Joe Satriani: "You have to be true to yourself. The internet is a great tool, but it also has the danger of homogenizing everybody"

Joe Satriani
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"You’re a great friend of mine - I’m proud to call you my buddy,” said Brian May, in a video inducting Joe Satriani into the Metal Hall Of Fame in earlier this year. “But you have been a friend and inspiration to so many,” noted the Queen legend. 

“You’ve done so much for guitar playing, lifted it to a new place and, all around the world, people like me are still marvelling at what you do.”

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).