Marty Friedman of Cacophony and Megadeth fame, one of the most iconic and versatile names of rock guitar who is currently based in Japan where he is releasing loads of materials, doing crazy TV shows and playing outrageous shows just released a bang on instrumental album with his own material after close to 4 years. Marty moved to Japan in 2003 and has been working on various versatile musical endeavors since then. Marty’s new solo album “Inferno” is by far the most thrilling and adventurous effort to date. The album also includes notable guest appearances by several artists influenced by Friedman, including flamenco/metal acoustic guitar duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, CHILDREN OF BODOM frontman Alexi Laiho, SKYHARBORmastermind Keshav Dhar and REVOCATION guitar whiz David Davidson, as well as Friedman’s first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in CACOPHONY, the pioneering duo of guitar mayhem.
Metal Wani’s Editor Owais ‘Vitek’ Nabi and Mayur Jalan had a chat with the maestro Marty Friedman. The Interview is divided into 2 Parts. In this part, Marty discusses the last leg of US Tour, fan response, why he wrote solo albums meant to be playing live, metal scene in Japan, why Japanese musicians love to fuse metal in pop and other genres, and how responsive are people to various kinds of music. Marty also talks about why BABYMETAL has a unique sound & an homage to great heavy metal bands. Marty also throws light on the recording process of ‘Inferno’, why he decided to release it internationally, how Marty managed to survive from past 3 decades keeping the changes in music industry in mind & his advice to survive on music.
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In Part 2, Marty discusses longevity, why he doesn’t like to shake hands with anyone, why he lacks the skill of playing with new gears, why it’s important to learn music theory & advanced gear gods like Devin Townsend etc. Marty also talks about playing in Megadeth and the unique sound they created by experimenting without any fear, Metallica’s ‘Black’ album & why Metal Sound is still fresh and exciting with new bands coming up. Marty also throws light on upcoming new live DVD, documentary on Japan & entering studio in April for early 2017 release.
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