One of the goals of Jazzfuel is to help musicians grow an audience. We’re not just looking at getting the gigs that are already out there, but increasing the number of people who want to hear your music and that are willing to buy tickets and music.

This new initiative by Dublin-based jazz guitarist Matthias Winkler is a nice example of a musician thinking outside the box and looking to create something in his local territory.

Over to you Matthias…

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Dublin Guitar Duets is a new video series aiming to portrait, promote and archive as many as possible Jazz guitarists living and performing in the greater Dublin area.

I started this project inspired by “The Seasons” project from by Ben Wendel. I loved his approach of combining the promotion of his own new compositions while at the same time showcasing other musicians he likes working with. I feel sometimes I easily fell into a “me against them” attitude regarding other Dublin based guitarists.

A healthy portion of competition of course is great for the development of every scene but I feel we should never forgot that we are all together in the aim of creating beautiful music to enrich our and other peoples lives. Therefore this project features guitarists I love and personally would find very interesting to talk to. I hope this can spark peoples interest in the featured artists and maybe even result to better attendance at gigs or awareness of their music in general!

I’m aiming to keep the conversations and duet parts at the end as honest as possible. Not many second takes or too much editing. Just the closest you can come to an actual conversation. Partially because this series should also have an archival character.

Dublin for many years had one of the greatest jazz guitarist of all time performing on a weekly basis: Louis Stewart. Since he sadly recently passed away I think it’s a shame that there isn’t more material of him anywhere in terms of interviews etc. I hope this series can help the people I portrait as well as the community in general and of course for me it is great to hang out with all those guys and play with them.

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Thinking of producing some video content? From music videos to live sessions or EPKs, you can read more on the topic on this article about Why Great Music Videos Are Essential To Get More Jazz Gigs