In celebration of the music of Jimi Hendrix, one of the most influential and legendary musicians of all time, the estate of Jimi Hendrix, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, together with IK Multimedia, are inviting artists to submit a video of themselves performing a Jimi Hendrix track of their choice, with the winner getting a spot on the Experience Hendrix tour.
LA.COM interviewed huge Hendrix fan Max Rico, who is hoping to win a shot at being on stage with such blues greats as Billy Cox (Band of Gypsies), Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang and more. Wish him luck, and if you feel inclined -- vote!
"This has always been a lifelong dream of mine," Rico told LA.COM. "I always dreamed of somehow being a part of the Hendrix legacy because he's always been and will be my No. 1 musical influence."
LA.COM: What are your musical aspirations?
MAX RICO: To be a master of the blues-rock/Hendrix-style genre of electric guitar playing.
Q: What's your journey?
A: My journey is to live my dream of being a world-class musician like my musical heroes before me, and to participate in keeping the Hendrix style alive and help bring it into the modern age.
Q: How has Hendrix inspired you?
A: To be more then just a guitar player. To be one with my music and my instrument. To believe in my music.
Q: Tell us something about yourself.
A: I was born and raised in Arleta/Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. I grew up listening to all kinds of music: rock, blues, soul, funk, jazz and classical.
But classic rock and blues had the biggest impact on me, especially Jimi Hendrix. In 2005, I moved to Texas and lived in Austin and San Antonio, where there's a lot of great blues-rock going on. I lived in Texas for five years before relocating to Las Vegas.
My current band is called A Slight Return. We are a Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robin Trower and Frank Marino tribute (band). Instead of doing just one, we do all four of those artists and put it in one band. (It's) more like a tribute to the Hendrix genre, and it seems to be working well for us. The band is a power trio. Me on guitar and vocals, Jay Quigley on bass and Anthony Hudak on drums and background vocals.
Q: What kind of gear do you have?
A: My main guitars are a Fender SRV Stratocaster, a Fender American Standard Stratocaster, a homemade Stratocaster that I put together from spare parts and a Gibson SG. My amps are a Marshall 100-watt '74 Super Lead once owned by Jake E. Lee. I use it with a '60s Marshall 4x12 cabinet and a Fender 40-watt Hot Rod Deluxe. My pedals are a Boss Overdrive/Distortion, which I use for solos, a Voodoo Lab Micro Vibe pedal, an MXR Phase 90, a Tycobrahe Octavia, and a Vox Wah-Wah pedal.
Q: Are you playing out these days?
A: As of right now we just finished a good run of shows in the Vegas area: Whiskey Dicks, Pandora's Lounge, Charlie's Downunder and Counts Vamp'd. We just opened the show for Michael Schenker at the Las Vegas Country Saloon, which went over well and was videod and put up on YouTube.