interviews:
Dethklok: 'We Like to Sacrifice One Fried Chicken Before Each Show'
The creator of "Metalocalypse," Dethklok, and "Galaktikon" had a spare moment between guitar riffs to address Ultimate Guitar readers' questions.

POSTED: 09/04/2015 - 11:29 am

 
Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho: 'Challenges Are What Keep Me Alive'
Here, Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho talks about losing a bandmate but gaining a newfound sense of freedom and creative expression.

POSTED: 08/31/2015 - 12:14 pm

 
Public Enemy's Chuck D: 'We're the Rolling Stones of the Rap Game'
Chuck D sat down with UG to discuss PE's most recent album "Man Plans God Laughs," his experience at a Rolling Stones show and the current state of hip-hop music.

POSTED: 08/27/2015 - 06:15 am

 
Clutch Guitarist Tim Sult on Band's Own Record Label: 'It's Been the Greatest Thing We've Ever Done for Ourselves'
Tim Sult talks to UG about the new album, the songwriting and what it takes to be a rock band here in 2015.

POSTED: 08/24/2015 - 01:36 pm

 
Lamb of God's Chris Adler: 'Not Playing Too much Is the Best Thing You Can Do'
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler sheds light on what the "VII: Sturm und Drang" album means to the band and his recent work with Megadeth.

POSTED: 08/17/2015 - 02:00 pm

 
BFMV's Michael Paget: 'I Never Wanna Stop Learning'
Bullet for My Valentine guitarist Michael "Padge" Paget talks about the new album, new bass player and the band's new tour.

POSTED: 08/14/2015 - 12:27 pm

 
Iron Maiden's Janick Gers: 'We're Not Gonna Be a Parody. We Are Valid Now and What We Play Now Is Valid'
In the following conversation, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers talks to UG about his background, joining Iron Maiden and the recording of "The Book of Souls."

POSTED: 08/12/2015 - 10:37 am

 
Marty Friedman: 'I'd Rather Chew Glass Than Listen to Hendrix'
Former Cacophony and Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has been living and playing in Japan since 2003. Here, he talks to UG about phenomenal success of "Inferno" and his expectations for the first American tour in over a decade.

POSTED: 08/10/2015 - 11:49 am

 
Ritchie Blackmore: 'Everybody's Out to Kill Everybody Else in Deep Purple'
UG user Jim Esposito has shared the interview with Ritchie Blackmore he took in 1974. Here, Blackmore talks about meeting Jon Lord for the first time, hating his bandmates, and why he doesn't like giving interviews.

POSTED: 08/06/2015 - 10:59 am

 
Disturbed Guitarist Dan Donegan: 'I Try to Balance Shredding and Delicate Parts Out to Make Music as Memorable as I Can'
UG sits down with Distubed axeman Dan Donegan to talk about their 4 year hiatus, the new record, and his approach to writing tasteful guitar leads.

POSTED: 07/31/2015 - 12:55 pm

 
Ghost's Nameless Ghoul: 'There Are a Lot of Dogmatic Rules in Traditional Heavy Metal That Are Very Limiting'
Ghost's lead guitar player talks about the band's image, the sound, the new record, and oh, yeah, the devil!!!

POSTED: 07/27/2015 - 09:52 am

 
Mick Wall: 'If Rock Stars Are Superheroes, the Truth Is Kryptonite'
UG caught up with music journalist and writer Mick Wall to talk about Ozzy Osbourne's unique approach to making Sunday dinner, the problem with modern rockers compared to their seventies brethren, and why Robert Plant was right to snub a Led Zeppelin reunion.

POSTED: 07/24/2015 - 12:14 pm

 
Black Veil Brides' Jinxx: 'Yngwie Was Like Mozart on Guitar'
Here, Jinxx talks about working with Bob Rock on the band's latest album, playing violin and piano and being blown away by Synyster Gates.

POSTED: 07/24/2015 - 11:33 am

 
Lindemann: 'People Think We Want to Be Provocative But It's Just Our Way to Express Ourselves'
In this interview Till Lindemann and Peter Tägtgren talk to UG about their collaborative effort "Skills in Pills," singing in English and future plans with Rammstein.

POSTED: 07/20/2015 - 12:08 pm

 
Dave Lombardo: 'I've Always Heard That a Good Producer Will Make You a Better Musician, and That's Certainly True'
UG sat down with drum giant Dave Lombardo to discuss his band Philm and many other musical (and non-musical) endeavors.

POSTED: 07/13/2015 - 12:38 pm

 
BTBAM Guitarist Paul Waggoner: 'People Don't Realize How Hard That Is to Try Take Something You Recorded and Make It Translate Live'
Between the Buried and Me guitarist Paul Waggoner talks to UG about the new album, previous releases, expanding the band's fanbase and working with tubas.

POSTED: 07/06/2015 - 12:51 pm

 
Flemming Rasmussen: 'I'm One of the Few Persons Who Heard the Bass Tracks on "…Justice" and They're Absolutely Killer'
Legendary producer talks about recording Metallica's "Ride the Lightning," "Master of Puppets" and "…And Justice For All" as well as how he first got into recording and where he is now.

POSTED: 07/03/2015 - 10:54 am

 
Paul Reed Smith: 'We're in Competition With Apple'
In this exclusive interview we discuss PRS's new company Digital Harmonics, artists' input in making guitars and what the future holds for PRS.

POSTED: 06/30/2015 - 09:57 am

 
Matt Wallace on FNM Biggest-Selling Album 'Angel Dust': 'Label Guys Thought It Was Crappy Record'
Producer Matt Wallace talks with UG about working with Faith No More, R.E.M., Maroon 5 and O.A.R. in a rapid fire delivery full of passion and humor.

POSTED: 06/23/2015 - 11:37 am

 
Joe Satriani: 'Kirk Hammett and Steve Vai Were Fun to Teach Because They Were Motivated'
Here in this interview built around questions from our readers, Satch talks about his new album "Shockwave Supernova," psychedelic drugs and his dream about jamming with Jimmy Page.

POSTED: 06/19/2015 - 08:29 am

 
Kevin Churko on Modern Music: 'Seems Like There's Less Space to Be Truly Creative and Try New Things'
In This Moment, Five Finger Death Punch, and Hellyeah producer Kevin Churko talks to UG about playing in the Canadian version of the "Partridge Family," learning the ropes from Mutt Lange, and the temperament it takes to make records in a modern world.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:20 am

 
Breaking Benjamin's Ben Burnley: 'I Like Having a Staple Sound That People Recognize and I'm Not Interested in Changing It'
Breaking Benjamin's main songwriter talks about the band's new record "Dark Before Dawn," earlier releases and his fighting through ongoing health issues.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:20 am

 
Tony Platt: 'I Was Continually Saying That Iron Maiden Need a Singer Like Bruce Dickinson, But Not Really Thinking They Would Take Me Completely at My Word'
Tony Platt engineered, mixed and produced everyone from Iron Maiden and the Cult to Buddy Guy and Motörhead. Here, the legendary Englishman talks to UG about his life in the studio.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:20 am

 
Mark Tremonti: 'This Is My Third Time Starting a Band and I Like Being the Underdog'
UG community asked Mark Tremonti about the new album, his influences and a whole lot more. Here's what he had to say.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:20 am

 
Bill Ward on Sabbath Dispute: 'I Mysteriously Got a Weight Problem Because I Didn't Sign the F--king Contract'
In this lengthy interview, Bill Ward talked to UG about his relationship with Ozzy, his new album titled "Accountable Beasts," his artwork, his heroes and what it takes to be a drummer.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:20 am

 
Producer Michael Beinhorn: 'Anthony Kiedis Was Completely Non-Functional Heroin Addict, He Wouldn't Show Up for Weeks'
Here in this lengthy and funny discussion, the producer/engineer/mixer talks to UG about recording Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, and Marilyn Manson, his unique approach to production and why a good album hasn't been made in 20 years.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:19 am

 
Kane Churko: 'Ozzy Loved My Band Modern Science So Much He Would Come and Sing My Songs to Me'
Producer Kevin Churko's son Kane talks about working with his dad, hanging out with Ozzy and working on his own Modern Science records.

POSTED: 06/17/2015 - 09:19 am

 
Crobot: 'Feel Playing Is About Not Trying to Play Notes, but Playing Noises'
Crobot sat down with UG to talk about new material, the eternal learning process, and what it means to be a feel player.

POSTED: 05/18/2015 - 09:27 am

 
Jim Root: 'Seems Like Stone Sour Can't Even Write a New Record. They Lost a Good Writer'
You, UG readers, came up with some thoughtful and insightful questions for Slipknot axeman Jim Root, which really made him think. You wanted to know about Root's approach to soloing, his mask, his favorite songs, influences, and much more. Here is what Root had to say.

POSTED: 05/13/2015 - 11:35 am

 
Sean Beavan on Recording Slayer: 'You Have to Do It Right or the Fans Will Kill You'
Producer, recording engineer, mixer Sean Beaven talks to UG about what it has been like going toe-to-toe with the likes of Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, Axl Rose, Phil Anselmo and others.

POSTED: 05/06/2015 - 11:27 am

 
Bill Kelliher: 'Writing Notes Down Just Seems Archaic to Me'
Mastodon axeman Bill Kelliher discussed with UG his humble beginnings and his evolution as a guitar player. He spoke with great passion about recent developments in his writing process.

POSTED: 04/28/2015 - 10:46 am

 
Josh Rand: 'You'd Be Shocked With Some of the Stuff That's Inspired Me'
This time around we wanted you to dig deep for some penetrating questions for Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand. You wanted to know about his favorite album and his approach to guitar playing and many other scintillating topics. Read the answers here!

POSTED: 04/23/2015 - 10:16 am

 
Dave Jerden: 'When the 'Facelift' Record Came Out, Radio Stations Wouldn't Play It for Nine Months'
Legendary recording engineer Dave Jerden is known by his work with Rolling Stones, Jane's Addiction, Alice in Chains and many others. Here he talks to UG about his vision and what it was like making records back in the day.

POSTED: 04/15/2015 - 10:58 am

 
Chuck Billy: 'Hopefully the Vibe of Our First Two Records Will Find Its Way Into the New Music We're Writing'
Testament's Chuck Billy discusses with UG progress on the upcoming Testament album, the future of his side projects, his band management ventures, and opens up about personal triumphs.

POSTED: 04/08/2015 - 09:21 am

 
Uli Jon Roth: 'I Got a Lot Better by Sometimes Playing Less Guitar and Spending More Time on Pursuing Art'
Uli Jon Roth talks to UG about the new album, the Sky guitar, his philosophy about playing and finding your own voice.

POSTED: 04/02/2015 - 11:09 am

 
Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield: 'Sometimes You Need Some Creative Failure to Spur You On'
Manic Street Preachers' singer and guitarist talks about how he has wrote the best songs he can and survived the changing tides of music.

POSTED: 03/26/2015 - 12:41 pm

 
Steve Thompson: 'When Lars Asked Me, What Happened to the Bass in '... Justice', I Wanted to Cold Cock Him'
Legendary producer and mixer reveals the studio secrets behind "... And Justice For All", "Appetite For Destruction" and "Follow the Leader" and shares his unique philosophy about recording.

POSTED: 03/20/2015 - 05:54 am

 
Nergal: 'Art Means Freedom to me and Freedom Means to F--kin' Do Whatever the Hell I Want'
Behemoth frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski talks to UG about how he is perceived, the truth about his ejection from Russia, and "The Satanist."

POSTED: 03/12/2015 - 11:38 am

 
Steven Wilson: 'My New Record Feels to Me Like a Piece of Cinema for the Ears'
Steven Wilson talks to UG about his crazy world, what it took to make his fourth solo album "Hand. Cannot. Erase." and the future of Porcupine Tree.

POSTED: 03/05/2015 - 10:45 am

 
Billy Howerdel: 'I'm a Big Believer in Working for Free, I Did That Most of My Life'
UG users asked guitarist Billy Howerdel about his gear, current projects, and plans for the future. Read the answers here!

POSTED: 03/03/2015 - 10:27 am

 
Enter Shikari's Rory Clewlow: 'I've Always Had an Interest to Make Music No Matter in What Form or What Instrument'
Enter Shikari guitarist Rory Clewlow explains to UG why the "Mindsweep" album is his favorite and the path the band has taken to get here.

POSTED: 02/27/2015 - 09:15 am

 
Maria Brink: 'Worrying About Other People's Expectations Can Really Ruin Things That Are Special'
In This Moment singer Maria Brink chats with UG about the music and her dedication in finding her own voice.

POSTED: 02/19/2015 - 10:12 am

 
Scott Weiland: 'Now My Lyrics Are Not All About Me and My Apathetic Views of Life'
Scott sat down with UG to reveal his sources of inspiration for the new album "Blaster."

POSTED: 02/12/2015 - 08:48 am

 
Carl Barat: 'Pete Doherty and I Had Security Guards Each to Keep Us from Fighting'
Carl Barât talks to UG about his early work with the Libertines and what brought him to the release of his newest solo album.

POSTED: 02/06/2015 - 07:57 am

 
Periphery: 'Our Creative Process Has Evolved into a Complete Democracy'
UG continues to chat with Periphery members. This time guitarists Mark Holcomb and Jake Bowen describe their approach to recording.

POSTED: 01/29/2015 - 10:01 am

 
Periphery's Misha Mansoor: 'Solos Were Never My Strength and They Still Aren't'
Periphery guitarist Misha Mansoor discusses his musical vision and the ultimate birth of "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega."

POSTED: 01/27/2015 - 11:41 am

 
Vinnie Paul: 'I Always Looked at Pantera as the Heavy Metal Van Halen'
Hellyeah drummer Vinnie Paul talks to UG about the band's origins, the new album and how to mix commerce and creativity in the music business.

POSTED: 01/20/2015 - 11:42 am

 
Mark Lanegan: 'If I Never Made a Cent and Nobody Ever Listened to Me, I Would Still Play Music and Enjoy It'
Although not generally a fan of interviews, Mark sat down with UG to discuss his new solo record "Phantom Radio," his collaborations, and the possibility of a Screaming Trees reunion.

POSTED: 01/13/2015 - 11:00 am

 
Samoth: 'I Find Myself Sort of Emotionally Numb to Modern Metal Bands'
Significant figure in the Norwegian black metal scene, founder of Emperor, Zyklon and Wretched End talks to UG about his early work, why ESP is the best metal guitar out there and his feelings about metal in general.

POSTED: 01/12/2015 - 10:01 am

 
Guthrie Govan: 'The Last Thing I Want to Do Right Now Is Make an Album'
Here, Guthrie Govan talks about his teenage experience of playing on TV and his work with Hans Zimmer.

POSTED: 12/30/2014 - 08:52 am