Weekend Warrior Alex Chigos of Sound Chaser

July 1, 2010
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Alex_chigosDAY GIG I’m a software developer. Computers and synthesizers have much in common, and I enjoy them both.

HOW I GOT STARTED I started playing the piano at age three. I began playing in bands in public when I was 11. By the time I was 13, I was playing in bars. I supported myself as a musician until my second child was born.

BAND Sound Chaser is a Yes tribute band based in Boca Raton, Florida. In addition, members are fans of Genesis, Gentle Giant, Asia, ELP, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, and other groups.

INFLUENCES The Trilogy album by ELP changed my life, as did seeing “Close To the Edge” played during the YesSongs tour. I remember sitting in the first row of the balcony, and seeing Rick Wakeman in that sequined cape. Hearing the tonality of his Mellotron and Minimoog did something to me spiritually. I was hooked forever.

WHY I PLAY I play because I love to do it. I also really enjoy the hardware itself. I have all the gadgets I ever wanted, with the exception of a Haaken Continuum Controller and a real Moog Modular. I have a lot of fun.

MORE AT myspace.com/yesguitarman  Ed Coury

Alex Chigos plays a rig that might impress Rick Wakeman himself. “It consists,” Alex says, “of a Nord Lead 3, Korg KARMA and MicroKorg XL, Roland DJ-70 Mk.II sampling keyboard, Roland A-37 and CME VX6 MIDI controllers, Muse Receptor, Akai Z8 rackmount sampler, and a Roland JV-1080 sound module. I also use a pair of Lexicon MPX-500 and MPX-550 effects.” When he doesn’t feel like hauling all that gear, Alex uses a Korg M3 in place of the A-37, VX6, Receptor, JV-1080, and Z8.

Alex Chigos plays a rig that might impress Rick Wakeman himself. “It consists,” Alex says, “of a Nord Lead 3, Korg KARMA and MicroKorg XL, Roland DJ-70 Mk.II sampling keyboard, Roland A-37 and CME VX6 MIDI controllers, Muse Receptor, Akai Z8 rackmount sampler, and a Roland JV-1080 sound module. I also use a pair of Lexicon MPX-500 and MPX-550 effects.” When he doesn’t feel like hauling all that gear, Alex uses a Korg M3 in place of the A-37, VX6, Receptor, JV-1080, and Z8.

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