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You started playing at a very young age, what are some of your earliest memories revolving
music? 
小さい頃から弾き始めましたね、記憶にある最初の音楽は?
Orianthi:
 My earliest memory would have to be walking into the family living room and my
dad playing a Beatles record, and I just thought it was the coolest thing. I really wanted to
play along, so he started teaching me chords. I was 6.
覚えているのはお父さんが家でかけていたビートルズのレコードを初めて聞いた時ね。最高にか
っこいいと思ったわ。弾けるようになりたいとお父さんにギターコードを教わったの。6歳だったわ。


What would be the best advice you could give yourself as a young player?
もし若い頃の自分にアドバイスするとしたら?
Orianthi: 
Don’t sign anything except for photos and guitars, haha! 
写真とギター以外は絶対にサインしてはいけないってことかしら!

As a guitarist, who would you say are your main influences?
ギタリストとしては誰に影響を受けた?
Orianthi: 
It has to be B.B. king, Carlos Santana and Stevie Ray Vaughan
間違いなくB.B.キング、カルロス・サンタナ、スティービー・レイヴォーンね。

Would you care to share some of your ‘pinch me’ moments that stands out to you so far in
your career?
今までのキャリアの中で自分の夢が叶ったと思った瞬間はある?
Orianthi:
 Definitely being asked up onstage by Carlos Santana when I was 18, In front of
20,000 people. Playing the Kennedy honors / getting to work with Michael Jackson, having
a platinum record and touring the world! 
何と言っても18歳の時に2万人の前でカルロス・サンタナに呼ばれてステージに立った時ね。

What’s your history and experience with Orange?
今までのオレンジアンプとの関わり合いは?
Orianthi: I remember seeing Jimmy page playing one, Orange are such classic amps, they
have such gravity, presence and versatility.
ジミーペイジが使っているのを見て知っていたけど、オレンジは伝統のあるアンプでその音の重さ
、高音域、そして多様性に優れているわね。

What do you look for in an amp?
ギターアンプに求めるものは何ですか?
Orianthi:
 Clarity and presence, and for it to be able to sound super sweet, then as viscous
as a wild lion.
透明感と高音域、つまりとても甘いサウンドから危険な野生のライオンを表現出来るようなもの。

What’s your current set up?
今使っている機材は?
Orianthi:
 Orange rockerverb MKIII, Neck pedals and Cry Baby Wah with my signature PRS
Guitar custom 24.
オレンジ・ロッカーバーブMKIII,ネックペダル、クライベイビー、ギターは勿論私のシグネチャー
ポール・リード・スミス・カスタム24

If you could have any Orange gear, what would it be?
オレンジ製品で他に欲しいものは?
Orianthi: 
What I have, haha! The Rockerverb MKIII is awesome ! 
ロッカーバーブMKIIIだけで充分に素晴らしいわ。

What are you currently working on, or would be working on if it wasn’t for the pandemic?
現在、何か取り組んでいるものはありますか?もしもこのパンデミックが無かったらどんな事をしてましたか?
Orianthi: 
I just finished my new album in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen, and that will be out soon. It’s called ‘O’, and I would be playing shows pretty soon and traveling to promote
the album.
ナッシュビルで新しいアルバムをマーティ・フリードリクセンと完成させたばかり、 “O”というタイトル
発売になるの。そのプロモーションでライブショーとツアーを計画してます。

How does a day in the life of lockdown look like?
外出禁止令での生活はどんな感じですか?
Orianthi:
 Lots of coffee, 6-mile run, on the phone doing business, work in the studio and
then maybe a live stream, or a bunch of interviews and podcasts.
たくさんのコーヒー、6マイルのジョギング、電話での仕事、スタジオでの仕事、そしてライブストリ
ーム、インタビュー、ポッドキャスト。

If you could have a jam with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be, and why? 
もしも生きているかにかかわらず一緒に演奏できる人を選べるとしたら誰、そしてなぜ?
Orianthi: 
Definitely Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan
それは絶対にジミ・ヘンドリックスとスティービー・レイヴォーン。

Once again we’ve made it through to March and this year’s International Women’s Day. Haters might say we don’t need it, and how can we be equal if men don’t men have a day of their own? Well, men don’t tend to get grabbed and get abuse shouted at them when walking down the street, they don’t get paid less because of their gender, and you know, they don’t have to give birth either so, yeah, we kinda deserve this day – we can grow a human inside us but in some eyes not even that makes us good enough, yikes! Anyway – enough politics for our end, let’s chat music.

At Orange we’ve got quite a few women working for the company such as myself, my name is Ella and I do freelance content creation and artist relations, plus a bunch of other ladies in our offices keeping this ship afloat as well as the wonderful female artists we endorse. Now, there might not be a secret that rock and guitar music might be slightly more male dominated but that doesn’t mean that it’s a boys club, there’s a bunch of rad ladies out there, and today we’ll be shining a light on a few of them:

Orianthi

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Orianthi’s got a pretty spectacularly impressive resume, having performed for Steve Vai at the age of 15, and been asked to jam on stage with Carlos Santana at 18. Her big breakthrough came in 2009 when she played lead guitar for Carrie Underwood at the Grammys, which led to Michael Jackson reaching out to her, inviting her to join his band for his “This is it” concert series, which unfortunately fell through due to his death. Since then, she’s played with Alice Cooper, as well as releasing various solo albums as well as winning the award for “Breakthrough Guitarist of the Year” 2010 by Guitar International Magazine.

Hannah Wicklund, Hannah Wicklund & The Steppin’ Stones

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Despite her young age of 21, Hannah Wiklund, the soulful blues guitarist that could probably fit the description of the love child Janis Joplin and Hendrix never had, has got a remarkable 2000 shows behind her. Hannah was gifted a guitar from her dad an an early age, and had her first ever The Steppin’ Stones band practice back in 2005, with the first ever song they played being Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.” By the time she finished high school at 16 they had already played over a thousand gigs together. The band released their debut album last year, and are currently touring and gigging, as they’ve always done.

Thao Nguyen, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

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Thao Nguyen is a guitarist and banjo player and the front woman of Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, a San Francisco based alternative folk rock band. She started playing music around the age of 11, and ended up starting a country pop duo with one of her friends. Shortly after she began performing acoustic solo shows, before eventually forming Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with fellow students. Thao’s lyrics are often about relationships and childhood, with some crossing over into politics. She has also been featured in the 2017 documentary “Nobody Dies: A Film about a Musician, Her Mom and Vietnam”, which follows Thao and her mum as they visit Vietnam, Thao for the first time, and her mum for the first time since the Vietnam war, where she is faced with the two conflicting cultures that helped shape her and her music.

Laura Cox, The Laura Cox Band

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Laura’s career got a kickstart in 2008 after joining Youtube and sharing videos of herself playing guitar, the response was overwhelming and she quickly built up a following which has now reached over 363k followers and 80 million views. Due to her online success, she formed The Laura Cox Band, which is influenced by Southern legends Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top as well as Aussie rockers AC/DC. There was no other musicians in her family when she was growing up, but hearing her dad play Dire Straits and AC/DC records she felt inspired and intrigued to play that music herself, and was shortly after gifted a guitar for Christmas. The rest is, as they say, history.

Becky Blomfield, Milk Teeth

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MILK TEETH bassist Becky grew up in a music loving household with a musical and saxophone playing dad who regularly  However, it wasn’t until the age of 11 that she found her own taste thanks to bands such as Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, which are two of the bands that led here to where she is today. Influenced by the above, punk band MILK TEETH was born in 2013 and have been playing together ever since, although with a few line up changes along they way. The band’s latest release is the single “Stain” which was out just before Christmas, and brings to mind bands such as Hole and Nirvana.