Jay Katana of Violates Violets talks about his struggles, dealing with failures, and staying positive as an artist.
Shot and directed by Chris Edge. Starring Sophia Brown Video is about modern technology and platforms a a portable penny arcade and peep show. It combines two methods of entertainment: illusionism and sexuality with the idea of two attention seeking entertainers using a model and a song as a prop for viewership exploitation. Smoke, mirrors, … Continue reading RETAKE – Violates / Violets new music video
Official Music Video Directed by Chris Edge. Atlanta GA An isolated, quietly desperate modern man dreams of stardom and plays a concert for the city before befriending, and eventually murdered by, a stalker fan. Inspiration: he video is inspired by the drive of forgotten dreamers who often receive their one moment for the public, only … Continue reading Violates Violets – Soft Core
“This time Electronic Dance Metal goes to the next level by exploring the new grounds of Dubstep and Hip Hop beats. While at the same time the Acoustic Guitar is used more than before”. Full in depth, track by track review by Will Phoenix On this album, Katana serves as guitarist and programmer as he … Continue reading HVY album review!
“My biggest dream is to see a guy on a big stage who tells me that he picked up the guitar and started playing because I inspired him” Jay Katana IndiePulse Got a chance to speak with Jay about the music and his point of view. What makes Jay Katana stand out from all of … Continue reading Jay Katana INDIEPULSE interview!
Lao Tzu Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward whatever way you like Letter From Child is a short concept video where rhythm part is a dark side of me. While the lead melody is my … Continue reading Letter From Child Music Video
Violates / Violets – Soft Core This track is a result of a studio work with Chris Edge (A VERY LOUD DEATH) and an award winning producer Luke Campolieta. Our world was falling apart when we were writing and recording these tracks. But we still made it. One day Chris told me “I just booked … Continue reading New track with Chris Edge! (AUDIO)
Hi Jay, welcome to VENTS! How have you been? It was a very productive year. Many goals achieved and some dreams came true. And somehow I managed to write a new album which I didn’t plan at all. My head was constantly somewhere else, but it came out somehow naturally. And honestly now I’m a … Continue reading VENTS MAGAZINE interview!!!
Here’s the story: Throughout my life’s journey I have been lucky to have some beautiful moments with many different people. Some of them were incredibly close, some of them shared my path for long time, some of them were explosively inspirational, but for very short time. Some were just pure inspiration. But each one of … Continue reading Singled Out: Jay Katana’s KissClosed
Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine If you have followed the Indie Music Scene and track the Instrumental Guitarist genre, then the name Jay Katana is not unknown to you. As a highly-skilled guitarist and performer, Jay injects his signature brand of individuality into any song. With his tonal range and flawless technique, the … Continue reading Bleeding Boyfriend MixTape – IndiePulse Music review
Bleeding Boyfriend MixTape New album will be available everywhere September 13. This time Electronic Dance Metal goes to the next level by exploring the new grounds of Dubstep and Hip Hop beats. While at the same time the Acoustic Guitar is used more than before. Artistically this album is a tribute to the part of … Continue reading New Album Release on Friday 13th!!!
Brief guide on developing your right hand speed Level: ADVANCED “If you’re not first – you’re last“ Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights How fast you play is absolutely crucial for guitarists. Even though technical guitar solos are appearing less and less in today’s hit songs, the need to be able to play fast riffs is still … Continue reading Speed
How to develop the ability to control the speed and feel of your Vibrato. Level: INTERMEDIATE “You are where you need to be. Just take a deep breath “ Lana Parrilla At first I was thinking about writing an article on developing your signature vibrato technique. After all, that alone is what separates you from … Continue reading Dynamic Vibrato
Level: BEGINNER “Leave something better than it was before you had it…” Cleaning your guitar comes down to three main things: Strings, Fretboard and Body. I have two different cloths – one for fretboard and strings, and another one for the body, headstock and the back side of the neck. First start with String Cleaner … Continue reading Guitar Cleaning
Quick and efficient way to warm your Right Hand Level: BEGGINER “Repeating something many times – making things go quicker in the end” We talked about quick and efficient way to warm up your left hand before a performance when the time is limited. Right hand uses different set of muscles and ideally you want … Continue reading Right Hand Warm Up
How to schedule your weekly guitar practice so you can grow efficiently as a musician and stay in top form. Level: INTERMEDIATE “Repeating something many times doesn’t necessarily mean improving it.” When you’re on tour or working in the studio, you’re likely doing fine in terms of performing and creating. You’re probably playing at least … Continue reading Practicing Routine
Epilogue chapter from the Bleeding Boyfriend vol. 1 comic book story. by Jay Katana Empty apartment. Just yesterday, her stuff was here. She was here. All she left was a few words lipsticked on my mirror: “I’m leaving… I believe in you.” Just like that. It would have been better if she’d written just the … Continue reading Ultimate Inspiration. Guitar vs Girlfriend
A Quick and Efficient Warm-Up Exercise for the Left Hand Level: BEGINNER “Warming up increase your chances of delivering the best possible performance, right here, right now” Everybody understands the importance of a good warm-up before a performance, recording or even a practice session. The main point is to get the blood running through the … Continue reading Left Hand Warm-Up
How to develop your Performance Dynamic Level: ADVANCED “You have about 15 seconds to make your listener decide whether or not to give you another 15” A sense of dynamics is a simple thing to develop. But it’s also crucial, because dynamics alone can set you apart from other guitarists. Have you ever wondered why … Continue reading How to develop your Performance Dynamic
How To Find Your Signature Style Level: ADVANCED “It doesn’t matter what you play. It matters how you play it.” “What you play also matters.” Guitarists spend most of their time developing technical skills and learning music theory. That determines their “level” and pure ability to play something or not. But after you start releasing … Continue reading How To Find Your Signature Style
Grab on to something – tonight we’ll talk about melodic metal guitar solos, blended with electro pop. Yes. That’s right. You heard me. I said it before, I’ll say it again – learning about the invention of the genre “Electronic Dance Metal” alone felt like tasting a glass of expensive wine. Let that sink in … Continue reading Jay Katana – Ballerina
Welcome to a new edition of “For The Record.” Guitarist and composer Jay Katana’s new debut solo offering is titled “…Brighter Than Your Future.” While your rockin’ reviewer will not make any assumptions about the readers’ future, if this initial audio offering as a solo artist is any indication, Jay Katana certainly has a bright future ahead of him. A … Continue reading For The Record: Jay Katana’s ‘…Brighter Than Your Future’
Album Review: Brighter Than Your Future by Jay Katana Review by Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine The new album by Jay Katana Brighter Than Your Future is now available, we at IndiePulse had first option at announcing the news and now, it is with great pleasure we give our review. First, we would like to introduce the artist, Jay … Continue reading Brighter Than Your Future In Review
When She Dies” is a dark and brooding track, as an instrumental, it conveys the message of the song perfectly without words. The new single “When She Dies” by Jay Katana, launched today with accompanying Video via YouTube, this is the first look and listen to material that is from the forthcoming album “Brighter Than Your … Continue reading Single / Video Review: When She Dies by Jay Katana
As a highly-skilled guitarist and performer, Jay Katana injects his signature brand of individuality into any song. With his tonal range and flawless technique, the Atlanta, GA-based musician works his signature style into virtually any musical genre. Katana’s sound is very recognizable; his leads are intense and versatile. His composing skills, performance and onstage action … Continue reading Guitarist Jay Katana Releases New CD, “Brighter Than Your Future”
The best music out there is the music that tells a story. Even if there are no words involved. Russian-born guitar virtuoso JAY KATANA has a story to tell through music and images in his new EP release BLEEDING BOYFRIEND VOL.1. It’s all here! The ups and downs of love on the nightclub scene gone … Continue reading Rockwired Radio Profiles – an exclusive interview with Jay Katana