Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Drummer STEVEN ADLER On His Art Collection: 'I'm The Canvas And The Painter'
February 2, 2015
Original GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler was interviewed on the January 30 edition of "The Heidi & Frank Show" on KLOS 95.5 FM radio station in Los Angeles, California. You can now watch video footage of his appearance below.
On January 22, Adler celebrated two important milestones — 30 years behind the drums and 50 years of life.
Utilizing the very rhythms that made him a legend, he'll unveil a collection of fine art "built" from the new medium of "Rhythm-On-Canvas."
Adler has been working exclusively with art team and publisher SceneFour on the collection titled "50".
A project that has quietly been created over the last year in Los Angeles, the collection is scheduled to debut on February 6.
"Basically, it's a collection made of rhythm, using laser drum sticks, like a painter uses brushes," Adler told "The Heidi & Frank Show". "I'm the canvas and the painter."
He continued: "When you hear a rock song that makes you feel really great, this is what it actually looks like. People never get to see what they're feeling. When you listen to a song, that's what's actually coming out. That's the vibration and the energy.
"I did all of [GUNS N' ROSES' debut album] 'Appetite For Destruction', so all 12 songs are gonna be out."
As the founding drummer for GUNS N' ROSES, Adler is responsible for some of the most celebrated beats in hard rock history.
SceneFour is the team responsible for the "Rhythm-On-Canvas" medium, having released blockbuster art collections over the last five years with a highly select group of drumming legends, including Bill Ward (BLACK SABBATH) , Rick Allen (DEF LEPPARD),Mickey Hart (GRATEFUL DEAD),Jose Pasillas (INCUBUS) and Dave Lombardo (SLAYER).
The process of creating artwork from rhythm is an extensive one that begins with the drummer utilizing a bevy of drumsticks that light in a variety of ways similar to that of a painter utilizing brushes with different colors. In the creation process, the drummer is crafting rhythms that translate visually to abstract imagery before they are brought into the SceneFour studio, manipulated meticulously, and laid to canvas. For Adler's visual work, SceneFour co-founder Ravi Dosaj states, "Steven's rhythms visually look like the way he sounds...dark, gritty, and they even swing. Inside his abstract work, there are elements that seem to connect to his life."
Those interested in learning more about the collection are encouraged to join the interest list at www.stevenadlerart.com.
Steven and his critically acclaimed new band ADLER are currently in the studio recording new material as well as confirming 2015 tour dates for both the U.S. and overseas.
Steven told Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon at the end of October that he was nearly ten months sober and was enrolled in "a nice program" to "take care" of his "problems with alcohol." He added: "I'm looking forward to going out and playing again… And it's just been very exciting. Having a new life is exciting."
Steven Adler was the drummer for GUNS N' ROSES from 1985 to 1990. He was eventually fired from the band due to his drug addiction, which caused him to spiral down into depression and more drug use.
GUNS N' ROSES was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. Adler, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan attended the ceremony, while singer Axl Rose and founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin stayed home.