In the most recent issue of the venerable Guitar Player Magazine, ESP-playing guitarist/producer Bob Kulick chatted with respected editor Michael Molenda about a question that's plagued mankind for decades.... why has it taken 50+ years for Bob to do a solo album? Bob's response:
"I never thought very much about a solo career. I’ve always been a team player. But my girlfriend, Julie, encouraged me, and I also realized that throughout my career as a producer, people have always said they’d like to do something with me. So it seemed like the right time to plug in the resources—my guest artists—and record something. It started out as an EP, but then we started adding some of my songs that had never seen the light of day, and we had an album. It was not something I could have predicted."
What they're discussing is Bob's long-awaited solo album Skeletons in the Closet, which is available via Amazon as well as most other online music retailers. An ESP player for many years (along with his brother Bruce, who is well known for his tenure in Kiss), Bob turned to a number of his many ESP Custom Shop models for the creation of the album, as detailed in this interview we did with him while the album was being recorded. These included his red ESP Viper, his “Skull” guitar, his sparkle Eclipse, and his black Eclipse with a Floyd Rose, among others.
In the Guitar Player article, Bob was also asked about working with producer Bobby Ferrari, and modernizing his sound.
"First, I think artists who chase after something they’re not usually fail, because if it’s not heartfelt—and, to me, this is one of the beauties of music—the audience somehow knows it. They can usually tell the true artists from the imitators. And, you know, it’s actually a tall order to try to chase something that’s not you, or to recapture who you were 20 or 30 years ago, and make it work. So I simply went with ten songs I was comfortable with, and I trusted what I played on those ten songs. Where Bobby was invaluable is the fact that he is very aware of my history, and he knew how far he could push me towards modern-ness without losing myself. For example, having three or four different amps plugged in together to get some different sounds was as about far as we went. I didn’t even try different guitars, because I really love my ESPs."
You can read the entire article here.