Detroit-based hip-hop artist MC Black Milk found himself in the unlikely position of being contacted by Jack White, inviting him to jam and record two tracks.
White, famed for his skills across guitar, bass and drums in bands such as The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and, currently, The Dead Weather, called Black Milk last April, and set about creating two tracks, Brain and Royal Mega, which will be released on Third Man Records by label owner White, as a Black Milk single.
On MC Black Milk's personal blog, he tells his audience how the collaboration came about:
"It's a pretty crazy feeling when you're going about your regular, every day routine in the studio and all of sudden you get a phone call that Jack White wants to work with you. The email to my manager came from Jack White himself. My first reaction was one of shock that an artist like him, who most people would categorize as a rock star, would want to work with an independent hip-hop artist. My second reaction was surprise that he even knew I existed, even though we're from the same city.
"Of course, my response was 'Hell yeah! When and where do I need to be to make this happen?' A few back and forth emails led to my band (keyboardist AB; drummer Daru Jones and bassist Malik Hunter) and I taking a trip to Nashville to record at Jack's home studio."
White played guitar, drums, and co-produced the single, picking up the axe on Brain, and bashing skins on Royal Mega. The single will also be released on iTunes, and both can be previewed on Black Milk's website.
Amplifier, effects pedal and accessories maker Line 6 have launched Spider Online, an online resource consisting of over 500 lessons, jam tracks and tones, all created by the company, artists and Line 6 community members.
All the Spider Online tones, lessons and tracks are free for those Spider amp owners who have registered their product.This encorporates the entire Spider series, from Spider I to IV, the Spider Valve range, Spider Jam and Micro Spider amps.
Scott Waara, Product Manager at Line 6, revealed:
"Players can share tones, play along to great sounding jam tracks, and access a terrific variety of lessons in a wide range of styles. We're grateful that over a million guitarists own Spider amplifiers, so to thank our customers and keep them inspired musically, we're excited to make this resource available to them!"
He continues: "Spider Online offers over 300 lessons covering all genres, styles, theory and application, and techniques. Every lesson includes tab, audio samples and tones. Users can also play along to over 100 jam tracks, bass and drum grooves, and drum loops played by LA and Nashville's top session musicians. Spider owners can access hundreds of new tones that can be downloaded directly to Spider amplifiers or displayed on screen."
So if you're an owner of any of the Line 6 Spider series amplifiers, it would be well worth your while registering your amp. Already registered? Not a problem, shoot over to the Line 6 Spider Online section for more information, and to access the massive banks of content, all free!