“Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Ry Cooder, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Healey and Buddy Guy... I naturally gravitated towards a Strat because my main influences were all playing them”: Philip Sayce on why the best studio magic is live

Philip Sayce
(Image credit: Matt Barnes)

After the release of his seventh solo record, Spirit Rising, in 2020, Philip Sayce took to the internet to promote it in lieu of being able to play live during the pandemic. Incredibly, and in no doubt due to a very faithful fanbase, the album received more than 13 million streams on Spotify.

Now, with business relatively back to normal, Philip’s return to the live stage finds him at the top of his game. Furthermore, a new studio album waits in the wings. We took the opportunity to chat with him via a Zoom call to his home in LA to find out what went into the making of The Wolves Are Coming.

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David Mead

With over 30 years’ experience writing for guitar magazines, including at one time occupying the role of editor for Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, David is also the best-selling author of a number of guitar books for Sanctuary Publishing, Music Sales, Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. As a player he has performed with blues sax legend Dick Heckstall-Smith, played rock ’n’ roll in Marty Wilde’s band, duetted with Martin Taylor and taken part in charity gigs backing Gary Moore, Bernie Marsden and Robbie McIntosh, among others. An avid composer of acoustic guitar instrumentals, he has released two acclaimed albums, Nocturnal and Arboretum.