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‘People Have Taken Music For Granted’

From Hero To Zero recently conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND.

On how we experienced the changes in the music industry as a young artist starting out:

Gus: “Well, by the time I started making records, things were already changing; it was a big era of MP3.com and all that stuff. So, honestly, I never made records with million-dollar budgets or experienced huge sales and the whole excess of the ’80s and ’90s in the music industry. I was always like a D.I.Y. musician; I build everything myself from scratch, without any big corporate funding behind me or anything. I’m pretty proud of that, actually; I have to say that, considering the things that have happened in my career. I’m very happy about that and proud, because it’s been very hard. It’s been a long, hard road, and it certainly wasn’t an overnight sensation or something, or success. So, yeah, I take pride in that, man. I don’t know how things were for… I bet it’s harder for musicians that were… before my era, my generation, that were used to all that, and all of a sudden they had to see this huge decline and this big change. So, for me, it didn’t really change anything. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to survive on what I’ve been doing and make a good living out of it and have enough amazing fans all around the world that keep supporting [me]. I’m grateful for that.”

Gus G.‘s second solo album, “Brand New Revolution“, was released in Europe on July 24 via Century Media. The CD was made available through Century Media in Australia and South America, Dismanic/eOne in North America and King Records in Japan. The cover artwork was once again created by Gustavo Sazes, who previously worked with Gus on the guitarist’s debut album, “I Am The Fire“, and also took care of artwork duties by such bands as ARCH ENEMY, KAMELOT and FIREWIND.

Brand New Revolution” features guest vocal appearances by Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOURNEY, TALISMAN), Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE), Jacob Bunton (ADLER, LYNAM) and Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TREAT).

Brand New Revolution” was recorded with Jay Ruston and mixed by Mike Fraser. Just as on “I Am The Fire“, the core of Gus‘s recording group consisted of Jo Nunez (FIREWIND) on drums and Marty O’Brien (LITA FORD) on bass.

(via Blabbermouth)

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