Zakk Wylde: 'What's Pre-Production? Either You Know How to Play or You Don't'

artist: zakk wylde date: 04/22/2014 category: general music news
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Zakk Wylde: 'What's Pre-Production? Either You Know How to Play or You Don't'
Zakk Wylde recently described himself as the type of musician not too fond of lengthy studio sessions, stressing that spending too much time practicing the same material will kill the magic.

Chatting with Full Metal Jackie, Zakk kicked off by remembering the early Ozzy days and "No Rest for the Wicked" sessions.

"We were jamming and just going through these songs - 'No More Tears,' 'Mama, I'm Coming Home,' I mean everything that's on that record and it's just like playing it over and over and going - are we going to record these any time soon?" he said.

"I don't understand, what is pre-production?" the guitarist asked, adding, "Either you know how to play or you don't know how to play. I mean, put it this way, when you're working with a string section when those cats come down and they're going to play, because obviously they know what their doing. They play. They have never heard the song, and then they have sheet music in front of them and they start playing. They play it like maybe twice and then they are like, 'OK, we're done.' And then they leave; their check's in the mail, right, OK, good.

"I mean they don't sit around practicing for 10 hours, or 10 days, or two months," Wylde continued (via Loudwire). "It's just like if you know how to play you just get in there and you do it. So I mean, and not only that - you're sucking the life out of everything that - you never want to hear these songs again anyway. Then, being done playing them like 6,000 times, it's just that we haven't even recorded these songs yet.

"I'll go out in the truck with a CD and I'll just sit in the truck, crank it and then I'll come up with some melodies and I'll write some lyrics right there. And we'll go in and do it. That's it, done. And then I can get back to sniffing glue. That's how it works. I don't have time beating around the bush," the guitarist concluded.

The latest Black Label Society album, "Catacombs of the Black Vatican," saw its release on April 8 via E1 Music. Check out "My Dying Time" single below.

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