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Xavier Boscher

Interviewed by Gary Hill

Interview with Xavier Boscher from 2018


Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music – sort of a "highlight reel?"

Hello, everyone. I play music since 1994, guitars and keyboards, and I began recording albums since 1998. I played in many projects and bands. Highlights are with Misanthrope, French extreme metal band with I recorded two albums and toured in Europe with Septic Flesh. I recorded many solo albums and latest one Embryogenesis is my most successful album.

MSJ: If you weren't involved in music what do you think you'd be doing?

I will be a boring man.

MSJ: Who would you see as your musical influences?

A lot of artists and bands, Marty Friedman, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Cynic, Dream Theater, Death, Patrick Rondat, Jeff Beck, Neal Schon and all the great guitar players


What's the best thing that's ever been said about your music?

All good reviews are for me the best things - not one in particularly.
MSJ: What's ahead for you?
New stuff to write and record. I have a lot of ideas and inspiration.

I know many artists hate to have their music pigeonholed or labeled, but how would you describe your music?

Progressive rock in the larger definition.
MSJ: Are there musicians with whom you would like to play in the future?

A lot, but I like to invite friends or local musicians to my projects


Do you think that illegal downloading or streaming of music is a help or hindrance to the careers of musicians?

I think it helped, but the lack of money is the problem for artist's development.


In a related question, how do you feel about fans recording shows and trading them or posting them online?

It’s their own right to publish videos
MSJ: If you were a superhero, what music person would be your arch nemesis and why?
I don't have enemies.

If you were to put together your ultimate band (a band you'd like to hear or catch live), who would be in it and why?

Mike Portnoy on drums, Freddie Mercury on vocals, Marty Friedman on guitars, Alain Caron on bass but I think it will sound strange.
MSJ: If you were in charge of assembling a music festival and wanted it to be the ultimate one from your point of view who would be playing?
A super guitar festival with all my influences
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought and/or what have you been listening to lately?
I think it was Haken Affinity. It’s awesome progressive metal. And I listen now to the latest Kino Radio Voltaire -  great album with incredible melodies.
MSJ: Have you read any good books lately?
The Power of Now from Eckhardt Tolle - a masterpiece
MSJ: What about the last concert you attended for your enjoyment?
It was Scott Henderson in Nice, and it was fantastic
MSJ: Do you remember the first concert you attended?
Yes it was Obituary in 1994. I was 14, and it was amazing
MSJ: Have you come across any new gear recently that you love?
Yes, I use BIAS Amp 2 and BIAS FX with my PMC guitars - great tones!
MSJ: Do you have a musical “guilty pleasure?”
Some Jpop like AKB48

What has been your biggest Spinal Tap moment?

I kissed a girl while I tuned my guitar on the floor during tour with Misanthrope in 1999.
MSJ: If you could sit down to dinner with any three people, living or dead, for food and conversation, with whom would you be dining?

My wife and my two best friends


What would be on the menu?

French, Italian or Lebanese foods

Are there any closing thoughts you would like to get out there?

Thank you for all readers and listeners, and take care of you and your family

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