During a recent conversation with the ‘Guitar Speak Podcast,’ former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman talked about his relationship with his close friend Jason Becker, and he confessed to some regrets, which they made together, in the past.

Marty Friedman founded the band named Cacophony with Jason Becker, and they released two albums called ‘Speed Metal Symphony’ and ‘Go Off!’ in 1986. When the band was formed, Marty was 24, and Jason was only 17.

He remembered the past, and the biggest regret came to his mind. He revealed that if they had the opportunity to go back to the ’80s, they would make some changes to what they did in the ’80s.

Here’s what Marty Friedman said:

“We really did what we wanted to do, we were not too concerned about what the other people on the label were.

And to be completely honest with you, we didn’t want to be locked in with a lot of the stuff that was on there because to us, it did not seem very musical. It seemed like a lot of people showing off and playing exercises, just kind of… I don’t know, there was a lot of technique displays and acrobatics.

Not to say that we were not guilty of a lot of that, and I believe that we were, probably. If we had a chance to do it again, we would’ve done it a little bit differently, but even still, if you look at what our influences were at the time, there was nothing of what was influencing the other guys on that label.”

The guitarist also mentioned that they were not influenced by other genres of music in those years.

“We weren’t very much influenced by traditional classical music like most of the other guys were. We were into odd stuff, things that were a little bit oddball and eclectic. And then there was foreign music we were both very much into.

I was into Japanese music and he was into Indian music, and we both got into Indian and Japanese music, and Chinese music, so there was a lot of really oddball influences in there. That might’ve had something to do with why we never really took off – because it was just such a strange blend of weird stuff.

We really loved a lot of what we did, we’re very proud of it, and I still, you know, there’s a lot of stuff that I would definitely change, but I’m still proud of that stuff.

Jason really grew big time after all that, musically. He grew so fast, you know? I’d like to think that I grew a little bit in time taking baby steps and evolving, but he grew by leaps and bounds in a scary fast way, and he started to really become just a brilliant composer.”

You can listen to ‘Savage’ on the ‘Speed Metal Symphony’ album below.

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