Interview by Tarja Virmakari
Israeli guitarist, producer, composer, arranger and co-founder of ORPHANED LAND, YOSSI SASSI‘s music blends East with West, Rock with World music, melodic tunes with progressive passages, and traditional folk instruments with electric riffs.
Recorded in four countries and on three continents, “Desert Butterflies” (released in the middle of May 2014) is YOSSI SASSI‘s latest musical journey, merging roots and cultures from around the world with contemporary music, pioneering Oriental Rock to the next level. Collaborating with musicians such as Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (Guns’n’Roses), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania, Moonspell) and many more, this conceptual release inspires the listener to ponder about the routine, the deserts of our lives, and setting sail for your dreams, breaking your misconceptions and raising out of your cocoon to become the butterfly you can be.
Just 2 weeks after the release, Tarja Virmakari had a long chat with Yossi, talking about his music, his latest effort Desert Butterflies and its significant concept. Yossi spoke also about his past, the decision to leave Orphaned Land, and to move on with his solo career. Yossi and Tarja‘s conversation was an open and honest statement, also about the sorrows and joys of life itself. Furthermore, at the end of the chat Yossi gave an exclusive Buzuki-performance as a message to the Metal Shock Finland readers. Join the conversation below:
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