Interview with Jason Becker
[MuzikMan] Jason, what are your thoughts on the new tribute album "Warmth In The Wilderness-A Tribute To Jason Becker"? Has it been received well by fans and the press?
Jason Becker I am really happy and touched. Sometimes it feels strange because people do so much for me. I don't know how it is being received yet.
[MuzikMan] Your work in the eighties with the group "Cacophony" and your solo material was considered as groundbreaking. What was going through your mind during the creative process of that group’s recording? What would you consider as the driving force behind you at that time in your life?
Jason Becker The two driving forces at that time for me were donuts and bologna sandwiches. No, actually they were my love for music, especially coming up with new weird stuff, and Marty Friedman. Marty and I just had so much fun because we got along so well and we totally clicked musically.
[MuzikMan] You are suffering from a disease (ALS) that has forced you to stop playing the guitar. What are your thoughts on the life changing processes that you have gone through over the last several years? Some people don’t have the courage or strength to carry on when they are devastated physically like you have been, where does your strength and hope come from?
Jason Becker I guess there is something strong inside me but also I would be fucked if I didn't have a great family, friends and a sweet girlfriend. Plus, of course, I get so much strength and help from my guru, Amma.
[MuzikMan] What is your daily life like now? What kind of music do you think is the most valid and influential these days? Do you have any particular favorites that remind you of yourself at the height of your career?
Jason Becker As far as I know, there is nothing really groundbreaking that is popular these days. I mean Uli Roth and many guitarists are wonderful, but they aren't popular that I know of. Most of the stuff I see on TV is just silly and fun but really not valid or innovative, except No Doubt and a couple of others. My daily life is mostly like everyone else's, except everything takes longer.
[MuzikMan] You were no doubt a "progressive" rock guitarist, how do you feel the Progressive Rock genre has been developing? Do you feel any groups are leading the way? Do you think Progressive Rock has changed that much since its inception?
Jason Becker Wow, I just never buy CD's anymore, so I don't even know who is progressive rock anymore. I wasn't very influenced by progressive rock, although I dig it, except the band "Yes" did inspire me. I am probably blanking on some greats.
[MuzikMan] Today’s technology has been a key in the changes and development of music. What do you feel you could do today with your music that you couldn’t do in the eighties?
Jason Becker Probably write cool symphonies and some modern funk with blazing guitar. Actually, I could do that without technology, but it would just be easier for me now.
[MuzikMan] Are able to get on the Internet and check out all the music related sites? If so, whom do you feel (or what sites) are on the cutting edge of music and technology? What sites do you feel have been the most influential in changing the way Independent music is perceived?
Jason Becker Man, I am ashamed, but I just don't look at music web sites.
[MuzikMan] If you have the opportunity to record again, what ideas do you have in mind for your next project?
Jason Becker I haven't thought about it lately, but it would either be a symphony or funky, and possibly devotional stuff. Whatever, there would be lots of guitar on it.
[MuzikMan] Finally, what would you like to say to all the readers in cyberspace? Do you have a special message for everyone?
Jason Becker For me, when I am happy and giving love, good things come to me. Try it.
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» Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn - Shrapnel Records (2001-08-14)
» Cacophony - Speed Metal Symphony - Shrapnel Records (2001-08-14)
» Cacophony - Go Off! - Shrapnel Records (2001-08-14)
» Warmth In The Wilderness - A Tribute To Jason Becker - Lion Music (2001-07-31)