Here in LA, specifically the Sunset Strip, that period of time when Hard Rock and Heavy Metal were king really hasn’t gone away. If you go to the Rainbow, its like going in a time machine to the 80s. People there still think its 1986. And naturally there is still an association of the sound and the look from that era. Long hair, makeup, shredding guitar solos, leather pants, etc etc etc.
And I think a lot of venues here in LA as well as people I meet think that what I’m doing is trying to bring back that era. Man….you’ve got it all wrong. For the most part, I don’t really listen to a lot of that stuff. Its long dead, and I hope it stays that way. I may have the long hair, but I’m not interested in shredding away like Yngwie Malmsteen nor interested in rocking away true bad boy style like Motley Crue. Its already been done, and I find that stuff boring for me to play.
I’m more interested in breaking different ground with rock music. Employing a little less show, and way more emotion. I prefer to wring every last drop of emotion out of one note, like Albert King might, rather than shred away neo-classical style to show off to friends. I want a true musical and emotional experience influenced by the mystic sounds of the Universe. So this will include a lot of otherworldly sounds created by electronic instruments as well. I’m not interested in simply “rocking out” the way those bands in the 80’s did it.
There is a true art in playing guitar and crafting good tone to connect with an audience. This takes years of work, and that’s what I try to display. This is why the work of some of the very best guitar players are timeless. What’s hip and trendy won’t matter when it comes to their music.
I am not EVH, not Motley Crue, Guns ‘n Roses, Cinderella, etc. Nah, I like giving a fork in the eye of “standard rock” musicians and let them know they can do better than that. Take your audience on a different sonic path even if you are not 100% sure where it leads. Who knows where we’ll end up.