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May Teacher Spotlight


Tony Anders-Heid Music Oshkosh

tanders2Music is the center of my life. I have been playing guitar since 1997 and performing with my band steadily since 2003. I attended UW Oshkosh where I studied music with an emphasis in Recording Technology. In 2006, I signed to a record label with my band, Verona Grove, and toured the country for almost three years. I now live in the Valley and run a recording/production business of my own, as well as performing with my band, writing songs, and teaching guitar lessons at Heid Music.

What was your favorite moment in your musical career?
To pick a favorite moment is tough! I feel like I have been fortunate to have had a ton of experiences that I would list as favs. I can say that a standout era of my musical career was when we signed to Pats Record Co./Universal out of L.A. They moved us out to West Hollywood where we would spend the next 9 months of our lives writing and recording. It was complete bliss. Music 24/7 and some fun in between. But, out of that my favorite moment is probably the day when I was recording guitars and in the studio with me were Jamie Arentzen guitar player for American Hi-Fi, (and our Producer), Steave Mazur guitar player of Our Lady Peace, and Lawrence Katz, guitar player for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, all of which were some of my favorite bands growing up while I was learning how to play guitar. It was a very surreal moment for me as they were all just hanging out for fun while I was actually recording. Needless to say, I had to ask them to step outside because I was shaking with excitement and could not focus! That was a really cool moment for me...and remains an awesome memory.

What is the best advice you ever received as a musician?
Patience. Have patience.

Who is your favorite band and why?
Oh geez.....I love and respect everything from U2, to Stevie Ray Vaughan, but I would say a band that most influences me as a songwriter and guitar player is Jimmy Eat World. I know it may be kind of odd for some to hear, but as a songwriter I think it's amazing when a band can write songs that are heavy on the guitars, and have great lyrics and cool melodies; which essentially builds the perfect pop song. That's what the world needs. So, my vote is for Jimmy Eat World. Go take a listen if you haven't. They have more songs than "The Middle."

What is your favorite part about teaching? 
Everyday I might get a young person to look at music in a different way. It may come from my teaching them how to play guitar, or just a conversation that we might be having in the lesson. I like to encourage that music is not just what is written on the paper. I wouldn't be much of a musician if that's all it was.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
My spare time is usually consumed with music. I play in Verona Grove, and we have been a band for over 10 years now, so that keeps me busy writing and performing. I own a recording studio in Appleton, called Broadcast Media Works where I produce and record bands as well as a little music company I created called Guilty Pleasure Pop Works, which includes songwriting, and band management, or any other music service I might provide. But after work, I hang out with my fiance, and take the dog for walks!