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What goes through your head when writing your songs; where do you draw inspiration from?

Please introduce yourself and your role in the band.

I’m Justin and I play guitar and have been known to handle some production duties here and there.

How many years have you guys been playing, what sorta of practice did you do to get where you’re at now, and what is your warm up routine?

We’ve been a band for a little over 7 years now. We used to practice quite a bit more as a band compared to now. Back then, we had all of our members living close together around Minneapolis, and now only 3 of us live in the Minneapolis area. The difference is now, compared to the way things were back then, is we are almost always on tour. My warm up routine is simple, it usually just consists of me having a beer and playing my guitar for a few minutes. Anything to get the blood flowing.

The latest album, “In Dreams” is a year old. What are some misconceptions people have about the album?

I’m not sure, I don’t really look into that very much. However, I think people may not know that some of the album’s music actually has come from demo material that was written from as long ago as when the band started.

What made you decide to want to use an 8 string guitar for your songs and what are the advantages using it over a classic 6 string, if any?

I wanted to tune lower, without detuning my guitar too much. I was big into the 7 string guitar for a really long time before making the switch to 8. The 8 just made sense, because we could stay relatively close to standard tuning and still have the opportunity to tune very low as well. If anything, it was a bit of a challenge trying to decide what the best tuning for the bass was going to be.

What type of gear do you use in the studio and how does that correlate and translate to a live touring rig?

My studio and touring rigs are similar in that I use the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra pre-amp for both. Studio-wise, the setup I use for almost everything is pretty simple; MacBook Pro, Logic, Toontrack and Spectrasonics software instruments, Nord Lead 2, Axe-Fx Ultra, a pair of Yamaha HS-80m monitors, and an Apogee Duet interface. Live I use the Axe-Fx Ultra, powered with a Rocktron Velocity 300 power amp and controlled by the Voodoo Lab Ground Control Pro. I also use the Line 6 g90 relay wireless system. The main guitars I use live and in the studio include 2 Ibanez RG2228’s, one custom Ibanez 8 string, featuring a body similar to that of the RG2228 with a maple fingerboard, and an Ibanez RG3570z. All of the 8 strings are fitted with Seymour Duncan Blackout 8s.

What goes through your head when writing your songs; where do you draw inspiration from?

Sometimes there are too many different things going on in my head at once, so it’s tough to actually decide and be set on one riff/idea. Inspiration comes from all over though…For example, I got the idea for the riff at about 1:21 in our song “Berzerker” from reading the prices of the first three beers at the top of a drink menu at this bar Jimmy’s in Vadnais Heights, MN. Inspiration truly can come out of anywhere. With all members of the band, there are quite a few different inspirations and influences spread between all of us which I think can help give us a unique sound when we bring them all together.

Date: 2015-12-18; view: 501

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