60 Sec­onds with...

A minute’s all it takes to find out what makes a great gui­tarist tick. This month: Gui­tarist with The Aris­to­crats and Steven Wil­son, and mu­si­cian ex­traor­di­naire, the gen­uinely inim­itable Guthrie Go­van

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar?

GG: My dad, I sup­pose. He may not have been the most ac­com­plished player, but his enthusiasm and pas­sion for mu­sic were big in­flu­ences in my for­ma­tive years!

GT: What was the first gui­tar you re­ally lusted af­ter?

GG: I re­mem­ber hav­ing a Gibson cat­a­logue when I was a lit­tle kid in the very late 70s, and there was some­thing I des­per­ately wanted to own on al­most ev­ery page. (I say ‘al­most’ be­cause I vividly re­mem­ber be­ing ap­palled by the RD range).

GT: What was the sin­gle best gig you ever did…

GG: Hard to say, but there was def­i­nitely some­thing uniquely mem­o­rable about Dizzee Ras­cal’s Elec­tric Proms gig.

GT: …and your worst play­ing nightmare?

GG: Any gig where I can’t prop­erly hear what’s hap­pen­ing on the stage…

GT: What’s the most im­por­tant mu­si­cal les­son you ever learnt?

GG: That there can be a big dif­fer­ence be­tween sim­ply play­ing some­thing ‘cor­rectly’ and play­ing it like you re­ally mean it. I re­mem­ber my dad say­ing some­thing like this to me way back when I only knew about three chords: it made a lot of sense to me then, and it still does to this day.

There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween play­ing some­thing ‘cor­rectly’ and play­ing it like you mean it.

GT: Do you still prac­tise?

GG: Not re­ally. If I have to learn a bunch of new ma­te­rial, I’ll play it for as long as it takes to sink in (which varies wildly depend­ing on the na­ture of the ma­te­rial!) but other than that, most of my ‘prac­tice’ time hap­pens on­stage these days.

GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up rou­tine, and if so what is it?

GG: Not at all - maybe I should, but I like the feel­ing of walk­ing onto the stage, pick­ing up the gui­tar and be­ing pleased to see it. Rightly or wrongly, I fear that I might sac­ri­fice a lit­tle of that en­ergy and raw enthusiasm if I were to adopt any kind of pre-gig scale/ ar­peg­gio rou­tine…

GT: If you could put to­gether a fan­tasy band with you in it, who would the other play­ers be (dead or alive)?

GG: I’m tempted to pick one of the 80s Frank Zappa line-ups. Hav­ing said that… I guess be­ing in­volved with such a thing would gen­er­ate a dis­turb­ing quan­tity of home­work!

GT: Present com­pany ex­cepted (and notwith­stand­ing the stu­pid­ity of the ques­tion!), who’s the great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived?

GG: I never know how to an­swer ques­tions like that. Call me a killjoy if you will, but the ques­tion strikes me as some­thing akin to ask­ing, “what’s the best fruit?” I could hap­pily pick the great­est Jimi/Django/Chet/Wes etc etc, but each of those guys had a unique per­sonal state­ment to com­mu­ni­cate and I don’t think stuff like that can (or should) be categorised in any kind of league ta­ble!

GT: Has there ever been a solo by some­one else that you re­ally wish you had played in­stead of them?

GG: Not re­ally… but there are plenty of my own so­los which I wish I’d played bet­ter!

GT: What’s the solo or song of your own of which you’re most proud?

GG: Quite pos­si­bly Eric, from my Erotic Cakes al­bum. In terms of more re­cent stuff, I’m par­tic­u­larly happy with ti­tle track from The Aris­to­crats’ Cul­ture Clash al­bum, for some rea­son…

GT: What would you most like to be re­mem­bered for?

GG: De­flect­ing dif­fi­cult in­ter­view ques­tions… ;-)

Guthrie Go­van: with Charvel gui­tar and Vic­tory amp

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.