You just released your new album In The Wasteland which is such an incredible album. It’s also your first solo release in about 6 years. How do you feel you were able to connect with In The Wasteland compared to your 2012 album, Natural Born Killer?
So, for me, I ended up writing 45 songs and narrowed it down to 14 and then ultimately 11. But I went through a lot of different creative paths with it. And at a certain point, you get songs you’re really excited about, but then maybe they might not fit into the collection. So, there are a lot of those songs that are still out there that may end up on video games, or TV shows or movies or maybe they’ll end up on the next record. but for me, this collection of songs is it the most accurate representation I think of me as an artist. from what I understand it’s getting attention on the Rock chart, the Metal chart, and the Country chart all at the same time, which is me exactly, you know what I mean? [laughs] It’s an amalgamation of those certain styles and somewhere in the middle, so that’s super exciting.
You are truly such a diverse artist, you really bridge the gap Rock and metal and Country… You touched on it in your previous answer, but I just want to get your opinion your feelings about how you feel you bridge the gap between those genres? And how do you feel that represents you as an artist?
Well I love the album! You were just talking about artists that you were drawn to while you were growing up, who were some of the artists who initially sparked your passion for Rock, Metal, and Country?
I have these weird gaps in my influences because I was really into Led Zeppelin for a long time, but for only those two albums. [laughs] And then, I am obsessed with Deep Purple Mark III, which was when David Coverdale sang and Glen Hughes sang with him. Burn and Stormbringer are like my absolute favorite rock albums of all time. In fact, I think Deep Purple’s Burn is one of my favorite albums of all time, for sure.
How do you feel Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin have made an impact on your new album?
I love to ask this question to everyone I interview because every artist I ask, I get a different response. To me, music is alive. There’s just an energy – many different energies to it. How would you say that you bring your music to life?
I was going to ask this question later on in the interview, but since you just brought it up… There is a live energy aspect, like on your studio album and when you’re recording, it can be very isolated. How do you feel that you translate your live energy into the studio?
You also mentioned there’s a magic with playing live. What are some of your most magical moments that you have had whether it be while performing live or even in the studio? Have you had any moments when you’ve been creating music too?
You have your work with Godhead, which is Rock and then you went Country with your solo work, would you say that energy or that magic maybe differs between the two genres or is it kind of the same?
What are some your most honest and raw moments on your new album; the most profound ones?
I’ve had artists tell me that as they’re writing and creating music, that the music speaks to them and kind of tells them what to write. How did your songs, as you were writing In The Wasteland, speak to you?
How would you say everything began to materialize for you while you were writing In The Wasteland?
As everything is materializing, you have a vision of what the song/album is going to be – how do you even begin to take those visions and turn them into riffs, melodies, and lyrics too?
Which song or songs have some of the most meaning for you on In The Wasteland?
You were talking about how a lot of your songs are inspired by Heaven and Hell and also, as you were just saying, the digital mobs & mobs…What exactly was it that sparked your inspiration for those themes, especially the Heaven and Hell one?
This is, I have to say, one of the most interesting interviews I’ve had in a long, long time. Thank you for being so open and raw and honest. It’s very fascinating. You also keep mentioning things that touch on my questions I have for further on in the interview. Like you were saying that writing In The Wasteland was a journey for you; music always is a journey– throughout your entire career, whether it be your solo work, Godhead, or just as being an artist/musician in general– what have been some experiences that have impacted you the most throughout your journey?
I mean, performing at a show, I’m at my most pure moment and nothing else matters and I have absolute focus on that. I think that a lot of performers are that way, it’s something that we share as fellow performers and it’s almost undefinable as to how great we can be and so I’m always hoping to do that again and again and again and again. That’s, for me, the ultimate [sic], is performing live and being able to hopefully entertain people with what I’m doing.
Would you like to share any experiences you’ve had where you’ve been in that dark mindset and playing guitar has helped get you through it or even with your songwriting has helped be a part of your healing?