"All About The Album - 15 Questions" - a brand new section at the RockUnited site where any recording artist with an recently released CD is confronted with standard questions (15 of them, duh!). If you'd like to have your material up here, email: urban "at" rockunited.com (simply replace "at" with your standard @ )
ALEX MASI: "Theory Of Everything"
ALEX MASI - I've been reviewing (and done interviews) with the guitar hero quite some times already. Now almost 4 years on from his last solo album Alex returns with his most adventurous and personal album to date (well, at least according to the press-release) – "Theory Of Everything", an album which has content and an approach quite different to your typical guitar album. This 10 track instrumental collection of album sees a first for Masi with him handling all aspects of the albums creation himself. This showcases a brand new approach to making music for Masi, something he is keen on exploring and developing a lot more in the future. "Theory Of Everything" sees Alex stay away from the typical approach used when making guitar albums and explored new compositional possibilities. This is an electric album recorded without using other musicians and it tries to stay away as much as possible from the realm of what's expected from a guitar based album. That's funny, you'll think it's a recording from the comedy central standup tour of Alex Masi by looking at these answers though :) Heh, heh, here's the always entertaining and excellent six-string bender,: Mr. ALEX MASI...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
I had never experienced any allergic reactions until this
album.... my tongue got all swollen and my skin turned a greenish yellow...
luckily I was rushed to the ER where I was administered 10 cc of dream theater just to bring my
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
The "studio" is located in a room in my house so before entering it I was first in one bedroom, then a brief stop in the bathroom, another quick stop in the kitchen for some tea and finally the sound that I had in the back of my mind prior to reaching that precise spot had by then moved to the front of my mind but at that point it got quickly substituted by another sound that had been hiding in the left hemisphere of the brain... kind of an ambush really if you ask me.... that sound was some kind of wooooshhh, thud, thud, thud, woooooooosh... so I put a ring modulator on it and I got the sound that ended up on the album.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
I was the producer and I have to admit to a certain amount of embarrassment when talking about my "input"... let's just say it's a clean one and I actually prefer to treat it as an output.
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
The word ecstatic comes to mind [Urban note: VERY ecstatic if you ask me - which no one did so I'll shut up for now].
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
The real question should be "was there anything NOT weird involving this recording"? and the answer would be: the only normal thing was the food kindly delivered by Sushi Dan. How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't?
How Shakspearean of you asking that question... I wasn't looking for a live sound I wanted to capture the sound of the studio, a novel approach I suppose. [Urban note: I believe that's a direct quote from Hamlet?].
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
Track 2... "Ladies of the house" ...the line that goes: god, it feels so fucking good.... it expresses mankind's liberation from the angst of the past 20 years... not to mention it was fun recording it! [Urban note: yeah, yeah, it's all instrumental :)].
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
The mood captures the music.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
Since I started wearing eyeglasses when writing music I can actually see the dots on the lines... getting old sucks... although being a kid today ain't no picnic either.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
Was there a record company? LOL
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
One night we were fishing from the balcony of our hotel room and Richard caught this small shark then Keith threw a tv set from the window... wait, that's a different book... actually, the craziest anecdote was being able to finish the album.
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
Bruce Lee meets Bootsy Collins at Jeff Beck's house and they all prank call Shawn Lane.... collect.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
Frescobaldi, Jsb,wolfie, Ludovico, Scriabin, Schoenberg, Gould, Bird, Trane, Miles, Zawinul, Jarrett, Jaco, Mahavishnu John, Cobham, Holdsworth, Zappa, Nusrat, Shawn Lane, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Beatles, Keith Richards, Zeppelin, etc.
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Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,