Five Questions with 'SNL' and Pearl Lion Guitarist Jared Scharff

Pearl Lion's Jared Scharff (Image credit: Daniel D'Ottavio)

Jared Scharff’s face is probably more familiar to most people than his name. After all, he’s been the guitarist in the Saturday Night Live house band for the past 12 years. Besides covering a breathtaking spectrum of genres on SNL, Scharff also has kept up an extra-healthy web presence, with his “Unnecessary Shredding” videos demonstrating the full range of his musical prowess to the YouTube universe. Forever restless and looking to expand his boundaries, Scharff is about to release a pair of all-instrumental EPs — Dark and Light — under the moniker Pearl Lion. The EPs illustrate just how great instrumental music can be without having to resort to “shred for the sake of it” histrionics. We recently caught up with Scharff and subjected him to the “five questions” treatment.

Why two EP’s rather than an album?

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.