Fallujah’s Scott Carstairs: “Radiant Ascension is the hardest solo I’ve ever had to perform... that’s the only way to improve: really intense, difficult s**t”

Scott Carstairs
(Image credit: Stephanie Cabral)

When pandemic lockdowns pushed Bay Area-formed tech-metal veterans Fallujah off the road, it also pushed guitarist Scott Carstairs into an existential, career-questioning tailspin. 

To cope, the musician turned his attention to a different kind of tech – namely, the Twitch platform. After creating a profile, Carstairs began livestreaming riff workshops and Q&A’s a few times a week, connecting with fans on an intimate level he’d never before experienced online. Part of that, he’d argue, was survival instinct. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.