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10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

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10 Questions for Billy Cobham (theartsdesk)

The legendary Billy Cobham recently spoke with the folks at theartsdesk.com and answered questions about the 1973 album, Spectrum, coming up with his sound, and the next frontiers of jazz and fusion.

MATTHEW WRIGHT: When Spectrum was released in 1973, did you think you were doing something ground-breaking? How do you look back on that moment now?

BILLY COBHAM: It was a mistake. I didn’t know I was doing anything. I was making a record based on my experiences, based on who I’d worked with: I wasn’t going out of my way to break new ground, it was just who I was, that’s all the reputation means.

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Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

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Green Day on recording 21st Century Breakdown

I gotta say, I love me some Green Day. Whatever you want to say about their success and relationship to the punk scene, you can’t deny that they can write same really catchy tunes!

Electronic Musician recently caught up with the team who put together their album, 21st Century Breakdown.

“For the kick drum, I placed a Shure Beta 52 inside the shell—there was no front head—and routed the signal to a Chandler Limited TG Channel MKII preamp… If you have the two mics in the same spot, and you don’t reverse the phase, you get a really nice sound with a lot of attack.”

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

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Vinnie Paul reflects on Pantera’s top album two decades later

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since Pantera’s , Far Beyond Driven, was released. Feel old yet?

In a recent interview with the Delaware County Daily Times, Vinnie Paul recounts what it was like to hear that the album had hit Number 1.

We were holding our breath, kind of figuring that we’d be in the Top 10 — maybe the Top 5 if we were lucky — and there was an outside shot we’d hit No. 1, who knows?

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

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ARTIST Direct Interview with Matt Sorum

Matt Sorum (of Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver fame) recently sat down with ARTIST Direct to talk about his latest album, Stratosphere.

Something happened to me in the last couple of years where I fell into a place where I felt like I could actually write lyrics and I could be very profound with what I’m saying. It just takes believing in yourself to be able to write something you could actually be proud of.

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Library of Congress preserves writings of Max Roach

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Library of Congress preserves writings of Max Roach

Preserved for all time, the US Library of Congress has obtained and cataloged more than 100,000 of Max Roach’s writings including letters, papers, manuscripts, and more. This is amazing news not only for scholars of Max himself, but also of jazz history as he was one of the most influential drummers of his generation!

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