MusicPlayers.com is the premiere online magazine for serious musicians. Our mission is to provides serious musicians with the most in-depth, professionally written product reviews of pro-level musical instruments and recording tools, as well as to provide outstanding artist interviews, in-depth tutorials, and an online community for musicians to participate in.
What is a Serious Musician?
At MusicPlayers.com, we consider serious musicians to be the ones who are:
- Playing/performing in bands at a professional level or aspiring to play at a professional level
- Passionate about their music
- Regularly spending money to purchase high-quality instruments and equipment for playing and/or collecting
- Constantly striving to improve their abilities and musicianship
Who We Are
|Scott Kahn||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.
|Kim Dearborn||Kim Dearborn, Marketing & Communications Director, is a Silicon Valley public relations veteran and marketing professional... and major music junkie! After leaving the full-time PR agency world, she relocated to Eugene, Oregon, and opened her own boutique agency, Kim360PR, from which she provides full PR and marketing services to companies. She splits her time between freelance PR work and managing marketing, sales, and 1,000 other activities for MusicPlayers.com and MusicianFinder.com.|
|Jason Buchwald||Jason Buchwald, Senior Keyboards Editor, is a Phoenix, AZ area professional keyboard player, originally from New York. Besides CD credits and live performances opening for well-known artists, Jason was the co-founder of the progressive rock band, Days Before Tomorrow, and is also an accomplished vocal arranger for A Capella groups. He can be contacted at www.buckytunes.com.|
|Derek Davodowich||Derek Davodowich, Senior Editor, is a professional guitar player, Berklee graduate, and guitar instructor located in New Jersey. He was a member of the prog rock band Days Before Tomorrow and is presently the guitarist for DreamEternalBliss.|
|Bruce Sokolovic, Guitars Editor, is a professional guitar player and instructor based in New York City. Catch him live with the Def Leppard tribute band, Adrenalize, or with the '80s tribute band, Rock Kandy. Visit brucesokolovic.com for additional info.|
|James Linton||James Linton, Recording Editor, is a professional recording/mixing engineer and producer based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the owner of SoundWaves Productions and Soundwaves Recording Studio.|
|Kel Pilshaw, Bass Editor, is an in-demand bassist in New Jersey. When not regularly booked with his wedding band, you'll probably finding him playing on various cover band sub gigs, running lights for a show, or mixing front-of-house sound.|
|Matt Stevens||Matt Stevens, Writer and Marketing & New Media Coordinator, contributes his talents writing product reviews, copy editing, and more. He's our utility guy, and he also manages our social media accounts. When not at work, Matt is a NJ-based indie musician.|
|Matt Abrams||Matt Abrams, Guitar Writer, is a professional guitar player based in Phoenix, Arizona. You can catch him gigging regularly with his band, The Flippin Switches, when he's not busy writing a ton of guitar gear-related product reviews, of course!|
Additional Contributing Writers
Dominic Guss, Writer (Drums, Pro Audio), is a Phoenix, Arizona-based session drummer and recording engineer. He also designs and manufactures custom acoustic treatment products with his company, Aural Endeavors, LLC.
John Montalbano, Writer (Bass), is an in-demand session bassist and composer from New York City with numerous CD, television and film credits, as well as a member of the indie rock trio, My World. Contact him at email@example.com.
Jim Ruffi, Writer (Drums), is a New Jersey-based drummer, educator, and session player who has toured with Frank Zappa alumni band, Project/Object, and currently gigs with CC Coletti (Meat Loaf) and Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors). He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angelica Sokolovic (Vocals/Live Sound), is a New Jersey-based vocalist and music educator. She performs regularly with the '80s tribute band, Rock Kandy.
Former Contributing Writers
Jennifer L. Pricci, Contributing Editor, is a widely read writer and blogger for a number of popular music arts publications and websites. A marketing professional with 20 years of brand and agency experience, she’s the owner and principal of PHANTOM POWER Marketing, a fully integrated marketing firm serving the needs of musicians as well as small and mid-sized businesses. She’s also a musician and singer with years of performance experience, and a self-professed gear junkie.
Joseph Dubbiosi, Writer (Bass), is a professional bassist and violinist, music instructor, and session player based in the NY metro area.
Tony Grund, Keyboards Editor, is a NY-based electronic musician, producer, and music technology consultant. Besides recording music with bands Echostream and Unicorn Smack, Tony is a partner in the independent label, Force of Change Records, and a recording instructor at the SAE Institute in Manhattan.
Eric Sands, Drums & Percussion Editor, wrote for Korg Connection and years later went on to co-found two popular online drum communities, www.vdrums.com and www.ddrums.com. Both of these sites became leading sources of information and news for serious electronic drummers and percussionists. Eric is an accomplished rock and jazz drummer, keyboard player, and computer engineer.
John Quigley, Guitar Editor, is a professional guitar player and member of the NJ classic rock cover band, Side Effects.
Josh Gannet, Recording Writer, is the chief engineer at Skunk Hollow Recordings, as well as a professional freelance recording engineer throughout the NY metropolitan area.