MOTIVATION FOR THE GUITARIST: JAMES HETFIELD
was very afraid of quite a lot: I was afraid of the world, I was afraid to speak, and I was a very, very modest guy, and music was the way to speak, that’s all. I could just keep a journal, compose poetry, write everything I could think of, and then sit down, play a couple of chords, put everything together and get myself. It’s me! So I tell the world about myself when I can not say in words. So the music was a voice that I didn’t have.
At my school there was one guy from a jazz band who was selling his guitar. He seems to have had a Gibson SG ’69 with a tremolo and he wanted to sell it. He asked me: “Do you want?”, And I told him: “Yes, how much will you take?”, To which he replied: “200 bucks!”. I begged my mother, did everything I could and finally, she gave the go-ahead and bought me my first real guitar.
But then, it comes to light when you already have a guitar, you must join the group. I hung out with school guys who loved to play music. It was an Obsession cover band – guys from my parallel. We gathered in the house after school and played. From the Black Sabbath group I was so trudging! Their music is so … heavy … exciting. I disappeared into it, I could close my eyes and find myself right in the song.
With a friend from school, we tried to outdo each other. Every day they boasted of their achievements: “Hey, look what I learned!”, “Oh, look what I learned!”. And then I get home and learn something else. So the competition at school raised us to a higher level and it was great.
And at some point you understand what you want in your group of musicians better. I wrote some songs that they didn’t like. They just wanted to play covers and I decided it was time to play with other people. At that time, I already understood that I was striving to be better and some of my friends did not understand me and asked why you would not stay with us? And I just wanted to go further and look for my place.
I once returned to school in the summer to train to play football again. And then I had long hair. The coach said that I would have to get a haircut, but I began to object and said that the same Eddie Van Halen and Michael Schenker had long hair, and I want to play football and have long hair. But it wasn’t possible, and at that moment it became an obstacle on the road, quite decisive in my life, and I did not know how to get around it. I said to myself: “Damn it! “Do I want to be the second team in football or to be on stage and carry a mission, speaking the language of music?” At that time I did not know that I had made the right choice.
Motivation for the guitarist: James Hetfield
I think that not before graduation I realized that I should think about what I want to do. I worked in a sticker factory and cut out blanks, and only thought about riffs, texts and all that. And in the afternoon at lunch, I was already sitting in the car with my guitar, inventing riffs and thinking that it was time to return to work again. After work, I already played those riffs that I composed at lunch. And then we played the first concert, and I thought: I probably need to quit; it’s time to get down; I want to play music! And there really were no other options.
I remember the first time: “Hey, we are going to New Jersey to sign a contract!” Or “We are going to San Francisco to give a concert!” And then: “Hey, this manager offers a contract with trips to Europe!” Yes, you think, I wanted to be cool, but inside I just got crazy and did not believe that this was happening to me. Really happening! We are all friends and we can do whatever we like. This is just awesome!
With every step this feeling only grew. Every morning, waking up, you realize: “Dude, you can do what you want to create, and this will provide you and your whole family.” This is an amazing gift. And we realized this, but there were times when everything got out of hand – a black album and a tour in support of it.
There were several divorces on this album, a lot of ego, arrogance. No one was himself anymore. Everyone was more than he should be. But in the end, when you think about this career, you realize that this is something wild. People say that they respect you for your music, but it is impossible to make sure that you have achieved something. It’s just a fantasy, as if these people think that you are something more than you really are. Therefore, you must always remain mundane and tell yourself – I am a man! And then something lowers you from heaven to earth, and you understand that fate has given you the opportunity to play music, that’s a fact.
Motivation for the guitarist: James Hetfield
You know, I grew up listening to different guitarists and most of all I like rhythm guitarists. Obviously, Tony Iommi had a huge impact on many metal guitarists and, of course, on single note riffs, as they sounded bold. The sound of the Mesa / Boogie amplifier is not really bold, it seems to have a face, edges. I achieved this sound on the first albums, and then began to increase the depth.