This week I had chance to catch up with Greg Bradley, Guitarist for Canadian melodic hard rock band Art Of Dying. We spoke Disturbed, New Material, Taking over the world and iPhone’s.
Thanks for taking the time out to speak to us here at Phoenix Music.
So lets jump right in….
Where did the name Art Of Dying come from?
We brought in lists of potential names and Art of Dying just stood out. We talked about the meaning and how life is precious. It’s a guarantee that you will pass on one day and it’s what you do and what you want to do in life that is important. Ultimately we came up with “Art of Dying is my life to live”.
How did you feel at the beginning when Disturbed invited you to go on their US tour?
We were ecstatic! It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that we accepted in a heartbeat!
How did Art Of Dying get together?
Jonny and I had been making music together for several years in Vancouver. Jeff was recommended to play drums for us and we quickly brought him into the band. Jeff knew Cale and Tavis who were playing with Thornley at the time and we asked them to go on the Disturbed tour with us in 2008. The lineup clicked really well and we haven’t looked back since!
What was it like working with veteran producer Howard Benson on Vices and Virtues?
It was an amazing experience! Every time we work with a producer we learn to push the envelope and deliver our music the best it can be. The songs recorded during the Howard Benson sessions sound incredible and we’re very proud of them.
How did you all feel when you found out back in the beginning that Disturbed wanted to sign you to their record label Intoxication?
Honestly we were taken by surprise, we had no idea that they were scouting us for their label. Disturbed gave us the opportunity to play on a major level and we were very excited for our future.
How would you describe your sound?
We’re a heavy melodic rock band with lyrics that relate to people’s everyday lives.
Are you planning a european tour in the near future?
We have our eye on Europe and we hope to get there as soon as possible. Our focus recently has been North America and we want to eventually bring Art of Dying tours to the world!
Any plans to go back into the studio in 2013?
We are currently writing and recording demos of brand new songs to be considered for the next album. I would say we will most likely start recording the album within in the next coming months.
Could you of ever imagine that the band would be where it is now?
I have always felt it deep within that I would be pursuing music as a career and strongly visualized myself doing what I do now, so yes I did imagine to be where we are and beyond! However, I humbly pinch myself every so often for being able to actually do what I enjoy so passionately.
Who is your inspiration?
My Dad. He has always pushed me to succeed. Ironically, he wanted me to do something other than music, but he had a guitar on the wall at the house I grew up in that I just knew I had to learn how to play. When I started playing, it came naturally and I just soaked it up. Also, Jimmy Page and Jerry Cantrell were big influences for me and inspire me to this day to create music. I have fortunately met both of them and they are incredible people.
Who did you listen to growing up?
I’ve always been into a lot of bands like Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Guns ‘N Roses, The Police. These bands inspired me as a musician.
If you could spend a day with anyone dead or alive….Who would it be?
I think Randy Rhoads (RIP) from the early Ozzy Osbourne solo days was an incredible guitar player and I would, if I could, love to hang and get a few chops from him!
And finally, One for fun….
What one item can you not live without?
Apparently my iphone! It’s the one thing I have with me always!