Discussing his departure from Megadeth, Act of Defiance guitar master Chris Broderick touched on the very essence of playing guitar, stressing that in his book, original music is where it's at.
He tells Thunder Underground: "The whole reason for the formation of [Act of Defiance] was so that we could have our own say and be our own musicians and be our own people. Obviously, we're coming out here, we're grinding it out, we're building it again, and that's fine, because it's all about the music.
"Because, at the end of the day, Shawn [Drover, former Megadeth and current Act of Defiance drummer] and I could have stayed where we were at, but if you're not on the stage playing your own music, then at some point it's like, why are you here?"
Chris added: "The main consideration that Shawn and I had when we wrote the music was that we wanted it to be heavier. And that was it. Anything else was fair game. So any of my little classical interludes that I wanted to put in there, Shawn was, like, 'Cool. Whatever.' And any of Shawn's guitar work that he wanted that was slightly off center was fine, you know. The only thing we would ever have is little suggestions for each other every once in a while, and that was it."
During the rest of the chat, Broderick talked about being stuck the "former Megadeth guitarist" label, saying it's going to take a while before he gets rid of it.
He said: "Based on what I've seen with other past members, it's gonna take a little bit. I was actually talking with Marty Friedman about that. He's like, 'Man, I've been working so hard to get away from that stigma, and I finally feel like it's happening now.'
"And I have to agree with him - it's been much harder than I thought it would be to break away from that labeling. People still come up to me and they're, like, 'Hey, you're Chris Broderick of Megadeth, right?' And I'm, like, 'Oh, not anymore.' I mean, you think when you release information on the internet that instantly everybody knows, but it's not the case."
You can check out the man's "Disastrophe" playthrough video - exclusively premiered on UG - in the player below.