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Profiles of Hope – SCOTT MITZNER

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009


Scott Mitzner | Electric Guitarist

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about the guitar that has always sounded amazing to me.  When I was a kid, I would watch all those old hair bands on MTV and just sit in awe.  Those guys really were incredible musicians.  I wanted to play like them.  I mean, I probably wanted to be them.  

In high school, a friend gave me this old electric guitar that used to be his brother’s.  It only had four strings.  I was like “This is a bass” and he was like “No, it’s a guitar, it’s just missing two strings.”  It was pretty much a piece of junk, but I taught myself to play on it. I never took lessons, I would just listen to guitarists play and try to copy what I heard. Yeah. It took a really long time. I had little pieces of tape all over the strings to mark chords. I loved it.  

After college, I got a job working at MTV, just doing PA or Administrative work. After a while, the job got boring, and one day I remember sitting there, watching one of those, like, Behind the Band videos, I think it was the Cranberries or something, and it hit me: I want to be in a band.  I found another guy through Craigslist and we started playing together- he knew more than me- he was like “Yeah let’s get together and just play some 12-Bar Blues” and I thought, “Shit! I have no idea what that is!” and I went home and googled 12 Bar Blues…So we ended up forming a little band: we found a drummer and a bass player at this place called Off Wall Street Jam.  I don’t think it even exists anymore, but it was a place, literally just off Wall Street, on Murray Street or something, where all the businessmen would get together at the end of the day and jam. So we all played together for a while, and it was great, and then, you know, it fell apart.  

But for the next seven or eight years, I’ve just kept finding people to play with. When you play with other people, it makes you a better player; you feed off of each other.  But it’s like a soup: like, if there’s one ingredient that’s off, the whole thing goes bad. Or else sometimes you have just the perfect spice and it’s like, Yeah, this is great!  And that feeling is what keeps you playing.  All I want in my life is to play music.  If I could play everyday, I would be happy. That’s all it takes for me.

*Special Note: Scott is performing live with Orange Oven on 2.11.09 at Wicked Willy’s in NYC at 9:30pm*

Music Links:
Orange Oven
Ghosts on Film