2020 WINNER ANNOUNCED: KRK GUITAR SOLO CONTEST AT NAMM

IMG_2811If you’re a fan of musical gear you’ve surely heard of the NAMM show in Anaheim California.  If you’ve never been, it’s an overwhelming bliss of musical stimuli that opens your eyes wider at every juncture.  As a musician, it’s where you go to see the newest—greatest—latest—bestest-of-the-best gear that will soon hit the market in the upcoming year, but it’s also where you go to meet like-minded musicians who all share the same passion of music creation and performance.

In that spirit, this year KRK came up with light-hearted idea to hold the 1st Annual KRKIMG_2802 Guitar Solo Contest at NAMM in conjunction with Gibson and Epiphone.   Each day, 12 fearless battle-axing warriors had 15 minutes to get acclimated to a short piece of music before recording one live take of their solo performance through ROKIT G4 10-3 monitors in front of NAMM-goers.  Word of the contest spread quickly as each daily winner took home a new pair of ROKIT G4 RP5 White Noise monitors and a set of KNS8400 Headphones.  Each daily winner then went on to a final post-Namm round where a panel of judges from Loudwire ranked each solo anonymously based on four criteria to determine a grand prize winner who was awarded an Epiphone Uptown Kat ES guitar.

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We at KRK thank all the great musicians who participated this year and look forward to seeing them again next year.  Without further ado, congratulations to the following daily winners and Grand Prize winner:

DAY 1:  Lemek Yisrael (Louisianna)

DAY 2: Michael Lis (California)

DAY 3: David Aizuss (Oragon)

DAY 4: Scott Lomaglio (California)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FINAL GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF THE EPIPHONE UPTOWN KAT ES GUITAR:

LEMEK YISRAEL

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WINNER PROFILE:

Lemek is a young accomplished guitar player from Louisiana who first picked up the guitar when he was 5 years old.  He is a diverse player with a wide array of influences some including Charlie Parra, Syu (Galneryus), Stevie Ray Vaughan, and above all his dad Quintin Gerard W who is an amazing jazz saxophonist.  He grew up at a young age listening to a lot of funk and R&B, but as he got older, he started listening to a lot more technical music such as prog-metal, power metal, jazz fusion, and even classical.  Some of his favorite modern artists are Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and Zedd.

Lemek lives in New Orleans and has played with many bands and has had many performances in the city.  At the moment, he’s currently a solo artist and in the process of working on his debut album that will be released later this year (hopefully the new ROKIT G4 and Epiphone guitar will help that cause 😉).

Lemek’s goals are to continue making music and hopefully one-day compose music for video games or movies.  “I get awestruck when I listen to my favorite movie themes or soundtracks and they inspire me to write more and continue coming up with new creative ideas.”

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How Dan Konopka of the Band OK Go is Using KRK ROKIT G4 on a New Music Platform

KRK_Dan KonopkaWith KRK, you’re not going to find a group of people more supportive or fired-up about DIY music creation.  On a daily basis, we thankfully hear from and talk to incredibly talented musicians, producers, mixing engineers and songwriters about their experiences with our gear.  Recently, we caught up with a KRK user who we truly respect in that DIY spirit; someone who will forever be ingrained in Rock & Roll history with one of the most engaging music videos ever.

If you’re a fan of great music and music videos, you certainly remember the band OK Go’s “Treadmill Video.”—it was epic.  It captured your attention immediately and it was incredibly original considering we are now at a point in time where kids eat Tide PODS® to get acceptance.  No, this was not a gimmick, this was simply a group of Rock & Roll soldiers doing something they needed to do – make a video for a great song without the support of their major label, who at the time wasn’t giving them the attention they needed. In that procedure, the guys of OK Go stumbled upon something so authentic in which we now know of today as “gone viral” and “must see.”

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It was “that thing” you can’t put your finger on that makes you watch certain content repeatedly.  “We made that video completely on our own,” Dan told us while producing a new band out in Denver, CO.  “We weren’t getting what we needed from the label at the time, so we had to figure something out with what we had in front of us—we had to do something.  We didn’t ask for permission and the label basically wasn’t involved until after we uploaded it to YouTube on our own.”

KRK is very excited to have taken permanent residency in Dan’s home studio who is a principal member, drummer, producerDan Konopka KRK Rokit g4 3 and re-mixer for the GRAMMY Award-winning group.  He relies on KRK monitors, subs and headphones to produce music with his band, but most recently, he has also implemented the gear into his workflow for projects with SoundBetter, the world’s leading music production marketplace, which helps musicians around the world connect with and hire top music pros to mix release-ready songs. With KRK’s new ROKIT G4 studio monitors, 12S powered Subwoofer and KNS 8400 Headphones, Dan feels more confident than ever in the quality of his mixes.

Though the ROKITs are his current go-to monitor solution, his initial introduction to our brand was through the eight-inch model of the renowned two-way V Series (V8) Powered Reference Monitors. “I first began my search for studio monitors because I needed something that was going to sound better than my home speakers,” he says. “I’ve been using the V Series 4 V8s for many years and I have never been disappointed. When the new ROKIT G4 range was released, I knew I had to get my hands on them.”

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Working on both sides of the music industry—live stages and in-studio—Dan especially knows the value of a high-quality mix; that’s why KRK’s ROKIT G4s have become a staple solution in his home studio. “These studio monitors do their job perfectly and they’re involved in everything that I do musically,” he adds. “I receive such great feedback with the ROKIT G4s.  SoundBetter clients seek professional-quality mixes that they cannot produce on their own and KRK monitors allow me to provide the most pristine mix to my clients, so I know I can meet their expectations.  The reliability and quality of the G4s is something that I’ve never seen before at this price point—it’s really amazing.”

Please visit here for more information on working with Dan Konopka on the Soundbetter.com platform.

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