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Srod Phoenix

On this website you will read words written by my own hands, it is very personal, no third-person boring stuff, I want to share with you my works, music, videos, life, stories, gear and more although you may also keep in touch with the label Unicorn Records if you want, they distribute and manage my music all over the world and at the bottom of this website you will find a contact section so do not hesitate to send us messages with anything you want, except spam please(Hahaha!) I'm a spanish native speaker but I also speak english and a bit of french, Don't worry about languages and follow me on social networks, that button you're seeing right here will send you directly to my Social Networks links, I'm working a lot with new stuff for you, stay tuned!

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Guitars, Oschestration and Synths
Srod Almenara

Srod Almenara

My stage name comes from a play on words of all my combined names Santiago Rodriguez Almenara, I come from a family of coasts and islands of Spain but I grew up in Venezuela, to be more specific in the city of Maracay.
I was born on November 15, 1985, but that's not important, the thing is I had lucky of growing up in a family that always listened good music at home and they are not musicians but neither I at that time, "The Beatles" and "Queen" every single day; then my brother Ricardo became drummer and it was since that time that started it all...

...to make a long story short, I started playing keyboards at age 7, then drums at 12, in that moment of my life I joined the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Aragua State and belonged to the choir, singing as baritone and all this in order to study the instrument that I wanted to play, The chello, but a sudden change made ​​me want to learn to play guitar (thanks to Mr. Richie Sambora or maybe to pick girls), and I was 15 when I started to play my first chords on guitar (Self learning) after a couple months I studied in some music schools to improve my skills on the six strings, years after I met some guys at the University I founded "Sexto Sonar", the rest I won't write it down here, it's too long (Hahaha!), but I promise you in the future a link for the long story and everything I've been through, deal?

Who the hell am I and what do I do?

I am not just a soloist artist, I am also the founder and guitarist of Sexto Sonar, a progressive metal band that was formed in late 2004, also manage a recording/rehearsal studio where I have made personal productions and for some customers, I am a fan to...

...make many things on my own but fortunately I have many people around me that helps me a lot, like my current multi-task manager, my wife. On the other hand, love to film video clips even made ​​website (like this one), take pictures is also one my hobbies, I just love to enjoy life that way, not just being on stage playing guitar and at studios recording them, I really like to make and to know the whole thing of this profession! Although doctors tell me to calm down a bit but the truth is that it is a little hard for me, I must always be doing something.
Guys, It's enought of "About me" I let you a tabs below for more info I think I'm writing too much to be a website but if there's something you want to ask me you know where to find me thanks the internet, you're always welcome, I'm here because of you and many people that support me.

On Stage
Srod Almenara

Gear

Guitars:

- ESP / LTD M-1007FR SROD Custom with Dimarzio D-Sonic 7 & Air Norton 7 and Push/Pull Pot (7 Strings Standard tuning) *Main*
- ESP / LTD M-1000 (Drop C tuning)
- ESP / LTD M-300 (Drop D tuning)
- ESP / LTD XTONE EW-Z NAT (Acoustic Guitar)

Head:

Marshall TSL100 (Lead, clean and Crunch sounds)

Cab:

Marshall 1960a
I will make a list soon, with set-up and connections.

I'll be making a list of the cables that I'm using of Santo Angelo soon, you will be amazed how this cables sounds and their features.

Other Info

New Logo
New Logo
I just designed this logo for my soloist project and it means a lot to me, all my names with a phoenix flying around the flames, now I'm using my second family name "Almenara" which means something like "Spanish Beacon" in English, don't you know what it is? ok, do you watched or read "Lord of The Rings: The Return Of the King"?, in short, in Minas Tirith when Pippin climbs a tower to burn something, this tower is an Almenara("beacon") that kind of towers send a message to alert the men that need help for a coming war.
I have a lot of influences, I have no limits in music, I like Rock, Metal, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Pop, Electronic Genres, Ballads, I can even listen to R&B I really like a lot of genres of music but let's make some lists:

Guitar Players: Kiko Loureiro, Joe Satriani, Richie Sambora, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Paul Gilbert, David Gilmour, Jason Becker, Eric Calpton, Hendrix, Gurhrie Govan, Marty Friedman, Chris Broderick, Andy James, Stevie Ray Vaughan... and go on.
Bands: Are you kidding me? How can I make a list like this and making it short?
Drummers: Mike Portnoy, Marco Minnemann, Aquiles Priester, Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan, Ringo Starr, Neil Peart, Terry Bozzio... and go on.
Bass Player: Felipe Andreoli (You're the man!), Victor Wooten, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, Steve Harris, Jaco Pastorius, Roger Waters, Marco Hietala... and go on.
Keyboardist: Jordan Rudess and his influencies(hahaha!), Jon Lord, Richard Wright, Hanz Zimmer... and go on.
Singers: M. Shadows, James Labrie, Jon Bon Jovi, Floor Jansen, Kelly Clarkson, Dave Grohl, Adele... and go on.
Others: Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Link(from Zelda), Bugs Bunny, Jake The Dog, Aragorn, Mario Bros. Arya Stark... and go on. (What's the problem, huh?)
Games: All The Legend of Zelda Games are one of my most inspiring influences (Soundtrack, Story, Gameplay), I'm not kidding, Mega Man's Music, Assassin's Creed Sound tracks and games ... and go on.
I think that I'm a Multi-Tasking guy, I'm curious enough to learn many things other than music and thanks to the internet, university and many video tutorials I can make all that tasks.
About Studio: I have my own recording studio and I use Pro Tools and Logic Pro so I have the ability of recording, edition, Midi, mixing, mastering, drums programming and more.
About videos: With my filming gear I really love to film videos and edit them and color correct them with differents softwares like Final Cut Pro X, Premiere, Resolve; I can even make some animations on After Effects.
About Pictures: Another hobbie that I have it's to take pictures and edit them in Lightroom and Photoshop.
About designs: I make website even for clients, not only for myself, using Dreamweaver programming some HTML, HTML5, CSS, PHP and some Javascript. I can make some illustrations(only digital, I draw pretty bad)
I got my huge list of people that helps me and support me a lot and I want to dedicate this section for them, I will make a list of all those people soon.
You really thought that I was going to write my favorite food or drinks, my favorite movies and books? Do you think this is a teen magazine? C'mon! Get over it! hahaha! Close this tab! You're losing your time

The Band

Members

Keyboard and Synths
Yeffry Marval

Yeffry Marval

When I get some sounds in my mind, this guy improves it, when we're making orquestration we feel like the guys who work in Hollywood for movie soundtracks (so be careful Hans Zimmer, hahaha!) using end technologies, In short, we understand very well each other when we are creating arrangements, Yeff has been a loyal musician since the begining of SROD and Sexto Sonar.
Together we are geeks guys when it comes to audio tech, can last hours looking for the proper sound for only five seconds of music and I'm not exaggerating.

Bass player
Héctor Rivas

Héctor Rivas

Another loyal musician in my projects, when my compositions sounds too thin this guy, Héctor, appears just in the scene to tell you "Get out of here, kid!" and break your chest in pieces with power of his attacking low frequencies but at the same time very smoothing grooves when required, just take a listen to it when he plays the fretless bass, by the way, He usually plays 6 strings basses.
He was working with me since Sexto Sonar was formed, so we speak the same language when we're playing, sharing the stage and studio .

Drummer
Alberto

Alberto Briceño

Alberto is a great drummer, able to play many musical genres that could range from Latin, Jazz to the extremest metal, he is the new guy from Sexto Sonar and the youngest one too, he really enjoys to play drums just take a look at his face when he's playing(hahaha!), the ability of this dude is try to understand my crazy times and works very well with the syncopation that he gets it very quick, his hits on drums are pretty strong so be careful to be near him when he hits the snare because I do not take responsibility for the consequences, hahaha!

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Contact Details

  • Unicorn Digital
    UNICORN DIGITAL Inc.
    Attn: Michel St-Pere
    P.O.BOX 95016
    Lorraine, Québec
    Canada J6Z 4P1
    www.unicorndigital.com
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