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Joel Gausten – Unified and Alive: Michael Sweet on George Lynch, Healthy Choices and Life After Tim Gaines

Here is a sample of the interview conducted by Joel with the Stryper and Sweet & Lynch leadsinger:
I get a lot of albums by “side projects” or “supergroups” that do one album and one round of interviews, and then they’re out of there. Obviously, that’s not the case with what you’re doing with George. What makes Sweet & Lynch something that you’re all obviously committed to moving forward with at this point in time?
I’d like to think and hope that George likes working with me as much as I like working with him. We enjoy it, have fun doing it and get excited about doing it. We are similar in our styles of writing, believe it or not. The bands we come from, Stryper and Dokken, have similarities there – that Melodic Metal thing. I just think it’s a good fit and a good combination. Because of that, when we do an album, it comes out, we carry on, two years pass and the opportunity comes up for us to do another one, we’re ready to do it. I hope that we can do many more – maybe two, three, four more albums together – and make this a steady band.
A lot of this Sweet & Lynch record, and Stryper’s most recent output as well, is a lot heavier than what you were doing in the ’80s. Has that been the result of a conscious decision or more of the result of simply how your songwriting has been developing organically over the years?
I think it’s a combination of many things. Hopefully, the songwriting developing more and us kind of getting better at our craft is a part of it. The other side of that coin would obviously just be the times that we live in. We’re constantly influenced by other bands; we’re listening to new bands. I know George stays up on that, and I stay up on it. That’s going to have some influence and inspiration, of course, in what we produce and write. Then, there’s always this thing where I try to include and involve the fans. I ask fans all the time on my Facebook, ‘What do you want?’ I get flak for it; I get some fans who say, ‘Dude, who cares what we want? Just do what you want.’ On occasion, I get people in the industry who say, ‘Why do you ask the fans? Just do what comes from the heart.’ The reason why I want to ask the fans is because they’re the ones who are supporting what we do. They’re the ones who miss this particular style [of music] or want to hear this particular style of solo or this type of scream.

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