Guitarist JOE STUMP is featured in a new interview for BerkleeGroove.com, the Berklee College Of Music's online news source. Stump is a teacher at the college:
BG: What were you doing before you started teaching at Berklee?
JS: "I was in a metal band called TRASH BROADWAY. We had a record deal and released our first record in 1989 and were playing and doing some touring. I was giving many lessons, both privately and at several music stores. In 1993, I released my first solo record, Guitar Dominance, that same year I started at Berklee."
BG: Has being at Berklee influenced you or your playing in any way?
JS: "Maybe in some ways, but I’ve been playing metal and hard rock for over 30 years now. I love to play whether it’s touring, playing shows, clinics, practicing, rehearsing, or teaching at Berklee. For me, all of it’s always fun. I certainly convey that to my students. Sometimes in a lesson I’ll discover new ways to practice certain things, or come upon new variations of riffs or solo ideas that I might find useful. But whether I’m at Berklee or not, I’m always living, eating, sleeping, and breathing guitar."
BG: What’s the number one piece of advice you give your guitar students?
JS: "That if you want to become a monster metal player and musician it takes hard work, dedication, and a disciplined work ethic. But also it should always be fun and enjoyable, and you should really love to play. If you work hard and dedicate yourself, good things will happen. The music biz is tough enough, and if you don’t really love it I’d imagine it’s even tougher."
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Stump's new album, Revenge Of The Shredlord, is out now via Lion Music, It features the following 12 songs:
'The Ritual Begins'
'Man Your Battlestations'
'In The Master's House'
'The Black Knight's Castle'
'Enter The Coven'
'Evil Beasts Below'
'Strat Outa Hell'
'White Knuckle Mayhem'
'The End Approaches'
"Revenge Of The Shredlord is quite heavy and classically influenced," Stump remarked recently. "This one’s all metal from start to finish, very dark and focused with gratuitous amounts of shredding throughout. Also, thanks to the great work of engineer Ducky Carlise and mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum, it’s my best sounding record to date as well."
Check out audio samples from the entire album below: