Joe Satriani, the legendary guitar shredder who recorded such platumin sellers as 'Surfing with The Alien' and 'Flying in a Blue Dream", took time out of his schedule to join Shawn and Corbs of The GuitCast podcast to talk about his early music education, his amplifier prototype for Marshall Amplification, his new album 'Shockwave Supernova' and the current state of "Chickenfoot", his project with Sammy Hangar (ex-Van Halen), Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Nicknamed "The Professor" after teaching such acclaimed guitarists as Kirk Hammet of Metallica, Steve Via, Alex Skolnick of Testament, among many others in their early careers, Satriani has had a long and multi-platinum career as a solo musician along with a short stint in Deep Purple. His popular "G3" tours have dazzled audiences across the globe accompanied by guitarist Steve Vai and various guest guitarists who have taken their place in the coveted 3rd spot.
For the recording of Shockwave Supernova Satriani says he utilized pro tools 11 and Marshall amplifiers and also played bass on a few songs. All songs composed by Satriani alone, ShockWave Supernova is his first album since 2013's Unstoppable Momentum.
Satriani is currently working on a new amplifier prototype for Marshall Amplification. Satriani states it will be a "20 watt signature Marshall combo". It even made an appearance on the new album for a couple of songs which is expected to be available for purchase sometime after January in 2016. The amp is described as "to help the musician who plays small to medium places".
As for is Chickenfoot project, after speaking out in the press about his frustration with the lack of activity from the Chickenfoot camp "I followed it up with writing some new music and I sent Sam some stuff and was surprised to see him respond so quickly with some creative ideas and I can happily tell you now that there is a track circulating through the band". He continued: "It's got new drums from Chad on it, it's got new vocals from Sam, I think Mike is coming at the end of this week to add bass and vocals. No new on a possible release but Joe says "There might be something coming. I know there's a song in the works and I know there's a few others I can get them to do."
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