It is true, Slash actually wanted to play in Croatia on 26th June. Famous guitarist yet again makes a remarkable career within a group of friends: Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators. He may be of a wild and dangerous look, but he thrilled us with his nice and friendly conversation ability.
Objavljeno: 09.06.2015. 19:10
Everything has been said about Saul Hudson aka Slash, ex- Guns'n'Roses eponymous guitarist. Yet, with his extraordinary talent he still manages to excite an army of his fans throughout the world as well as everybody else. He also surprised us with his down-to-Earth and narrative conversation, making this short interview to be a bit of a candy.
You had been to our neighbor country Slovenia in Ljubljana two years ago - lots of Croatian fans were there as well – the rumor is that you wanted to play in Zagreb, so the gig was added subsequently to the tour on 26th June. Any truth in that rumor?
Yeah, that is true! We never played there before and I have never played there in my whole career. I just want to play because I know we have a lot of fans from there, so we decided „let's make a stop in Croatia“.
You've been continuously touring for the past few years. Is this also certain business necessity or do you want to do things this way?
I just like touring, I like playing live. That's really my motivation: I like to create new material, put out a new record and go out and tour. I think that is what inspired me ever since I picked up a guitar when I was 15.
„World on Fire“ was in making while touring - was the last tour so inspirational?
You know, when you are on tour for about a year and you just sort of, pick up bits and pieces as you go, I cannot think of any, or specifically say every inspiration along the way that became „World on Fire“, but it was a lot of different things that was going on. I am watching on a new record now, you just pick up little bits and pieces as you go.
How do you decided to put no less than 17 songs on the album, more than 70 minutes of music? This hasn’t happened in rock for a while.
No, it hasn't. Well, it a long story. When I did my first solo record, and then all throughout the first group record with Myles and The Conspirators „Apocalyptic Love“
record. Both those albums had 17 or more songs on them. The friend of mine said that you couldn't put more that 12 or 13 songs on the record, at this point, so we put the extra songs on the next record that we put out later, but it undermined those songs that made them seem like they were B songs, B-siders - and that wasn't the case. It was just that we had more songs that I thought we can put out on a record. So when we did this record and we have challenging lot, we just said „fuck it, let put them on“.
With „World on Fire“ there is a strong feeling that yourself and your friends, Myles and The Conspirators are now became more of a true band, an entity - than a „ft.“. How do you feel about it?
Yeah, I know, it is true. Because really fall naturally into a band context, I'd like to work with the group as a group as opposed to being dictating what everybody else does. Then I started out doing a solo thing and suddenly enough, the guys I chose to put together to go on a road with turned out to be a really great combination of guys and so it just sort of evolved into more of a group then a solo project over time.
Although you are not singing, with Myles who is such a great front man and singer - it looks like the two of you have a special vibe together. How is Myles different from all other singers you have worked with previously?
With Myles he was just was a fresh voice for me, I have never heard him sing before I first worked with him. He just had such a great, unique, and original however you want to put it, style and sound. He is also really, really easy to work with, so we get along really well. You know, it was sort of a blessing when I met him because I did not have far reaching plans for starting a band at the time, so it just happened very naturally, but it turned into really great professional and personal relationship.
It is known you are into horror movies, producing „Nothing left to fear “in 2013 and writing a score for it. Was this a challenging venture?
Yeah, I'm a big horror movie fan, always have been as far as I can remember. So, I was given the opportunity to produce and it's something that I really enjoy doing it. It is something that appeals to me, so I decided to continue doing it – I am actually watching on my next movie now.
How is different the creative process of making movie score from the one you usually do?
Well, I think that a thing of making movies as a producer is that it involves a lot of people , much more than working in a rock'n'roll band. That is something that you have to adapt to. I just love the process of getting all the right components together to make a good movie. It is a challenge and it appeals to me on a creative level.
In making music for movies there is no tour afterwards – do you miss that part?
Well yeah, it's very different. When I write music for movies – it is like I use a little bit different creative part of my brain which is thinking more along the lines of orchestration and along the lines of an emotion level for a visual, so it is very different and I write completely differently when I 'm doing it. There is no tour, but there it actually movie itself and that the merit you want to see happened. You know, is the right music for the right visual - and then you seeing it finished on the screen.
Back to Zagreb - you will have a couple of days off before and after the Zagreb concert. How do you re-charge?
Well, yesterday I pretty much slept (laugh). I don't sleep much on the road, so when you have day off this is really more or less what you end up doing.
We are looking forward to rock with you on 26th in Zagreb we'll see you there. Thank you very much for this interview.
It was really nice talking to you and I am really excited about coming down there.
Interview by: Anastazija Vržina
Conversation by: Helena Hena Bučko