Hot on the heels of Michael Whalen’s ethereal soundscape from 2020, Sacred Spaces, 2021 brought us a completely different beast of a record: the jazz fusion masterpiece, Future Shock, on which Whalen is joined by legendary musicians including drummer Simon Phillips, bass/stick master Tony Levin, and reeds master, Bob Magnuson.
We caught up with Michael in his studio to talk about the making of Future Shock as well as some other exciting work that he’s involved with.
Scott Kahn, Editor in Chief, was the co-founder and associate editor of Korg Connection, the first official user group publication for users of Korg musical instruments. During a decade of work in Silicon Valley, CA, Scott wrote professionally for computer industry publications including PC Week Magazine and NewMedia Magazine. Outside of work, Scott is an accomplished musician and producer with many independent CD credits writing, playing, and producing.
Scott launched MusicPlayers.com in 1998 as a simple website hosting musicians' classifieds for the first few years, but he knew that when the time was right, he would turn his attention to building MusicPlayers.com into the kind of destination site that he wanted to visit as a serious musician himself. In March 2006, MusicPlayers.com was officially re-launched as an online magazine focused on the needs of serious musicians, and in December 2017, the site underwent a next-generation overhaul to position it better for continued growth.
Scott is also author of the popular Hal-Leonard book, Modern Guitar Rigs: The Tone Fanatic's Guide to Integrating Amps & Effects, now in its second edition.