Interview with Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake

Mega-platinum rock ‘n’ roll band Whitesnake bring the “Flesh & Blood” World Tour to Hard Rock Event Center on Thursday, April 25. We caught up with guitarist Joel Hoekstra to discuss rock eras, album inspiration, favorite song to perform, and more.

Rock has gone through so many different eras from the British invasion to psychedelic rock to heavy metal. What was your favorite era and what era has impacted you the most?

I’m a classic rock guy.  The 80’s were what got me started on guitar.  AC/DC specifically. Even though the 80’s had the biggest impact, I’m a big fan of 60’s, 70’s, and even some 90’s rock. From there, I stopped listening.

The current state of music is eclectic as it gets. Who are you listening to these days?

Sadly, I really only listen to what I’m working on for my next gig, or whatever happens to be on in the background of day to day life. I honestly almost never do designated listening. 

What’s your favorite thing to do in the “still of the night”?

I’m a simple dude.  I like sports, movies, pizza.

As a band that has conquered both markets, what would you say are the biggest difference between making music for the UK and for America?

Hmmm, I’ve never thought of it that way before. My job is more to be a hard working member of Whitesnake and maintain a good attitude. David Coverdale steers the ship in terms of stylistic content and obviously his fan base in both the UK and US are very important to him.

What would you say is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your vast career?

To just be productive every day. You get back what you put into it, so to me it’s very important that I keep pushing and do my best.

What was the process like to create music for your fans in 2019?

It was an honor to write with David and Reb on the album and really in terms of my song ideas, guitar parts and even production ideas, David was incredibly supportive and respectful. He is really fantastic to work with and for. Also, I can’t leave out the key word…it was FUN.   

What was the inspiration behind the new album?

Again, David would offer more insight lyrically and what the songs mean to him, but for me the inspiration was to do the best job that I could in every regard. At the end of the day, I want to kick ass for David, my band mates, the fans and hopefully be viewed in a positive light.

What’s the band’s favorite song to perform?

For me, it’s the entire catalog. We’re yet to play a song live that I haven’t liked.

What can fans expect from your show?

A band that’s coming out firing on all cylinders, having a great time, playing great songs. 

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