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Interview With Former Racer X Guitarist and GRAMMY Winning Producer Bruce Bouillet By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

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Interview With Former Racer X Guitarist and GRAMMY Winning Producer Bruce Bouillet

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio

 

 

Whether he was harmonizing with Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) as part of Racer X or as his student at Musicians Institute in his Hollywood days, looking for the man in the moon with John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue) in The Scream, or producing the late great Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) covering the classics, guitarist Bruce Bouillet has maintained a career under the radar with a standard of excellence that has always landed him in good company.  Currently Bouillet remains creative and also teaches private lessons in production, recording, mixing, and guitar.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Mr. Bouillet for this exclusive interview.

 

  

You recorded a Backstage Pass instructional video during the pre-Youtube days.  What do you remember from the scripting and organization of the material?  Did you find that challenging during the pre-production?   We also had a glimpse of the final version of Racer X during that time period.

I remember that I was asked to make an instructional video for the company Backstage Pass. They basically said it needed to be 45 minutes to an hour long and that was all the instructions I got. I had been giving guitar lessons for a few years already but never in front of a camera so naturally I thought I could basically wing all the dialogue. Of course once I got in front of the camera it was a horrible experience....people putting makeup on me, I was sweating hard and totally self-conscious. On the initial playback of the first take I must have said ummm over a couple hundred times in the first few minutes. It would have made a world of difference to have had someone who was experienced in making these types of video's to do pre-production, but it was very early in the video game and the company was new to making these videos so that didn't happen. It ended up being sort of an "is what it is" moment..LOL. As far as the final glimpse of Racer X.... The guy we got to replace Paul Gilbert really only learned "Scarified" for the video shoots. After those were done we knew there was no replacing Paul as a person, player, or writer so I ended up playing the final shows without a second guitarist. The band disbanded after the final booked show. 

 Instructional Video

                                                

 

Do you have any advice for guitarists with a case of writers' block when trying to get out of a rut?   Anything that has worked for you in the past?

As far as writer's block goes....if I'm feeling less than inspired I'll program drums and play to them or listen to new music.  If that doesn't work I'll head out to the lake and fish or go hiking in the mountains and get away from music all together. 

 

 

 

You also suffered from tendonitis during your heavy playing period by the ripe age of 22.  What steps can guitarists take to avoid that from happening to them?  How did you recover from that?

Yes, at the very end of my time in Racer X I had developed carpal tunnel and was losing the ability to play. It was a ruff experience physically and mentally. It eventually got bad enough where I stopped playing for about 6-7 years. This would have been after the band The Scream broke up. Once the internet started to gain some traction I was able to research online and I found a book written by a lady doctor that showed how to fix it without an operation. It was a natural process called myro-therapy. It deals with pressure points and stretching...it sounded a bit new age-like but it worked so much that I've been playing pain free since and with more conviction and duration than ever....so I'm very thankful for that!!!

 

You attended Musicians Institute (MI) during the golden age of the school.  If you can go back in time (minus the Paul Gilbert experience) is there anything that you would have approached in a different way?

Well for one I would have stayed in the school and finished. Once I joined Racer X I figured I was already in a band with one of the best teachers so I withdrew and got some of my money back and bought a Marshall half stack. There were a lot of great teachers there, and I clearly missed taking advantage of that...I also really didn't have much direction except for wanting to be in a great band with great players. Knowing what I know now, I would have practiced a lot differently and worked on more fretboard knowledge instead of just technique stuff. But at the end of the day it was really the technique stuff that got me the gig in Racer X so I can't really complain.

 

Bruce Bouillet :  The Order of Control

  

You have worked with players who worked in legendary situations such as Judas Priest, Mr. Big, Mars Volta and so on.  Do you have any "big auditions" stories, looking back in time?

Yes I had the Fight gig that Rob Halford offered. I was taken out to dinner by Rob's manager and offered the gig.... no audition required. Unfortunately I was getting signed to Hollywood Records with the band The Scream which featured myself, Juan Alderete, Walt Woodward III, and John Corabi. I was pretty loyal when it came to my bands and I had really pursued music with the dream of being successful with my own project. Little did I know that John Corabi would jump ship when Motley Crue came calling a few months later; but hey, to each his own.  I always have wondered what kind of doors might have opened had I taken the Fight gig.

                                                                   

 

What are your current musical plans that you care to share with Boston Rock Radio readers?

Well my last couple original projects fell through. It's tough finding people dedicated enough to go the distance. It's a shame since both were musically killer!!! So at this point I would love to find an already established band to join and tour, or find some people that are putting together a new band. I'm writing and playing at an all-time high so ultimately I would like to connect with some other people who love making and playing music and get on the road!!!

 

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Boston Rock Radio Music Journalist Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Education degree from Liberty University. Tom resides in Lambertville, New Jersey,  USA. You can learn more about Tom at https://thomasamoriello.com

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