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Andy Kotz

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Born: March 7, 1960    Primary Instrument: Guitar

Andy Kotz

Born in Detroit and raised in Michigan, Argentina, Arizona, Oregon and California...It all started with a summer job as a lighting and sound apprentice at The Golden Bear Nightclub in Huntington Beach, CA in 1977. I saw Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton and The Robben Ford Band and was immediately in love with the guitar.

My grandfather Agustin Cornejo was a reknowned Argentine folk guitarist so the instrument was in my blood. Two years at Golden West College, a year of study at G.I.T. (March/1983-84) and my love for jazz and r&b led to cover bands in southern California to learn the skill of musicianship....
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From Guitar Player Magazine (January 2009 issue) ... What Editor in Chief- Michael Molenda says about Andy Kotz's track “Driving”:

“Jump into Kotz's car and you won't get anywhere fast, but you'll dig the slow, funky ride. Kotz lets his churning groove percolate like an idling Ferrari and leaves a lot of space between his buzzy, often wah-filtered bends and melody stabs. It's a slick display of restrained seduction.”

* Composed and scored tracks for the films "ERNESTO", "OFF TO COLLEGE" and "THE APPOINTMENT". Received "Best Original Score", soundtrack for film "THE APPOINTMENT" in NYU Film Festival. (wildwimminfilms) Most recently completed tracks for Cristina's film "3 Américas", now showing at film festivals. (Click link for more info)...or go to akmusic productions for a sample of some of my scores and source music. * AFTER 7 (LaFace Records) Lead & Rhythm Guitars. Toured in support of album "REFLECTIONS". Alex Alessandroni, Musical Director. * CHANTE MOORE (Silas Records) Lead, Rhythm Guitars and Sequence Programming for tour. Toured in support of album "LOVE SUPREME". Cornelius Mims, Musical Director. * EL DeBARGE (LaFace Records) Lead & Rhythm Guitars. Toured in support of album "HEART, MIND & SOUL". * GERARDO (Interscope and EMI Latin Records) Producer/Songwriter/ Lead & Rhythm Guitars/Keyboards & Drum Programming. Composed, recorded & toured in support of 2 albums, "ASI ES" & "DERRUMBE". * MICHELLE SHOCKED (Mighty Sound) Lead & Rhythm Guitars. Toured in support of album "ARKANSAS TRAVELLER". * LOUIE LOUIE (Sire/Warner Bros. Records) Lead & Rhythm Guitars. Performed in support of album "LET'S GET STARTED" featuring 3 Prince produced tracks.

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Main arsenal: Custom Erickson strat (electric guitar), custom John Carruthers strat (electric guitar), Ibanez 2690 (ES-335 style) electric guitar, Yamaha CGX-171 classical guitar, Line 6 Flextone III guitar amp with FBV Shortboard (foot amp switcher), Original CryBaby wah-wah. Beyond that: assorted instruments and miscellaneous pedals, efx, etc. Play with Dean Markley and Ernie ball Super Slinky strings but favor D'Addario XL (.09-.42) strings.

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