Gilmour, it has elements of Indian music not just in the melodies but also the instruments used (such as Sitar) and yet it also has that country flavoured rock Eric Johnson feel at the same time and yet it seems to morph into Satriani at 3/4 of the way through, what an opening track!
So how do you follow a track like that well with a storming rock track, ElectricGuitartistry again with a bit of Eric Johnson influence thrown in there mixed with John Petrucci.
I’ve got to stop comparing guitarists like this I bet the artists get so fed up with it, but I hope it helps you imagine the sound.
Perfect Waves always reminds me of “Come Together”, the bassline is very similar for the main riff and has that laid back vibe but is totally different at the same time. I really like Steffen’s guitar tones, he doesn’t just settle for a clean and overdriven sound he mixes up his single coil and humbucker tones and overlays slightly overdriven clean melodies on top of jangly cleans tones.There are tracks that took me a little by surprise such as the Celtic jig “Time”, I haven’t heard this kind of Irish influence on a shred album since Steve Morse’s
early works, just don’t utter the words Highland Wedding in front of my guitar buddy Alex Kennard! “The DixieLand” also sounds like it would be just as comfortable on a Steve Morse album too. Also the jazzy/bluesy “On A Rainy Night” which has a great 2 minute intro (and outro) with Steffen fingerpicking a clean and dry toned guitar before launching into a rock ballad track with some very tasteful playing and yet some incredible shredding in there too which he seamlessly integrates into his solos. The final track “Your Song” not only features some nylon string fingerpicking from Steffen but also a kind of vocal scat with multiple voices
singing the same melody, quite an interesting departure from the normal shred album track.
 
Steffen is an incredible talent, I wouldn’t pigeon-hole him as a shredder because there is a lot of jazz & fusion influence in his playing and yet he also has incredibly expressive bluesy phrasing too all of which kind of puts him in Guthrie Govan territory, yes I know labels again but that is the only way to describe him and its not just because of his Suhr guitar!
Check out CandyRat.com for more info or to purchase ElectricGuitartistry or head over to Candyrat.com’s YouTube Channel