Q&A Scene: Guitarists’ Special ~ Rohan Stevenson

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
New single is called ‘Celestial’ this is the first time recording real drums and bass and working with producer David Carr from Rangemaster and Martin Pullan from Edensound Mastering. We recently launched the song with 2 successful shows in Melbourne and Sydney and were really happy to have Melbourne completely sell out.

How long have you been playing guitar?
Ohh gawd, yeh it’s a long time… I’m gonna say about 20 years at this point.

Why did you first start playing?
My dad was a musician and was in bands when he was younger, he would always play us music at home so I was exposed to music at a young age, eventually I decided to start guitar lessons when I started high school and most of my friends were also learning so it was just the thing to do. I got hooked early, especially since my guitar teacher was such a cool dude.

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?
I would say, it’s not any one person in particular but many and for different reasons, I see guitar playing as a tool to songwriting and that’s where I draw most of my focus personally.

Some guys that have been influential to me include; Elliott Smith, Chris Conley (Saves the Day) Omar Rodriguez Lopez (The Mars Volta, At The Drive In) Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional) Antoine Dufour, Tommy Emmanuel, Billy Joe, Tom Delonge, Mike Enzinger, Drew Goddard, Luke McDonald, Misha Mansoor, Dave Grohl, Kurt Cobain, Stephen Taranto… i could go on for quite a while actually I better stop.

Describe your favourite guitar. 
Offft you’re going in with the hard questions here arent ya !! I feel like, it changes daily tbh, im really lucky to own some incredible guitars, and the one im using for the Melbourne Guitar Show is particularly special, its a Maton Custom Shop Dreadnaught acoustic built by Andy Allen. Its made from a somewhat rare wood called Zirricote and is the best acoustic guitar ive ever come across, I found it in a local music store called Sky Music, and ive since written a few new songs on it, thats always a sign of a great instrument when songs seem to just fly out of it. I also recently good a new Kiesel Electric guitar and it is another incredible instrument, it was custom built for me and it has some spectacular woods including Birdseye Maple neck, royal enony fingerboard and highly quilted (mastergrade) maple top. Sounds absolutely huge and is perfect in everyway.

How do you prepare for a show?
A lot of listening to Foo Fighters and just trying to build confidence to go out and bring the goods. I tend to go over all the difficuly licks of my set and just get warmed up in general, nearing the show, i just try to relax and remember to have fun and not get to stressed out.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

I once met someone incredibly influential to me at one of our shows, this person was effected by some unknown substances and was a little crazy, I was so conflicted about the situation coz half of me wanted to hang out more but other half was fearing for my safety. So yeh, that was definitely interesting. I’ve been really lucky with everything so far, worse things to happen on tour have been missing flights and loosing a guitar by the airline, though I managed to get it back soon after.

What, or who, inspires you?
Any good music basically, when you find that one song that just moves you it definitly can inspire more creativity, also watching up and comig musicians on youtube is always motivating so much talent out there, it’s crazy.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Sorry can’t list just one haha…

Dammit – Blink 182
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
All New Materials – Misha Mansoor
These Moments – Antoine Dufour
Bleed – Meshuggah

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Churro’s fresh from the machine lightly drizzled in Spanish Caramel sauce. Its sweet, easy to eat, yet incredible complex and sophisticated

What’s next for you?
We are about to annonce an international run of shows, as well as preparing for our upcoming Europe/Uk tour with Caligula’s Horse and Circles this is gonna be a massive one with 25 dates including Euroblast Festival so we are very excited for it.

What’s your scene?

Honestly, it’s the dog park with all the doggo’s always a good escape, alternatively can’t beat a good metal gig with some ripping guitarists and good company.


Catch Rohan at the Melbourne Guitar Show at 10:30am on Saturday 4th August at Caulfield Racecourse – AON MEZZANINE STAGE Level 1 Escalator West

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, premium ticket** $40




Australian Music Association announced the 2018 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 4 and 5 – and this year, it’ll be bigger than ever.

Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists, and featuring amongst the bunch is none other than UK guitar legend Albert Lee.

In addition to some killer performances from the artists on this massive lineup, #MGS2018 will also hold a monster exhibition that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.  It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, and that’s not all.  The Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.

This year will be extra special as the Melbourne Guitar Show welcomes UK guitar legend Albert Lee.  Lee’s work with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Crickets is renowned within the music world and cemented his place as one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in history.  Speaking on Lee’s talent, Eric Clapton enthuses, “(He is) the ultimate virtuoso.  His skill is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level,” while Emmylou Harris says, “(Albert Lee) is a brilliant guitar player…his sound is unmistakable, never qualled.”  The British-born country-rock artist started his long and illustrious career during the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of ‘60s London, when he played in bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe.  He has received countless accolades for his work, and has been named Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Country Guitarist five times in a row.

The first lineup announcement for #MGS2018 is a big one.  Joining Albert Lee is Daniel Champagne, a prolific young guitar virtuoso with the world at his feet, and Jeff Lang, who has been described by Rolling Stone as “Australia’s best roots music artisan.”  Melbourne Guitar Show favourites Nick Charles and Shannon Bourne will also be returning this year, alongside some seriously talented women Fiona Boyes, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Nat Allison and upcoming punk rockers Rackett.  Not to mention a whole host of additional artists are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

Drawing over 5,500 guitar lovers and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet.  The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with australianmusician.com.au and presenting sponsors Triple M, 3PBS and Aon to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend.  At last year’s MGS, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Ian Moss, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Paul Dempsey, Oscar Dawson and Ali Barter.  Both the promoters of the show and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!

Thrilled to present #MGS2018 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, After an awesome show last year, we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition the show is creating.  We’re very pleased to present Albert Lee on his 75th birthday tour, as well as the usual host of wonderful players we present.”

Not only will the 2018 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections.  Describing the exciting developments, Rob continues, “Our exhibition welcomes back some big names this year and the learning opportunities are plentiful.  If you’re in the market for guitars and gear, great live music from some of the best players. the Melbourne Guitar Show is the place to be.”

The first artist line up announcement includes: Albert Lee, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Nick Charles, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, James Ryan, Phil Manning, Nat Allison, Brett Kingman, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Scott Darlow, Rackett, Van Larkins, Justin Bernasconi, Rohan Stevenson, and more to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 4 and 5.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, premium ticket** $40




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