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Home Interviste 2008-07-28 Intervista ad Arik Marshall

2008-07-28 Intervista ad Arik Marshall

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ARIK MARSHALL INTERVISTATO DA VENICEQUEEN.IT

arikmarshallTorna a far parlare di sè il chitarrista Arik Marshall. Il chitarrista che per un anno (tra la metà '92 e quella del '93) fu parte integrante dei Red Hot Chili Peppers, dopo più di un decennio di collaborazioni sparse e la fondazione dei "Marshall Law" con il fratello Lonnie (dei Weapon Of Choice), oggi dovrebbe sfornare una release che riguarda anche delle stelle del crossover californiano, tra cui anche Chad Smith e Flea.
Sotto la tracklist di "The Trax of My Years" (clicca QUI per maggiori info):


01. TRUE TO THE ALMIGHTY- H.R.(BAD BRAINS) FISH (FISHBONE)
02. BLACK JEWPITER-NORWOOD FISHER AND FISH(FISHBONE)
03. FREE UPON A CLOUD
04. CALM POSITION-RAY JARVIS, RALPH PENLAND
05. IN THE SILENCE OF YOUR LOVE-H.R.(BAD BRAINS) FLEA , CHAD SMITH (RHCP)
06. COUNT BLACKJEWLA -LONNIE MARSHALL(WEAPON OF CHOICE), MARK CROSS(REBIRTH), LADY SA
07. THE ONLY WAY-KAVI RASTEGRAR, FANNY FRANKLIN, AUDRA NISHITA, PAMELA WILLIAMS
08. 7 IN PAIR-A-DICE(LOVELY)- MARK CROSS, LONNIE MARSHALL
09. SOMETHING FUNKY THIS WAY COMES- SY SMITH
10. TIL DEATH DO US PARTY-DAWN BECKMAN (MACY GRAY)
11. AURAGASM

Abbiamo quindi voluto intervistarlo; su questa compilation, sui suoi progetti, sui Red Hot.


INTRODUZIONE

Arik dal grande pubblico è un po' evaso, o magari non ha avuto troppa fortuna ad afferrare il pulman delle band crossover nel periodo giusto, chi può dirlo. Dai bootlegs a noi è rimasto un buon ricordo, del chitarrista che per un anno circa, ha traghettato la band in un periodo di transizione, nel fine tour 92 post Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Ne va orgoglioso di quel periodo, la scritta campeggia anche sul suo Myspace, anche se probabilmente, se non fosse per i suoi trascorsi, non sarebbe stato tra i primi che avrei aggiunto sulla mia pagina account appena iscritto. La cosa più paradossale è che, tra informazioni sulla città degli angeli e background di musicisti e band varie del posto, non avevo mai scambiato due parole sulla sua carriera e sui suoi trascorsi crossover. Giorni fa che mi linkò la news del suo disco, mi parve buona idea scambiarci due chiacchiere, e lui ne è stato ben lieto. Facendo chiarezza su alcuni punti ancora non proprio trasparenti e parlando del suo libro, contenente poesie e racconti vari.

(Gidan Razorblade)




INTERVISTA IN INGLESE

VeniceQueen.it Hi Arik! When did you start to record "The Trax of My Years" ? And why?
Arik Marshall
"The Trax of My Years" is actually a complilation of songs from my various previous albums...kind of a 'best of so far' type thang

VQ.IT Can you describe your work in a few words?
A.M.
Describe my work in a few words? hmmm...exotic, erotic, hypnotic, symphonic, psychotic, trance, dance, romance music.

VQ.IT Something about the collaboration in this project: When did You Meet H.R. And the Fishbone's Crew ?
A.M.
I met the bruthas in Fishbone in like '86 or '87...my little big brother Lonnie had met Norwood (Fishbone bassist) and we proceeded to get to know the whole 'bone crew from goin' to their shows and seein' 'em at local clubs and such.
H.R. man...that was a trip...when I was writing and recording my first album ('Memories of Amnesia') in like '94 my girlfriend at the time took me to the Whisky a-go go club in Hollywood to see the Bad Brains...I was so inspired by the show that I wrote three songs the next day ('True to the Almighty''Black Jewpiter' and 'In the Silence of Your Love') then the VERY next day I was on my way to the studio to record them and who's walkin' right across the street from me? H.R hisself! I went over and asked him would he come down to the studio and sing on these songs that he and his band inspired and he said he'd come down the next day.
I was thinkin' 'yeah right' cuzz he had a reputation for being...lets just say 'eccentric'...anyway...the next day he indeed did show up! What a blessing!

VQ.IT And Flea&Chad Smith? How and when was the song born?
A.M.
Flea & Chad played on two cuts...one was the Bad Brains inspired 'In the Silence of Your Love' and the other is called 'Stranger In a Strange Band'...that one is just about feeling weird and misunderstood but at least you've got music and those who play it with you to connect you with somethin' real and fun and beautiful.

VQ.IT When did you start to make music and why?
A.M.
Ever since I can remember I've always LOVED music (I think the first chord I learned how to play was the umbilical chord while I was a fetus groovin' to my momma's heartbeat)...I wrote my first song when I was seven...
it was called 'Futuristic Funk'...but it was my big bro Lonnie who actually got an acoustic guitar (he eventually
switched to bass) which made me realize that not only could I listen to music but I could actually play and create it as well.

VQ.IT What about your Guitar Gear? Live and in studio? (amps, pedals and other things)
A.M.
For better or worse I've never really been into gear and stuff like that...just simple shit ya know...a '68 Fender Twin Reverb amp, a funky but smooth Strat or Les Paul, a Boss Overdrive/Distortion, Line 6 delay, Crybaby Wah, and a Small Stone phase shifter. Every now and again I'll go into a music store and check out different effects pedals...
if I hear I sound that appeals to me I'll try to get it.

VQ.IT Did you collaborate in any other albums from 2000 onwards? (In Internet there isn't a good Marshall's biography)
A.M.
Yes...I recorded and wrote with Macy Gray, I recorded with one of my favorite groups Moloko while on tour with Macy in London (it's a cut called 'Cannot Contain This' on their 'Statues' album), I did some stuff with The Prodigy
while also in London (don't know if it's been released or not), I worked on a re-mix for Bjork...numerous little sessions hear and there as well ya know.

VQ.IT Is “Marshall Law”'s project still alive?
A.M.
Well...as long as me and my bro are alive and swangin' there's always the chance of another x-cuse to get loose on the Marshall Law tip.

VQ.IT What do You Think of Weapon of Choice?
A.M.
Trulio USED to be dope....Weapon of Choice still iz!

VQ.IT Who is your main source of inspiration now?
A.M.
I'd say Muhammad Ali (always & forever...even in a Heatwave), Crazy Horse, Benny Hill and Bob Marley.
And Nature. And my best friend Tracy Wannomae. (an amazing saxophonist who used to play with Macy and Ricki
Lee Jones)

VQ.IT What kind of cover (from any bands) would you like to play and why?
A.M.
Um...I'd like to cover 'Goin' In Circles' (I think that's what's it's called) by The Friends of Distinction...cuzz it's such a powerfully beautiful and moody song.

VQ.IT Are you going to play any gigs in Europe next year ?
A.M.
I wish! Hopefully I'll be back over the pond in the not-so-distant future...preferrably playing my OWN music for a change!

VQ.IT On his “Scar Tissue” autobiography, Anthony Kiedis states that your dismissal from the Chili Peppers was due to the lack of development of musical ideas on your part, despite your live performances were very good.
Got anything to say about that ?

A.M.
That was kind of accurate...where I was coming from musically wasn't really clickin' with him in terms of being inspired to write lyrics...but there were other factors involved as well but...whatever, ya know...it was fun(k) while it (b)lasted!

VQ.IT Is there anything you you wanna say to the Italian fans and Venicequeen.it readers?
A.M.
Yeah...I'd like to say I LOVE your country and your people (especially your much bella women!) and to continue the fight against the Placebo Syndrome with the TRUTH & SOUL powers of The Funkentelechy...Deaf To The Sonic Mirage! Accept no substitutes...if it aint real it's ill!
I'll say it now and I've said it before:
Music iz Magic...not just a product in a store!
May God bless you with health, prosperity, happiness,and LOVE!
I'm out....Ahreek

Hey brutha...I forgot...i do a book , I just finished it and it is now available @ www.lulu.com
it's called 'B.A.D WORDS'
Just got to lulu. com, type my name in the search engine, press GO, then click on the small pic of book cover.
Thanks man...really appreciate it!
Ahreek



INTERVISTA IN I
TALIANO

VeniceQueen.it Ciao Arik ! Quando hai iniziato a registrare “The Trax of the Years” ? E perché?
Arik Marshall In realtà “The Trax of the Years” è una compilation della mia carriera, una sorta di “best of…”

VQ.IT Descrivi il tuo lavoro in poche parole.
A.M. Descrivere il mio lavoro in poche parole ? mmmmh…… erotico, esotico, ipnotico, sinfonico, psicotico, trance, ballabile, romanzesco ….

VQ.IT Una domanda sulle collaborazioni di questo progetto: come hai conosciuto H.R. e i Fishbone?
A.M. Ho conosciuto i ragazzi dei Fishbone nell’ 86-87….. mio fratello Lonnie conosceva Norwood (bassista dei Fishbone) e alla fine li abbiamo conosciuti tutti, continuando ad andare ai loro concerti, nei club etc etc H.R…. che storia ! Mentre scrivevo e registravo il mio primo album (“Memories of Amnesia”) nel 94, la mia ragazza di allora mi portò a vedere i Bad Brains al Whisky-a-go-go di Hollywood..Il concerto mi ispirò tanto da portarmi a scrivere ben 3 brani il giorno successivo ('True to the Almighty''Black Jewpiter' e 'In the Silence of Your Love') . Il giorno dopo ancora stavo andando in studio a registrare e chi incontro sulla mia strada ? H.R. in persona ! L’ho fermato e gli ho chiesto se voleva cantare i pezzi che lui e la sua band mi avevano ispirato e mi ha promesso che lo avrebbe fatto il giorno dopo …. Mi sono detto “si, vabbè …”, perché aveva la reputazione di essere un tipo strano e invece …. il giorno dopo si presentò in studio ! Che fortuna !

VQ.IT E Flea e Chad Smith ? Come è nata la canzone ?
A.M. Flea e Chad hanno suonato in due pezzi …. Uno è “In the Silence of Your Love” ispirato dai Bad Brains e l’altro è “Stranger in a Strange Band” …. Quest’ultimo parla di quando ti senti strano e frainteso ma per lo meno c’è la musica e ci sono le persone che suonano con te per connetterti a qualcosa di reale, diventente e bello.

VQ.IT Quando hai iniziato a fare musica ? E perché?
A.M. Per quanto mi ricordi ho sempre AMATO la musica (credo che la prima corda che ho suonato sia stato il cordone ombelicale quando ero ancora nella pancia della mamma [qui Arik fa un gioco di parole intraducibile : “chord” in Inglese significa sia “corda” che “accordo” e si pronuncia
esattamente come “cord” cioè “cordone ombelicale”ndt]) Ho scritto la mia prima canzone a 7 anni, si intitolava “Futuristic Funk”. …. È stato mio fratello Lonnie,
che aveva una chitarra acustica ( dopo è passato al basso), a farmi capire che non solo potevo ascoltare la musica, potevo anche suonarla e scriverla.

VQ.IT Parliamo del set delle tue chitarre, effetti, amplificatori, pedali etc… (in studio e live)
A.M. Nel bene e nel male non mi sono mai occupato molto dell’equipaggiamento e cose simili …. Le solite storie …. Un ampli Fender Twin Reverb del 68 , Strat o Les Paul funky ma regolare, un Boss Overdrive/Distortion, Line 6 Delay, Crybaby Wag e uno Small Tone phase shifter. Ogni tanto faccio un salto in un negozio di musica e provo diversi pedali …. Se trovo qualcosa che mi piace me lo prendo.

VQ.IT Hai fatto collaborazioni dal 2000 in poi ? (su internet non si trova una tua buona biografia)
A.M. Sì, ho scritto e registrato con Macy Gracy. Mentre ero in tour con Macy a Londra ho registrato con i Moloko, una delle mie band preferite (un pezzo che si intitola “Cannot Contain This” dall’album “Statues”). Sempre a Londra ho fatto qualcosa con i Prodigy (ma non se lo abbiamo pubblicato in realtà), ho fatto un re-mix per Bjork …. Insomma parecchie sessioni qui e là …

VQ.IT I “Marshall Law” sono ancora vivi?
A.M. Finchè io e mio fratello gireremo questo mondo, ci sarà sempre possibilità che ci sia un seguito al primo disco.

VQ.IT E che mi dici dei Trullio Disgracias e Weapon of Choice ?
A.M. I primi ERANO la mia droga i secondi lo sono ancora ( Arik ha suonato con entrambi, facendo così lascia intendere che ora frequenta più la band di suo fratello Lonnie )

VQ.IT Chi o cosa è la tua attuale fonte d'ispirazione ? Parlo sia di musica che per quanto riguarda lo stile di vita...
A.M. Direi Muhammad Ali (per sempre nel profondo del mio animo), Crazy Horse, Benny Hill e Bob Marley. E la Natura. E il mio migliore amico Tracy Wannomae. (un grandissimo Sassofonista che suonava con Macy e Ricki Lee Jones)

VQ.IT Che genere di cover ti piacerebbe interpretare e perchè?
A.M. Mi piacerebbe suonare “'Goin' In Circles'” (mi pare si chiami così ) dei The Friends of Distinction...perchè ha un piglio groovoso ed energico.

VQ.IT Suonerai in europa quest'anno?
A.M. Lo spero! Fortunatamente dovrei tornare in un futuro non troppo lontano ... e spero per portare la MIA musica.

VQ.IT Nell'autobiografia “Scar Tissue“, Anthony Kiedis parla del tuo breve periodo nei Peppers e successiva dipartita perchè, nonostante fossi discretamente bravo nei live, la tua voglia compositiva tendeva a scarseggiare. Qual è il tuo punto di vista a riguardo?
A.M. Si, è abbastanza vero …. Il mio modo di fare musica non si adattava al suo modo di scrivere i testi …. Ci sono anche altri fattori però …. Comunque, dai, è stato divertente finchè è durato (gioco di parole … aggiungendo una F ed una B in inglese diventa “è stato funk fino che è esploso”, ndt)

VQ.IT Vorresti dire qualcosa ai lettori di VeniceQueen.it?
A.M. Sì...mi piacerebbe dir loro che AMO la vostra terra e la gente del posto (specialmente le vostre “ bella”-lo scrive proprio così- Donne!) e di continuare a combattere contro la Placebo Syndrome (
spiegazione) con il potere della forza e dell'animo (TRUTH & SOUL, cita il disco dei Fishbone) del Funkentelechy (spiegazione). Lo dicevo prima e lo dico anche ora:
La musica è magica...non un mero prodotto da commercio!
Possa Dio benedirvi con salute, prosperità, felicità, e AMORE !


VQ.IT Grazie Ahreek!
A.M. Un'ultima cosa Fratello, ho finito il mio primo libro 'B.A.D WORDS' (clicca QUI per info), spero piaccia! I'm out.

Intervista a cura di Gidan Razorblade
Traduzione in collaborazione con another girl

INTERVISTA IN INGLESE

VeniceQueen.it Hi Arik! When did you start to record "The Trax of My Years" ? And why?
Arik Marshall
"The Trax of My Years" is actually a complilation of songs from my various previous albums...kind of a 'best of so far' type thang

VQ.IT Can you describe your work in a few words?
A.M.
Describe my work in a few words? hmmm...exotic, erotic, hypnotic, symphonic, psychotic, trance, dance, romance music.

VQ.IT Something about the collaboration in this project: When did You Meet H.R. And the Fishbone's Crew ?
A.M.
I met the bruthas in Fishbone in like '86 or '87...my little big brother Lonnie had met Norwood (Fishbone bassist) and we proceeded to get to know the whole 'bone crew from goin' to their shows and seein' 'em at local clubs and such.
H.R. man...that was a trip...when I was writing and recording my first album ('Memories of Amnesia') in like '94 my girlfriend at the time took me to the Whisky a-go go club in Hollywood to see the Bad Brains...I was so inspired by the show that I wrote three songs the next day ('True to the Almighty''Black Jewpiter' and 'In the Silence of Your Love') then the VERY next day I was on my way to the studio to record them and who's walkin' right across the street from me? H.R hisself! I went over and asked him would he come down to the studio and sing on these songs that he and his band inspired and he said he'd come down the next day.
I was thinkin' 'yeah right' cuzz he had a reputation for being...lets just say 'eccentric'...anyway...the next day he indeed did show up! What a blessing!

VQ.IT And Flea&Chad Smith? How and when was the song born?
A.M.
Flea & Chad played on two cuts...one was the Bad Brains inspired 'In the Silence of Your Love' and the other is called 'Stranger In a Strange Band'...that one is just about feeling weird and misunderstood but at least you've got music and those who play it with you to connect you with somethin' real and fun and beautiful.

VQ.IT When did you start to make music and why?
A.M.
Ever since I can remember I've always LOVED music (I think the first chord I learned how to play was the umbilical chord while I was a fetus groovin' to my momma's heartbeat)...I wrote my first song when I was seven...
it was called 'Futuristic Funk'...but it was my big bro Lonnie who actually got an acoustic guitar (he eventually
switched to bass) which made me realize that not only could I listen to music but I could actually play and create it as well.

VQ.IT What about your Guitar Gear? Live and in studio? (amps, pedals and other things)
A.M.
For better or worse I've never really been into gear and stuff like that...just simple shit ya know...a '68 Fender Twin Reverb amp, a funky but smooth Strat or Les Paul, a Boss Overdrive/Distortion, Line 6 delay, Crybaby Wah, and a Small Stone phase shifter. Every now and again I'll go into a music store and check out different effects pedals...
if I hear I sound that appeals to me I'll try to get it.

VQ.IT Did you collaborate in any other albums from 2000 onwards? (In Internet there isn't a good Marshall's biography)
A.M.
Yes...I recorded and wrote with Macy Gray, I recorded with one of my favorite groups Moloko while on tour with Macy in London (it's a cut called 'Cannot Contain This' on their 'Statues' album), I did some stuff with The Prodigy
while also in London (don't know if it's been released or not), I worked on a re-mix for Bjork...numerous little sessions hear and there as well ya know.

VQ.IT Is “Marshall Law”'s project still alive?
A.M.
Well...as long as me and my bro are alive and swangin' there's always the chance of another x-cuse to get loose on the Marshall Law tip.

VQ.IT What do You Think of Weapon of Choice?
A.M.
Trulio USED to be dope....Weapon of Choice still iz!

VQ.IT Who is your main source of inspiration now?
A.M.
I'd say Muhammad Ali (always & forever...even in a Heatwave), Crazy Horse, Benny Hill and Bob Marley.
And Nature. And my best friend Tracy Wannomae. (an amazing saxophonist who used to play with Macy and Ricki
Lee Jones)

VQ.IT What kind of cover (from any bands) would you like to play and why?
A.M.
Um...I'd like to cover 'Goin' In Circles' (I think that's what's it's called) by The Friends of Distinction...cuzz it's such a powerfully beautiful and moody song.

VQ.IT Are you going to play any gigs in Europe next year ?
A.M.
I wish! Hopefully I'll be back over the pond in the not-so-distant future...preferrably playing my OWN music for a change!

VQ.IT On his “Scar Tissue” autobiography, Anthony Kiedis states that your dismissal from the Chili Peppers was due to the lack of development of musical ideas on your part, despite your live performances were very good.
Got anything to say about that ?

A.M.
That was kind of accurate...where I was coming from musically wasn't really clickin' with him in terms of being inspired to write lyrics...but there were other factors involved as well but...whatever, ya know...it was fun(k) while it (b)lasted!

VQ.IT Is there anything you you wanna say to the Italian fans and Venicequeen.it readers?
A.M.
Yeah...I'd like to say I LOVE your country and your people (especially your much bella women!) and to continue the fight against the Placebo Syndrome with the TRUTH & SOUL powers of The Funkentelechy...Deaf To The Sonic Mirage! Accept no substitutes...if it aint real it's ill!
I'll say it now and I've said it before:
Music iz Magic...not just a product in a store!
May God bless you with health, prosperity, happiness,and LOVE!
I'm out....Ahreek

Hey brutha...I forgot...i do a book , I just finished it and it is now available @ www.lulu.com
it's called 'B.A.D WORDS'
Just got to lulu. com, type my name in the search engine, press GO, then click on the small pic of book cover.
Thanks man...really appreciate it!
Ahreek

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