Adrian Belew

  • American musician
  • Born December 23, 1949

Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing, which, rather than relying on standard instrumental tones, often resembles sound effects or noises made by animals and machines. Perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman and co-guitarist for the progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, Belew is widely recognized as an "incredibly versatile player" who has released nearly twenty solo albums for Island Records and Atlantic Records, blending or alternating Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare.

The only drawback is once the work is done you rarely see each other.

Digital for storage and quickness. Analog for fatness and warmth.

Yes, but don't forget I also have the luxury of the worlds finest band when it gets lonely.

I borrowed a guitar at age 16 and taught myself to play because I wanted to write songs.

I didn't make my first solo record until 1981 so I don't have any 60's or 70's recordings but I am working on a large boxed set called DUST to be released next year, the 20th anniversary of my first solo record.

My favorite puzzle is trying to work out the parts myself, after all it is a solo effort.

I prefer a quartet, it makes everyone work harder.

Currently I'm working with Parker Fly on a new Midi guitar to arrive next year.

I love drums and still play frequently.

I have enjoyed all the artists I've worked with.

I thought I might be a band instructor, someone who plays all the instruments and teaches others.

King Crimson will soon be touring parts of Europe.

As you can appreciate over my lifetime I've developed a large vocabulary of sounds each requiring certain physical techniques often combined with a specific effect box.

I was left with an urge to make the guitar sound like things it shouldn't be able to sound like.

For example, after developing a sound similar to an elephant trumpeting, I wrote the song Elephant Talk which gave my elephant sound an appropriate place to live.

King Crimson is never easy; it's challenging. That's why I like it.

DUST includes rarities, demos, unreleased songs and instrumentals, live recordings, and more.

We expect to keep our writing sessions going until late spring, then to play some new material in a few secret club dates. The record will likely take a long time and may not surface until 1999!

I have no secrets; all of these things have been discussed at length in guitar magazines over the years but are far too elaborate to cover in one article.

Age 10. I joined the school marching band as a drummer.