Vile recently joined us for an episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory. Here are the top six things we learned during the episode, along with a timestamp for each segment so you can follow along.
#1 – He feels euphoric when listening to music, and approaches playing guitar as an extension of that feeling. (0:29)
#2 – His earliest influences came from listening to his father’s records. (1:01)
“I was just into listening to my dad’s records, and I got stoked by that at an early age. It made me feel like the good kind of crazy.”
#3 – He asked for a guitar for Christmas, but he was “particularly bad that year” and his parents refused. (1:11)
#4 – He feels that children are able to harness an unbridled level of creativity. (2:33)
#5 – He doesn’t perform in-progress songs live. (2:57)
Vile makes sure that songs are completely written, arranged and recorded before performing them live, so that nobody hears a sub-par version of the song.
#6 – He used to get worried by writer’s block. (4:19)
Watch every episode of Ernie Ball: String Theory at our website, featuring such players as Kirk Hammett, Steve Vai, Don Felder and more. You can also enjoy some of Vile’s most popular songs in this Spotify playlist.
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