Nili Brosh (Nili Brosh)
SpazioRock is pleased to introduce you this interview with a promising guitarist from the U.S. A young Nili Brosh presents her debut album "Through The Looking Glass" in this all-female interview.
Article by Alessandra Leoni - Publish on: 16/12/10

Hello Nili, I'm so glad to interview you! Welcome on SpazioRock.it and welcome to Italy! First of all, how are you doing?

 

I'm great! Thank you for having me on SpazioRock.

 

"Through The Looking Glass" was released on 16th November. Has it been well received by the press? It's such a joy for an artist to receive a review, isn't it?

 

I'm glad to say that so far, all the reviews have been extremely positive. It is a nice surprise for me, and it makes me happy that all my hard work has paid off in such favorable feedback. It is certainly a joy to receive reviews - it always makes me curious to see how others will perceive my work.


Well, I can say that I've appreciated your album a lot; especially because it was made by a skilled and talented young woman! I feel proud of that, because there are so many male guitar heros (think about Paul Gilbert, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai ...) but not so many women!


Thank you very much! I appreciate that. The guitar world is definitely male-dominated, but you would be surprised how many great female guitar players you can find out there nowadays.


By the way, are there some other female guitarist you would like to suggest us?


My friend Courtney Cox who I played with in The Iron Maidens is a great metal guitarist. She plays all the parts of Adrian Smith. You should check her out!

 

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So, tell me a little bit about yourself: how you chose to play guitar, your experience at Berklee College ...


As a kid I was greatly influenced by the music that my older brothers would listen to: Queen, Pink Floyd, Extreme. My older brother Ethan is a guitar player, and he first inspired me to play guitar - I looked up to him. My experience at Berklee College of Music was very positive and enjoyable. I've been fortunate to have many knowledgeable teachers and peers who have taught me a lot. I was (and still am) exposed to many different kinds of players and writers. I think Berklee is a very encouraging place where students are supportive of each other's careers. I have always felt very welcome there.


I assume that if you chose to attend a Music School or a College Of Music, in U.S is totally different and maybe easier than here in Italy. I feel that music in my country is too underestimated, or it is just considered a "hobby", not a career you can pursue. This is a shame, isn't it?


Yes it is, and I completely understand where you are coming from. I grew up in Israel, and I think that in that country they view musicians in a similar way to what you describe in Italy. It is definitely possible that it is a little easier here in America, and musicians are possibly a bit more well-accepted by the community.


Let's talk about your new album. The title is very intriguing, since it's inspired by "Through The Looking Glass (and What Alice Found There)" by Lewis Carroll. Why did you choose that title?


In the context of the album, the title means something a little different to me. Through The Looking Glass is sort of my reflection of what my music and playing sounded like a few years ago, and the process I've had to go through to get the music to the way it sounds now. I see it as looking at the past and seeing my growth in the last few years, the work that has gotten me to this point in my musical life.


intervista_nilibrosh_02The cover of your album also reminds me "Alice In Wonderland" a lot! And there's also my favourite colour ever, blue. I think the meaning of the cover is that you want to explore the huge and magical world of music. Am I wrong?


That is definitely one way of looking at it. I think whoever is looking at the cover can get something different out of it, and many of those ideas could be relatable to the album. It's open to interpretation. But again, the way I always think of it is related to my interpretation of the title - the process I have gone through in the last few years of writing and developing the music.


Tell me about the writing and recording process of this album.


I think most people who are in the process of creating an album will tell you that it will take longer than you expect! Some of the tunes on the album were written when I was 17, and some of them were written by the time I was 19. However, they were being developed by myself and my band for about a year after being written. When beginning to record, I took the time to develop them even more - writing additional rhythm parts, more harmonies, even a lot of e-Bow parts - whatever seemed necessary at the time that we were recording. I wanted the sound of the album to be big and beefy, so as I was tracking I tried to adjust and add parts to the tunes that needed it.


Who are your favourite guitarists? I personally love Tony Iommi, Brian May, John Petrucci, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen.


We have some people in common, such as Eddie Van Halen and Brian May. I am also a big fan of Nuno Bettencourt, Andy Timmons, Greg Howe, George Lynch, Guthrie Govan, Dann Huff, I could go on all day, believe me!


What about your future plans? Are you going to play some concerts in the U.S?


I am pretty active around here. I play a lot in Boston and the New England area with my band, and sometimes I go out to the west coast and other parts of the US to play with The Iron Maidens. I hope to continue with my solo project and whatever else happens to come my way!


I hope to see you soon playing here in Europe! What about coming to Italy? I'm sure you will be appreciated enough!


Thank you, I hope so too! We are working on it for the summer. I would absolutely love to come to Italy - let's make that happen!


Dear Nili, thank you for your time and patience! Now feel free to leave a message to your fans and SpazioRock users!


Thank you very much for having me. To everyone at SpazioRock - I sincerely hope you check out my debut album, "Through The Looking Glass". If you're into some good ol' melodic instrumental guitar, then this one's for you!




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