Checkout this great interview with Marco Sfogli over on dofret.co.uk:
Q: To me, and many other people, one of the main things that stands out about your playing is your superb phrasing – is that something that you have always been conscious of and is it something you practise?
R: Not really, I think that’s one of the few things that comes from the inside, that has probably bring with me since I was born. I mean I never practiced the melodic aspect, the so called “notes choice”. That comes naturally for me probably due to the fact that I grew up surrounded by music, hearing my mom singing and my father playing. Can’t really give a detailed answer about this.
Q: The guitar scene here in the UK seems to be really picking up at the moment and feels like it is going back full circle to the days when being technically proficient on guitar was something to be proud of! Players like Guthrie Govan, Rick Graham, Tom Quayle and others seem to be taking technical (and musical ability) to a new level. Are you familiar with any of these players? Does the scene in Italy compare? Which guitarists and bands have caught your attention recently?
R: I know all the guys you mentioned, three monster players. Had the pleasure to talk briefly with Guthrie before a clinic he did here in my town and he’s equally the coolest guy and the most unbelievable guitar player I ever watched playing. I love Rick and Tom as well, you know I always liked tasty players and those are easily three of the tastier and finest players on the scene today. Also I just got Rick’s solo record “Inside Out” (reviewed here on Do Fret) and he did an amazing job, so tasty! There are a lot of great guitar players from my country, too many to mention. I don’t really listen to instrumental music today as much as in the past, I prefer listening to bands. Loved the latest Nickelback record as well as Karma from Winger.