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Hi Jennifer. Thanks a lot for accepting this interview for the new french metal Webzine http://www.auxportesdumetal.com
1) Can you please describe us your projects and activities since
the release of "Above, Below and Beyond" in the 90s ?
after that CD came out I went on my 2nd tour with Michael Jackson.After
that tour I recorded the Momentum CD with Glen Sobel and Ricky Wolking.
It was a more focused CD with the theme of world beat ethnic influence
throughout. I did the 3rd Jackson tour following it's release in 97.
With only a few months break after that tour I joined Jeff Beck's band and
spent 3 years touring and recording with him.
2) In which musical direction would you like to go today
? With Above,Below and Beyond" your style was really demonstrative as a
guitar-hero,with your project "The Immigrants" you were more
oriented hard blues/rock,with "Tribal
Momentum" you integrated percussions and tribal rhythms. After more than 10 years of maturity, to which style do
you want to go ?
new CD is a completely different direction once again. I was very influenced
by being with Jeff Beck. He turned me on to some killer techno and
electronica music, so that's the direction I've gone. I'm almost done with
my 3rd CD which I've programmed myself. It's all about ear candy, a variety
of sounds, and vocal samples as well. It's also very light hearted with
lots of comedy.
With which line-up will you play ?
planning on touring alone with backing tracks and film as a multi media event
5) What are your other projects ? A DVD ?
a DVD is in the works but the contents will remain a surprise to see if I
can pull it off.
Guitar clinics ?
I have guitar clinics around the planet on a regular basis. This year I'll
go twice to Japan, Canada in July and UK in Sept.
A new guitar method?
of doing a guitar method doesn't interest me much.
Appearances on CDs as special guest ?
always guesting on others' CD's. The
latest one is a band in Denver Colorado. I'm pretty happy with how it turned
out. It's a bit of a Whitney Houston ballad. I don't know when it will
be released but I'll post it on my site when I know
6) What do you think of the guitar-hero style today ?
haven't kept up with the new folks coming up really.
Do you think that technique
is still important for one part of the metal audience ?
I think that will remain a part of metal
Maybe especially in Japan ?
is sometimes 10 years behind us and still in love with Yngwie and 80's
hair -- not a bad thing
7) What do you think of the evolution of guitar-heroes who
started in the 80s such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen ... ?
happy to see they all still have a loyal following
8) With which band/which artist would you dream to play ?
already played with my biggest hero so the rest would pale in comparison.
I can't think of anyone right now though there are many people I admire
9) Which artists do you consider today to be the future of
I think we'll see Kaki King carve a healthy niche for herself--very original.
Mostly I now listen to other instruments though.
10) Ron Thal was hired by Guns N' Roses for the worldwide
tour. What do youthink of this choice to
replace Slash ?
haven't heard the combination but I know he's very creative so it should be
a welcome breath of fresh air.
Would you have liked to tour with this mythic band ?
Axyl has carved his disposition as a nightmare. It would be a drag to travel
with such a bipolar character.
Were you contacted for this ?
NO -- it's a pretty macho atmosphere as was
Ozzy when I tried to audition for him. I don't think a lot of those bands are open
to having a female
thanks for taking time to reply to this interview and good luck for your