Interview with Chris Broderick
When the Internet first became commercially available, a lot of guitarists popped in swaggering and swashing. There are a few of them that are true and pure assiduous shredders. MEGADETH’s Chris Broderick is one of them with previous service in significant bands like Nevermore and Jag Panzer. Metal-Rules.com catch up with Chris to learn about what’s going on Megadeth camp, the mixed to negative feedback for SUPER COLLIDER, Jason Becker, the teaching experience andchat a bit about his motivations, methods and metallic ambitions…
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Chris! I cannot hear you very well! It’s Hellias Papadopoulos from Metal-Rules.com, I am very happy and glad for this interview and greetings from Greece! First of all, how are you doing? And where are you checking in from today?
Me too! Hello Hellias, I am at home wearing pijamas and relaxing, hehe!
Metal-Rules.com: Let’s kick off with questions about the latest and fourteenth Megadeth album, SUPER COLLIDER.
Be my guest!
Metal-Rules.com: Yes, indeed! The album debuted at Number 6 on the Billboard 200, making it the band’s highest-charting album since 1994’s YOUTHANASIA and the Megadeth album with the second highest rank ever (COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION entered the Billboard at Number 2, the band’s highest position ever) butthe album received a largely negative response and many fans seem to have mixed feelings about it.
We were busy enough with touring for this album, so I can say that the feedback on SUPER COLLIDER is great! I don’t know how media see the album; there are always people who don’t like your songs, always! I do care for those who like it! I saw people being excited with the new staff! So, I think people and fans like this album. We all are very happy and excited with that chart position. We do the best for the band, all of us and especially Dave Mustaine of course.
Metal-Rules.com: As a Megadeth fan going way back I thought: “UNITED ABOMINATIONS and ENDGAME are the best Megadeth albums since 2001. SUPER COLLIDER is an album that did not meet the standards of those ones. Something is going wrong with that”
Hmmm, you are among those who didn’t like it, aren’t you? I played in 2 out of 3 albums. I do like UNITED ABOMINATIONS as an album. I don’t think that “something is going wrong” as you said.
Metal-Rules.com: No, I do like it. It’s not a bad album, but it cannot be compared to RUST IN PIECE or PEACE SELLS. What’s it like to work with Dave Mustaine as a rhythm guitarist? I am just asking as he got used to handle the rhythm guitars!
A great part of the practice time Dave and I spent on playing rhythm together. It would be interesting to play the rhythm parts as I can understand much more
Metal-Rules.com: How did the recording sessions came up? Please give us some details of SUPER COLLIDER’s birth!
As usually we got together to discuss about the new album; the way it will sound, the songs, the style, some new ideas etc. All of us come with riffs and ideas about the future songs and put them on the table. Then we do pick and collect which are the best.
Metal-Rules.com: Dave Mustaine has expanded his passions to include wine, as his Mustaine Vineyards is now offering their debut Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 dubbed ‘Symphony Interrupted’. Have you tried it?
Hehe! I didn’t expect a question about wine! I haven’t try it, I am not such a fan of wine, both red and white. Maybe Dave will buy us a glass!
Metal-Rules.com: Instruction has been a significant part of your life: you received a degree in classical guitar from the University of Denver and you offer in-person and on-line guitar lessons. Is teaching aspect of guitar so attractive to you? Also Alex Skolnick does the same, right?
I think that anyone who is involved in teaching, can be rewarded with many and different things that cannot be found anywhere elsewhere. There is an inner musical transfusion between teacher and students like the musician and the audience. I’ve been taught for many years, so it was easy for me to get into teaching. The most majestic and weird thing in teaching is when you say something to the student and he understand something else which is right and the teacher didn’t consider of it before. Therefore, both student and teacher learn something that both of them did not know. That’s magic!
Metal-Rules.com: Did studying the guitar in college help you get to where you wanted to go as a player?
Absolutely yes! I do a lot of analysis on guitar playing. Nothing is done by accident. But what I found in college was that everyone was either a classical geek or a jazz snob, and unfortunately I was neither, truly open-minded as far as music concerns. I do like flamenco and country guitar. I am very glad and stand with open mouth how those influences can be merged with classical and jazz beneath a metal background. I do like digging in new music fields beyond rock and metal. I was completely hooked and blown when I heard for the first time Paco De Lucia.
Metal-Rules.com: As for your gear; you were collaborated for many years with Ibanez guitars and you are with Jackson, as we saw you in NAMM 2014 standing in front of Jackson booth. But tell me if your new signature guitar working out for you.
I think that Jackson fits me perfectly. People in Jackson have never said no to anyone about this matter. Jackson create a technically perfect guitar as far as the ergonomics, the tone placement, the pickups and the weight distribution. I adore its stainless steel frets. I always wanted to build the guitar I have dreamt and Jackson made my dream true.
Metal-Rules.com: what’s your own warm up process before a live show?
Usually spend mornings on practicing, but not every single day. Depending on the day. There are gigs that I haven’t touch even my guitar pick.
Metal-Rules.com: If stopping being in music business was your next step and intention, what job would you like to do?
Maybe I would have been electrician, or engineer electrician. Besides, I do not intend to stop playing my guitar in professional way soon! Hehe!
Metal-Rules.com: Do you ever consider leaving Megadeth to form your own band with your own rules, your own songs and your own style?
No, I have not considered anything like that. I do like and enjoy my time in Megadeth. No, there was never such a consideration.
Metal-Rules.com: You were a significant part in Jag Panzer music history. I would like you to tell me if you miss your days in the band? What is different now in Megadeth?
Jag Panzer is a big part of my life as individual and musician as well. That chapter in my life has been closed. Now, everything is …bigger, more press, more shows, a lot of to consider in playing, everything is larger and bigger and more.
Metal-Rules.com: I’d like you to tell me a guitarist you really admire and why?
Jason Becker! This guy is a phenomenon as a person who now communicates with his eyes via a system developed by his father. He is also a phenomenon as a guitarist and composer. I got inspired pretty much by his music.
Metal-Rules.com: Metal-Rules.com: Do you know any Greek heavy metal acts? Are there any Greek metal bands that you really like or want to share the stage? Rotting Christ, Firewind, Suicidal Angels, Gus G. to name a few.
I know very well Firewind’s Gus G before he joined Ozzy Osbourne’s madness! I do like his guitar work with Double O too!
Metal-Rules.com: Could you respond to the following terms in just one word or sentence:
Music: my passion
Best band of all time: too many to name
Favorite TV series: lots of TV in general.
Politics: depends on your view. Lots of thoughts
Jag Panzer: great part of my life as a musician and person
Metal-Rules.com: Chris, thank you for this interview. I wish you and the rest guys of Megadeth all the best!!!
Thank you too, my friend, take care of yourself and family and hope meet you in a Megadeth gig!