Video report from GuitarPlayer Party-40 & my video interview with Mattias Eklundh

I’m so glad to be a part of GuitarPlayer Party Festival organizing team! Making it real for the guitarists all over Russia and nearby countries to have the stage for the music and inviting guest stars like Christophe Godin, Rob Marcelo, etc…and now Mattias Eklundh! Here is my interview with Mattias after the show and a video report! Enjoy!
These videos made by Maxim Ulyanov. Enjoy!
My quick interview with Mattias Eklundh after the show:

Я очень рада быть частью команды GuitarPlayer Party! У фестиваля долгая история, а в мае состоялся юбилейный GuitarPlayer Party-40. Смотрите видеоотчет! В нем присутствуют все участники и гости концерта! А также мое интервью со звездным гостем фестиваля Маттиасом Эклундом. Автор видео Максим Ульянов. Приятного просмотра!


Mattias Eklundh: Creating something out of nothing!

Это интервью на русском в Инроке –

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The tall smart long-haired Swedish genius I met on the grounds of Guitare en Scene Festival in France is the man who invented his ‘Freak guitar” style being absolutely hilarious and free with the instrument he loves. His name is Mattias Ia Eklundh, the chief cook behind the tasty music unit named Freak Kitchen. We are in late July of 2013, in the calm little place in France that is brought to life annually with the guitar aficionados festival. Mattias has just finished a 3-hour clinic on Indian rhythms and uncommon musical timing,  a very mind opening piece of inspiration and theory that was equally very insightful and completely entertaining!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

At first I wanted to talk to you about the clinic you just did. What are your impressions?

Oh, the students were great! They were brave to show up and even braver to stay. I mostly went into Indian rhythms and stuff like that, clapping and transforming it into actual guitar playing. The thing is I never do what I’ve planned, I’m just doing what I’m interested in. In that sense, sometimes the participants suffer in a way. They come thinking like I wanna learn shredding or I wanna know how to do this and that, but I say: not now! Because I think there is stuff more important than that. But they fought a good fight, I think. They were really trying to get into this system. And that’s what it’s all about: to give some inspiration and encourage them to grow their own mustache, as I like to say. To give them some positive attitude and show that you can live in this strange business now and do your own thing. I’ve done my own thing for quite some time now, so I can share something.

I guess that’s the best approach to teaching: when you share what you are most interested in at the moment…

Absolutely! Because otherwise you have to write some stuff down and I never write anything down saying like: show some picking here, some shred there, different techniques. It’s not funny! You, pretty much, have to  show yourself and what you are interested in. And if you have an interesting self to show, the students stay with you and stay alert to what you are saying. Besides humour is a powerful weapon too. I say stupid things once in a while. I’m dead serious in what I intend to show them, but humour is a good way to get your message through, to bring them in and give them a big hug!

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

In creating music humour is also essential..

Yeah, many people don’t think so, but I do! I am from the Frank Zappa generation and he was asked once: does humour belong to music? Well, of course, it does, it belongs to life. Humor is a good way to frame life and to make it understandable, laugh at it, because it’s hard! Really, it’s a nasty planet in many ways, we live here for a long time and then we die. But humor helps to have a good time while you are here, ’cause what the fuck! I’m a middle-aged man, I have some good years left for me, but then, hey, I’m actually gonna die! What can I do about it?

Have fun!…

Yeah, have fun and do your thing! That’s what it’s all about! Don’t worry about tomorrow that much, it’s really in the now! Live in the now! Anything else is irrelevant.

Mattias IA Eklundh at GES

And your music is very much about living in the now and exploring the utmost of the moment with your guitar… Continue reading

I got the cover! Again :)

I got the cover! Again 🙂 This time with the feature interview with Steve Vai. Also my interview with Mattias Ia Eklundh is printed there and the talk with Jordan Rudess that we did together with Vladimir Milovidov. I’m so happy!

Steve Vai interview (in Russian) –

Mattias IA Eklundh interview (in Russian) –

Jordan Rudess interview (English) –

InRock music magazine | Музыкальный журнал ИнРок N64 is ready for you! Don’t forget we have an iPad version (via

This makes it my 3rd cover for InRock! Previous: with Joe Satriani and Metallica!

Steve Vai cover Inrock magazine

Steve Vai cover Inrock magazine

Joe Satriani cover Inrock magazine

Joe Satriani cover Inrock magazine

Metallica cover Inrock magazine

Metallica cover Inrock magazine

Slash & The Conspirators: Очередной трудовой день

The report from my Inrock archives, so to say. This concert was  in February 2013 and was so long anticipated, I even changed the airplane tickets to come to it in time. The show got me a bunch of diverse emotions. The text is in Russian only, sorry, ask google translate for help )))
But the full photo report is here –


В афише концертов всегда бывают такие, которые ждешь с дрожью в коленях и с придыханием считаешь оставшиеся до заветной даты дни. Не стану скрывать – именно так я ждала концерта Слэша. В предвкушении встречи с гитарным кумиром любые трудности нипочем – и длинная очередь на вход, и задержка концерта, и давка в гардеробе, и теснота в полностью забитом зале.

С момента своего прошлого приезда в Россию в 2010 году фэнов у “кота в цилиндре” (не путать с котом в сапогах) явно прибыло. Толпа пестрила майками бывшей группы Слэша, цилиндрами, курчавыми париками, которые чаще всего носили улыбчивые юные девушки. Кстати, на концерт Guns’n’Roses в майке со Слэшем лучше не приходить! Да и цилиндр стоит поберечь… Но не будем углубляться в известный конфликт. Тем более, что выйдя на сцену клуба “Арена”, Сол Хадсон в очередной раз доказал, что он не просто бывший гитарист “Ганзов”. Нынешний сет-лист Слэша наполнен хитами из двух сольных альбомов, которые публика принимает уже с почти таким же восторгом, как классику Guns’n’Roses. Особо любимы фэнами “Back From Сali”, “Starlight” и хит-сингл из последнего альбома “You’re A Lie”. Секрет производства такого качественного музыкального материала – в содружестве Слэша с прекрасным вокалистом Майлзом Кеннеди.

Слэш (гитара)

Своим голосом он владеет так же виртуозно, как Слэш – гитарой. Отдельного признания заслуживает и метод их творческой работы – они не пытаются конкурировать, а обмениваются идеями. Даже во время гастролей, находясь в соседних гостиничных номерах, они находят силы и время, чтобы пересылать друг другу демо-записи и отшлифовывать материал… (Именно так появились такие песни, как “Halo”, “No More Heroes” и “You´re A Lie”.)  Continue reading