Contributor’s Note: It was a great conversation with this guitar virtuoso who is currently riding a serious wave of momentum and success with the trio supergroup, The Winery Dogs, and is translating that success into his 21st solo album entitled “Salting Earth”, which is slated for release on April 14th. Richie Kotzen will also be touring to promote “Salting Earth”. In this interview, you will get to experience the methods and the madness to what goes behind the creation of a Richie Kotzen song and album. Check Richie Kotzen out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/richiekotzen. Without further delay, here’s my conversation with Richie Kotzen. *Note* You will find the complete interview with the magazine I write for at MUEN Magazine! www.muenmagazine.net!
Matty: I want to thank you Richie for taking the time to interview with me for Madness To Creation. Tell us about the creative process of a Richie Kotzen song and album.
Richie: Thank you for calling me! Yeah, it kind of ties into something that I talk about a lot, which is balance, so what I mean when I talk about that is that you have, as a writer, you have input and you have output. Obviously, output is creating for me new music. In order to do that, I have to have some kind of input, which comes from living life and doing things other than music, when you go back to music, you’ll feel inspired again. What has happened on this record is that I’m always writing, what happens in this situation is that you have songs and you get to pick and choose what you want on the record. The reality is that I have had this record(“Salting Earth”) pretty much finished way back in August, and so I had it in my back pocket, I knew it’s been busy, so I decided to take some time off and get away from music completely. So I didn’t do any writing for four or five months. I didn’t even really pick up a guitar. The one time that I did pick up a guitar, and there was a jam session with me, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt, and Tom Morello. That was the only time. I took a break from it, and then I said that I’m going back and I’m going to listen to this record, if I really like it, and it stands on its own, then I’m going to release it. If I don’t like it, then I’ll look at that as well. So, I went back and listened to it, and I decided that it really represented it the way I want it to be represented, so I decided to release it, and here we are. I finished recording with someone that writes, to take a break and get away from things, I wanted to come back for the real reason, and the real reason is that to write for the real reason and that’s to put your feelings into the way it’s supposed to be written.