Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Says Legendary Guitarist Plays ‘Stiff’ And ‘Lacks Humanity’


Tool and A Perfect Circle frontman Maynard James Keenan claimed that technical guitar players like Joe Satriani are not always necessarily creative in a new Destroy All Lines Q&A. Alternative Nation transcribed his quotes.

“I’ve worked with a lot of people over the years that are very technical, and very good at what they do, but they are not necessarily creative. The creative force, that kind of idea, well spring, is where some of the best music comes from. Not from guys who, no disrespect to Joe Satriani, those kind of very technically, learned it, school players. I think a lot of times they lack humanity, there’s not a lot of breath that comes out of the music that I hear from, I don’t want to say educated, indoctrinated musicians tend to be a little stiff. That living, breathing interaction with mistakes, with not necessarily perfect approaches, that tends to give it the character that melds really well if you do it right, it melds well with the digital.”

Keenan also defended recording and creating musically digitally, comparing it to when photography was once not considered an art form.

Keenan said, “So it’s not like the music is being written for you by a machine, there’s an interaction. Anybody sitting down with GarageBand or Logic is going to come up with a different set of sounds, even if it’s from one particular program. It’s that interaction, that’s the storyteller.”