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Hendrix’s Influence Today

Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon

“The legend of Jimi Hendrix has always captivated me. Before i even began playing, the stories of flaming guitars and amps turned all the way up made me realize that it wasn’t always enough to just hit the strings. To be one of the greats you’ve got to play to the eyes and the ears. No one did this better than Jimi and his legend will live for hundreds of years because of it.”

- Jeff Tuttle (The Dillinger Escape Plan)

“Hendrix influenced me by being open to all music and taking risk with sound and colors.”
- DJ Logic (Global Noize)

“Jimmy Hendrix change music forever. Obviously I’ve never had the opportunity to see him perform, but his influence and impact is clear in so much of the music I grew up listening too, such as Jane’s Addiction, Nirvana, and even hip hop like the Beastie boys and Public Enemy. He changed the way people play not only guitar but music in general. Hendrix guitar playing was not just an exercise in instrumentation but an extension of his voice. “


Benjamin Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan)


“I remember as a young man playing in a band at a Borscht Belt Hotel in the NY Catskill Mountains during the Summer of 1967.  A waiter who loved music came running over to me while I was shooting baskets, He was screaming, ‘Stop, Stop! We have to go to your room and listen to this album.’  The Album was Are You Experienced by Jimi Hendrix.  We sat there for over two hours playing the album over and over again.  That is the effect that Jimi Hendrix had on me. He was a true innovator, not only on guitar but also as a recording artist who used the sonic possibilities of the recording studio to create unique sonic landscapes in his songs.

I got to see him play a number of times including May 1968 when Sly and the Family Stone opened for him. His albums are still a soundtrack to my life and I still hear new stuff coming out of the grooves.  Check out ‘Freedom’ from Live at The Isle of Wight, just before he died. His playing is so funky and totally off the hook. I wonder what he would be doing if he was alive today.”
- Jason Miles (Global Noize)

” At first I wasn’t as impressed with his sound as I was with his look style face hair. To be a black man wearing the type of psychedelic get up he had going on was visually….. WOW!! So unique so creative so free. Then my eyes began to notice what he was actually doing on the guitar and then my ears started hearing the difference he was making….double WOW!”

- Linda Perry (Deep Dark Robot, producer)

“Jimi was not just a guitar player. He was a poet, a songwriter, a fashion icon and sound architect. All those other elements of his artistry helped him to reinvent the guitar as an instrument.”
Jeff Gitelman (The Stepkids)

“When I was 11 yrs old I conned my mom into getting me my first 2 full length albums….The Monkees 1st and “Are You Experienced” hey..what can I say I like options.  One pushed my pop buttons and the other ..well lets just say it hit me below the waist…lol

I was never the same..Jimi’s guitar playing was from another planet yet drippin’ wit da blues. I would lay on my bed with the giant headphones listening to his sounds going from one ear to the other and back…taught me the ground rules of R&R..there are none!!”
- Ricky Byrd (ex-Joan Jett & The Blackhearts/Roger Daltrey/Ian Hunter)


“There is only one rock musician that actually goes to 11, only one style icon who could be the poster boy for what Rock and Roll is and should be about.  One man whose guitar playing will squash all other fakes that follow him.  He is the legendary… Jimi Hendrix.  For all those die hard Jimi fans, check out his opening solo on ‘The Everlasting First’ by a lil band called Love. It’s so recognizably Hendrix that I knew that it had to be him the moment I heard it.” - Jason Morris, (Crash Kings)


I remember listening to Jimi Hendrix and always being amazed at how musical he could be. His tone, his chord voicings, the way he approached guitar, I don’t think there’s ever been anyone before or since that has come close to that. To this day when I hear certain songs like ‘Castles Made of Sand’ or ‘Voodoo Child’ they stop me in my tracks and I can’t do anything till the song is over. If he were still around I would love to see what he would be doing today. I can’t even imagine. What a talent.” – Mike Mushok, (Staind)

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