Richie Kotzen – The Korea Guitar Interview

Richie Kotzen released his first solo album, Richie Kotzen, on Shrapnel Records 26 years ago.  Since then he has released more than 20 solo albums, recorded with Poison, Mr. Big, Stanley Clarke and most recently (with Billy Sheehan on bass and Mike Portnoy on drums), The Winery Dogs. Their second album, 2015’s Hot Streak, (following 2013’s The Winery Dogs) is a phenomenal example of what a ‘supergroup’ should be.  Richie was kind enough to give Korea Guitar some time just before he hit the stage in Buffalo (July 5). Continue reading Richie Kotzen – The Korea Guitar Interview

Greg Renoff, Author of Van Halen Rising

I always thought I was the biggest Van Halen fan in the world, until I talked to Greg Renoff.  Renoff is the author of Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. Greg took his love for Van Halen music and turned it into a 5 year project that tells the story of the early days of the band through exhaustive interviews with the people who witnessed it.  It is by far the best Van Halen book I have read, and I’ve read them all.  This is not just a book for Van Halen fans, it’s a look at life in the early to mid 70s with Van Halen music as the soundtrack.  It’s a must read for all music fans.  He was kind enough to give Korea Guitar a call to chat all things VH. Continue reading Greg Renoff, Author of Van Halen Rising

Prince’s Top 10 (or so) Guitar Songs By Van Walker

To celebrate the music and mastery of Prince, who passed away suddenly on April 21, 2016, Korea Guitar enlisted self-proclaimed Prince expert Van Walker to compile a list of Prince’s greatest moments on the 6-string.  (NOTE: It’s difficult to find videos for most Prince songs.  We’ve added what we could find.  For the rest, you’re just going to have to pull out your Prince collection and explore.)   Continue reading Prince’s Top 10 (or so) Guitar Songs By Van Walker

20 Questions With Sylvain Coudret of Soilwork

(This interview for Korea Guitar was conducted and written by Karl Mischler)

Soilwork grabbed the heavy guitar world with the now-classic Steelbath Suicide nearly 20 years ago.  Heavy melodic riff-driven songs, filled with hooks and ripping guitar solos became their trademark.  While the group has undergone a few changes in the guitar line-up over the years, many fans feel that this new era for the band is the strongest and best yet.  The masterpiece double album The Living Infinite (2013) truly is one of the most impressive heavy metal guitar albums in recent times, nearly overflowing with creatively inspired and powerful guitar playing. Guitarists Sylvain Coudret and David Andersson have maintained this level of excellence for 2015’s The Ride Majestic.  Recently the band made a stop in the R.O.K. as part of their Asian tour and agreed to talk with Korea Guitar.  We reached out to Sylvain to try to learn more about his unique approach to music and guitar playing, and his role in Soilwork. Continue reading 20 Questions With Sylvain Coudret of Soilwork

Stu Hamm – The Korea Guitar Interview

If you’re a bassist and you don’t know the name Stu Hamm, you have some serious homework to do.  Hamm rose to fame playing with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, and has continued his career with 7 solo albums, the latest of which is The Book Of Lies (2015).  He has his own line of basses with Warwick and most importantly for fans in Korea, he will be performing in Seoul on April 15th and 16th with Marty Friedman and Kim SeHwang.  Stu called from Hawaii and here’s what he had to say. Continue reading Stu Hamm – The Korea Guitar Interview

Paul Gilbert – The Korea Guitar Interview

Paul Gilbert has been melting faces with his distinctive style of guitar playing since 1986!  From Racer X’s first album Street Lethal to his current solo CD I Can Destroy, he has been continually evolving his sound and style.  The new album flat-out rocks.  Gilbert was kind enough to sit down with Korea Guitar to discuss everything from his beginnings to his teaching to his new CD.  Check him out on tour soon.  Enjoy! (I have transcribed most of the interview. If he played guitar while answering a question, I have included the audio.)   Continue reading Paul Gilbert – The Korea Guitar Interview

Dongmyo Police Box-The Korea Guitar Interview

Dongmyo Police Box is an alternative rock band based in Seoul.  Consisting of Steve David (Vocals, Guitar), Chad Harnett (Lead Guitar, Vocals), Jonghoon Kim (Bass, Vocals) and Craig Marsden (Drums), they have released two albums (2012’s Capsized, 2015’s Dreams).  Unfortunately, since this interview was conducted, Chad (one of Korea Guitar’s first interview subjects)has decided to head back home to Canada.  Dongmyo Police Box is looking for a new lead guitarist.  If you’re in the Seoul area and are interested, contact the band via their Facebook page.  Support these guys.  Dreams is a fantastic album.  Enjoy!! Continue reading Dongmyo Police Box-The Korea Guitar Interview

20 Questions with Dave Tipple of Bobaflex

Bobaflex is a Columbus, Ohio based band with 7 albums under their belt.  Their most recent album, Anything That Moves, is an aggressive monster that slams you in the face from the first note of Start A War and doesn’t let up until Forgiven ends.  They have just released a video for their second single from Anything That Moves, called A Spider In The Dark (See Question 18).  Check Bobaflex out on tour in February and March (Tour dates)with The Veer Union.  Guitarist Dave Tipple was kind enough to answer Korea Guitar’s 20 Questions. Enjoy! Continue reading 20 Questions with Dave Tipple of Bobaflex

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