Joe Satriani: “I’m not trying to sell myself as a guitar technician. I write songs because I want them to become the soundtrack to people’s lives”

Joe Satriani
(Image credit: Eduardo Peña Dolhun)

Over lockdown, while the rest of mankind was dealing with earthly concerns, Joe Satriani was looking towards the stars. 

“Over the months, this story started to develop in my head,” reflects the virtuoso. “It’s in the future, Mars has been terraformed and Earth’s corporations are raping the planet for raw materials. What they don’t know is that there’s a lifeform there, which is these 30ft elephants. And they’re gonna fight, so Mars can retain its natural beauty…” 

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Henry Yates

Henry Yates is a freelance journalist who has written about music for titles including The Guardian, Telegraph, NME, Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar and Metal Hammer. He is the author of Walter Trout's official biography, Rescued From Reality, a talking head on Times Radio and an interviewer who has spoken to Brian May, Jimmy Page, Ozzy Osbourne, Ronnie Wood, Dave Grohl and many more. As a guitarist with three decades' experience, he mostly plays a Fender Telecaster and Gibson Les Paul.