Time to say goodbye …

It is with a heavy heart that, five years after its inception, I will be discontinuing GuitarMania. Our first interview conducted with the amazing STANLEY JORDAN was published on 30 January 2013, and kicked off a series of great conversations over a period of more than five years, including with the likes of JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI, ALBERT LEE, JOHN MAYALL, JOHN SCOFIELD, ANDY TIMMONS, PLINI, and many, many more. Now, five years later, it is time to say Thank you to readers and viewers. 

Discontinuing the blog was by no means an easy decision. When we started the site and YouTube Channel, our intention was to talk to national and international musicians alike, learn more about them as human beings - find out about the philosophy behind their music, look at their personalities, find out what drives their artistic process, and go beyond questions of equipment. 

Doing this in our spare time was at times difficult and challenging. Writing articles, interviewing, editing videos and images, while being a rewarding experience, is very time consuming. I will miss doing all this, but now is the time to re-focus on my own creative process, as well as to dedicate more time to the family. When my boy read those lines, his first reaction was one of joy, saying that now I will have more time for him, particularly over weekends. And I am looking forward to having more time to practice again.

On behalf of the GuitarMania team I would therefore like to say Thank you to all involved, and all those wonderful people we met during the past five years.

Last but not least, I would like to share with you a photograph of the so-called "Divje Babe Flute" I recently took in the National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana. The flute is believed to be approximately 60,000 years old, and is the world’s oldest known musical instrument - a humbling piece of art, and evidence of mankind’s great musical narrative. It is made of a cave bear femur and was found in 1995 at the Divje Babe archeological park near Cerkno in northwestern Slovenia. It has been suggested that it was made by Neanderthals as a form of musical instrument.

Thanks again and wishing all of our readers the best of luck in their future endeavours!