Back At Christmas Time Elevenses Threw Eleven Quick Questions at the Prolific Mr. Jeff Kollman!

Jeff Kollman has done it all - from Jazz to Punk to Metal, Jeff has played and or recorded with a diverse many such as, Glenn Hughes, Jill Scott, UFO, Michael Schenker, Lyle Lovett, HTP, Edwin Dare, Cosmosquad, The Stain, Mogg/Way and many more.

On his own label Marmaduke Records, Kollman has written & produced 12 solo and band recordings featuring his diverse guitar virtuosity.

So what’s your drink of choice at 11am in the morning?

None other than Coffee with a booster shot.

Which song/album really made you want to play guitar?

Freak out. Disco I know, but I was like 8 years old and the funky riff blew me away. And What Album? Kiss Double Platinum.

Who’s the world’s greatest guitarist?

Tommy Emmanual - Acoustic

Michael Landau - Electric

John Williams - Classical

Paco De lucia - Flamenco.

Who’s the world’s most underrated guitarist?

Chuck Stohl. A former teacher and friend from Toledo Ohio. Or maybe Lenny Breau.

So what are you up to at the moment?

Just returned from some travelling to Asia. 8 shows in 12 days in 5 countries. I was there promoting Fender and my group Cosmosquad.

I’ve also been in the studio doing a record with Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers. Also in the lineup is Ed Roth and my good old friend and soul brother Kevin Chown. Yet to be named. It’s a 70’s funk, rock, fusion sort of thing due out early 08.

For relaxation…… I spent 7 days on a cruise with my 2 year old daughter. Fabulous time!

(Note: Interview Xmas 2007)

What was the last gig you went to (as a member of the audience)?
Who would be in your dream line-up?

Allen Hinds in Studio City, very underrated guitarist. Last concert was Van Halen. They delivered the goods except for the missing Michael Anthony.

John Paul Jones on bass, Bonzo or Abe Jr. on drums, Jimmy Gnecco (Ours) on Vocals and say Malcolm Young on Rhythm. I don’t if I should play at all. Just listen. Trading eights with Neil Schon.

How many guitars do your own and which one is ‘your precious’?

I own about 50 guitars. I have 2 favs... My 61 strat. Then there’s my Hondo 2 les paul copy that I started on, then sold in 81, and just got back in the same condition, same strap and all. It reminds me of why I started and how it felt to get from nothing to Eruption.

What’s the last great album that you bought (or were given)?

Ray Charles sings, Basie swings.

Do you suffer from stage fright?

No. Never have. I get nervous if I have a tech that can’t make my stuff work as we are taking the stage...

So what’s your drink of choice at 11pm in the evening?

Anything in a green bottle. Hahn, Grolsch, Steinlager and plenty of them. It’s one of my weaknesses.

(Interview: Xmas 2007)