Q&A: JOE SATRIANI
Joe Satriani, guitarist, on what he looks for in collaborators, the popularity of the six string and his up coming sci-fi project
Q. You will perform at the NH7 Weekender festival in Pune in December exactly a year after Steve Vai, who learned to play guitar from you. What makes a great student?
Dedication, tenacity, respect and an unswerving will to succeed.
Q. You’ve worked with a vast number of artists over the years. What makes a good collaborator?
You have to let your guard down and not be afraid to fail, to express ideas that might be silly or seemingly off the wall. Conversely, you have to give a lot of leeway to your fellow collaborators and let them feel comfortable to open up and try anything.
Q. Even in this age of electronic music, the guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Why?
The fingertip of a human being touching a vibrating string, turning feelings into sounds. It’s that simple.
Q. You’re a big fan of science fiction. Would you ever consider publishing a science fiction book of your own?
Guitarist Ned Evett and I have our own production studio called Satchtoons. We have created a good number of original short stories, scripts and characters in the sci-fi genre. Our first collaboration, ‘Crystal Planet’, will be featured in the next big issue of Heavy Metal magazine. Keep an eye out for it!