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Tim Sult and Neil Fallon are guitarists in Clutch. On this episode: How Clutch have kept the same lineup for 30 years Being on a major label and going the indie route The percentage of people who buy cassettes that actually own a cassette player How Tim goes about relearning old solos How Neil approaches singing and playing at the same time Adaptin…
 
Dave Davidson is the guitarist in Revocation. On this episode: Building up through the underground, one step at a time How to stay top of mind with fans Touring with Cannibal Corpse, Periphery, and Animals As Leaders How to make the most of a 30 minute support slot Writing bad riffs on purpose Playing the long game How to know when a riff is worth …
 
Arjun Gill is a guitarist in Wake. On this episode: Musical influences growing up Arjun’s battle with cancer What it was like playing heavy music in Saudi Arabia Being sent to boarding school in Canada Sponsored by: Neural DSP (use code RIFFHARD for 30% off on plug-ins) Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll…
 
Joel Stroetzel is a guitarist for Killswitch Engage. Joel is also active in various side projects including Brothers Born and The Hidden Skyline. On this episode: Why both Eyal and Joel dropped out of Berklee How to avoid guitar related hand injuries Joel and Adam D’s approach to downpicking in Killswitch Engage You HAVE to practice playing standin…
 
Chris Garza is a guitarist in Suicide Silence and the host of The Garza Podcast. On this episode: What it was like having Ross Robinson on the Garza Podcast How Taylor Young captured the true spirit of Suicide Silence in the studio What Keanu Reeves prioritizes to be able to handle being John Wick at 54 years old What are you willing to sacrifice t…
 
Nolan Ashley is the guitarist and songwriter of Kublai Khan TX. On this episode: Documenting riffs with voice memos Why Nolan deleted his Facebook Jazz musicians that hate distortion Zakk Wylde and Killswitch Engage pinch harmonics Real amps vs sims What Kurt Ballou from Converge and God City Studio uses to sound AMAZING live How to get the most ou…
 
Steven Jones and Craig Gowans are guitarists in Bleed From Within. On this episode: How Bleed From Within use voice memos for riff writing When John Browne writes the best Monuments riffs Eyal Levi’s dream state music composition Are you messing up your songs by writing to programmed drums? Working with a string quartet on the new record Making mus…
 
Rafael Trujillo is a guitarist and songwriter that is best known for his former band, Obscura and his newest project, Obsidious. In this episode: How Rafael shreds so hard while avoiding hand injuries John Browne’s grueling method for learning brand new Monuments riffs How Obscura sounds inhumanly precise without faking it Rafael’s technique buildi…
 
Per Nilsson is a guitarist best known for his band Scar Symmetry and his stint as a live guitarist for Meshuggah. He has played guest spots for artists such as God Forbid, Threat Signal, Scale The Summit, Francesco Artusato, and more. On this episode: How Per and Eyal both came back stronger after years long hiatuses from guitar Per’s trick for lea…
 
Eyal Levi and John Browne are joined by a killer lineup of guests to celebrate episode 100! They’re joined by Doc Coyle from Bad Wolves, Mark Holcomb from Periphery, Jason Richardson from All That Remains, Mark Heylmun from Suicide Silence, and Nick Johnston. On this episode: What it was like to have Rob Trujillo of Metallica on the Ex-Man podcast …
 
Jesse Cash is a guitar player, songwriter, and vocalist in ERRA. On this episode: Being a control freak and how to work on yourself Handling technical difficulties on tour Comparing yourself to others is both good and bad The connection between the artist and the recording engineer can make or break the record Want to level up your guitar game? Che…
 
Joakim “Jolly” Karlsson is a guitarist in Bad Omens. He is also a producer and mixer based out of Los Angeles. On this episode: Getting a US work Visa can be hell Bands gotta spend money to make money Only picking up the guitar for tours Blending tones to complement the rest of the band And more! Listen to Bad Omens on Spotify. Follow Jolly on Inst…
 
Adam Bentley and Adam Rafowitz are the guitarists in Arch Echo. On this episode: Adam Rafowitz’s alternate picking workaround What’s the deal with jazz? Limiting or compressing a DI How Arch Echo writes songs And more! Listen to Arch Echo on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over…
 
Andrew Tkaczyk is the drummer for The Ghost Inside, session songwriter and ex-drummer for For the Fallen Dreams and releases music as a solo artist under the name One Decade. On this episode: The initial spark when writing songs Soundtracks can make or break movies Good picking hand technique makes everything sound better Working with Will Putney A…
 
Mateusz Maurycy Śmierzchalski, stage name Havoc, is best known for previously being the rhythm guitarist, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist for Behemoth but has also worked with acts such as Therion, Eluveitie, and Decapitated. On this episode: Getting the gig with Behemoth Being mostly self-taught on guitar Being diagnosed with bipolar disease …
 
Brody Uttley is the guitarist and co-founder of Rivers of Nihil. On this episode: Prepping your rig for a headlining tour Post-big project depression Practice as if you were playing live Being fueled by fear Working at Rock Lititz Follow Brody Uttley on Instagram and Twitter. Listen to Rivers of Nihil on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. V…
 
Wes Hauch is a well-respected lead guitarist in metal who is known for his work with The Faceless, Black Crown Initiate, Alluvial, Thy Art Is Murder, and many others. On this episode: Not being star struck by famous musicians Feeling like your playing isn’t good enough The way your wear your guitar matters The music industry isn’t dead Why Sweetwat…
 
Ben Thomas and Ash Gray are the guitarists in Venom Prison. On this episode: Dealing with writing disagreements Guitarists recording the bass parts Wasting time in the studio sucks Making sure your pre-production is usable if needed And more! Listen to Venom Prison on Spotify. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up,…
 
Paul Masvidal is the guitarist and vocalist in Cynic, Aeon Spoke, and an ex-member of the legendary Death. On this episode: Not limiting yourself to one genre You should be naturally drawn to doing something well Let artists hear an idea instead of talking about it Knowing what communication style works for you The connection between meditation and…
 
Rohan Stevenson is the guitar player, songwriter, and creator of the band I Built the Sky. On this episode: With the world shutting down, the primary focus had to change If you’re unhappy with your job then do everything you can to change it Trusting your gut and doing something different - such as recording an acoustic album with Forrester Savell …
 
Mick Gordon is a composer and producer known for the Doom, Wolfenstein and Atomic Heart soundtracks, as well as his collaborations with Bring Me the Horizon and Motionless in White, among others. On this episode: Having an emotional path into music Before the release of Doom, the team believed it was going to flop Pockets of inspiration when collab…
 
Ricky Armellino is a guitarist in Ice Nine Kills and the vocalist in Hawk. On this episode: How to write a killer riff Knowing when to ditch an idea Adapting to working with Ice Nine Kills How to build a successful music career Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over 100 video tutorials wi…
 
Pete Loeffler is the guitarist and the lead singer in Chevelle. On this episode: What it was like to work with Joe Baressi Being in a band with your brothers Making the most of terrible situations What everyone in a band should know about the music business Follow Pete Loeffler on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. Wh…
 
Richard Shaw is a guitarist in Cradle of Filth. On this episode: Getting the Cradle of Filth gig Learning parts by ear Striving for more and never being fully satisfied Cradle of Filth surviving metal’s ups and downs Follow Richard Shaw on Instagram. Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard. When you sign up, you'll get access to: Over…
 
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