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Mike Vlahopol - Evenimentul Muzical

“He collaborated and played with anyone who proposed him or asked for help. From a session musician to band leader or just a simple member of a band, with bands like: Foisorul de Foc, Harvest of Soul, Contrast, Of the Lord one of his preferate bands which used to play white-metal band which made it even to American tops made for eastern countries. Now he will start collaboration with a young group S.O.S. playing alternative rock with different influences. We are talking about the guitar player Mike Vlahopol well known and appreciated in the Romanian show-biz for his special technique of playing guitar. Ever since the beginning the artist being autodidact starting with the age of 15 managed to play the guitar in many strange physical positions, “There are moments of improvisation. Parts of a song are really inspiring to me and this way of expressing and interpreting comes by it self. I have practiced a lot tough” told us Mike Vlahopol.

He’s got a guitar originally signed by Steve Vai

If by the age of 15 he was playing a seven string Russian guitar, now Mike has an Ibanez limited version. “I have bought it in Cyprus for 2,000 US $ but now that has the original Steve Vai signature it’s worthy about 10,000 US$ I’ve been told”. When Steve Vai was in Romania Mike Vlahopol was his translator and the guitar with the original famous signature will be soon able to be seen on www.mikev.home.ro (in the mean time the address has changed to a new one www.vlahopol.ro). Mike Vlahopol is now negotiating with Zone Records for a new album and he got few songs already done in his own studio where he is composing and recording for other hip-hop and dance bands as well. For the last Bambi album for instance Mike worked on more than half of the album. Lately the artist is thinking more of starting a solo carrier because even if he tried hard to make a band, he didn’t find colleagues which wouldn’t miss or skip rehearsals”.

MIKE VLAHOPOL - a string wizard

Interview by Cornelia Ciobanica in “Evenimentul Muzical”

14-20 December 2001, issue No.9

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