#22 Why do I make covers?
I regularly make covers, both official and unofficial.
By now the only properly recorded and post produced one is the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven...
I do cover Jpop, Classical, Folk songs and many others.
1. My desire to study in depth the areas and fields that I can't learn just by listening.
2. Irritation caused by the long waiting time before the release of any original song.
3. It's challenging and a lot of fun to rearrange into GYZE
style the songs written in an absolutely different genre
and by different generation.
So making covers is like a hobby for me, which is less demanding comparing to original songs composing and which I can enjoy doing for fun.
I prefer covering songs that are originally not Heavy Metal.
The reason for that is: obviously the arrangement of such
songs made by original composer is the best one, right? So
rearranging it is no fun.
However, making a ballad out of Slayer songs is another
story (laughs) Nope, they might sue me!
So, usually I choose the music I do like myself.
The songs that make me think: "metal fans would really enjoy listening to it's heavy metal version".
Wasn't Vivaldi himself searching for the metal sound for his pieces?!
His music fits metal guitar so much that I start thinking that the only reason why he arranged his music for violin was the fact that there was no other choice!
I made this cover grinning and thinking: If that guy was born in or after 1980's his song would definitely sound like this! (Laughs)
Every time I compose a new original song I want to release
it as soon as it's done.
But to create a proper/perfect sound, mixing and mastering
should be don't by an outsource professional audio engineer.
And even when songs are perfectly ready it still take a few
months until the release.
And I've hated this time lag since I remember myself! (Laughs)
As for covers, they are not for sale, so I can release them fast so it's my stress relief.
Thus, when I'm boiled away by composing original material and don't have enough input/inspiration.
I refresh by working on covers.
When I play on guitar phrases originally written for another instrument, which guitarists would fail to play using their typical habits, so I learn some different approaches, comparing to other guitarists.