Slash Talks About Writing Music After Getting Sober!
Slash has been out promoting his upcoming album ‘Living the Dream’ with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. According to a recent interview with Loudwire, Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Slash talked about writing music after getting sober. Slash has been sober since 2006 and discussed what writing music was like being both under the influence and being sober. He said the following:
“A lot of that material from the old days — I can pick particular songs that were definitely written under the influence, but I can pick other songs that were written under the influence of a couple beers — not that big of a deal, right?,”
“I found that when I got sober, sort of looking back from the time that I started playing up until 2006, my partying thing was really a matter of killing time in between things,” Slash elaborated. “I wasn’t really using when I was on the road. I wasn’t really using when I was in the studio; I was always focused on music. So when I got sober, all that effort that I put into what turned into a massive addiction at that point, I took all that and just put it straight back into the music and it wasn’t really reliant on me being buzzed, or should I say inebriated, to be able to create stuff,” he continued, admitting, “I was fortunate. I really just put everything into writing and felt really comfortable sober [and] writing.”
“When I was a little kid and I was in that environment, it was exciting because it was a massive turn on to be around people who were creating music,” he said. “[Whether] it was being in the studio for a Joni Mitchell recording or being at the Troubadour for Linda Ronstadt or whatever was going on, it was exciting to me, but I didn’t recognize it as being exciting when I was a kid. It was just the environment that I was raised in.”
Living the Dream, the successor to Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’ 2014 effort, World on Fire, will be out Sept. 21 and can be pre-ordered here. The group will kick off a headlining North American trek on Sept. 13 and all upcoming stops can be found at this location.