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Marty Friedman – A Disarmingly Frank Interview

Marty Friedman

“In the same week I auditioned for Megadeth, I also auditioned for Madonna!” Confides, celebrated Heavy Metal guitar wizard, Marty Friedman. With his signature probing, yet genial interview style, Norman B engages Friedman, in a disarmingly frank conversation. “In the music business, there are several levels of where you are at, and it has nothing to do with your ability,” continues Marty, “but, people treat you better when you are on the top of the charts!” Known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth, which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s, Marty Friedman has resided in Japan since 2003, where he is also a highly revered TV star. During the interview, Marty explains the importance of fans, his fascination with Japanese music and understanding a different culture. His responses to Norman B’s questions and well-considered observations make for yet another memorable Life Elsewhere interview.

Inferno is the title of Marty Friedman‘s latest album, his North American tour begins in September.

Life Elsewhere airs:
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Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
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Siv Jakobsen – The Interview.

Siv Jakobsen pic 1“I was entranced by her voice and her ability to use silences or pauses so effectively.” Says Norman B about Siv Jakobsen, a talented new musical artist from Norway. The Life Elsewhere host’s unbridled enthusiasm led to a request for an interview with the Oslo-based musician. Arrangements were quickly made, and with disarming candor, Siv  chatted with Norman B for twice as long as the scheduled interview time. “Listen carefully to her lyrics,” Mr. B continues, Siv  displays a maturity, way beyond her years. Plus, she is able to introduce a fresh, emotive take on a well-known and often-covered song, like Dolly Parton’s Jolene.”

Toward the end of the interview, Norman B asks Siv Jakobsen if she would select this week’s Hit That Never Was. With unsurprising confidence, Siv does not hesitate by selecting a relatively new release from American Country artist, Liza Anne. “I know it’s not old,” says Siv , “but I really believe Take It Back should have been a hit!”

After the interview, Norman B reflected, “It’s rare that you come across an artist who is so self-assured, yet completely down-to-earth and without pretension.” We are predicting you will be hearing a lot more from Siv Jakobsen. Make sure you do not miss this up-close and personal interview on the next edition of Life Elsewhere.

Siv Jakobsen’s most recent EP, The Lingering is available now. Below is the beautiful video for the single How We Used To Love.

Music is a major part of Life Elsewhere, we purposely, do not adhere to just one genre or generation, in an upcoming edition we will talk with legendary Heavy Metal guitarist, Marty Friedman. Known for his tenure as the lead guitarist for MegadethFriedman has resided in Japan since 2003 where he has become a popular TV personality. And at the other end of the musical spectrum, are Electronic duo, Lola Dutronic, who have a splendid new album, Lost in Translation. We will talk with one half of the duo, Richard Citroen, about his new album, collaborations and the importance of retro.

Life Elsewhere airs:
Sundays at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  

Mondays at 7.00pm ET at WROM Radio
Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio