Who I am?
My name is Julián Mabanag Agacid, born in Madrid in 1981, happily married and with two kids.
Bachelor in Marketing and Degree in Business Administration. Right after I graduated, I started as a trainee at Casbega (Coca-Cola Bottling Company). Three months later, I became part of the family as a Key Account Manager. After 7 years “wearing red”, I have the opportunity to take a leave of absence and try new things.
So we come to the present, where I am an investor in a small-large pizza business. Thanks to this I have been able to find the perfect balance between family, passion and work.
Madness of creating a blog
For as long as I know, I always remember listening to music (Thriller and Bad by Michael Jackson, they were burned cassettes on the Walkman). Today, I continue to find new artists, but as you can imagine, I always look for rock-metal bands.
Unfortunately, the genre for which you follow this blog has a minority audience. I understand that the boy/girl bands, the karaoke singers or the top of these times, the reggaeton, are much more important for the music business.
Here is the reason of my blog. Because there are no radio stations or media that promote this musical style, the purpose of Mabanag Music is to share new and old bands.
Without any doubt, my three great influences have been: Metallica, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Pantera, as well as their lead guitars, Kirk Hammett, Slash and Dimebag Darrell, respectively.
By the end of the 90’s, Korn arrived with their 7-strings guitars, an important moment for writing music. The riffs could be much simpler and no need to do solos on all songs (let’s say I’m not a guitar shreeder).
In 2004, Alter Bridge and his lead guitarist, Mark Tremonti, made me move Nu-Metal aside and go back to my beginnings with a modern touch.
Beginnings in music
With 10 years old I started playing the piano, but too much music theory and solfa took away the desire to learn… So I quit.
At the age 11 and thanks to my great influences, I began to take guitar lessons… Classical! Never electric!
When I turned 12, one of my presents birthdays was an electric guitar. That same summer, I started with my first band: Nomadic.
Between the ages of 21 and 27, I had “the musician’s crisis”, that means, I stopped playing guitar completely.
What equipment do I usually use?
During all these years and “thanks” to my G.A.S. (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome), I’m lucky to have found my sound.
Guitars, I’m in love with Paul Reed Smith and his singlecut, specifically the Tremonti model (although I never say no to a PRS).
Amps, Diezel is my favorite brand, the VH4 when I feel classic and the Herbert when I need a sharper sound.
Effects, simplicity is what I look for: tuner, wah, delay, noise gate and… Let’s play!
However, when I am at home I go for digital processors. In Kemper I have found my perfect partner, the one that sounds better to my ears, incredibly realistic, intuitive and the easiest to use (plug and play).