Monday, 22 March 2010

Bernie Rico Jr endorses Chimp Spanner

Hey all! You might have seen/heard a few rumblings here and there but, it's official:

"Bernie Rico Jr Guitars is honored and delighted to post this endorsement of alliance with Paul Antonio Ortiz : Chimp Spanner. One of the many great perks of being in the guitar industry is the gift of meeting unique artists and the honor of hearing their music. Another perk is working with these artists on crafting their very personal handmade guitars. Last month we were given a release for review titled "At the Dream's Edge". The music explodes in your ears. If we had to sum up what we heard on this album in one word the word would have to be WOW.

Paul is an intensely gifted musician/guitarist and an architect of an unusual blend of music which merges Metal and Fusion with a plethora of other eclectic musical styles. The cuts on this album go from surreal and atmospheric to poly rhythmic and melodic heavy metal within a moments notice. The technique surrounding his playing coupled with his incredible ability to compose, orchestrate and deliver mind altering music is an awe inspiring experience.

It is truly a delight to work with Paul on making him custom guitars. We salute you and your creativity Paul and look forward to working with you in the future.

Bernie Rico Jr."

An absolutely gigantic thank you must go to Keith Merrow (if you haven't heard his music, please do so now.........done? Cool!) for helping to arrange this, and to Bernie for choosing to get directly involved in the development of artists both established, and up-and-coming. It's truly refreshing, and I can't wait to get my hands on these instruments and play the hell out of them!

You can find out more about his custom shop guitars at the link above.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Chimp Spanner signs to Basick Records

Hey everyone! I'm extremely pleased to announce that At the Dream's Edge will be officially released on Basick Records, on April 12th, 2010!

You can read the official announcement here!

I'll gradually be replacing the videos - this, btw, is why they had to come down - with newer, better ones, including songs that you won't have seen played before!

So thanks for your patience while I bring this all together. In the meantime, feel free to come and say hi at to keep up to date with all the latest goings on, and once again an absolutely gigantic thank you to those of you who supported me, and the album so far. Here's to a fantastic 2010!

- Paul

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Missing Videos...

.Hey all!

Just a quick note regarding the missing videos from my YouTube account as I've had a lot of people asking me where they've gone!

I'm currently redoing the videos, for reasons which will hopefully be a bit clearer very soon :) Expect the first one to be up by the end of the week, with more to come including a Terminus video (not sure what I'll do about all the ambience...suggestions on a post card).

But in any case, apologies to anyone who has been trying to get to the videos or people who have subscribed to my channel only to find everything gone. Cheers for your patience, and I hope the new videos will make up for it!

- Paul