interviews:
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: 05/28/2015 - 11:19 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: 05/25/2015 - 11:34 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 BarĂ¢t 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

 
Joe Cocker: 'What I Love About the Blues Is Those Three Chords, I Just Don't Know What They Are'
Back in 1972, our long-time writer Steven Rosen was able to have a chat with blues rock star while in London.

POSTED: 12/29/2014 - 07:09 am

 
Tom DeLonge: 'I'm Writing Songs Different Now Because I Realized How Bored I Am of Myself'
Tom DeLonge talked to UG about the Angels & Airwaves' new album "The Dream Walker" and the future of Blink-182.

POSTED: 12/25/2014 - 09:37 am

 
Papa Roach's Jerry Horton: 'If You Want to Hear a Record Like 'Infest,' Go Listen to 'Infest''
In this exclusive interview Papa Roach guitarist Jerry Horton talks with UG about the band's new album "F.E.A.R," his love of classic cars, and EDM.

POSTED: 12/16/2014 - 04:58 am

 
Dave Ellefson: 'I've Always Been a Big Fan of Lyric-Writing Bass Players'
Megadeth bass guitarist talked to UG about the band's classic albums, his side projects Johnny Wore Black and Altitudes & Attitude and more.

POSTED: 12/16/2014 - 04:36 am

 
Johnny Wore Black's Jay: 'I Like the Strong Statement That Heavy Metal Brings'
A stuntman by-day and a melodic rock vocalist by night, Jay talks about his newest album and long-time collaboration with Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson.

POSTED: 12/16/2014 - 03:06 am

 
Jade Puget: 'Choosing Not to Drink And Not to Do Drugs Is a Healthy Choice'
In this brief interview AFI guitarist Jade Puget talks about his side project XTRMST and straight edge philosophy.

POSTED: 12/11/2014 - 07:13 am

 
Max Cavalera: 'Conspiracy Is Almost a Racist Project - Nothing's Welcome in the Cavalera World Except Metal'
The leader of Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly and Killer Be Killed shared his experiences of recording an album with an out of tune guitar, falling out with his brother, and getting clean.

POSTED: 12/10/2014 - 07:20 am

 
Weezer's Brian Bell: 'I'm More Interested in Relationship Between the Notes Than in Circuitry Behind Amplifiers'
Weezer guitarist talked to UG about the band's newest album "Everything Will Be Alright In the End," his work with Space Twins and The Relationship and more.

POSTED: 12/09/2014 - 04:22 am

 
Devin Townsend: 'I Wanna Be Part of Something. I Don't Wanna Be the Thing'
Part philosopher, part psychiatrist, the mighty singer/songwriter/guitarist sat down with UG to talk about his work and life.

POSTED: 12/04/2014 - 01:02 pm

 
Dave Davies: 'I Didn't Really Have a Plan at First'
Here, the Kinks guitarist and vocalist talks about the process behind making "Rippin' Up Time" and his love for descending guitar lines.

POSTED: 11/27/2014 - 11:27 am

 
FFDP's Zoltan Bathory: 'The Phrase 'Homeless Veteran' Should Never Exist in the United States' (Part 2)
In this second part of our two-part interview, Zoltan Bathory talks about Jason Hook coming into the band and bassist Matt Snell leaving it, unveils the band's involvement with the military and war veterans.

POSTED: 11/26/2014 - 07:07 am

 
FFDP's Zoltan Bathory: 'Music Is About the Journey and Never About the Arrival' (Part 1)
In a thick Hungarian accent, FFDP's guitarist/songwirter talked to UG about his inner drive, will to succeed and the difference between European and American rock.

POSTED: 11/20/2014 - 09:45 am

 
Jack Bruce's Posthumous Interview: 'I Wanted to Extend the Boundaries of Whatever Music I Was Involved in at the Time'
There will never be another like him, we will miss him.

POSTED: 11/14/2014 - 04:28 am

 
Tim McIlrath: 'I Never Had a Very Careerist Attitude Towards Rise Against's Music and Message'
Rise Against frontman talked to UG about the development of his art and the honesty in the way he approached it.

POSTED: 11/11/2014 - 09:37 am

 
Opeth's Fredrik Akesson Talks Current Tour, Expectations From Future Albums, Solo Project and More
The guitarist is hoping that the band will "do a really heavy album, but in a different way."

POSTED: 11/06/2014 - 08:40 am

 
Dave Navarro: 'I Want Eddie Van Halen to Be a Superhero, I Don't Want Him to Have Twitter Account'
Here, Jane's Addiction guitarist talks to UG about the history of his band, the changing landscape of music and his unique place in the world of guitar players.

POSTED: 10/30/2014 - 05:36 am

 
Skillet's John Cooper: 'It's All About the Fans in the End'
The Christian band's frontman discusses his songwriting process, as well as the band's plans for a follow up their hit concept record "Rise."

POSTED: 10/24/2014 - 10:19 am

 
Wayne Static: 'I'm Much of Like a James Hetfield Kind of Guy'
Here, the Static-X frontman talks to UG about the band and his current duties.

POSTED: 10/21/2014 - 08:42 am

 
Michael Derks: 'I'm the Most Cultured of a Group of Idiotic Barbarians From Outer Space'
GWAR axeman talks with UG about mythology of the band, the passing of Dave Brockie and Cory Smoot and what the future holds.

POSTED: 10/16/2014 - 10:54 am

 
Rob Halford: 'I Get a Little Bit Upset When People Talk About Priest as Being Part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal'
The iconic Judas Priest singer talks to UG about "Redeeme of Souls," Richie Faulkner and "everything that's going in the Priest world."

POSTED: 10/15/2014 - 05:27 am

 
Richard Kruspe: 'If You're Asking If I Enjoy Recording With Rammstein, No I Don't'
In an exclusive interview, Richard talks about the new Emigrate album and the album's guests and gives us a glimpse into the Rammstein studio experience.

POSTED: 10/13/2014 - 09:27 am

 
Babymetal's Su-Metal: 'With More Live Concerts, We Are Able to Show Not Only the Pretty but Also the Cool Side of Us'
Her answers were brief but this is a 16-year old girl non-English speaking girl and is probably way more interested in bringing in new fans and headbanging her way around the world. Wouldn't you be?

POSTED: 10/13/2014 - 08:24 am

 
Gerard Way: 'The Point [of MCR] Was Never to Create a Machine to Keep Making Money'
The singer talks about the final days of My Chemical Romance and the first days for the Hormones, his new group.

POSTED: 10/06/2014 - 10:03 am

 
Dave Lombardo: ''Fire From the Evening Sun' Is Definitely a Great Record to Play Live'
The "godfather of double-bass" talks about how Philm has been started and the band's most recent album.

POSTED: 10/06/2014 - 07:30 am

 
Page Hamilton (Part II): 'I'm Open to Any and All Creative Approaches'
In part II of our interview, the Helmet mainman talks about Betty, dark days, David Bowie, film music and much more.

POSTED: 09/30/2014 - 10:49 am