Adrian Belew in 2006
|Birth name||Robert Steven Belew|
December 23, 1949 |
Covington, Kentucky, United States
|Genres||Progressive rock, industrial rock, experimental rock, new wave|
|Instruments||Guitar, guitar synthesizer, vocals, drums, keyboards, cello, upright bass, percussion, laptop|
|Labels||Island, Atlantic, Caroline/Virgin|
|Associated acts||King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Caifanes, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, The Bears, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, Kevin Max, Porcupine Tree, Jean Michel Jarre.|
Parker Adrian Belew Fly
King Crimson is never easy; it's challenging. That's why I like it.
I was left with an urge to make the guitar sound like things it shouldn't be able to sound like.
Yes, but don't forget I also have the luxury of the worlds finest band when it gets lonely.
DUST includes rarities, demos, unreleased songs and instrumentals, live recordings, and more.
I thought I might be a band instructor, someone who plays all the instruments and teaches others.
We expect to keep our writing sessions going until late spring, then to play some new material in a few secret club dates. The record will likely take a long time and may not surface until 1999!
As you can appreciate over my lifetime I've developed a large vocabulary of sounds each requiring certain physical techniques often combined with a specific effect box.
I didn't make my first solo record until 1981 so I don't have any 60's or 70's recordings but I am working on a large boxed set called DUST to be released next year, the 20th anniversary of my first solo record.
I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs.
For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting, I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant sound an appropriate place to live.
Currently I'm working with Parker Fly on a new Midi guitar to arrive next year.
I have no secrets; all of these things have been discussed at length in guitar magazines over the years but are far too elaborate to cover in one article.
My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.