In a new interview with Decibel magazine (via Blabbermouth), former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has clarified why he has released an instrumental album, mere months after claiming in an interview that instrumental music was a "dead end street."
"Yeah, I'm a hypocrite," Marty said. "The funny thing about artists is that they often contradict themselves, and I'm certainly guilty of that. But I really do think instrumental music is a dead-end street if you're an aspiring musician."
As Friedman went on to explain, his status as an established musician has afforded him the luxury of making an instrumental album:
"I've been playing for a long time, and I've got a certain fan base. And the good thing about my fan base is that it's not just one set of people. In Japan, most people know me from a particular television program - they don't even know that I do music. Some people only know me from my solo albums. Other people only know me from my past career, which is certainly the case in America. So, people know me from many different things, which affords me the luxury of doing whatever I want, be it instrumental or vocal.
"But if you're just starting out, instrumental music is tough to make a career out of. And to be honest with you, l'm not really a fan of instrumental music. I don't listen to much of it. Usually when I hear it, I get pissed off because I'd do it differently. That's an honest answer. The music I listen to is 100 percent music with vocals, and that's how I set out to make my instrumental music. It's hard to explain, but it's a different mentality than someone who is immersed in instrumental music. But yeah, you can pretty much say I'm a hypocrite."
Marty Friedman's latest album, "Inferno," is out now. While most of the album is instrumental, four of the songs on the record feature vocals.