I was recently given the opportunity to interview Adrian Galysh about the 20th anniversary edition of “Venusian Sunrise” and more. You can check out the chat below.
METAL ANARCHY: You recently released your 20th-anniversary edition “Venusian Sunrise.” What made you decide to re-record the effort?
AG: The original album was recorded when i was about 22-23 years old, in my parents basement, using just a single 8-track ADAT, mixer, keyboard and my guitars. So while the songs were strong, the production wasn’t. It’s a clean recording, but after a decade of making music, I started to think about redoing Venusian Sunrise, updating its sound, use real drums, etc. It wasn’t until last year, after putting it off for so long, that I realized that 2018 would be the album’s 20 year anniversary, and it then made sense to re-record the tracks, using state of the art recording software, unlimited tracks, a great drummer, and all my years of experience to bring it up to the quality I always imagined it would have.
METAL ANARCHY: What tracks were your favorite to re-record?
AG: My favorites to re-record were the ones that were challenges: “What On Earth” has an extended solo section, and it really took some creativity to come up with stuff that kept the listener engaged, and interested for so long. I also updated the song’s arrangement a little. “So Close… So Far” also presented a challenge, which was how to bring make a ballad that didn’t wreak of 80s guitar tone, and whammy bar stuff that I originally recorded. So, like any good guitarist should, I asked myself, “What would Jeff Beck do?”, and the answer became obvious, play with my fingers instead of a pick! It worked out wonderfully.
METAL ANARCHY: The album features contributions from Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) and Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani, etc.). What was it like working with them?
AG: Well, Glen played drums in my band for 5 years before joining Alice Cooper, so he was already familiar with my style and some of the songs. He has a great intuition as to what guitarists want from a drummer in this kind of music, having recorded with Tony MacAlpine, Jennifer Batten, Gary Hoey, and Paul Gilbert. Stuart Hamm’s abilities are legendary, and his tone, timing, and creativity with bass parts really lifted the songs to a new level. I was a fan of his since I recorded the original Venusian Sunrise, so it was a real treat to have his play on this.
METAL ANARCHY: Throughout your career, you’ve also collaborated and performed with industry giants like Uli Jon Roth, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc. Are there any collaborations that have stood out more than others?
AG: Uli Jon Roth has been one of my favorite guitarists since I was like 12 years old. So getting to play with him was just a dream come true. He has an endless vocabulary on the guitar and his improvisation is great. Such tone, and feel! One of the things I like best about being a professional musician is meeting and performing with musicians I admire. So, jamming with Johnny Hiland and Jerry Donahue, recording demos with Reb Beach, having Mike Keneally play keyboard on a record, are all stand outs to me.
METAL ANARCHY: You also work as the Guitar World Magazine online lesson columnist. What is that experience like?
AG: Its rather simple, I write lesson columns, that usually include an accompanying video and some notated examples. As a teacher for over 25 years, I like to think I have a good grasp of the usual problems and challenges students have when learning to play the guitar. So my private lessons usually are what gives me the ideas for the lesson column topics. The first lesson that I did for Guitar world, was called “The Scale That Will Change Your Life”, which went on to become their most popular lesson ever!
METAL ANARCHY: Finally, what are your plans for the rest of the year?
AG: More performing, but I actually think I’ll start recording new material for a new album while the ‘juices’ are flowing! I will be releasing an album of Venusian Sunrise backing tracks that guitarists can jam and hone their chops too.