interviews:
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

 
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

 
Page Hamilton (Part I): 'When I Was Starting Helmet, I Found Out That Maybe Two or Three of the 13 People Could Play in 7/8'
In this lengthy and highly illuminating two-part conversation Helmet mainman talks about his early days; weathering the pressure of lineup changes; current days; and what tomorrow holds in store for him.

POSTED: 09/29/2014 - 11:38 am

 
Bob Rock: 'I Still Try to Make Great Records'
The iconic producer, who would go on to work with everybody from a series of Canadian punk bands to highest profile rockers, takes us through his history.

POSTED: 09/29/2014 - 10:36 am

 
Adrian Belew: 'I Fit a Dissonant Note in There Every Now and Then Just to Wake People Up'
Here, King Crimson guitarist talks to UG about his Flux app and his musical collaborations.

POSTED: 09/22/2014 - 11:45 am

 
John Petrucci Answers Readers’ Questions: 'Thanks to All the People Who Submitted'
Here, John Petrucci answers your questions, UG users!

POSTED: 09/22/2014 - 11:01 am

 
Steven Drozd: 'I Know This Is For Ultimate-Guitar So I Miss Meeting Jimmy Page'
Here, the Flaming Lips and Electric Wurms guitarist talks about the new album, covers projects and his yearning for Jimmy Page.

POSTED: 09/18/2014 - 12:04 pm

 
Nick Raskulinecz: 'I Had Always Just Done My Own Thing and That Was It'
Here, the great producer talks about his own wishes and dreams for becoming a rockstar and how that path eventually led him to Los Angeles and a spot in the producer's chair.

POSTED: 09/18/2014 - 10:09 am

 
Alain Johannes (Part 2): 'I'm Totally Happy Walking to the Gig From the Train Station With My Backpack and the Cigar Box Sticking Out of It'
Here is part two of the Alain Johannes story. We begin the "Euphoria Morning" album, which was really the launch of his career as a big league producer.

POSTED: 09/15/2014 - 11:46 am

 
Alain Johannes (Part I): 'I Remember Natasha Shneider Having a T-Shirt Saying 'I'm the Bass Player, Motherf--ker''
Here's the part 1 of our huge epic interview with music mastermind, known by his works with Eleven, Arctic Monkeys, Them Crooked vultures and Queens of the Stone Age.

POSTED: 09/01/2014 - 09:25 am

 
Slash: 'You Can't Always Get Two Guys With Two Different Guitars to Do Something Unique'
Here, in a lengthy interview Slash talks about "World on Fire" and why it's the best album he's ever made.

POSTED: 08/25/2014 - 10:06 am

 
Seether's Dale Stewart: 'A Good Bass Player Is A Tasteful Bass Player'
Dale Stewart discusses the writing process behind the Seether's new album, the crossover between bass and guitar, and the woes of the music business.

POSTED: 08/20/2014 - 11:40 am

 
Rome Ramirez: 'Ultimate Guitar Is Where I Learned to Play Sublime Songs When I Was a Kid'
In this interview Rome Ramirez gives a few praises to Ultimate Guitar, discusses his solo career as an artist and producer and touches on what the future holds for Sublime with Rome.

POSTED: 08/12/2014 - 09:44 am

 
Mike Shinoda: 'Whenever We Go Into Making a Record, We Try Creating the Best We Can Create for the Moment'
The band discussed their sixth album during the tele-conference prior to their massive North-American Carnivoers Tour, which kicks off tomorrow (August 8).

POSTED: 08/07/2014 - 10:03 am

 
John Dolmayan: 'I Never Wanted Us to Take a Break in the First Place'
Here, the drummer talks about System of a Down, These Grey Men and how to make a cover not a cover.

POSTED: 08/04/2014 - 10:28 am