|1. What are you currently up
At this time I have released a new Richie Kotzen studio CD called
Get Up.... it is my 13th solo record... I'm planning on doing a load
of live shows off this CD... we are leaving for South America in 3
weeks then Japan, then Spain, England, Italy and so on...this is the
first Richie Kotzen tour in quite some time
The new album, 'Get Up', has been getting good reviews. Could you
take us through some personal song highlights on the album?
My favorite song on get up is remember. It gives me a chance to
stretch out a bit on the guitar and vocally as well..... I think the
title track get up is going to be a good one to play live.....
Special has been getting a good response especially in Japan where
they are playing it on the radio
|3. How has your style of guitar playing changed/developed down the
Ive gotten more confident as a guitarist over the years... I have
settled down a bit as well..... Being a singer actually makes it
easier for me to play the guitar.... I don't rely on theory when I
play I really am simply hearing melodies and just playing them even
if they are faster than what I can actually sing
|4. When you set out to record a new solo album do you have a
particular musical style in mind or do you just record your best songs, regardless of what styles they are? Do record labels ever try
to get you to write radio/single tracks?
In the past I would write all year long and record a song as soon as
it was written... At the end of the year it would be time to put out
a CD and I would pick the best songs.... The only problem with that
is I would end up with a lot of songs that sounded like they should
be on different records because the production was so specific to
On 'Get Up' I waited until all the songs were written
then i went in the studio and recorded everything at once.... That is
why I think Get Up is a much stronger Richie Kotzen record than some
of the Richie Kotzen records of the past. Get Up is a much more
complete CD for me.... I think it is the most acurate and definitive
Richie Kotzen CD.
|5. Mr. Big - what was the highlight of your time in the band? Any
chance of a Mr. Big reunion at some stage in the future? Would you ever consider joining a band again or are you happy to remain a solo
As far as my highlight in Mr Big I think it was the first show we
played in Japan.... It was 1999 countdown to 2000 in the Osaka Dome.
That was my first show with Mr Big. We opened for Aerosmith to
40,000 people.... I knew Mr Big was famous in Japan but I didn't realize how
famous. That was a fun show. No I don't think there will be a Mr Big reunion any time soon.
As far as Richie Kotzen joining a band.... It depends on who calls me... I like working with other
musicians as well as being on my own .... It's sort of a toss up
|6. What have been the most memorable live shows for you and why?
Playing the jazz festivals in Europe with Stanley Clarke was
memorable... We did a bunch of shows and some of them in Italy were
in the court yards of these old castles... Very cool stuff.... My
favorite live period was in 94 when I was on tour with Mother Heads
We played a month in the mid west in the US and it was so much
fun.... We were a very happy inspired band at that time...
Everything was new and fresh....
|7. Poison - What exactly happened around your leaving the band? Would
you ever consider working with the band again?
Poison didn't want Richie Kotzen in the band anymore because he made
It is doubtful that Richie Kotzen will ever work with the band Poison
|8. How easy/hard is it to get a tour together and are you finding it
easier to get gigs now, than say a few years ago?
I think it is easier now to get things going... The internet brings
every one closer together and communication internationally is much
easier.... Therefore artists like myself can book shows overseas
that in the past were more difficult to put together.
|9. What do you do in your spare time outside of music?
I like to write songs or go in the studio and record... Go out
drinking with my friends.... Bring strange girls back to my house
and read poems to them.... Stuff like that.
|10. Message to your fans?
I hope you like the new CD get up.... If you want to hear samples or
buy a copy you can at richiekotzen.com