When an artist is part of a hugely successful band, it can certainly be scary when they go off on their own to try something different – even a band as big as Alice in Chains. Jerry Cantrell, who just released his solo album enlighten last October, admitted that he always felt pressure when it came to releasing new material.
Cantrell’s first solo adventure dates back to 1998 marshy deposit, followed by Journey of degradation in 2002 and his successor Degradation Voyage Volumes 1 & 2 later this year. However, his next two projects were again with Alice in Chains, once they recruited William DuVall to fill the void of the late Layne Staley, so enlighten was the guitarist’s first batch of solo material since then.
And he told Loudwire Nights host Toni Gonzalez that he always felt pressure whenever he made new music.
“Of course it is,” Cantrell said with a laugh. “That never changes, that’s what keeps you motivated and motivated. I think if you’ve had success in your past, I think that’s an even more motivating thing because you want it to continue. It there’s an audience out there that’s receptive to what you’re saying and what you’re throwing out there.”
“You want to make sure that, first of all, you’re content. It’s a personal thing, I have fun on that. I like to take the bet and, in a very human way, not knowing that you can do it,” he continued. “First and foremost you have to treat yourself, and second, is it a worthy addition to what you’ve done in the past? Luckily, I said yes every time. I guess when the answer is no, it’s probably time to hang up.”
Cantrell will be touring in March to support enlighten, see the full program here. To know more about the album and the rocker’s take on social media, tune into Loudwire Nights tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
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Jerry Cantrell, “Light Up”
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