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!
Chris Wiseman
Chris Wiseman is the guitarist for Currents and Shadow of Intent. 3:46 - How Chris is using his entrepreneurial mind during quarantine 19:38 - The loss of touring and using the internet to get big 54:28 - Does Chris practice guitar? 1:09:09 - Most people are well-intentioned and nice 1:16:13 - Having a routine and focus 1:28:30 - Writing for two bands without them sounding the same Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Jan 17
1 hr 42 min
Mike Stringer
Mike Stringer is the guitarist for Spiritbox. 1:44 - Stupid riffs 22:00 - The importance of image 36:15 - Spending time on music vs. everything else 54:56 - Creating the ethereal elements in Spiritbox 1:13:30 - The role of a producer 1:26:32 - Wearing many hats as a professional musician 1:42:37 - Are people too obsessed with genre? 1:51:10 - How Mike approaches dynamic writing Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Jan 10
2 hr 7 min
The Ghost Inside
Zach Johnson and Chris Davis are the guitarists for The Ghost Inside. 1:37 - Practicing while standing 14:33 - Recalling the correct breakdown 27:22 - Not touring due to injury vs. not touring due to COVID 35:11 - How Zack and Chris create riffs 58:42 - Work ethic is key 1:32:34 - Working with someone who is different and how to get out of the way 1:43:04 - Everyone having a say can be dangerous 1:52:30 - What is a producer’s role? Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Jan 3
2 hr 6 min
Jen Majura
Jen Majura is the guitarist for Evanescence. 2:16 - Live streams are tiring 12:24 - Artists and craftsmen are both necessary 25:14 - Replacing a band member is hard 39:28 - Adapting in 2020 54:08 - Jen’s guitar habits during quarantine 1:28:45 - Designing tones Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Dec 13, 2020
1 hr 42 min
Jake Bowen
Jake Bowen is a guitarist in Periphery. 3:02 - Eating high-calorie meals 9:21 - Jake’s problem with airports and authority figures 29:16 - Humans are still animals even though society has modernized 43:51 - How the band is handling staying home 57:18 - Anxiety and being a people pleaser 1:05:03 - Playing guitar live 1:21:00 - A day in the life of Jake 1:32:13 - Battling depression 1:44:02 - Being influenced by his uncle, John Petrucci 1:55:36 - Jake’s riff style Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Dec 6, 2020
2 hr 13 min
Jinjer
Eugene and Roman are the bassist and guitarist, respectively, in Jinjer. 1:59 - Working with Max Morton and writing songs 12:07 - Throwing ideas and riffs away 25:44 - The band’s communication 37:16 - Eugene’s bass lines 50:21 - Writing during lockdown and writing rigs 1:02:51 - Being able to travel with your own console 1:12:06 - Staying grounded 1:34:36 - Writing a song in 5 hours Roman Ibramkhalilov (@kazyolli) • Instagram photos and videos Eugene Abdukhanov (@jinjerbass) • Instagram photos and videos Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.
Nov 29, 2020
1 hr 52 min
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020
2 hr 29 min
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