Quick Questions With Gizz Butt

Quick Questions With Gizz Butt

At 14 Gizz joined The Destructors. Soon Metallica became aware of this band, and they openly became fans of Gizz’s next band English Dogs, which enjoyed worldwide cult status with their 1985 Punk Metal classic “Forward Into Battle”.

The mid 1990s saw Gizz achieve an unprecedented level of exposure when he was personally sought out by The Prodigy, who were looking for a suitable guitarist who could handle the hyperintensity of their incredible live shows, leading to him touring with the band throughout the band’s most successful period spanning 1996-2000. It was during this explosive time that no less than David Bowie himself declared himself a fan of Gizz; The Dame personally congratulating the guitarist after watching Prodigy’s live set from the wings during a major European music festival.

His main band since the late 90’s, Janus Stark, had songs featured in three Oscar nominated films. Their album “Great Adventure Cigar” is adored by The Foo Fighters.

Gizz Butt Interview

Quick Questions

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

I started collecting Beatles records from when I was 9 so George Harrison would have been the first influence but my brother Chris was a player and a massive heavy rock fan. There was always a guitar hanging around the house. Chris introduced me to the Lynyrd Skynyrd album “Pronounced Le-nerd Skin-nerd” and a Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock bootleg he’d picked up and I was gobsmacked. I wanted to play like that!

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

I’ve got this hand built custom workshop Ibanez GA-X that has a totally unique tone, somewhere between a Les Paul and a Flying V. It’s thick, chunky but with a slight mid range honk like a V. I use it on all of my recordings. It’s got a straight through neck and it’s all mahogany .Likewise I’ve got another hand built Ibanez that I use for all my leads. It’s based on a prestige but it has an ebony fretboard , mahogany body with a maple top. You can imagine how amazing that sounds.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

That’s easy. It’s The Wildhearts “Renaissance Men”. We’ve toured with them during the Autumn and the shows were packed- 700 – 1000 every gig. They write very fine melodic well crafted songs.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Randy Rhodes. I’d love to know what his thought process was as he was writing his stuff. What phrasing he was referring to when he was playing the solo for Revelation Mother Earth and so on. It’s a tough decision to make but Randy may be my favourite all time player. He’s certainly up there.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just embrace the entire concept of organising, whether you organise yourself or organise your band. Every band needs a bossy member to lead them. Don’t be ashamed of it. Most band members appreciate it. You can organise yourself and your practice. Your gear , your rehearsals. If you get into it , hopefully it will rub off . Personal practice should be enjoyed. It’s your time that you are giving freely to yourself. Songwriting should be treated in the same way. You’re giving yourself a gift of time and dedicated attention and most special of all, you’re giving yourself the gift of creativity!! Relax and enjoy it!

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