NAMM 2015 Through The Eyes of Jose Mangin
NAMM is the epicenter of all things MUSIC and this is my fifth year cruising to Anaheim for days of no sleep, little to no food, shaking sweaty sick hands, bro-hugging, LOUD NOISES, heavy drinking, lots of networking, and having a blast!
It started on Wednesday night hosting the Metal Allegiance at the House Of Blues of Anaheim. It was an all-star jam featuring some of Heavy Metal’s greatest warriors playing songs from Black Sabbath, Sepultura, Van Halen, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Exodus, S.O.D., Ozzy, Thin Lizzy, Rainbow, Accept, Kiss and U.F.O. I got to hang with some of my idols and friends and see them kill it on stage! Dudes like Chuck & Alex from Testament, Scott, Frankie & Charlie from Anthrax, Gary from Slayer/Exodus, Mark from Death Angel, Andreas from Sepultura & more! The highlight of the night was “Heaven & Hell” and “Into The Void” both two of my fav Black Sabbath songs!
Thursday through Saturday at NAMM I hosted on-camera stuff for Monster Products (cables/headphones/speakers) with my gorgeous & talented friend Amie Nicole (see pics!) in the Monster booth upstairs on the 2nd floor of the Anaheim Convention Center. We hung out with a wide array of musicians and producers such as Ray Parker Jr., Jermaine Jackson, Sheila-E, Slayer, George Benson, Suicidal Tendencies, Atreyu and more. We were filming a documentary about the sacrifices artists have to do in life in order to get to the place they are today. We got a ton of amazing content! Amie, Marty (our badass camera dude/director) and I walked around the jungle that is NAMM to capture reactions from listening to the new Monster DNA 2.0 Pro headphones, and catch up with old friends. One of the craziest moments was when I met Sen Dog from Cypress Hill and he told me he was a big fan of mine and listened to me all the time on Liquid Metal!? I shit my pants! Haha!
Friday night is always NAMM JAM and it’s the sickest party every year and for the last five years I’ve been honored to host it! This year we (Affliction) were one of the sponsors, and it’s always a pleasure to work with my good friend Curse Mackey, David Vincent (Morbid Angel!) & Suzanne Penley from Delve Texas to help put on one hell of a show! Octane breakthrough band Otherwise played in addition to chick magnets Steel Panther! I know that chicks got pregnant during their set, that’s just what happens when Steel Panther comes to town!!! The Affliction / Jonny Coffin Fashion Show is always a highlight, especially when my weekend work partner Amie Nicole is up on stage dominating the audience while proudly throwing up her hornz! This part of NAMM Jam never disappoints!
Massive thanks to Sonny Guillen from RockMyWalls.Com for always having my back and taking some sick pics throughout the five day mosh pit of events! I came back to NYC with the dreaded “NAMM-Thrax” and into the shittiest weather possible!?! I feel better now, thanks for asking! But all in all NAMM 2015 was a success, and I can’t wait till next year!
We caught up with metal musicians Ryan and Levi from Miss May I while recording their upcoming album with legendary
David Ellefson checks in from Rock on the Range. Sounds loud. Looks fun… Live fast.