Ritchie Blackmore Addresses The Main Problem In Deep Purple’s Music
As the founding member of Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore played a crucial role in shaping the band’s sound with his blues-based riffs and extended solos. However, the guitarist quit the band in 1993 after a disastrous show. According to Blackmore, Purple’s music had started heading in a different direction right before his departure, as he revealed in a recent interview with Long Island Weekly.
“I’m not really interested in the modern approach with modern instruments,” said the musician, explaining his general understanding of music. Although he is not against using synthesizers, Ritchie prefers to stick to the main characteristics of the sound. “We use synthesizers on certain things, but they are there to see how we’re going to progress with the other instruments. It’s all about going back to the basics—simple music.”
He continued, “Melody is very important to me. It’s an important thing. That’s why, even in Deep Purple, towards the end, before I left, our music was a bit monophonic. There wasn’t too much melody, and if I don’t hear a melody, I can’t be inspired.”
The guitarist also stated that this lack of a melody is a common issue he has observed in many modern rock bands. Blackmore said, “I find that with a lot of hard rock bands today—not the death metal or whatever—the melody is certainly not there, and I can’t relate to that.”
It is publicly known that Ritchie Blackmore was not getting along with his Purple bandmates, but apparently, the creative differences between the members also played a crucial role in his departure. According to the band’s original guitarist, their music had become monophonic, which affected his playing since he needed melody to feel inspired.