Interview: Michael Sweet of Sweet & Lynch
Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:38:38
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Michael Sweet and George Lynch make for a musical Clash of the Titans with their debut Sweet & Lynch album, Only to Rise [iTunes link]. The record brings together two of rock’s biggest talents and most torrential forces an overpowering collection of one anthem after another. It’s an essential rock album for 2015.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Michael Sweet talks Only to Rise and so much more.
How do you feel like you and George connect? You're both legends in your own right with such different styles, what was the creative common ground?
We worked in separate locations—East Coast and West Coast—and there were really no issues at all. Maybe due to working this way, we were able to produce ideas more easily and consistently. It was a joy.
Did it take a while to get into a groove together? How does this project differ for you?
Not at all. Everything seemed to fall into place without complications. It was one of the easiest projects I've ever been involved with!
What are the stories behind “The Wish" and the title track? Where were those coming from and what do they mean to you?
"The Wish" was a last minute add-on. I came up with the riff idea and sent it to George. He added his feel to it and, voila, it became a very cool song. "Only To Rise" was an idea that came from George after we discussed doing a Van Halen-style song. I think Van Halen was an influence of both George and myself.
What have you been listening to lately?
I haven’t been listening to much in terms of outside music. I've been working on three albums lately, so I've been self-absorbed with that. Once I finish, maybe I'll turn the radio on and see what's happening.
If the album were a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
I’d say any Clint Eastwood movie! Not necessarily because it fits, but because I'm a big fan.
Is there anything you got to try on this album musically that you hadn't before?
Working in separate locations was a first and being able to write and produce a little outside the box was also something different.
What's next for you?
What’s next are a new Stryper album, a solo album, and a few projects that I'll be producing.
Have you heard Only to Rise?