Chris Shiflett recently engaged in an interview with American Songwriter, shedding light on his limited creative freedom within Foo Fighters.
The guitarist released his latest solo album, ‘Lost at Sea,’ on October 20 and has been actively performing concerts to support its promotion. During the interview, he shared that during his teenage years, he attempted songwriting but faced challenges due to a lack of confidence and experience.
Shiflett’s Songwriting Journey Unveiled
For a period, Chris halted his serious attempts at songwriting. It wasn’t until his late twenties that he approached it with more discipline. While Shiflett is now recognized for his songwriting skills, he maintains a humble perspective. He explained:
“Certainly, with Foo Fighters, people have high expectations. For my solo work, expectations are low—providing a great freedom. There’s no pressure like ‘We need another record by October!’ It just progresses at its own pace, done when there’s time and inspiration. It has to be enjoyable, a fantastic experience with people I want to be around and play with because there just aren’t enough hours in the day.”
Discussing his songwriting process, he noted: “I just let whatever comes out of me flow, then revisit and ponder, ‘OK, what am I trying to convey here? What are the crucial elements? What can I strike out?’ And make some things rhyme. I tend to write reflections of my life, then embellish it a bit to give it a narrative. In a way, it’s a mystery every time.”
Exploring the Musician’s Leadership Style
Shiflett recently shared insights with Guitar Player regarding his collaboration with the band on his solo projects. When asked about his role in leading the group, Chris responded:
“I don’t see myself as the sole leader in that scenario. While it’s technically my session, I heavily rely on everyone else in the room, and I don’t want to interfere too much with their contributions. I enjoy having a variety of guitar players on a track because, in previous records where I played all the electric guitar, I found myself getting bored with my own sound.”
Produced by Nashville’s Jaren Johnston, Shiflett’s new album features musicians such as Tom Bukovac and Charlie Worsham, guitarist for Dierks Bentley. Each artist brings their unique style to the project. Shiflett collaborated with songwriters like Cody Jinks and Kendell Marvel, resulting in a blend of punk and country that bridges the gap between California and Nashville.