Armed with his Dad’s old electric guitar, 11-year old Ivan Stone Anderson launched his future career. From the first few strums of sound, he was hooked. After teaching himself the Beavis & Butthead theme song, Ivan’s musical journey began to take shape and continued on a constant path to where he is today: lead guitarist and songwriter for the band Sweet Fix.
History in the making
Many musicians begin their formal study with piano lessons and Ivan was no exception. At the age of 6, his instrumental education and training became a regular part of his routine. At the end of 7th grade, Ivan’s hobby became a habit when he joined the Ed Fuhrman Guitar Academy. Bergen County-based Fuhrman is best known for his role as lead guitarist in the heavy metal band Hades, as well as subsequent groups, System Addict and Ten Ton Truck. As Sam Anderson (father) looked on, Ivan began his first lesson with Fuhrman – a relationship that continues to this day.
Writing the songs
A recent interview with Ivan Anderson shed light on his personal songwriting practices and progression. He described a two-pronged process – creating riffs and collecting catchy phrases, words, and sayings. Each is initially developed independently, then, as he puts it, “the agonizing work begins”. Marrying the words to the melody takes time to refine and perfect. Artistic input from his fellow band members (Tommy Walker, Marco Santini, Bill Sapanaro, Jeff Manian), is crucial as they imprint their collective personality on every Sweet Fix song. Lead singer Tommy Walker is deep in the creative mix with writing credits for “Showtime”, “Bad 4 U” and the latest, “Very You”.
Ivan draws inspiration from a variety of sources to construct his songs. Influenced early on by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, Anderson synthesized sounds from 80s talents such as Van Halen, Prince, Cheap Trick, and Thin Lizzy to produce his own brand of rock music. The “DNA” of Ivan’s songs are the emotionally-infused lyrics mined from his heart’s history. Melodies are matched to the lyrics, birthing songs like, “Do You Want It?” and “The Last Night of Our Lives” featured on their recently debuted album Golden Age. The band’s ballad, “True True Love” showcases their artistic range as well as Ivan’s real-life inspirations.
Taking the stage
To form Sweet Fix, Ivan merged his Brown University connections with some new and neighboring friends. Since then, the band has produced over 30 original songs, 3 CDs, and headlined 25 shows - opening for many of the industry’s most recognized performers. On April 24th, Sweet Fix will once again share the marquee and stage with legendary Skid Row alum Sebastian Bach at B.B. King Blues Club in NYC. Each show begins with the band and their manager in a team huddle for a “do it live” chant à la Bill O’Reilly sans the anger. What follows is a show to remember!
When: Thursday, April 24th at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Where: B.B. King Blues Club 237 West 42nd Street (between 7th & 8th Avenues)
Must be 21+
Sweet Fix: Ivan Anderson (guitarist), Tommy Walker (lead vocals), Marco Santini (drummer), Bill Sapanaro (bassist), and Jeff Manian (keyboardist).
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