Technology these days makes a lot of things really easy to do, including making music. But for artists who have been playing instruments for decades and are used to making old-school records, this may not be viewed so positively. Slash explains how technology has changed the “soul” of rock ‘n’ roll.
The guitar hero opened up about how he’s seen technology changing the music landscape in an interview with Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez.
“It’s harder [to play music yourself] because you actually have to all play through the song and keep it together and remember all the parts and this and that. But you fucking musicians – that’s what we’re supposed to do,” the guitarist said with a laugh.
“I think kind of relying on technology – and that’s cool, technology, I’m not knocking the equipment that’s available to us to make our lives easier as recording artists. But it just got to a point where it became more of a priority than the soul of the music,” he continued.
Slash acknowledged that certain genres of music, such as pop, hip-hop and EDM, are meant to act as a sort of “mosaic of sounds”, so he understands that technology is necessary for certain styles.
“But when it comes to music inspired by people playing together – rock ‘n’ roll, blues, live R&B and classical music – it’s ensemble stuff that really thrives on the energy and interaction of everyone playing together,” he explained. . “It’s sort of lost in this kind of file sharing landscape that we’ve evolved in, where everyone calls it. I think there’s something about rock ‘n’ roll that’s missing from because of that, that people don’t even realize.”
Luckily for Slash, he was able to capture that interaction and energy on his latest record with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, titled 4, out today (February 11). He and his bandmates worked with producer Dave Cobb at RCA Studio A in Nashville, Tennessee, and they recorded the album live.
“We always did, cut the track, then I’d come back and do the guitars in the control room because I hated the headphones,” he said. “But I always asked, ‘Why can’t we just put the equipment in the room? It goes back to Appetite for destruction. Just put the gear in the room and just play and record that, and every producer is like, ‘No, you’re gonna bleed drums, guitars, vocals.’ And I’ve never been able to convince anyone to do it.”
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