As one of the biggest trade shows in the music industry, NAMM draws nearly 100,000 attendees every year and this year was no different. NAMM is held every January in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center which is just about a 5 min walk from Disneyland.
We were only able to cover one day this year but in that one day I saw a plethora of musicians signing at different booths, like Lita Ford, DJ Ashba of Sixx AM, and Nico McBrain of Iron Maiden to name a few. I also grabbed a couple of interviews that included Gus G who replaced Zakk Wylde for Ozzy’s band and September of September Mourning.
Once you enter the building, you immediately go into sensory overload while your brain takes a moment to process all that is going on around you. There are booths with equipment for any of your musical needs, from recording to lighting to any musical instrument you can think of and maybe even a few you didn’t know existed. Some booths have signings by famous musicians, while other have performances going on. You will see people who are trying out the instruments and gear at different booths before possibly buying it.
There is also a stage set up outside that you can listen to different types of music being played live all while you get your grub on at the different gourmet food trucks. And by the end of the day, you and everyone else will head out looking like zombies from walking all 4 floors of the Anaheim Convention Center.
If all that wasn’t enough, there are numerous music shows going on every night of NAMM at local clubs for you to check out. So if you ever have a chance to attend NAMM then go, you won’t regret it.
Anaheim Ca; As another successful winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) came to an end, I had to chance to once again experience this year’s music phenomena. Imagine people from all over the world, all walks of life, who do not care what race , what religion, or sex you are. People who do not have a care in the world what your political agenda is. Like the intresting musicians I met from Iran, who spoke about how their country of origin bans many type’s of music and how they love coming here to speak about their passion for music and the many products they are involved with.
This is why I really love attending NAMM and covering this facinating event each and every year in January. Not for the stars, but meeting all the interesting people who enjoy music and the many products, musical gadgets and doohickies a person can dream of that are all in one place.
This year a record 1,700 + exhibitors showcasing products of every type across music products, pro audio, lighting, and sound recording, collectively displaying over 6,000 brands to attendees from 125 countries and regions around the world.
My 2-day excursion was very educational and insightful. I spoke with many celebrity musicians from all genres of music, along with the different type’s of venders attending just so they can push and have their products be seen by all the Nammtendee’s.
NAMM is not only about meeting the rock stars and playing your favorite musical instruments. It’s about giving back. The NAMM Foundation does some very positive things for the many music communities each year.
Members of NAMM’s Executive Committee personally donated $25,000 to kickoff new music industry “community chest” donor program expanding efforts to keep music education strong this last Nov. 2015. You can read more about everything the National Association of Music Merchants does for the music community, please go to their website https://www.namm.org & https://www.nammfoundation.org.
I would like to Thank NAMM for letting us represent Maximum Threshold Radio by covering this once a year music extravaganza.
To see some of the awesome highlights of NAMM weekend, please see the videos and pictures below.
Interview with Stevie Salas
Interview with Nick Hexum of 311
Interview with Nick Schendzielos of Job For a Cowboy
Interview with Fede from Destrage
Interview with C.J. Pierce from Drowning Pool
Interview with DJ Ashba
Interview with Randy Black
Interview with Steve Smythe
Interview with Kyle Gass from the Kyle Gass Band
Shoutout from Boots Electric from Eagles of Death Metal
Interview with Bjorn Englen
Mr. Stevie Salas and the Rad Man – NAMM 2016
Nicko McBrain – Iron Maiden 2016
Dave Mustaine – Megadeth 2016
Nikki Sixx – Motley Crue 2016
Nick Schendzielos of Job For a Cowboy
Joe Walsh 2016
Bjorn Englen – DIO Disciples, Soul Sign, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen and other. Name 2016
Steve Smyth – Guitarist of Forbidden, One Machine and The Esseness Project. NAMM 2016
NAMM 2016 Coffin Cases
NAMM 2016 Coffin Cases
C. J. Pierce – Drowning Pool NAMM 2016
Federico “Fede” Paulovich – Drummer from Destrage
Marten Andersson, Rudy Sarzo, Billy Sheehan, and Bjorn Englen NAMM 2016
#267 MT Show – Infernaeon, Chris Kontos, Kurdt Vanderhoof, NAMM 2012
Overview: 2 1/2 hours of some of the best talk show you’ll hear on the net. Dom and Michael blaze through hours of talking despite not being able to record music or do the show normally. Show sorta comes together and derails the sure thing train-wreck that is in store for them. Listen in as they plow through it. Great interviews with Dave Stein of Infernaeon, Chris Kontos (Attitude Adjustment), and Kurdt Vanderfhoof (Metal Church / Presto Ballet). Also did the 4 Minute Metal News with Rock N Metal Newz. Had special NAMM updates from Radchad and David K.
Music Played: Infernaeon, Attitude Adjustment, Metal Church.