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Guitarz Forever.com Interview w/ Guitarist Adrian Galysh
Scott > Hi Adrian, thank you for agreeing to do an interview w/ my website Guitarz Forever.com.
Adrian > My Pleasure, Scott.
Scott > Give our readers a short but descriptive label for your style of music.
Adrian > I like to describe my music as melodic instrumental rock guitar with world music, classical and jazz influences. However, my most recent music does have some vocals. Anyone who enjoys Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani would enjoy my music.
Scott > What's going on in your music world these days? Any New news we should know about?
Adrian > I am now writing and recording my 5th album. It in the demo stages now, and this album will be different than my others in that I will be singing, and it will be very blues influenced.
Scott > Where do you live, play live, and record ?
Adrian > I live in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. I do most of my playing here in the southern California area, but this last year I performed in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
Scott > I was reading your BIO Page and I see that you are a sideman to ex-Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth... Tell us a little bit about how that came to be and your experience playing with a legend.
Adrian > I've been a fan of the Scorpions and Uli Jon Roth since i was a kid, and I grew up listening to all those early albums. Uli had not played the United States for about 19 years... until 2004. In 2006 he announced his first "Sky Academy: Uli Jon Roth and Friends" concerts. Being an-uber fan, I reach out to him through his website, included some links to my music, and asked if i could perform with him, and to my surprise he agreed. We played a few tunes then, then the next year, and the year after. Eventually, as he was planning a tour in early 2011 he asked if i could play in his band, which also included Glen Sobel, and Bjorn Englen. Playing with him was a dream come true. He's a nice guy, a true artist, still a bit of a hippie, and he plays what he feels, when he feels like it. Rehearsals were rare, and there was never a set list. I think at most, the band knew what the first two songs might be on a given night.
Scott > Are there a lot of places to play your style of music in and around your area? If so, could you name some venues?
Adrian > Not a lot, and the venues are always changing - old ones closing, new ones opening. But its easier to book a gig doing this here in LA, then it was when I lived in Virginia. The #1 spot in LA for jazz/fusion is The Baked Potato on Studio City. There is also the classic clubs like The Whiskey A Go Go, Roxy, and The Viper Room...
Scott > So please tell us of any new musical project that you are currently working on?
Adrian > The new project is a blues focused album. It will be half covers of classic blues tunes and half originals. It will have a hard rock bent to it, but the guitar playing will reflect my other influences like David Gilmore, Albert King, and Joe Bonamassa. The album will have some great guest guitarists too.
Scott > What is the name of your latest album and tell us how that album came about.
Adrian > My latest is TONE POET. This album is truly my best effort and I feel best represents my guitar playing, and shows my unique sense of composition that includes classical, world music, and jazz/blues rock influences. This album was hard work. Really, a labor of love. I had writers block from about 2008-2012. Nothing interested me, and any attempt to write and record just fell flat. I then upgraded my home studio, which allowed me to record guitar and orchestral music that sounded real, and great. The sounds coming from my laptop's recording software were really inspiring and from then on it just flowed. However, Tone Poet has so much going on with instrumentation, in addition to some tricky compositional elements that it was a real challenge to manage all of it. Being the writer, engineer, and playing all of the guitar and keyboard parts made it so it felt like i was in over my head some days. But with the help of the other musicians involved and the mixing engineer, it turned out wonderful. I'd like to thank drummers Todd Sucherman and Charlie Waymire, bassist Philip Bynoe and mix engineer Jessie Bilson for all their help, talent and input.
Scott > How do you come up with your songs? Is it one song writer or more of a collaborated effort with other musicians?
Adrian > I usually sit at the keyboard and dial up a patch, then see what comes out. It could be a simple melody or chord progression that gets me started. Or I'll have a germ of a guitar riff idea and put it to some electronic drums... if that inspires me, i can usually improvise around for a while to develop another part. At some point i have 3-4 song parts that I can cut and paste around in the computer to see what order seems to work. This gives me the framework for the song. I'll then work out details like intros, solo sections, outros, etc.
Sometimes, I'll literally "borrow" a chord progression from a song i like, and see what i can do to take it out of its original context... this is a great starting point and usually leads to some interesting and unexpected results.
Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?
Adrian > I would say 80% of the time. I can usually see an idea through to the end. Sometimes I just stash the idea for another day. Songs from my album, Earth Tones was a lot like that. I went through old demos, and song ideas on my computer and stitched them together to make complete songs. This would sometimes require that I change the keys and tempos of the ideas to match.
Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?
Adrian > I think i have. I can't remember a specific song where that happened, but I know that's happened.
Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?
Adrian > I took guitar lessons since age 12. I attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where I got a bachelor's degree in music (jazz guitar, and audio engineering). I'm kind of a music theory geek, though my guitar playing tends to be a bit looser than i'd sometimes like.
Scott > So, what type of guitars do you play and why?
Adrian > I use mostly iGuitar Workshop/Brian Moore Custom guitars. They offer the "Adrian Galysh Signature C90F" model that is use as my main axe. I have a variety of guitars, but the signature model has all the features and tone that I like the most. I have been endorsing their fine instruments since 1997, I think. In addition to those guitars I have Les Pauls, some archtop jazz guitars, and few Yamaha acoustics.
Scott > What type of amps do you use? Do you use different amps for the studio vs live shows. If so, why?
Adrian > I have 17 guitars and just 2 amps! My set up is old school mid 90s technology: a Marshall JMP1 Preamp, Alesis Quadraverb, Peavey 50/50 tube Power Amp into a Marshall 1960 Vintage 4x12 cabinet. This is a similar rig to what the guys in Iron Maiden and Def Leppard use. This is my live rig... Strangely enough, when I record, I now tend to use Logic 9's virtual amp plugins. I thought I'd be that last person to do that, but damn if they don't sound great and it makes it easy to call up the same settings and tones for future sessions.
Scott > Do you have any endorsement with instrument and gear companies?
Adrian > Yes, I use Brian Moore Custom Guitars, SIT Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups, and Morley Pedals.
Scott > How did you first get into the music business?
Adrian > My job out of high school was teaching guitar. After i graduated college I continued teaching, then moved to Los Angeles, where I have been teaching, doing recording sessions, composing for TV/commercials, as well as writing, recording and performing my own music. I've always been entrepreneurial, though.
Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
Adrian > I'm going to combine my list of influences with my list of inspirations: Randy Rhoads, Van Halen, Uli Jon Roth, Steve Vai, Steve Howe, Steve Morse, Michael Schenker, Reb Beach, Devin Townsend, Henry Johnson, and Carl Verheyen come to mind. I'm sure there are many others!
Scott > How has your guitar playing evolved over the years?
Adrian > I think with every album I've been able to better hone in on an "Adrian Galysh" sound. Half of that equation is my songwriting, but the other half is simply getting a better handle on the instrument itself. I'm a much better player now than just even 5-10 years ago. It feels easier now. I get good-great takes sooner than later. I owe this to constantly exploring a variety of styles of music. I'll often spend hours practicing country licks, jazz standards, revisiting classic Randy Rhoads solos, and listening to new kinds of music.
Scott > What are you listening to these days?
Adrian > I've been on a jazz guitar kick for the last 8 months, so artists like Jimmy Bruno, Wes Montgomery, Henry Johnson, Hank Garland, Jim Hall, and John Pisano. I've been enjoying Steve Lukather's new solo album, Joe Bonamassa, and when Devin Townsend releases anything, I usually get deep into that for a while.
Scott > Do you have a dream car?
Adrian > A couple. I want to get a early 70s Corvette Stingray, or a '64 Stingray... but if I win the lottery, a BMW Z8.
Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to
Adrian > I gotta admit, music takes up a hell of a lot of my time... but I do enjoy fine wines. I'm a total wine buff, some may say wine-snob. I love French and Italian wines, especially Burgundy, Sancerre, Chianti, and Alsacian Reislings. And I suppose Irish Whiskies too.
Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.