Lettuce's Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff talks Resonate, approaching guitar like a percussionist, and why he plays a Les Paul for funk

Aam "Shmeeans" Smirnoff
(Image credit: Diego Garcia Marquez)

With its members having earned their stripes playing for some of the music industry’s biggest names - from Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Justin Timberlake to Stevie Wonder himself - Boston funk collective Lettuce could very well be one of the tightest groups in the world right now. 

This year, the Grammy-nominated groovers return with seventh full-length Resonate, a record that delves deep into the very essence of the jam band. The music is joyous, carefree and recursive - and at times incredibly psychedelic - fusing elements of soul, hip-hop and jazz into a wide yet reassuringly familiar and honest approach to modern funk. 

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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).