Anyone who has experienced what it’s like working two jobs, it can be hell at times, and the same could definitely be said for the music world. For example, Corey Taylor does Slipknot and Stone Sour, two very successful bands. People see being in a band as a cake walk, but touring, recording, and songwriting for one band is hard enough, let alone two.
Another example of someone who’s pulling double, however, is Myles Kennedy, who works with Slash and Mark Tremonti on their projects. Slash recently came out to talk about the work that he put in for both projects, saying
"We've built up such a good system for making it work… I mean, the amount of time either one of… say, Mark [Tremonti] or myself work with our respective crews, and then how Myles… I mean, we're never gonna work harder than we already do; it would be sort of impossible. So I figure it'll just keep going the way that it's going. I don't have any intention of disrupting what Alter Bridge is doing and I don't think Mark has any intention of disrupting what we're doing. But I can't see working any longer per cycle than we do, 'cause we spend a year out."
"[Myles] was in Alter Bridge when I first started working with him, and the only reason he took the offer was because he was on a break from Alter Bridge. So we went out there and started touring, and we kept adding dates and adding dates. And so he started writing stuff for the Alter Bridge record. So when that tour was over, he went straight into the studio with Alter Bridge and recorded the album, then went on the road. I started working on the stuff for 'Apocalyptic Love' and sending it to Myles, so he was working on that while he was on the road with Alter Bridge. And we just went into this system. Like, we plan a lot of it ahead at this point, just to make sure…”
"We definitely planned more ahead on this [new album, 'World On Fire']. Like, he's going out in October and doing Alter Bridge before he goes out with us and we start the tour in November. And then, from that point on, we do November, December, he does Alter Bridge in January and then we pretty much carry out through the rest of the year. He'll work on the Alter Bridge record, I'll be working on the next Conspirators record. We'll finish the tour the end of next summer or somewhere around there, and then he'll go in and do the Alter Bridge record and tour and I'll be working on this next record."
That’s an insane amount of work for one person, pretty much getting bounced back and forth when there’s an open amount of time. Just writing songs for another band while you’re on tour has got to be insane. Kennedy is obviously keeping good spirits about his situation, as he told newhampenshire.com:
"I think that both bands are so different. That's part of what keeps it exciting for me, is that they are very different mindsets for me, musically. That keeps it from getting redundant. By the time I feel like I'm firing on all cylinders and trying to raise to the challenge on the specific tour, then that tour ends up winding down, and I'm with the other band and I have to turn the dial a different direction. There's a certain amount of work and a certain thought process that has to happen for me to get on the stage, to get up there. And it's a challenge, which is good."
"It's a different process. The songwriting with Mark and Alter Bridge is… It's more like making a puzzle, where we stockpile a lot of different riffs and melodies and chord progressions, and we kind of set those aside and we go, 'Okay, I've got this riff. Do you have a chorus that goes with this or a riff that goes with this chorus? Whereas with Slash, he'll come in with a music bed and say, 'Okay, now put your melody and your lyric to this.' It's like you're handed a canvas to paint on. They are just totally different approaches, which I love."
It’s a known fact that you have to love your work in order to be happy, and that’s twice as true when you’re working double. Slash even commented on how it’s kind of odd how much Kennedy works, by saying
“You know, Myles is pretty interesting. I mean, he sings great, he's a great lyricist, all he does is work, he loves to tour. He works constantly, but when he's not working onstage, he's working in his room, writing stuff and, you know, in the studio he's always there. So he's sort of odd. [laughs]"
So, hats off to Myles Kennedy. It’s easy to forget that he’s working double, and he needs to be recognized for working so hard, and putting out quality stuff consistently.