I was first turned onto “Bourrée” from watching their You Tube music video. It is a hoot! Dressed up in colonial day costumes, the members consist of Johannes Weik on guitar, Florian Weik on drums, and David Gilbers on bass. What caught me off guard was that the band was very young and very talented, especially now a days when rock guitar is seldom heard on mainstream music. I know this firsthand having 3 teenagers and being subjected to commercial radio and streaming platforms in the car. So, it was extremely refreshing to hear new music from a band that I could relate to, and Johannes Weik’s incredible guitar playing. At that point, I decided that he would be a perfect to interview for Guitar Trax on WFIT 89.5FM.
As I found out, Johannes is a German guitarist born in 1989 who’s first encounter with the guitar was when he was 4 years old vacationing in the Czech Republic with his family. They stopped at a local music store and that is where he fell in love with a particular guitar. His parents bought the guitar and Johannes fell asleep grasping his new best friend. From then on, he started to learn classical guitar as well as rock styles. He is a big fan of the band Dream Theatre and his main guitar idol is John Petrucci from the band. Interestingly he plays a Paul Reed Smith hollow body guitar because of its diversity of tone and a 7 string Paul Reed Smith SE guitar.
I actually just had Johannes record two guest solos on progressive rock songs for an upcoming album I’m producing-that’s how good he is! Check out the song “Bourrée” with its neo-classical rock influences and you’ll see what I mean!
About the Curator: Brian Tarquin
Multi Emmy Award winning Brian Tarquin is an established top rate composer/guitarist. He has won 3 Emmy's for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2019 Tarquin received a Global Music Gold Award for his release Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album of the Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases: Guitars for Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven, and Guitars for Veterans. On which, Tarquin shows his guitar prowess alongside such world-class shredders as: Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Billy Sheehan, Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Chuck Loeb (FourPlay) to name a few. In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top Billboard Charts with such commercial releases as: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2, Sweet Emotions, and Bossa Brava: Caliente on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Smooth Jazz Radio R&R and Gavin charts. Brian has appeared on 38 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.