And shredding for all...
(Answers by Carlos Fernando Lichman de Oliveira)
-HELL-o Carlos, how are you doing? Can you write a short biography for those who still don’t know your career?
I’m a Brazilian guitarist; I have degree in music performance at the University of Porto Alegre in Brazil. My compositions are into Instrumental Shred Metal Style. I played in a band called Neverland and recorded some stuff (Wake Up The Dragons EP/2001) before the aforementioned solo debut, e.g. "Planet Rock" (Single, 2003) and "Intense Guitar Playing" (EP, 2005). However, my playing can be also audible on "Celebrando Mozart" Live DVD from the year 2006. In 2007, I recorded my debut album called "Firestorm". I played most guitar parts and keys on one track. In that album, I recurred to two drummers (Alexandre Olly, Sandro Moreira), two bassists (Leandro Berpo, Vinicius Rym) and a keyboardist (Paulo Miguel Bublitz). I can say they are the "less known" part of the stuff. The "better known" are guest guitar players: Kiko Loureiro (Angra), Pablo G. Soler (Neoclassical shredmaster from Argentina), Francesco Fareri (Italian Shred wizard) and Jim Horne (Jazz/Fusion guitar virtuoso from the USA). Firestorm is larded with shredding tones. However, here are also some quiet fragments like Thoinot Arbeau's "Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie (Reincarnation)" that can make you think of Renaissance dances. It is played in calm and minor mood, so it gets a great contrast in comparison to the remaining tracks. The third track "Key To The Shred City" was recorded in honour of two shred giants - Tony MacAlpine and Marty Friedman - as they are two of my greatest inspirations. Yes, there were such tracks like Friedman's "Forbidden City" and MacAlpine's "Key To The City". However, this piece of music is performed in definitely different style than compositions from Marty's "Dragon's Kiss" and Tony's "Maximum Security". Anyway, it is one of the most melodic tracks with powerful rhythm. I’m a chap who attacks your ears with rhythmic lead parts, numerous shred quips and some atmospheric fragments as well. I showed you a complex architecture of the shredding genre as I depicted it on the CD. The album's title reflects my music as a stormy, furious, fiery and belched out stuff. People usually say that "Firestorm" is a great load of decent Shredding power and it is one of the TOP SELLERS on Guitar 9 Web Site (N°1 in March and April 2008). Last May I released FIRESTORM GUITAR METHOD, a new method based on FIRESTORM CD licks.
Firestorm album can be ordered in Guitar Euro Shop (France), Boosweet Records (USA), Guitar 9 (USA), Fret Tunes (Australia), Die Hard Records (Brazil) and Music Gate Brazil (Brazil). Below, you can read my discography:
Rock Soldiers Vol.14 - Compilation Cd (2009)
Carlos Lichman – Firestorm Guitar Method (2008)
Carlos Lichman – Firestorm (2007)
Hurricane Metal Fest – Hurricane Metal Fest
Vol.1 Compilation Cd (2007)
Programa Contramão – Contramão (Compilation Cd)
Centro de Artes Recitatus – Celebrando Mozart
(Live DVD / 2006)
Carlos Lichman – Intense Guitar Playing (EP / 2005)
Carlos Lichman – Planet Rock (Single / 2003)
Neverland – Wake Up The Dragons (EP / 2001)
I’m endorsed by Giannini Strings and Basso Straps.
-When did you start playing guitar and who were your teachers? Are you self-taught?
-Did you write all of the songs of your latest album or did you get ideas from the drummer, the bass player and the other musicians as well? How are your songs created? Do you always start from a riff or do you jam and keep the best parts of a song?
- “Speed Rules” and “Shred Dogs” are totally influenced by Rusty Cooley’s album as instructional methods.
- “Key To The Shred City” is influenced by Japanese minor scale one of the scales most used by Marty Friedman.
- “Just Rock It” is a Blues/Rock song influenced by Brazilian guitar master Edu Ardanuy.
- “Belle Qui Tìens Ma Vie” shows my passion for old music and in my next works, I will record more and more songs in this style.
- “Drug Dealers” was created when I was studied “The Book of Jason Becker”.
- “Endless” shows some riffs in Impellitteri’s style and studio’s effects as Tape Reverse. When I was studying “home studio’s production’ in the university I enjoyed this effect a lot.
- “Intense Guitar Playing” is a mixing of Vinnie Moore and Steve Morse’s influences. I really like their way of playing.
- “Beyond The Universe” is the last song of Firestorm and this music show lot of influences as Gilbert, Satriani, Cooley and Petrucci. In the end of the song, Alexandre Olly (drummer) told me and idea to play the song in 7/4 and not in 4/4 as in the beginning.
I’m not saying that I don’t accept other guys’ opinion but I usually work alone. The main ideas come from my seven string guitar.
-What are the differences with your previous records?
-Who chose the front cover? And will you ever release an album with sung compositions? Don’t you ever feel the need to add vocals to one song?
-How did you convince all those guitar heroes to participate as guest musicians in your latest record? Did you have to pay them or was it just because you’re friends with them? Many people want to know if you will appear in their next records. Haven’t you got any invitation so far?
-Have you ever kept any clinic at music institutes? Do you have students?
-In Europe almost all guitar heroes disappeared after grunge metal came out. Is the Brazilian scene still alive? What South American axemen do you recommend and esteem the most?
-What would you advice a young boy or girl who wishes to become a professional guitarist? Which are the mistakes to avoid and what is necessary besides practice?
-How many hours do you practise everyday? What do you do besides playing?
-Is it necessary or better to have long thin fingers to play a guitar better? Do you use elastics when you sleep to keep your fingers stretched? Can you play other instruments?
-Is the lineup of your band stable now or can we say you decided it to call it Carlos Lichman because the other members will always be session members?
-What about your live activity? What was the best concert you ever played and would you be able to play a 15-minute solo live like Yngwie Malmsteen?
-Do you prefer to listen to guitar heroes or do you feel it’s better to listen to Metal bands where solos are not frequent and not important so as to keep your songwriting original and devoid of influences?
-I know that many guitarists are jealous of their equipment and prefer to keep some secrets, but all of your fans are curious! So, how many guitars do you own, which is your favourite guitar, what amplification and effects do you usually use?
-Do you like fretless guitars, downtuned guitars or double-handled guitars or are you a traditionalist or you simply don’t need them?
-Have you received any interesting offers from labels to re-release your discography and distribute it worldwide? Is there anything you would like to change in your old compositions?
-Do you have any videoclips online or in the works?
Line-up on this record:
Carlos Lichman - g. on all tracks and k. on track 6
Alexandre Olly - d. on tracks 1,2,3,7 and 9
Sandro Moreira - d. on tracks 4,6 and 8
Leandro Berpo - b. on tracks 2,4,5,6 and 8
Vinicius Rym - b. on tracks 1,3,7 and 9
Paulo Miguel Bublitz - k. on tracks 4 and 8
Porto Alegre - Brazil
Official site: http://www.carloslichman.com/
Order Firestorm CD using the links below:
Guitar Euro Shop: http://www.guitareuroshop.com/catalog/carlos-lichman-firestorm-p-1112.html?osCsid=ece217c92989c17846d5eb687e5d56ed
Boosweet Records: http://www.boosweet.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=Lichman
Music Gate: http://www.musicgatebrasil.com/produto.php?id=204
Guitar 9: http://www.guitar9.com/firestorm.html
Fret Tunes: http://www.frettunes.com/title.php?t=firestorm&i=98
-Planet Rock (Single - 2003)
-Intense Guitar Playing (EP - 2005)
_Celebrando Mozart (Live DVD - 2006)
-Contramão (Compilation CD - 2007)
-Firestorm (CD - 2007)
-Rock Soldiers (Compilation CD - March 5th, 2009)
-He also recorded a guest solo in the project "O Solo é SEu" from brazilian Guitar Player Magazine.
The lead guitar is from 3:09 a 3:32. Listen to it here: