Knifes' Ben Young: “We have great day jobs, but if the new EP takes off, maybe our own band can be more than just a hobby”

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Although he had played guitar since his teens, Ben Young never really thought about turning pro or starting a band. For the past 15 years, he was happy enough working as a guitar tech for groups such as Linkin Park, Fall Out Boy and Stone Temple Pilots.

That all changed in 2015, when he was asked to fill in for Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson for a series of dates in Brazil.

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Joe Bosso

Joe is a freelance journalist who has, over the past few decades, interviewed hundreds of guitarists for Guitar World, Guitar Player, MusicRadar and Classic Rock. He is also a former editor of Guitar World, contributing writer for Guitar Aficionado and VP of A&R for Island Records. He’s an enthusiastic guitarist, but he’s nowhere near the likes of the people he interviews. Surprisingly, his skills are more suited to the drums. If you need a drummer for your Beatles tribute band, look him up.