Ariel Posen: “When it’s my record, I want to play and feel like I do when I’m playing live – that’s really important to me”

Ariel Posen
(Image credit: Janine Van Oostrom)

“All my plans got rearranged, but I’m just making it work and I’m grateful that I can still be quite busy with music without playing gigs, and still keep productive and creative,” says Ariel Posen, speaking to us down the line from Montreal. 

Quite naturally, our opening conversation with Ariel concerned the pandemic and the drought of touring and live gigs. But, like so many artists, the enforced lockdown hibernation and its associated restrictions have proved to be an inspiration for Ariel, in that it produced a new album, Headway, which appeared in stores and online during the first week of March.  

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.