Interviews

How Joe Bonamassa dealt with the pressures of recording Royal Tea at Abbey Road

”Write the fucking songs! Abbey Road didn't write the songs for The Beatles, The Beatles wrote the songs… they just happened to be at Abbey Road!“

James Oliver on sharing a stage with Albert Lee, his love of Telecasters and why Skodas are better than Cadillacs

The guitar player doing his utmost to revive the rockabilly sound, he’s already being touted by his peers as the next titan of the Telecaster and now counts Jimmie Vaughan as a label mate.

“You have to make a product people don’t know they need yet”: John Woodland, guitar designer and Mastery Bridge founder

There’s a lot more to this present-day pioneer than bridge and vibrato manufacturing. From probing C.F. Martin’s long-lost document archives to pondering the ethics of modern-day product design, the Minneapolis-based maker proves a real all-rounder.

“I love seeing the instruments being played for the first time by the customer”: Luthier Rosie Heydenrych of Turnstone Guitars

Rosie Heydenrych left behind a career in the charity sector to set up her small workshop in Surrey, which now specialises in English-grown timber and is building a customer base that includes Tom Quail and Martin Simpson.

Meet Wicketkeeper, the laid-back London trio channelling the best of 90s US indie-rock

Guitarists Simon Morley and Ryan Oxley on how the instrument-swapping friends turned a fun hang into one of the year’s most enjoyable debut records.

“It was more is more, is more, is more!”: how Idles refused to restrain themselves on new album Ultra Mono

We sit down with guitarists Mark Bowen and Lee Kiernan to discuss the Bristol band’s meteoric rise, drugs, alcohol, mental health, the restorative powers of a good baritone, and the paths that led them to become the unlikely standard-bearers of a new kind of rock ‘n’ roll masculinity.

“You don’t just have to sound like Fugazi”: Touché Amoré on how they moved beyond their hardcore roots

Guitarists Nick Steinhardt and Clayton Stephens on the importance of not treading on each other’s toes, keeping a varied palette of pedals to hand and why all those Ross Robinson legends are true.

Hot Milk went from office jobs to supporting the Foo Fighters in six months… and they’re just getting started

We meet the Manchester four-piece’s twin-guitar attack Han Mee and Jim Shaw to talk Teles, pawn shops and why they have very big aims indeed.

Devin Townsend on his love of Judas Priest, holding onto guitars for nostalgia and learning to forgive yourself

Getting his break as the vocalist on Steve Vai’s Sex & Religion, the Canadian musician has gone on to be one of the most respected musicians in metal. Here he talks how it all began, his reliance on delay and what he’d prefer to do over going to a gig.

Christian Martucci reveals why Corey Taylor’s CMFT is “five friends in a room just cutting loose”

Teaming up with the Slipknot man once again for his debut solo LP, guitarist Martucci discusses the importance of not overworking songs and his penchant for adding country licks to rock songs.
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