Steel Notes Magazine October "Halloween" Issue 2016 - Page 87

Steel Notes Magazine about to happen and I feel energized. The way back, though, is different: sometimes I really want to go home to my family, sometimes I had a such a great time on tour that I honestly don’t want to go back home. It always takes some time for me to readjust. As for music, rock specifically, it represents a lifestyle. It influences my thinking, my clothing, my attitude. Music is life, passion, work. - Do you only write and listen to rock music, or other genres as well? - Yes, rock it is. Over time I got to discover many other genres, but the one that has always meant a lot to me and will always excite me is rock music. - Nowadays being a musician means accepting a world of uncertainties, especially from a financial standpoint. However, there are so many aspects of your life that are absolutely amazing and fascinating. Is it worth it? - It sure is! I have always preferred the unknown, I find it more exciting. I enjoy every moment of my life, and appreciate every single day for what it is. It’s the only lifestyle I have ever known, and I love it. Of course even as a musician there is a lot of planning, organizing, working. I feel like, even if more unstable, the life as an artist is always well spent. - You opened a music school. How do you like being a teacher, and how different is it from being a professional musician? What’s the relationship with your students? - Yes, I have a guitar school in Balerna, Switzerland. Teaching is simply part of me. I adopt an unusual approach, though, certainly less didactic. My goal is to explore the students’ passion and make it emerge. Make them have fun, by teaching them songs and solos they like. I think the purpose of a music school is to give a chance to students to find out what kind of musician they really are. They have to find themselves and focus on their originality. I have never been a big fan of clones! As for the relationships I build with my students, they are really good. We often end up becoming friends, and we hang out together. They also accept the fact that I have to leave for certain periods of time to go on tour. - You participate to various projects, characterized by various musical genres. You play both in huge world-wide stages and in small pubs of your hometown. Many musicians don’t go back to playing in small venues once they become professional musicians. What’s your take on this? - I just love to play the guitar. I commit the same way when I am on a big stage with Doro as when I only have 10 people watching the show in the smallest venue. Of course, reaching the objective of playing on the Wacken stage is a great satisfaction. However, I think musicians should never feel accomplished, and they should play anywhere %ӊéЁѡ)ѡЁѕ̰ӊéѡ)ѵаѡͥѡո()Mѕ9ѕ́5饹)ܹѕѕ͵饹((((0