TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Says He Has Always Followed His Own Path

TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK Says He Has Always Followed His Own Path

During a short interview in the Seymour Duncan booth at this past weekend's NAMM show in Anaheim, California, TESTAMENT and METAL ALLEGIANCE guitarist Alex Skolnick was asked how he has managed to survive in the music industry thirty years after the release of TESTAMENT's classic debut album, "The Legacy". He responded (see video below): "I think I've followed my own path. I like the music I like. Even though I started early with a band that's very hard music, I've always listened [to] and played whatever music I like. And I spent a few years only playing instrumental music, and then I went back to TESTAMENT when nobody thought I would. And then when I went back, nobody thought I would still do instrumental music. So I'm gonna do whatever I want."

He continued: "I think those of us that survive the music business, we follow our passion and we don't try… 'Cause if I tried really hard just to be what people expect me to be, I'd get covered in tattoos and I'd have some image that's not really me. So I never did that. And I think those who, sort of, do what they feel are the ones that survive in this crazy music industry."

A televised performance of the MILES DAVIS ELECTRIC BAND in the late '90s led Skolnick to New York City, where he immersed himself in the jazz world. For the past decade, Skonick has led a double life as a member of TESTAMENT, the seminal thrash metal band he joined at the age of 16. In the summer of 2016, he's both toured Europe with TESTAMENT and performed with Miles's keyboardist, Alan Holzman.

Skolnick's book, "Geek To Guitar Hero", is available on paperback via Amazon.

TESTAMENT's latest album, "Brotherhood Of The Snake", was released last October via Nuclear Blast.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).