Interview: Adam Green of HUMAN BRAIN

Adam Green

Over the past 18 years, Adam has written original music for numerous professional bands and prominent acts. Human Brain is his new progressive metal band, and Adam has engaged a number of singers for the upcoming full-length release. Green has launched two singles from the album already. In a new interview for Guitar Sphere he discusses about the guitar rig he uses for writing and recording tracks, learning guitar, and more.

Let’s kick off this interview with a talk about your host launched single, “Spaces.” What can you tell me about the creative and recording phases for this song?

My goal was to flesh out a track that incorporated all of the musical styles I love most (metal, rock, progressive) while taking the listener on a roller coaster of a ride with meaningful changes throughout. My Skervesen Shoggie 8 string was my go-to weapon of choice for this given its overall versatility and clarity even in the lower registers which can be rare. I wrote all of the parts in my head and laid them down in iPhone voice memos initially. From there, I tracked everything in Logic using my Kemper Profiler Power Rack, Apollo Twin and Toontrack.

How would you describe your initial exposure to music?

My mother played piano throughout her childhood and mine so I was always exposed to live music in our home. My father also owned a wide catalog of vinyl records spanning The Beatles greatest albums, CCR, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson etc, etc that I listened to on a regular basis. These early classics really inspired me in grade school and left an imprint on my style for years to come.

How did you get into playing guitar?

My best friend in middle school had an older brother who owned an electric guitar and drum set that we’d play around on all the time while we blasted his AC/DC records in the background, all of which obviously occurred when older brother wasn’t home. We taught each other how to play and constantly challenged ourselves to get better by learning more and more complicated songs. At the time, my goal was to play like Slash and master Civil War and November Rain which was a near impossible feat, but I made progress and didn’t stop until I had the gist of both songs mastered to the fullest extent possible. I then graduated to metal after hearing Metallica for the first time. I knew I HAD to learn Fade To Black and MOP after hearing both songs for the first time. I became such a huge Metallica fanboy that I nearly mastered their whole catalogue by the age of 16. Somehow their songs stuck with me all these years and I still play them from time to time.

Did you start to listen to music differently once you discovered guitar?

Absolutely! Every note and progression suddenly held new meaning for me and I remember trying to play each song and sequence on repeat in my mind especially during class at school to keep me entertained. Before I knew it, I could repeat every single note in a solo, vocal line etc exactly as they were played (in my head of course, not physically ;-)

Who were some of your early guitar influences?

Slash and Page initially, then pretty much in the following order from there: Hetfield, Mustaine, Dimebag, Satch, Vai and Petrucci.

Tell me about your guitar technique.

It’s all over the place really. [laughs] I have never been able to read music, so I basically try to play whatever sounds right in my mind. I spent years mastering chord progressions and scales, then perfected my speed. Still have a very long way to go to reach the talent of many of the aforementioned players, but all the time I spent hammering out all the tedious routines has really paid off for me to date. I’m FAR more relaxed when I play now and have a much lighter touch which I’ve found certainly helps my speed and accuracy overall.

What guitars are in your connection?

Caparison Horus M3B, Gibson Custom Shop 1959 Reissue Les Paul, Ibanez AZ2402, Ibanez RG2127, Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci JP15 7 and the Skervesen Shoggie 8.

With the advancement of the technology and amp/effect simulation, do you still use pedals?

I sure do! I’ve generally found that combining tools from both sides produces the best overall tonal capabilities.

In your opinion, what are the three skills that every guitarist must bring to perfection?

Diligence, a good ear and constant creativity/experimentation.

AGS

Back to music, what were the biggest challenges you faced as a guitarist when making “Spaces”?

Video editing hands down.

How do you go about channeling inspiration into writing?

I can only write when I’m inspired really. Usually it has to follow a very recent emotional experience and I basically air it out through my writing.

Tell me about your guitar rig you use for recording Human Brain material.

Gibson Les Paul R9, Caparison Horus M3B, Ibanez RG2127, Ibanez AZ2402, Skervesen Shoggie 8, EBMM JP15-7, Kemper Profiler Power Rack, my DAW of choice Logic Pro X, Ibanez SDGR 5 string bass, audio interface of choice Apollo Twin MKII from Universal Audio, Kemper Profiler Power Rack and Toontrack for all drum parts.

What are your five favourite pieces of gear in 2019, and why?

Boss Waza Amp Expander looks VERY interesting. I was ready to buy a UA OX Box to use alongside the Kemper, but Boss’ new offering packs in so many more features for right around the same price. I’m also very interested in all the latest offerings from Aristides, Jackson, Misha Mansoor’s latest low-wattage Peavey Invective amp and Kemper’s new cab release.

What other dragons are you looking forward to slaying?

Many! The biggest are concerts this year with my other project Soulwood in addition to performing with Human Brain, launching the new albums on the horizon from both projects and releasing my next 3 singles wide in the coming months. Then there is practice, practice, practice. Always trying to further perfect and grow my skills one day at a time.

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