Posts tagged ‘Fender Jazzmaster’

January 30, 2011

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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January 16, 2011

Interview: Marnie Stern!

Marnie Stern

She consistently pleases rock critics, and has been featured on Pitchfork.com, nymag.comCMJ — and Spin said of her, “Marnie Stern has the voice of a little girl grafted to the grizzled hands of Yngwie Malmsteen.”  She has long collaborated with percussionist Zach Hill of Hella to create albums that are frenetic, passionate, and rhythmic.  I started listening to her because she was the hot new artist on the Kill Rock Stars label, and krs consistently chooses interesting and talented artists.  Now, every time I hear the song The Crippled Jazzer, I get that rush of adrenaline that only comes from listening to a perfectly executed rock song.

Marnie was nice enough to answer a few questions over email.  So without further ado, the interview…

When did you begin playing and why?

I learned a few chords when I was 15 because my mother thought it would be neat if I learned to play the guitar.

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

I saved up at work to buy a Dan Electro because I saw that Sleater Kinney used them

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

It’s stayed the same because I’m too lazy and broke to go explore. I mainly use a Scott French custom made guitar and a Fender Jazzmaster. For amps I use a combo Ampeg or a Fender reverb deluxe. Cables it makes no difference. Pedals I use a SansAmp preamp pedal as my distortion pedal and sometimes a delay Boss pedal. I’ve got a really simple set up.

What are you working on right now?

Trying to come up with new songs. The usual!

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

Yoko Ono

Bella Foster- Painter

Malia James- Photographer/Music Video director

Patti Smith

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