New Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra says he joined the band because he loves a challenge and likes to continually push his horizons.
In a new interview with podcast The Doublestop, Hoekstra talks about his earliest musical experiences and teenage bands, all the way to to performing with Rock of Ages on Broadway, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and now Whitesnake.
“You owe it to yourself to look into things like this gig,” he said. “David [Coverdale] is rock royalty. Working with him is fantastic. He’s an unbelievably great dude and obviously a kickass musician all the way around.”
Hoekstra says Whitesnake’s 2015 touring plans were a big part of his desire to join the band. “There’s a nice tour next year and that’s always helpful: that we’re going to go out and play the world. And definitely it’s going to earn me a lot of new fans. It’s really important for me to continue to expand.”
And while Night Ranger provided solid North American touring year after year, Whitesnake’s wider appeal in Europe, South America and Asia was an important factor - as was the lure of learning different material, playing newly-written songs and having an unaccompanied guitar solo moment at each show.
As for how the new record is shaping up, Hoekstra stops short of revealing who Coverdale is writing with but says “I dig what we’re doing on this album. It kicks and I can’t wait for people to hear it.”