interviews:
Interview With Shinedown Guitarist Zach Myers
Zach talks to UG about moving forward as a guitarist and the quest for tone in a technological age.

POSTED: 08/19/2016 - 11:49 am

 
Crobot: Why We Didn't Want Everything to Sound Perfect on the New Record
"It just sounds right..."

POSTED: 08/16/2016 - 12:59 pm

 
Godsmack Guitarist Talks Gear, Shares a Story on How Mark Tremonti Inspired Him to Push His Playing
"He spent hours working on..."

POSTED: 08/13/2016 - 01:02 pm

 
Clutch Singer Neil Fallon: 'I Don't Wanna Have to Be a Slave to the Recorded Version of a Song'
"I want the live version to be better than the album."

POSTED: 08/12/2016 - 01:28 pm

 
Periphery's Jake Bowen: I Was Able to Try Out the Other Side of Touring While Working as a Tech for Dream Theater
"It kinda got me prepped for being in a band and going on tour."

POSTED: 08/04/2016 - 12:37 pm

 
'We Are Our Own Worst Critics' - An Interview With Leprous' Tor Oddmund Suhrke
"It's never a goal to play the songs exactly like on the records, because..."

POSTED: 08/01/2016 - 02:45 pm

 
Butch Vig: 'Contrary to Popular Belief, Nirvana Were Not Slackers'
"Dave Grohl told me they practiced every day for six months before they went into record 'Nevermind.'"

POSTED: 07/29/2016 - 01:38 pm

 
Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever: It Hurts When Someone Says Your Music Sucks But You've Got to Love Those People Too
"...because you need them."

POSTED: 07/23/2016 - 02:11 pm

 
Interview: Joey Jordison Talks His New Death Metal Band Sinsaenum Featuring DragonForce Bassist
Drummer also talks about songwriting, love for classic rock drummers and how he needs to become the drums before he can play them.

POSTED: 07/22/2016 - 12:57 pm

 
Interview: Jason Richardson Talks Debut Solo Album, Earlier Work + Documentary About His Life
"It's my story so far even though it's not too long quite yet."

POSTED: 07/16/2016 - 12:38 pm

 
DragonForce's Sam Totman: 'Playing Our Songs Live Is Not Really That Difficult'
"Half the time we're just ringing out chords..."

POSTED: 07/15/2016 - 02:23 pm

 
Revocation's David Davidson: 'There's So Many Creative Things That You Can Do With 7-String...'
Guitarist talks about that approach on "Great is Our Sin" and takes a look back at some of Revocation's earlier albums.

POSTED: 07/02/2016 - 02:28 pm

 
An Interview With Guitar Legend Al Di Meola - Part 2
In Part II of our lengthy conversation with the great Al Di Meola, he looks at working with Paco de Lucia, a close encounter with Les Paul and how New Wave music back in the 1980s almost spelled the death knell for his kind of music.

POSTED: 06/25/2016 - 11:22 am

 
An Interview With Guitar Legend Al Di Meola - Part 1
Al talks about his earliest days with Return to Forever, feeling the ghosts of the Beatles and trading licks with John McLaughlin.

POSTED: 06/24/2016 - 11:30 am

 
Lamb of God's Mark Morton: 'I'm a Blues Guitar Player 100%, I Just Happen to Be in a Metal Band'
"When I play for recreation or by myself, what's coming out of me is typically blues."

POSTED: 06/22/2016 - 11:53 am

 
An Interview With Japanese Multi-Million Album Selling Guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei
Guitar virtuoso talks about his early days, Quentin Tarantino and the new album.

POSTED: 06/16/2016 - 02:23 pm

 
UG Interview: Stooges Guitarist James Williamson Talks His Musical Upbringing, Career, and His Current Projects
"I don't really feel like I need to tour anymore."

POSTED: 06/11/2016 - 01:07 pm

 
UG Interview: Trivium's Matt Heafy Reveals Plans to Release 'A Couple Cool Acoustic Covers'
"I can't talk about what they are or when they're coming out but they'll be out soon."

POSTED: 06/09/2016 - 09:14 am

 
Filter's Richard Patrick: 'If There Were More Kids With Guitars, Maybe You Wouldn't End Up With 28 Dead Children'
"The second amendment should be fucking changed to 'everybody has the right to own a guitar.'"

POSTED: 06/03/2016 - 01:00 pm

 
'I Only Joined Opeth Because They Had a Cool Logo' - Mikael Ã…kerfeldt Recalls Band's Early Days
"They didn't really have any music for me to hear and the other guys in the band were terrible musicians I thought."

POSTED: 06/02/2016 - 03:35 pm

 
Meet Melissa VanFleet Who Progressed From Making Metal Covers on YouTube to Working With Big Names
Learn how she made her way in the new UG interview.

POSTED: 05/26/2016 - 02:41 pm

 
Chris Broderick Talks His Megadeth Days + Ideas That Ended Up on Act of Defiance Record
"It wasn't a democratic or an equal band in terms of the decisions-making process. And I was totally fine with that at the time."

POSTED: 05/24/2016 - 03:25 pm

 
Zakk Wylde Talks Guitar Influences, Wylde Audio, and His Latest Record 'Book of Shadows II'
"Once we get done touring behind the mellow stuff, we're gonna be itchin' to do the heavy riffs for the next Black Label album."

POSTED: 05/20/2016 - 01:47 pm

 
'I Don't Use Amps Live Anymore' - Adrian Belew Talks Gear, FLUX, and Recent Film Score for Pixar
"What I take with me on the road is the bare minimum but when I'm here in my studio, anything goes."

POSTED: 05/12/2016 - 01:15 pm

 
Skeletonwitch Guitarist Scott Hedrick Talks to UG: 'People Hated Our New Singer Before We Had One'
"There were plenty of keyboard commandos talking shit about us or Adam Clemans once we announced him. It's all noise. Who cares?"

POSTED: 04/30/2016 - 03:29 pm

 
Mark Tremonti Talks to UG: 'I May Not Be the Biggest Country Music Fan, But Their Players Are Insanely Talented'
"If you ever feel comfortable with the way you play, go to Nashville and go to a bar and watch some sixteen year old kid just annihilating and it will make you get back to practicing."

POSTED: 04/22/2016 - 03:42 pm

 
UG Interview With Jon Gomm: A Guitar Virtuoso and Passionate Environmentalist
"I was always really excited when I heard any guitarist breaking the rules."

POSTED: 04/21/2016 - 12:03 pm

 
Carlos Santana Talks to UG: 'I Don't Wanna Play With Precise Drummers'
"That's really important for a musician to have a drummer that doesn't sound like you're boiling an egg and counting it second by second and it's all precise."

POSTED: 04/09/2016 - 02:57 pm

 
Children of Bodom's Alexi Laiho Talks to UG: 'Playing Part Is Such a Small Part of Being in a Band'
"Being in a band is more about having people you get along with."

POSTED: 04/05/2016 - 12:40 pm

 
UG Interviews Vincent Castiglia, the Artist Who Painted a Guitar With Gary Holt's Blood
The artist talks about his life, his work, and his mad love for heavy metal.

POSTED: 04/02/2016 - 11:54 am

 
Kiko Loureiro On His Guitar Rig, Touring With Megadeth
"Everybody in Megadeth found this balance of being a metal band from the '80s with a new lineup in 2016."

POSTED: 03/23/2016 - 02:30 pm

 
NOFX's El Hefe Talks to UG: 'Learning to Play Punk Rock Was Certainly One of the Most Challenging Things I Had Done'
"Just doing it over and over is the only way I think I could have learned it."

POSTED: 03/21/2016 - 01:16 pm

 
Obscura Founder Steffen Kummerer Talks to UG About 'Akroasis' and His Vision for the Band
"Sharing my personal views with an abstract or multilayered concept seems more honest than writing a fun story about murdering your neighbor with a baseball bat."

POSTED: 03/19/2016 - 01:40 pm

 
Wolfmother Leader Andrew Stockdale Talks to UG About 'Victorious' and Playing a Led Zeppelin Song in Front of Jimmy Page
"It was like playing a song to a living music collection staring you in the face."

POSTED: 03/05/2016 - 09:20 am

 
Arch Enemy Guitarist Michael Amott Talks to UG: 'I Don't Have the Patience to Write Out Solos at Home'
"I always improvise all my solos and all the melodies and everything."

POSTED: 02/27/2016 - 02:20 pm

 
Mike Portnoy's 16-Year-Old Son Max Chats With UG About Recording His First Album
"People always think my dad just got us a deal just because he's Mike Portnoy."

POSTED: 02/25/2016 - 12:33 pm

 
UG Talks to Davie Allan: The Pioneer of Fuzz Guitar
"I never thought I was influencing anyone."

POSTED: 02/22/2016 - 01:46 pm

 
Deftones Guitarist and Co-Founder Stephen Carpenter Talks to UG: 'I Didn't Want to Play on the New Record'
"It wasn't the style or the sound I was hoping we would take."

POSTED: 02/20/2016 - 01:30 pm

 
Rival Sons Guitarist: How We Managed to Get the Opening Spot on Black Sabbath's Final Tour
From being a Sabbath fan to getting called "the best band in years" by Ozzy himself.

POSTED: 02/10/2016 - 02:54 pm

 
Max Cavalera: 'I Might Have Worked in Artwork Department if I Didn't Do It in Music'
"Artwork was something I and Igor always loved."

POSTED: 02/05/2016 - 06:11 pm

 
John Petrucci to UG About Learning Hours of New Material From 'The Astonishing': 'It's Not a Process I Enjoy'
"I wish I could just flip a switch and I'd just know how to play everything."

POSTED: 01/27/2016 - 05:15 pm

 
Devin Townsend: 'I'm Not Critical of People Downloading and Streaming My Stuff'
"I'm actively promoting things I find of my own music on YouTube."

POSTED: 12/25/2015 - 01:45 pm

 
Tenacious D: 'We Should Win Another Grammy'
UG had an opportunity to catch up with Tenacious D's Kyle Gass and John Konesky to discuss future plans for the D and their side project, the Kyle Gass Band (KGB).

POSTED: 12/15/2015 - 10:01 am

 
Richard Fortus on Punk Rock: 'True Innovation Often Comes From Ignorance'
UG takes a look at the untold Richard Fortus story.

POSTED: 12/09/2015 - 12:22 pm

 
Baroness' John Baizley: 'I Learned How to Play Punk Rock and I've Gotten Better Just Because I've Never Stopped'
Baroness guitarist/vocalist John Baizley took the time to talk to UG about band's most recent lineup changes, new album and the devastating bus crash back in 2012.

POSTED: 12/03/2015 - 03:17 pm

 
UG Tab Contributor Matt Gencturk: 'To Be a Part of UG Is Like Being a Part of a Huge Family of Musicians'
We here at UG would like to take some time to salute all of those who transcribe the tabs that have made UG the premier site for tablature, lessons, and reviews. We recently spoke with one of those unsung heroes - Mattias (Matt) Gencturk who has transcribed over 600 tabs and lent his time to help in other areas of the site as well.

POSTED: 10/31/2015 - 01:44 pm

 
Jared James Nichols to Aspiring UG Guitarists: 'You Can't Let Your Ego Get in the Way of the Music'
"All of the relationships I've ever seen broken... were all down to ego," Nichols states.

POSTED: 10/29/2015 - 08:05 am

 
Jared James Nichols: 'You Can't Let Your Ego Get in Front of What's Really Important, and That's the Music'
UG managed to catch up with Jared James Nichols to discuss the intimacy of playing without a pick, how being a nice guy will help you make it in music, and why Mountain's Leslie West is rock's greatest underrated guitarist.

POSTED: 10/29/2015 - 04:57 am

 
Trivium's Corey Beaulieu: 'I Go Guitar Tab Hunting on Ultimate-Guitar All the Time'
Trivium lead guitarist and frequent UG visitor Corey Beaulieu kindly took the time to talk to us about the new album, his unique approach to solos, seven-string guitars, and much more.

POSTED: 10/22/2015 - 05:46 am

 
Coheed and Cambria's Travis Stever: 'This Band Doesn't Have Boundaries'
Coheed and Cambria guitarist talks about his approach to writing and what it was like taking a 180 degree turn in Coheed and Cambria's music.

POSTED: 10/17/2015 - 07:33 am