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Exclusive interview with Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani makes a stop in Nashville
Joe Satriani makes a stop in Nashville
Christie Goodwin

Legendary guitarist Joe Satriani makes a stop in Nashville this week to promote his latest album, Unstoppable Momentum. Joining Satriani on the road is veteran band mate Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai) on keyboards, along with an entirely new rhythm-section, featuring bassist Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Dweezil Zappa) and drummer Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Steve Wilson). In a recent interview with Satriani, he talked about the new album and much more.

When Satriani first began playing music at the age of 9, it was actually the drums. It wasn’t until his early teens when he gave up the drums for a guitar. In doing so, he forever changed the history of music. He has become one of the most sought after guitar players in the world. His earliest influences include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Satriani is proud of his latest endeavor, Unstoppable Momentum. “It’s my most melodic to date. It’s made me do what I do best…stay in rock with the intensity and attitude,” Satriani said. He took sixteen compositions and worked it down to eleven songs for the album. “I was always second guessing whether I chose the right songs,” he said.

Recently turning 57, Satriani has been playing guitar since he picked it up at the age of 14. He’s learned a lot over the years. “I’ve learned to channel my energy a little better,” he said. He talked about having a different perspective the longer he plays. “My heroes are still touring. I still see them innovating, but at the same time, learning to control their talents,” he explained.

Satriani is a talented composer who has spent years mastering his craft. When it comes to composing, he uses a couple of different methods. “I quickly jot it down, or sometimes I write little sections that follow for decades,” he stated.

He has some helpful advice for up and coming musicians: “You’ve got to love what you do. Perseverance is a great thing, and you can’t get discouraged, even though despair writes great music. Being prepared for good luck is a great thing.”

Satriani will be performing Tuesday, September 17th at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium

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