One thing is for certain, no one has a monopoly on ideas and I believe that artists are one of the few groups on the planet who truly understand that. My first musical influences were Bach, Benny Goodman and Mozart. Yeah, you guested it I studied sax before meeting my passionate pal........the AXE. The sax grabbed me when I was 10 but the guitar owned me by the time I was 14. Guys like Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore and Mick Mars hypnotized me and just wouldn't let go. That expanded to every guitar player, artist and band who ever made it to the big top: Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Stump, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Paganini, Uli Jon Roth, Dick Dale, The Ramones, The Doors, Pink Floyd.........just to name a few. Then I went to a Tommy Lee/DJ Aero with Deadmau5 concert and bang I saw an opportunity to fuse analog and digital, so added those dudes plus others to my influences. But every guitar player has a story like mine which makes us all very similar no matter what style we evolve into. Then again, I can't stand country. But hey......what do I know.
The video I have added was to be a segue to my latest recording due to be released as soon as I complete it. LOL. Certainly, the full version of 'Friday Afternoon' will be on the disc but at the moment that doesn't seem very important to me. What is? Well, the fact that most artists I know and have met are really open to an exchange of ideas and styles which leads to growth. There are no secrets in art only truths which come out when we perform, practice and record. Unfortunately, for the past few years there has been a secret land grab going on right under our noses as we tore up and down the fret board in search of harmony. Not a land grab per se, more of a data grab and invasion of privacy but certainly not totally different from Hitler's land grab of the 30's and 40's. Power grabbing is power grabbing no matter what it looks like and 10 times out of 10 turns out badly.
My point is this, as we evolve as artists and humans we build on the past to generate a new future which itself becomes the past and so on. Can you imagine if Jimi Hendrix didn't jam with Jeff Beck or Stevie Ray Vaughan didn't rip with Ronnie Wood. Yeah, the world would suck for us. But fortunately we come together to meet, exchange and share the truth as we have come to know it which is.....'Truth In Shredding'. To us its not a grab for power and control because we understand that no one on the planet will ever fully understand the mystical mist of the breath of life. Why? Because we are here to share, harmonize and rock out our truth. We all thank you Laurie for the platform and support. You ROCK!!! You ROCK!!!
Brennan Dylan-Friday Afternoon