ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7 Blesok no. 24 | volume V | January-February, 2002
Blesok no. 24,
Interview with Scott Henderson
I'm one of those guys who thinks everything I've done in the past is crap
1 Tell me more about your musical beginings, like when did you start to play, was guitar your first instrument?
-I started when I was around 10 – liked what I was hearing on the radio -Hendrix, Zeppelin, etc, and that inspired me to start playing guitar
2. Was there any musical tradition in your family, so that you could proceed with it sort of natural?
My dad had an accoustic guitar that he played for fun so there was always a guitar in the house
3. Who were your earliest influences and did they define your musical path?
Hendrix, Beck, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore. They didn't really define my path but they taught me to play the guitar through listening to them
4. Are you a self taught musician or somebody taught you the basics of your instrument or maybe you have taken some music course at the time?
I'm self taught until college – then I took music courses and then studied at GIT in 1980
5. Which time period do you consider personally as the most satisfying for you as musician or you think it's still to come?
Still to come I hope
6. You seem to have three ways of musical expression these days, one with Tribal Tech, one with Vital Tones and the blues one. How do you manage to do that, do you find so much inspiration to express yourself through these projects at the same time?
Tribal Tech doesn't really work that much – just one album every 18 months and one Europe tour a year. VTT is only a studio project and each album ony took 10 days each and I don't play live with them. My main gig is the trio, which I'm on the road a lot with, and we will go in the studio for a new record this month
7. Who were, if any, your guitar heroes when you started out and why?
All those guys I mentioned and the reason is just that they're really good
8. Do you have any favorite players, not necessarily guitarists at the moment?
I like Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Mike Landau, John Scofield – many many more
9. What do you think about the current music scene that you're involved with, is it progressing and how do you project it in the future?
I can't really comment on that – I really have no idea about stuff like that. This is a hard business to play
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