Human Brain is a new one-man progressive metal band by guitarist and composer Adam Green, who so far launched two singles. In a new interview for Rocking Charts, Adam talks about his work.
Hey Adam. How are you doing?
I’m great, thanks!
You have recently launched your debut single with your project Human Brain. How do you feel about “What Was”?
I hold it near and dear to my heart as it was inspired by the recent Camp Fire in Paradise, California and the devastating first-hand accounts I received directly from first responders who were on the scene at it’s peak and some victims who were directly affected by the tragedy. It is primarily a ‘coping’ song reflecting on the premise that there are greener pastures ahead for all those affected and the need to somehow shift focus to them in the aftermath of such great loss.
How much of a challenge was to work on the track?
Not much of one honestly, at least not as much of one as I had thought it would be initially. After sitting down with the people who were so greatly impacted by it in so many horrific ways beyond comprehension, it really flowed naturally. Tracking just kind of ‘happened’ and before I knew it really, the song was done and told the story I wanted it to. Interesting how that happens sometimes, almost like being on auto-pilot while the emotion guides you and the music itself.
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
There are no doubt many talented bands on the scene who are being innovative that I have the utmost respect for and listen to daily, but I feel there is also an abundance of those who are putting out music that indicates the more musical and ‘catchy’ roots that laid the foundation for us all have somehow been lost in translation somewhere along the way and it’s a bit messy for lack of a better word. I’m trying to bring those back in some way.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
I grew up in the early ’90s and started playing guitar at the age of 10 as a faithful metalhead and follower of all things metal. My favorite bands who were always on rotation included the Big 4 (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer), Exodus, Pantera, Death and Sepultura. In the earlier days, classic rock including Zep and AC/DC, and hard rock legends like G N’ R and The Crue are what started me off. What all of these bands were doing at the time was so innovative and inspiring that it influenced nearly all of my playing. I’d say the guitarists who were and still are my biggest influences to date include James Hetfield, Dimebag, Slash, Jimmy Page, John Petrucci, EVH, Chuck Schuldiner, Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Jason Becker, Alex Lifeson and Tosin Abasi.
What are you listening to these days?
Most frequently, Pantera all the way through The Great Southern Trendkill, Dream Theater
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Pantera – VDOP, Metallica – MOP, Led Zeppelin – IV, Megadeth – Rust In Piece, AC/DC – Back In Black
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record?
Gibson Les Paul R9, Ibanez AZ2402, Skervesen Shoggie 8, EBMM JP15-7, Kemper Profiler Power Rack, my DAW of choice Logic Pro X and the audio interface is an Apollo Twin MKII from Universal Audio.
What are your plans for the future?
These first 2 releases will be accompanied by 8 more songs that will comprise my first full album release due out later this year. 5 more of the tracks have already been written so next steps for those will be mixing and mastering in the weeks ahead. My goal is to release at a rate of 1 song a month going forward if possible.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Hope you enjoy my music as much as I did writing it and please keep metal alive!
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