An Interview with Ethan Brosh
Ethan Brosh is a guitar virtuoso who’s toured alongside Yngwie Malmsteen & Jake E. Lee recently. I had the opportunity to chat with Ethan just before he took the stage on December 20, 2014 at Fish Head Cantina opening for Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. Ethan is a soft spoken person and his love for music was obvious while we chatted.
Rock N Roll Experience: How did you get the gig opening for Jake E. Lee?
Ethan Brosh: I opened for Jake a year ago when he first started his comeback on his 2nd show in San Diego. We just hung out that night and after you do certain things in the music industry you start getting to know some people so when they booked this tour it just kind of made sense that they contacted the right people and we got on this tour. Tonight is the last night of the tour and I’m actually really sad because it’s over and it’s been really, really great. My band and Jake’s band all became really good friends so hopefully we will do some more touring with them.
Rock N Roll Experience: Where do you call home?
Ethan Brosh: Boston. I grew up in Israel but I moved to the United States like 13 years ago but yeah, I live in Boston and I’ve been there ever since and I call Boston home.
Rock N Roll Experience: What’s the rock music scene like in Israel?
Ethan Brosh: I don’t even really know to be honest, I mean I never really got into any Israeli music and while I was in Israel we got very, very few bands that came through Israel. By the time I moved to the United States I had only seen Metallica and Guns N Roses and that was about it. In the past few years it seems like alot of bands go through Israel which is weird now that it’s more dangerous but as far as the music scene it’s not my kind of music so I never really felt like I belonged in that scene. I feel at home in the United States...I mean I grew up on music that came from here.
Rock N Roll Experience: What are your plans for 2015?
Ethan Brosh: January going to NAMM and playing for ISP. ISP is a great company and they make the best guitar stuff out there...that’s the stuff I play on tour and that’s the stuff I used when I open for Jake, that’s the stuff that I use when I open for Yngwie Malmsteen last year. In February I am going to be joining Carmine & Vinnie Appice again for their Drum Wars. We did some shows a few months ago and a few weeks ago they released a live show on CD called “Drum Wars Live” and it’s a show that we did and they set up a couple of drum kits and they just go at each other playing songs from their entire career so like they will play Ozzy and Dio and Black Sabbath and all kinds of stuff that’s right up my alley so I played guitar for that and they released a live recording of it. For me I didn’t even expect it but now I’m on a record with Carmine and Vinnie Appice. Some shows are being booked at the moment like East Coast shows and so after NAMM I will rejoin them and do some more Drum Wars shows. Hopefully before the Summer I can book my own headlining tour to come back to alot of the same markets that we hit on the Jake E. Lee tour.
Rock N Roll Experience: How was it touring with Yngwie?
Ethan Brosh: (laughs) The Million Dollar question! Yngwie...I mean....
Rock N Roll Experience: Be Honest (laughs)
Ethan Brosh: (laughs) you’re putting me on the spot here....I’ll tell you this: Every time I had any interaction with Yngwie he was really nice to me so I can’t say anything bad. He was nice to me, April was nice to me, I became friends with Antonio their son, and that tour was a blast for me. It was a very difficult tour, it was 25 shows and the routing of it made no sense at all because there was a show, a ten hour drive, a show, a ten hour drive, and it was really difficult and the entire tour was intense in ever possible way but that’s Yngwie and I knew exactly what I was getting myself into and I love Yngwie for that. He’s like the one and only character and I just love him. It was a huge thing and I’m grateful that he put me on that tour.