48 episodes

The Riffhard Podcast, hosted by John Browne and Eyal Levi goes in-depth with the best guitarists in metal. These are the conversations you always wished you could hear with your guitar heroes.

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The Riffhard Podcast, hosted by John Browne and Eyal Levi goes in-depth with the best guitarists in metal. These are the conversations you always wished you could hear with your guitar heroes.

    Bart Hennephof

    Bart Hennephof

    Bart Hennephof is a solo guitarist and producer and was formerly the guitarist in Textures.

    1:45 - Important things that are hard to teach

    11:26 - Bart doesn’t use a noise gate in front of his amp

    25:41 - Stretching while on tour

    35:56 - Start a band in 8 weeks

    55:46 - Music comes first

    1:08:09 - Don’t just blindly trust people

    1:19:12 - How much time does Brad spend practicing guitar?

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen

    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen

    Mark Holcomb, Misha Mansoor, and Jake Bowen are guitarists in Periphery.

    1:33 - Working on new music and the impact of COVID

    12:10 - What makes the band avoid a specific tour market

    21:00 - The role that Periphery’s manager plays

    46:24 - How the band focuses on the music

    1:06:20 - Figuring out how to turn high risk into success

    1:25:24 - Deciding who plays what, especially in the studio

    1:39:49 - The band’s latest writing session

    1:57:41 - Periphery gets priority when writing

    2:11:11 - Does Mark use a metronome?

    2:22:57 - What an average day is like for the guys

    Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.

    • 2 hrs 45 min
    Jack Gardiner

    Jack Gardiner

    Jack Gardiner is a guitarist with a very active and growing YouTube channel who also plays for Stu Hamm and China Crisis in addition to working on a solo project.

    1:46 - Jack’s MasterClass and visualization

    12:32 - 3 note per string scales can hold some people back

    30:06 - Play with people who are better than you

    49:53 - The typical trajectory in music

    1:05:25 - Developing your own voice

    1:17:51 - Plagiarism in music

    1:43:43 - Vanity metrics exist to make you feel good

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    • 1 hr 55 min
    Matt Halpern

    Matt Halpern

    Matt Halpern is the drummer in Periphery and the co-owner of GetGoodDrums.

    1:47 - Matt, Browne, and Eyal’s tour adventures

    22:28 - Band chemistry and communication are crucial

    40:40 - Deprivation work and putting other people first

    49:31 - How drummers communicate with guitarists

    1:14:20 - Can you develop pocket and rhythm?

    1:23:37 - The relationship between the kick and riffs

    1:29:18 - Choosing cymbals for a specific part

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Chris Kelly

    Chris Kelly

    Chris Kelly is the guitarist in Alustrium and was the lead guitarist (Darth Vader) in Galactic Empire.

    2:14 - The most annoying interview questions

    18:06 - Spending too long on songs

    35:54 - Confidence is required as a musician

    51:32 - Handling the extra time during COVID

    1:13:50 - Metal was more violent in the 90s

    1:24:12 - Terrible tour bus stories

    1:37:50 - Working on rhythm guitar playing

    1:47:45 - Getting a better technique down

    2:07:29 - Everyone goes back to the basics

    Want to level up your guitar game? Check out Riffhard.

    • 2 hrs 13 min
    Josh Middleton

    Josh Middleton

    Josh Middleton is a guitarist in Architects and has his own band, Sylosis.

    4:18 - Time management during COVID

    15:06 - How engineering comes into play for Josh

    32:15 - Finding time to practice guitar

    44:04 - Recording yourself is a great tool

    59:49 - You can’t judge gear based on spec sheets

    1:05:02 - Knowing when a song is good enough

    1:16:47 - What’s the job of a producer?

    1:24:55 - Architects’ guitar tone

    • 1 hr 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Kali omits ,

Absolutely fantastic pod

Just a couple of legends interviewing legends being legendary!

SovereignMind519 ,

Top notch

Loving the poddy fellas. Really enjoyed your episodes with Mike Dawes, Josh Smith and Mark Heylmun. Always look forward to hearing your voices, makes my work day significantly more pleasant.

S_Stoyan ,

Keeping Inspired and Focused Even Through Injury

I never thought that I could love another podcast as much as URM until Riffhard came out this year and blew me away! As a lifelong guitarist, Riffhard talks about EVERYTHING that I want to hear from songwriting to playing to being in bands to business to studio time, all of it. Even overcoming injuries.

Personally Riffhard has been the PERFECT podcast for me to listen to at this point in my life because I am currently recovering from a serious right shoulder tear that has sidelined me from guitar for almost an entire year. KNOWING that several guitarists I admire have struggled with injury and gotten though it has made a BIG difference to me psychologically as I heal. I’m coming back stronger than ever and I want to thank Riffhard for helping to get me through.

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