Jimmy Page Recalls The Advice Les Paul Gave Him About Doing Something Unique And New In His Career


In an interview with GQ, Led Zeppelin’s iconic guitarist Jimmy Page and his girlfriend Scarlett Sabet talked about their collaboration for the spoken word album, ‘Catalyst,’ and Page touched upon the advice that the well-known guitarist and inventor Les Paul gave him years ago.

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was a jazz, country, and blues guitarist. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, and his prototype, called the Log, served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. He sadly passed away on August 12, 2009, at the age of 94, due to complications from pneumonia.

During the recent interview that the couple joined, Scarlett Sabet and Jimmy Page shared the details of the production process of ‘Catalyst.’ Scarlett Sabett mentioned that she was so proud of what they created since she always wanted to do something experimental and challenging. She also stated that Jimmy Page has never been a person who played safe and went down the commercial route.

In his response to his girlfriend’s flattering comment, Page stated that he finds it more satisfying to take a challenge and create something that he’s really pushed himself. Jimmy also recalled a piece of advice that Les Paul gave him regarding the urge to do something unique and new. Apparently, Les Paul suggested Page keep the essence of his character and simply adjust a new frame by giving the example of changing the frame of the same picture.

Here is what Scarlett Sabet stated about Page’s way of creating his music:

” You’ve never played it safe and gone down the commercial route.”

To which Jimmy Page responded:

“I think it’s more satisfying to throw down the gauntlet to yourself, take on the challenge and then come out with something where you’ve really pushed yourself. To actually do something unique and new.

Les Paul said to me, ‘You know what you can do? Same picture, different frame.’ So you never lose the main part of your character, that’s recognized, but you adjust the framing of the picture.”

As you might remember, last year, Scarlett Sabet released her spoken word album named ‘Catalyst’ which was produced by Jimmy Page. According to Sabet’s statements about the poems in the album, her poetry was influenced by Beat poets, including William S. Burroughs and Patti Smith.

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