Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra Says He Wanted To Be Like Angus Young

Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra recently joined Chaoszine for an interview and admitted wanting to be a guitarist like AC/DC’s Angus Young.

Joel Hoekstra was born the son of classical musicians. So, his parents encouraged him to play cello and piano at a young age. However, what inspired him to embark on a music career was seeing Angus Young perform with AC/DC. From then on, he became interested in playing guitar.

After being inspired by Angus Young, Hoekstra focused on being a successful guitarist. Throughout his music career, he has performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the Broadway musical ‘Rock Of Ages,’ Night Ranger, Foreigner, and Whitesnake.

Speaking to Chaoszine, Hoekstra recalled the time he found inspiration in Angus Young. He stated that he wasn’t into classical music, but he got interested in playing guitar at eleven after seeing Angus Young. The guitarist thought he wanted to be like Angus Young as he was the coolest person he’d ever seen.

Moreover, Hoekstra stated he wanted to be a guitarist like Angus Young as he loves Young’s energy on stage. He then said AC/DC’s ‘Back In Black’ album is the most incredible hard record of all time, and there is no bad song in this album.

During the conversation, Joel Hoekstra said the following:

“I wasn’t all that into classical music because I was young. It was AC/DC then when I was eleven. When I saw Angus Young, I went, ‘That guy’s the coolest guy I’ve ever seen in my life. I want to be him.’ I didn’t realize I would grow up to be about a foot and a half taller than he is and look nothing like him. Seeing him, I thought, ‘That’s what I want to be like.’ I love all his energy on stage.

For me, ‘Back In Black’ is one of the greatest, if not the greatest hard rock record of all time. So, that maybe doesn’t fall under that same category of the ‘commercial’ thing, but it’s so great. There’s not a bad song on ‘Back In Black,’ and it’s recorded beautifully. That’s a fantastic record.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.