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10 Quick Ones with ADRIAN GALYSH – July 2018

| 23 July 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rock Guitar virtuoso ADRIAN GALYSH has revealed the first single, “So Close… So Far,” off of his upcoming Venusian Sunrise: 20th Anniversary Edition. Due out July 10, 2018, Venusian Sunrise: 20th Anniversary Edition will include completely re-recorded tracks, the remastered original record, and bonus live tracks.” We get Adrian to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your re-release of ‘Venusian Sunrise’. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Will they pick up something different with this re-release? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

While the main difference between the new recordings and the original 1998 recordings are obvious: modern guitar tone, live drums, and updated production, I think die hard fans will hear a couple new song arrangements including “What On Earth” which has an extended A section after the solos. “So Close… “So Far” was a big difference, the guitar part has a more timeless feel, having played the part with my fingers instead of a pick.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

While I grew up in a musical household (my mother played piano, and my father played violin), I distinctly remember hearing Randy Rhoads’ guitar playing on the Ozzy Osbourne album Blizzard Of Ozz and being blown away. I thought that if it was so exciting to hear guitar played like that, then it must be equally thrilling to actually play guitar. I was hooked and then begged my parents to let me take guitar lessons. After two years of begging, they finally let me take lessons, and got me a classical guitar – which was fine by me, Randy played classical!

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

It is so hard to name just five, but I’l try. Certainly, my list would include Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen, Uli Jon Roth, Richie Blackmore, and Steve Vai. But I’d hate to leave out Jeff Beck, Michael Schenker, Howard Roberts, and Jimmy Bruno!

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Eddie Van Halen. He’s a legend.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Its a mixture of progressive rock, blues and guitar-centric music, similar to Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson, and Joe Satriani.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The camaraderie. I love the musician hang, and exchanged road stories.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Me, me, and me!

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I can’t think of anything else I’d like to do for a living, but if push came to shove, I’m a bit of a wine geek, and working at a winery would be fun.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I’ve had a couple, one I won’t discuss, because its too embarrassing, but there was a period where I was working an office job, in the music industry, and I really should have been out there doing music full time. I feel it held me back, and I wasn’t making music my priority.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for anyone record in history, which would you choose and what does that record mean to you?

Ooooh, probably Blizzard Of Ozz just to witness Randy Rhoads bloom into the legendary player he became and see how all the songs came together. Such a solid album!





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