Who inspired/influenced your guitar style in your early days?
When I was 12, I discovered that our public library lets you take out albums to borrow. It was mostly jazz and classical recordings. It was then that I bumped into a Wes Montgomery recording and was instantly drawn to his octave-playing style.
I was also into Donovan. The first solo and probably the only solo I bothered to figure out was ďSunshine SupermanĒ. It had lines that were outside the scale.
I was also into Jimi Hendrixís string-bending. Iím more interested in a playerís sonic techniques than agility.
What have you been working on recently?
David Lovering and I are just finishing our first album with our new project called ďThe EverybodyĒ. It was fun to make. We worked with the most Classic Rock guy: Eddie Kramer
, who worked with Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones. Eddie gave us great advice on amping and recording. He mixed several songs on the album.
How does working digital change the way you play?
It doesnít really change the way I play. Iíll probably record more takes. Thereís no such thing as a run-through when Iím recording. Whether itís me or David playing, if I forget to hit record, thatís a bummer. So Iím always recording everything; Iíve learned my lesson.
Do guitar plug-ins enhance your creative process?
Iíll use plug-ins in the end to get a desired resultódelays mainly. I like to automate the repeats. I also like to use the tremolo plug-in to lock in a groove, or not if I just want to float around.
Is there a different frame of mind, composing for scores like Weeds versus writing for a rock band?
You would think there would be a big difference, but there really isnít. When scoring for a TV/film project, youíre honing in on an emotional result and thatís the same way I approach it with playing in a band. The deadlines can be a drag with scoring a project, but I learned to adapt to that.
Having such deadlines actually helps the creative process. You learn to not be so precious, to a fault, and just try to get through it, the end result being a constant creative flow.
How do you use Waves GTR in your work?
I usually have a guitar sound in mind when Iím writing and itís very easy to get that with GTR. It has endless combinations. The tone Iím searching for is more than just clean or dirty, tube or solid-state kinds of decisions. GTR makes it very easy. The presets are easy to navigate and tweak for a desired result. I would re-amp later, but I usually end up using the GTR tracks and supplement it with a micíd amp. Iím still into recording air movements. For me, it still has to be on the track, one way or another.
Are you using GTR on anything besides electric guitars?
Iíve tried it on acoustic guitars, drums and horns, just to have them poke forward in the mix.
How would you compare software like GTR to real amps and stomps?
Plug-ins are getting closer to the real deal, and GTR is really great at that. Iíve A/Bíd and Iíd have to say sometimes I end up liking the GTR track better, probably because I tracked with GTR first, and I tend to play with whatever tone Iím hearing. Trying to get another sound via re-amping would be like chasing my own tail.
Do you have any other favorite Waves plug-ins and why?
I like the Renaissance EQ
and Renaissance Compressor
. I love the C4
as well. Theyíre simple and effective. The SSL
bundle is just amazingóputs a nice spit shine on things.
Anything youíd like to tell young guitarists out there?