PAUL RYAN (Origin)
Another edition of The G-String Series, this time with PAUL RYAN from ORIGIN (US).
When did you start playing the guitar? In what age and which band was actually the one that made you wanting to grab a guitar and start playing?
Age 13 – SLAYER !!!
What actually makes a guitarist unique? Feeling or technique? Many people for example cannot stand Satriani…who is absolutely a master when it comes to technique!
Well, I would say style is feeling & technique combined. I personally try to do a little of both in a different format than most in death metal. That’s what makes us sound different. And Satriani – Great Guitarist and Great Person!
What was your first guitar? Do you still have it?
It was an electric. I took it apart trying to learn how to repair guitars. Its in parts still today.
Do you think that the guitarist is making the quality or maybe the equipment can do magic?
Well, good gear helps out significantly but you still have to play the instrument proficiently.
What kind of equipment do you use? Guitars…pick ups…amps…? Do you use different equipment in the studio and different while playing live? If yes then what is the reason?
Jackson Warrior Guitar, EMG 81 & 85 Pickups, Mesa Boogie Amps & Cabs. I use the exact setup live as I do in the studio.
Construct the guitar of your dreams…brand, pick ups, strings..everything!
I already have it! Listed above!
Now form the band of your dreams…with you participating of course…Which individuals you think would fit like a glove to your style?
I am jamming with the people I love playing music with most now, John Longstreth, Jason Keyser, Mike Flores.
Are you participating in the composing of your bands material or you’re just a performer? How important is it for an artist to be able to express himself? I mean, if for example you were in a band only for performing someone else’s musical themes…would you handle it not participating…not being able to express yourself?
I compose, eventually performers become uninspired just being session guys. Music is personal expression. I would be bored if I was only a session performer.
Have you ever run out of ideas while composing a new album? How did you fight it? What was the solution?
I have, the solution is PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Sometimes revisiting older material of my own helps me put new music in a different perspective.
Do you have endorsements? Do you think endorsements are important for an artist?
Mesa Boogie amps & Dunlop picks & Strings. Jackson Guitars but they have been slacking on getting me a new guitar (hint, hint).
In all the years that you’ve been playing did something go totally wrong during a concert of yours? If yes, what was it. Please go ahead!
Amps have blown, strings have broken, just little mishaps along the way. Our singer (Jason) broke his finger & snapped it back in place during the song, so we didn’t stop.
Ok then…thank you for answering these questions. One last thing now! Who is the guitarist that you admire or that you would like to "punish" by have him answering these same questions?
John Gallagher from Dying Fetus. Ha!
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