Rebecca Gates Interview

Rebecca Gates emerged from the 90’s grunge scene with a sound that was unique — quiet, expansive, layered.  She was the front woman of The Spinanes, the band she originally formed with Scott Plouf, who would later leave the group to join Built to Spill.  She’s worked with Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson, Ted Leo, Laetitia Sadier, and The Decemberists.

Rebecca took time out from her busy schedule as a musician, artist, and curator to answer my questions.  You can see more about what Rebecca is up to at her website here.

When did you begin playing and why?

I started playing a little when I was a kid, my father had a guitar I’d mess around on, but didn’t really play consistently until I was 23 or 24.  As far as why, I don’t know, I just enjoyed it, making up songs, or trying to figure it out.

What was your first guitar, and how did you get it?

I received an Epiphone acoustic as a birthday present.

What equipment do you prefer now?  Which guitar?  What amps, cables, pedals?  Why?  Has this changed over time?

Guild guitars, I have an M-75, a Starfire IV and an F-30, tube amps (an old Epiphone and Fender Super) and various pedals.  I used to play without pedals, just plug right in, and I still love doing that, but do it less.

I’ve always played Guilds, they sound and feel right to me. In 1996 all my guitars (save one) were stolen, and I thought I might branch out, but ended up with all Guilds again. I do like a lot of different guitars. I’m a fan of Jazzmasters and Jerry Jones bass6.

What are you working on right now?

I’m finishing a new album and have a couple small projects I’m excited about. I’ve been working in different facets of sound art over the last years as well.

Name one or two (or more!) artists (musicians, writers, visual artists) you find inspiring.  Why?

So many, hard to say. Tons of artists, photographers, designers and writers. There are a number of female guitarists I find inspiring, including Kathy McCarty and Elisa Ambrosio. I’ll say Curtis Mayfield for classic, beautiful work to aspire to, Tim Rutili because I always want to play music when I hear his, Jeff Parker is an inspiration, and Chrissie Hynde because she’s…..Chrissie Hynde.

Rebecca Gates and Scott Plouf of The Spinanes

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