By Andrew Catania
Turn Up the Radio, the anthem for hard rock band Autograph back in the mid-1980’s. Autograph toured with every band you could think of back in the 1980’s. After a 22 year hiatus, founding member Steve Lynch decided to resurrect Autograph in 2011. Since then, Autograph has toured the world. With a concert at the M3 Music Festival this weekend, I had a quick chat with Steve Lynch about his playing, Autograph’s new record, and his current rig.
At what age did you start playing guitar?
SL: I began playing at age nine but didn’t get serious about it until 1970 when Jimi Hendrix passed away.
What was your first guitar?
SL: A $9 Stella acoustic guitar in 1964.
What were some of your early influences?
SL: The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds…and of course Led Zepplin, Jeff Beck and Pink Floyd
What was your first band you joined?
SL: Yellow Dog in 1970 but the first band I played in professionally was Outlawed in 1973.
Did you write any music in your younger years?
SL: Yes I did, but at the time it didn’t make much sense. Later on, I grew to like what I had written though
How did you join Autograph?
SL: We were all guys who had played in different bands together. So in 1983, we started jamming together at Victory Rehearsal Studios in North Hollywood. It was just a jam session every weekend, but we actually started enjoying the way we played together in this lineup of mishap projects we had been together in the past. The chemistry seemed to work very well.
During these years, have you changed any of your guitar playing or styles?
SL: It has consistently been an evolutionary process for me
Who are you endorsed by now?
SL: Dean Guitars. They are making my signature model right now.
How is it playing now than say, 25-30 years ago?
SL: More confident. Less pressure. And appreciative of the fans who have hung in there all these years.
What do you think about the record industry today such as online streaming?
SL: It’s suitable for exposure in the downloading format, but at the same time it’s tough to make a profit due to everyone’s capability to share material on social media.
What’s your rig consist of?
SL: I just play through Marshall 2000’s with a Boss ME-80 Multi Effects pedal.
Does Autograph have plans of releasing new music?
SL: Yes, we have a completed new album set for release. We are in the process of negotiating with different labels now for an international release platform.
Do you improvise while playing?
SL: To a certain extent. But I’ve realized most people want to hear songs as they were recorded…especially solos.
Do you have input writing the music?
SL: Yes, it’s all a balanced input and output.
What are your plans for 2017?
SL: New album release and many more live shows!!
Follow Autograph @ http://www.autographband.com/