Saturday, August 17, 2019

Interviews

Saturday Night Live guitarist Jared Scharff on his new Walrus Audio Kangra signature pedal

The 12-year Saturday Night Live veteran tells us all about his love of fuzz – and the story of his new signature Walrus Kangra pedal.
Matt Hornby of Chapman Guitars

“One of my favourite things about Chapman is that we’ve been completely self-sufficient”: Matt...

Chapman Guitars’ innovative ‘collaborative design’ approach has seen the UK company become one of the guitar world’s biggest recent success stories. We spoke to Chapman’s co-owner Matt Hornby about the brand’s rise and rise.
Jay Som Melina Duterte

Jay Som, indie-rock’s newest star, is taking her hushed dream-pop out of the bedroom

Melina Duterte talks the process behind the follow-up to 2017’s Everybody Works, her developing identity as a guitarist and finding community in her new home of Los Angeles.

Fender’s Tim Shaw discusses the Vintera era-specific pickups

Fender’s in-house electronics guru Tim Shaw on how the evolution of Fender’s golden-era pickups informed Vintera Series R&D.
Guthrie Govan and The Aristocrats Black and White

Guthrie Govan talks perfect practice, unimportant solos and the new Aristocrats album

The shred-guitar virtuoso opens up on why solos don’t matter to songs, what really annoys him at gigs and the importance of comedy…
Silversun Pickups group shot seated

Silversun Pickups’ Brian Aubert on getting sober and rediscovering his love of acoustic guitar

As the US alt-rockers return with their fifth album, we spoke to guitarist and frontman Brian Aubert about sobriety, rediscovering acoustic guitars and why he likes to keep it uniform…
Bleached

Bleached break down five songs from their new album, Don’t You Think You’ve Had...

The sister duo talk using vintage gear, the influence of The Cure, the disco punk sound of single Hard To Kill and more.
Torche

“We’re more focused than we’ve been in a long time”: hybrid rock veterans Torche

Guitarists Steve Brooks and Jonathan Nuñez discuss the band’s musical evolution and how they developed both a gear line and album at the same time.
Russ Chell

Russ Chell is bridging the worlds of rock and rap

We talk to the New York artist, whose Spaghetti Western-inspired guitar lines introduce Lil Nas X's song Rodeo, about hip-hop's growing love affair with the six-string.

Yola on her journey from homelessness and poverty to writing an album with Dan...

The singer-songwriter on privilege, toxic band environments and why picking up a guitar helped her finally get the songs out of her head.
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