In a new interview, Joe Satriani
has stated that artists need more time to play their music live before they get down to record it.Speaking about his 1986 signature tune Satch Boogie
, the guitarist notes that the song has improved through live playing."When I hit the stage playing Satch Boogie I'm still working on it and finding new ways to make it better."
As Classic Rock
notes, the guitarist would rather tour a song for 15 years before recording it."You write a song and you may wind up recording it in about a week, and putting it on an album. Your audience feels that’s the definitive version - but really it's your first attempt at coming to grips with what you've written."I think a better process would be to write a song then go on tour for 15 years to figure out exactly what you've written. But such is the world; we do things backwards like that."
What do you think? Is Satch right about letting songs develop over time? Would you be happy to hear the guitarist play a set of songs that you hadn’t heard on record? Let us know in the comments.Photo is the courtesy of Liz Aiken.