Tag: Interview

Live4Guitar interviews Marty Friedman

Short interview from the guys at live4guitar, posted by Marty himself on his Facebook page earlier today. Don’t expect the kind of full insightful answers to questions you get with the likes of Steve Vai, Marty Friedman is a short-spoken kind of guy but still, an intersting read, here’s an excerpt:

You have released several instrumental albums that they are all so different from each other. How do you find your self musically in these days (Approach/style/influences)?

As always, searching for deeper and more interesting ways to interpret melodies that I like, without repeating myself. That’s it, making it still sound like me without repeating myself. Influences can be non musical as well as musical, but musically I like a lot of current Japanese music.

For the whole interview, head over to live4guitar

Guitar.com’s 10 questions to Paul Gilbert

Ever the gentleman, Paul Gilbert in between 2 tours, has answered 10 questions from the guitar.com website, thus giving us yet a little bit more insight into the man. Here’s an excerpt:

Guitar.com: Guitar music has taken a bit of a back seat as of late. Where do you see the future of guitar heading?

Gilbert: Well, as much as technology might advance and gear might have more complex sounds to offer, it’s very comforting to me that the E-chord that I learned when I was 11 years old STILL WORKS. I don’t have to discard my old playing like an old laptop. Everything that I have ever learned to play is still valuable and valid. So I think that the true advances in guitar playing have to be made by players rather than by the gear. We just have to keep playing with strong rhythmic and melodic intention. We have to play in bands that have good singers and good songs. We have to make the girls dance and the guys headbang. There is no single future. It’s the individual future of every one of us who steps onstage and makes people want to listen.

for the whole interview, check out guitar.com

Steve Vai interviewed by Music Radar at NAMM 2011

Last weekend the 2011 version of NAMM in Anaheim, California, saw many of the usual artists coming to present new products, signature series and so on. Steve Vai was there as he often is, this year to present his new Ibanez Euphoria signature model, an acoustic model not too dissimilar to Joe Satriani’s JSA Series as you can see below:

Photos © Ibanez - from Facebook

While he was there, the guys at Music Radar took their chance to briefly catch up with him, here’s an excerpt of their interview, with something I find quite exciting:

Last year, the film you co-produced, Crazy, was released. Do you have any other such projects happening?

“There are a couple of things I’m working on that I’m very excited about. One of them is a whole new division for Favored Nations. I’m partnering with a company in New York, and what we’re going to do is develop a completely new model for a record company. It’s still way early to talk about, but it’s going to be very contemporary. Ever since I started my first label at the age of 20, I’ve always been aware of how the music business works. Trends can happen, and things can change, but there’s always opportunity.

“The other thing is something that’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s called Guitar TV – an internet station, 24/7, streaming all of the greatest guitar performances ever. Basically, it all started when I asked myself, ‘What would I like to see?’ That’s how a lot of good ideas come about. So we’re going to be launching that at some point. Guitar TV is going to be all guitar, every genre, the greatest performances. Being it Joe Pass, Eric Johnson, Hendrix, Satriani – all the greats, here they are.

“Not only that, but it’s going to have some really cool features. At any point, you can click on it and go to a Wikipedia page and read about the artist. You can click on another place and go to their website. You can click and buy their CDs. And what’s really cool is, you can click on the guitar the artist is playing and learn everything about the instrument. You can even find where you can buy the guitar, too. It’s crazy! The whole thing is built, and the man who’s going to be running it, Andy Alt, is talking to companies about content. I can’t wait to get it off and running. I figure, if I want something like this, there’s got to be other people who want the same thing.”

Now let’s hope it won’t suffer the fate of Pandora in this country. For the whole interview, head over to Music Radar 🙂