Jeff Waters of Annihilator
Interviewed by: Roger Scales
Annihilator are back with their new disc Feast and we caught up with Jeff Waters to talk about it:
It looks like Feast is yet another collection of assaults on the senses. Is the creative process any different now than it was 30 years ago?
Hmmm. Good question I’d say no. The results can be a lot different. The actual process is pretty much the same. I just sit down with what used to be a drummer years ago years and years ago or writing by myself writing guitar riffs and putting together an arrangement and then showing the drummer what to play and then the bass player what to play it’s evolved pretty quickly into me playing everything in my own studio. I might also program a drum machine to jam along to while I’m putting together the guitar riff. I just put the music together by myself now. Slowly built it and record it from there. Usually I write the lyrics myself and sometimes pawn some of the songs off to Dave (Padden, rhythm guitar and lead vocals). It’s more or less the same idea as in the past. When I’m writing the guitar riff I kind of have an idea of how I want the bass and drums to sound so it is in a sense a solo project really but in the last ten years it has been more of a Jeff and Dave band. We decided this time to stop switching drummers and bass players (Mike Hershaw and Alberto Campuzano) out on the road and find a pair we like and keep them around. Read more