In this episode we speak with Mad Caddies guitarist Sascha Lazor about getting signed by NOFX’s Fat Mike, his latest project working with rap artist Doja Cat and Yeti Beats, the unique rewards and challenges of touring the world as a musician, and how his passion for reggae music led him to Jamaica where he quickly found use for his talents making beats and playing guitar in a Kingston studio.
Trace back the history of bands such as Nirvana and Soundgarden and you'll inevitably run into the Melvins. Bridging heavy metal and punk, Melvins have crafted a sound that has remained influential for more than three decades. In this episode we speak with vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne and bass player Steven McDonald about their extensive and colorful history in the music biz.
From his hardcore roots to writing huge hits on acoustic guitar, Chris Carrabba has forged an unlikely and enduring career. In this episode we speak to the Dashboard Confessional frontman about the process of writing impactful lyrics, how to win over tough crowds, the moment he realized his music was really gaining traction, and much more.
In 2015 Ayla Tesler-Mabe posted her first cover to YouTube. Fast forward four years, the now 18-year-old boasts a following of over 400k on Instagram and stands as one of the most promising young guitar players. In this episode we speak to the Calgary native about her inspirations, her thoughts on releasing singles versus albums, her experience playing in the band Calpurnia and her current project Ludic.
While best known for his work on the drums for bands Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves, and Paramore, multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin can do it all. Despite being only 31 years old, Rubin has been involved in the music industry for over 20 years. In this episode, we speak to the California native about fronting his band The New Regime, why Trent Reznor paid him to learn to play the cello, his thoughts on the current music industry, and much more.
With her literate, emotionally intricate songwriting and inventive guitar playing, St. Vincent has become an unapologetic force in rock and pop. She introduced her genre-blending abilities on 2007’s ‘Marry Me,’ and has gone on to achieve a rare balance of critical and commercial success. In this episode, we speak to St. Vincent about her experience tour-managing as a teenager, her intense focus on making good art, her songwriting process, and much more.
Joe Bonamassa began playing guitar when he was just four years old and hasn’t looked back since. He was featured across local news as the next "guitar prodigy," and by age 12 he was opening for B.B. King. Today, Bonamassa has amassed 22 number one albums on the Billboard Blues chart. In this episode, we speak to Bonamassa about his atypical childhood, his world-class guitar collection, the power of spite, and much more.
Rapidly gaining praise in the world of instrumental rock and beyond, Gretchen Menn isn’t your average guitar hero on the rise. She once flew regional jets to support her six-string habit and has studied the music of Mozart, Beethoven, Jimmy Page, and more. In this episode we speak to Gretchen about her work with the all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella, discuss her concept album Abandon All Hope, hear her perform a couple songs live, and much more.
After winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands in 1999, James Valentine made the move to Los Angeles where he would join the LA-based band Kara's Flowers — soon to become Maroon 5. After a successful debut album and three Grammys later, Maroon 5 has gone on to become one of the most successful names in music today. In this episode, we speak to James about his early years with Maroon 5, how the hit show The Voice impacted his career, and much more.
Bethany Cosentino joined forces with multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno in early 2009, and by the end of the year, the two were preparing for their official debut as Best Coast. The Los Angeles based duo has since released four full-length records and has garnered a dedicated following within the indie and surf rock scene. In this episode, we speak to Cosentino and Bruno about their unique partnership and collaborative process, Best Coast’s forthcoming record, and much more.
Matt McJunkins picked up his first bass at 13 years old and hasn’t looked back since. After attending Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles, McJunkins has gone on to contribute to a diverse set of projects across the rock scene, including current supergroup A Perfect Circle, Ashes Divide, Eagles of Death Metal, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Puscifer. In this episode, we speak to McJunkins about going to school for music, the backstory of his most recent band The Beta Machine, and much more.
Forming in the heyday of nu metal, Avenged Sevenfold bucked the trend, concocting their own proprietary blend of metal, rock, punk, and blazing guitar solos to become one of today’s most successful heavy metal outfits. In this episode, we speak to guitarist Synyster Gates about the origins of the band, the importance of being musically adventurous, which albums were crucial to Avenged Sevenfold’s trajectory, and much more.
Known for his intricate compositions, innovative techniques, and versatility across musical genres, Steve Morse is widely known as the "guitarists' guitarist." Morse has provided his technical prowess to groups including Dixie Dregs and Deep Purple, while also appearing on over 200 albums to date. In this episode, Morse discusses blazing his own music trail, some of his worst experiences on stage, and the development of his signature guitar with Ernie Ball Music Man.
Guitar phenom Jason Richardson is known for his near-supersonic, highly technical playing style. Richardson established his reputation in bands All Shall Perish, Born of Osiris, Chelsea Grin, and All That Remains. In this episode, Richardson discusses his early progress as an aspiring guitar player, musical inspirations, his solo album "I," and much more.
Justin Chancellor, bass player of Tool, joins us for the release of their brand new and long-awaited album, Fear Inoculum. Justin discusses the Tool songwriting process, band dynamics, the best and worst parts of his job, the story behind his joining the band some 25 years ago, releasing all their music on streaming platforms, and much more!