Page Hamilton

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Page Hamilton
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Page Hamilton with Helmet at The Hifi Bar, Melbourne May 2008
Background information
Born (1960-05-18) May 18, 1960 (age 56)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Genres Alternative metal, post-hardcore, hard rock, groove metal, jazz, noise rock, soundtrack
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Labels Amphetamine Reptile, Interscope, Warcon
Associated acts Helmet, Linkin Park, Band of Susans, David Bowie, Gandhi, Elliot Goldenthal, Page Hamilton Quintet, the Jazz Wannabes, The Dead Deads
Website pagehamiltonmusic.com
Notable instruments
ESP Page Hamilton
ESP Horizon Custom

Page Hamilton (born May 18, 1960) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer, mostly noted for his work with alternative metal band Helmet. Most of his work has been in the hard rock and alternative metal styles, though he trained in jazz guitar and has substantial connections with avant-garde music and film soundtrack composition.

Life and career[edit]

Background[edit]

Hamilton was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Medford, Oregon. Hamilton studied guitar at the University of Oregon before moving to New York to study jazz guitar at the Manhattan School of Music.[1] While there he played in avant-garde composer Glenn Branca's guitar orchestra, performing the composer's Symphony No.6 (Devil Choirs at the Gates of Heaven),[2] and joined noise rock band Band of Susans, performing on their Love Agenda album[3] and Peel Sessions,[4] before finally forming his own group, Helmet.

Helmet[edit]

Helmet initially signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records, releasing a number of 7" singles and one album, 1990's Strap It On. The band then signed to Interscope Records, releasing Meantime (1992), Betty (1994), Aftertaste (1997) and Size Matters (2004). After leaving Interscope, the band released the albums Monochrome (2006) and Seeing Eye Dog (2010).

Meantime was the band's principal commercial success, being certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[5] The album was well received by music critics and is seen as an influential metal record and earning a Grammy nomination in the Best Metal Performance category for 1993.[6]

Gandhi[edit]

Following Helmet's temporary dissolution, Hamilton formed another rock band, Gandhi,[7] with former Liege Lord guitarist Anthony Truglio, John Andrews (guitar), Christian Bongers (bass), and Matt Flynn (later the drummer for Maroon 5). Though the band did not release any music officially, several demo songs were leaked. Many of these were later recorded for the Size Matters and Monochrome releases by Helmet.

Movie soundtracks[edit]

While still active with Helmet, Hamilton embarked on a career composing and performing music for film, working on movies including Heat, Titus, In Dreams, Catwoman, and Chicago Cab. Helmet also contributed to a number of movie soundtracks, including The Crow, Feeling Minnesota, Johnny Mnemonic, Saw 3, Underworld, and appearing in The Jerky Boys: The Movie (performing a cover of the Black Sabbath song "Symptom of the Universe").[8]

Production[edit]

Hamilton has also worked as a record producer, most notably producing the album Distort Yourself by former Bush singer Gavin Rossdale's band Institute.[9] He has also produced albums for the bands Bullets and Octane (In the Mouth of the Young), Classic Case (Losing at Life), Totimoshi and The Dead Deads.

David Bowie, Collaborations & Other Work[edit]

During Helmet's hiatus, Hamilton performed as lead guitarist for David Bowie's band on the singer's Hours Tour.[10]

He has collaborated with German avant-garde guitarist Caspar Brötzmann on the live improvisational album Zulutime and performed on a number of other artists' works, including trumpeter Ben Neill's Goldbug, alt-country songwriter Joe Henry's Trampoline, Irish rock band Therapy?'s Troublegum and British post-punk group Wire's Object 47.[11]

As a jazz musician, he has performed with his own groups, the Page Hamilton Quintet[12] and the Jazz Wannabes,[13] and with fellow guitarist and mentor John Stowell.[14]

He has also produced a guitar instruction DVD, Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary, published by Hal Leonard Corporation.[15][16]

In 2014, Hamilton appeared on Linkin Park's sixth studio album The Hunting Party, which he provided additional vocals (on the chorus) and guitars on the song entitled "All for Nothing". The song was self-produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson.

Since 2002 he resides in California.[1][17]

Equipment[edit]

Hamilton was endorsed by ESP Guitars in the 1990s, and is best known for playing ESP Horizon guitars with either a Floyd Rose or Wilkinson tremolo, and DiMarzio Airzone pickups. In 2006 ESP announced a Page Hamilton signature model, featuring a single DiMarzio Airzone pickup and Wilkinson tremolo. In 2009, ESP announced a further signature model guitar, this time modeled after Page's own ESP Horizon Custom, featuring a distressed magenta finish emulating the original guitar's road wear and character and, again, a single DiMarzio Air Zone pickup.[18] He has also used instruments by PRS and G&L.

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Blum, Sam (2015-02-17). "Helmet's Page Hamilton on Eighties NYC: 'We Had a Guy Hit Another Guy in the Head With an Ax'". Village Voice. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Bang on a Can: Music of David Rosenbloom, Michael Gordon and Glenn Branca". 
  3. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Love Agenda - Band of Susans | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  4. ^ "The Peel Sessions - Band of Susans | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". 
  6. ^ "35th Grammy Awards - 1993". 
  7. ^ "Page Hamilton Revs Back Up With Gandhi". Billboard. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Page Hamilton: Portfolio". 
  9. ^ "AllMusic". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Official Page Hamilton website". 
  11. ^ "Record Collector". Record Collector. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Official Helmet website". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Jazz Wannabes MySpace page". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Official Helmet website". Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  15. ^ Hamilton, Page (2009). Sonic Shapes: Expanding Rock Guitar Vocabulary. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9781423434726. 
  16. ^ "Page Hamilton – Sonic Shapes, Instructional/Guitar/DVD - Hal Leonard Online". www.halleonard.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  17. ^ Freeborn, Amy (August 22, 2006). "An Interview With: Page Hamilton". thefreeborntimes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-09. 
  18. ^ Schroed, Jeff. "5 Questions With... Page Hamilton" Guitar Edge

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