The Riffhard Podcast
The Riffhard Podcast
Riffhard
The Riffhard Podcast brings you in-depth conversations with the best metal guitarists in the world, focused on mastering the single most important part of modern metal: rhythm guitar!
Ruud Jolie
Ruud Jolie is the lead guitarist of Within Temptation. 12:22 - How European culture treats metal music 23:19 - You can make music work without a band 37:15 - Ruud’s job as a guitarist in Within Temptation 56:48 - Guide for refining riffs 1:21:20 - Defining personal style 1:43:36 - Longevity is a rare thing 1:52:07 - Rehearsing before tour Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Nov 22
2 hr 11 min
Nick Sampson
Nick Sampson is a producer, engineer, and guitar player for I Am Abomination. 3:14 - Handling COVID 11:11 - Gaining trust and respect 17:03 - How guitar players can prepare 36:47 - Scheduling and time management 57:51 - Making your guitar as playable as possible 1:17:50 - Building and patenting a guitar 1:38:57 - Buying weed used to be difficult 1:57:39 - There’s no liposuction for guitar Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Nov 15
2 hr 5 min
Angel Vivaldi
Angel Vivaldi is a virtuoso guitarist as well as a songwriter and producer. 5:07 - Angel doesn’t miss being on the road 18:07 - Eddie Van Halen 28:10 - Finding what works best for your health 45:46 - Does Angel’s discipline with health and fitness transfer to guitar playing? 59:48 - Getting away from drugs and abuse 1:11:51 - How Angel recorded his first demo 1:33:00 - Working with Will Putney 1:53:40 - Angel’s writing process 1:58:42 - Angel’s practice regimen Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Nov 8
2 hr 10 min
Angus Clark
Angus Clark is a lead guitarist best known for his 20 year stint with Trans Siberian Orchestra as well as playing for artists such as Cher and Kitaro among others. 2:21 - The hired gun life 16:11 - Self-awareness is crucial 31:38 - Getting the TSO gig 49:42 - Tone is in your ears 1:08:24 - You don’t have to choose between writing and playing 1:19:21 - Knowing who you are 1:30:03 - The entrepreneur’s curse 1:37:49 - Working with Cher 1:49:15 - What Angus tells people who aspire to do what he does Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Nov 1
2 hr 29 min
John Browne
John Browne was a guest on the URM Podcast. He plays guitar in Monuments, Flux Conduct, and is the co-founder of Riffhard. 6:31 - Why rhythm guitar is important 16:23 - The relationship between Dillinger Escape Plan and Mr. Bungle 23:27 - What bands are pushing the envelope? 36:00 - Rhythm and phrasing 55:23 - How to get better at guitar 1:12:15 - What are the features of Riffhard? 1:19:36 - Deleting riffs - should you or should you not? 1:29:16 - Why you should analyze “Freak on a Leash” by Korn 1:40:30 - Tone is in the hands, but for real Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Oct 25
2 hr 5 min
Mark Holcomb
Mark Holcomb is a guitarist in Periphery and Haunted Shores. 2:05 - How Browne and Mark know each other 11:09 - The X factor and social media 21:51 - Adapting to touring life 29:18 - Day-to-day lifestyle 50:54 - Making ideas cohesive 1:22:45 - Coming up with open chords 1:35:26 - Using PRS guitars 1:42:14 - Gear and black metal Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Oct 18
2 hr 5 min
Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann
Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann are guitarists for DevilDriver. 2:42 - How the guys are handling COVID 15:05 - How Mike and Neal know each other 29:19 - Dark times and lineup changes 53:13 - Working with Steve Evetts 1:09:01 - How Mike got into recording 1:22:56 - Pocket is different for everyone 1:34:44 - Tracking guitars and trusting producers 1:51:57 - Writing riffs 1:57:10 - Finding inspiration Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Oct 11
2 hr 16 min
Carter Arrington
Carter Arrington is a guitarist who has played with Progger, Peter Rowan, Eric Johnson, and many others. 3:25 - Carter’s rhythm playing 16:47 - Carter’s definition of pocket 40:42 - Adjusting to the pocket of a drummer 54:22 - Ego and finding what you want to do 1:03:14 - Obsession 1:28:49 - Carter’s course and writing 1:51:28 - Sixteenth notes Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Oct 4
2 hr 24 min
Kiko Loureiro
Kiko Loureiro is the lead guitarist for Megadeth. 3:08 - Getting stuck in Finland 12:32 - Touring and routine 24:19 - Playing guitar for work vs. not for work 54:28 - Music in Brazil 1:10:56 - Practicing and figuring out how you learn 1:33:47 - Should modern musicians record themselves? 1:52:38 - Adapting to modern technology 2:08:50 - Why Kiko learned to record audio and video 2:26:10 - What Kiko learned from Dave Mustaine 2:34:27 - Composing with 7 and 8 strings Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Sep 27
2 hr 58 min
Adam Christianson
Adam Christianson is a guitarist in Architects. 1:57 - Being a Canadian in a British band 13:44 - Big vs. small shows 27:14 - Advancement of online education 41:22 - What does Adam focus on with the guitar? 49:22 - Perform as soon as you can 57:24 - Don’t discount anyone 1:05:29 - Being disciplined 1:21:21 - Does Adam write riffs with intention in mind? 1:29:49 - What elevated Adam’s playing the most?
Sep 20
1 hr 42 min
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