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OLA ENGLUND – INTERVIEW

1. A quick gear rundown, please!
Washburn Solar guitars, Randall Satan amps and cabs, Seymour Duncan delay, Dunlop guitar picks and GHS strings!

2. What’s your recording setup like?
I have an iMac coupled with an Apogee Quartet. I’m using Logic Pro X for DAW.

3. If you had to name one guitarist that influenced you the most starting out, who would you say?
Definitely Dimebag Darrell. And still to this day he’s my main influence and cannot be topped. He had it all, the rhythm chops, the riffs, the soul, everything.

4. …and what guitarists do you think stand out today?
A guy like Tosin Abasi definitely stands out because he’s doing something completely different.

5. If you could put together a dream-team of musicians to form a band with, who would they be?
I would love to play in a band together with Russell Allen on vocals, Krimh on drums, Steve DiGiorgio on bass. We would make the sickest death metal with power metal vocals!

6. Walk us through a typical day ”in the life of”.
A usual day when I’m not on the road I take my kids to daycare, put on a large pot of coffee, sit infront of the computer and either riff out or try to write a song. 4 o’clock I pick up my kids from daycare and then I just spend all my time with them. Living the dream!

KEITH MERROW – INTERVIEW

1. A quick gear rundown, please!
Schecter KM signature guitars into a Kemper Profiler. I make my own profiles of the various amps I have in my studio. In my live/clinic rig, I use a Kemper with their new foot controller, a Line 6 G90 wireless guitar unit, a Sennheiser wireless IEM unit, and a Jamhub for in-ear monitor mixes.

2. What’s your recording setup like?

I’m always changing it up, but here are some of the hardware/software recording tools I regularly use…

Guitars: A bunch of Schecter guitars. Mainly my signature guitars.

Amps/Effects:

Kemper Profiler

Two Notes Torpedo Studio digital loadbox and cab IR loader

Two Notes Reload for capturing DI and reamping

Modded block letter 5150

Rhodes Gemini

Alien Evolution

PRS Archon

Driftwood Purple Nightmare

Revv Generator 120

Hesu 2×12 cab

Modded Randall ISO cab

Seymour Duncan pickups and pedals

Recording/Mixing/DAW:

Universal Audio Apollo Quad recording interface, full suite of UA plugins

Event Opal monitors

Tannoy Reveal monitors

KRK sub

Presonus Monitor Station

Presonus Studio One Pro DAW

Toontrack Superior and EZdrummer 2, with the complete library of samples

Toontrack EZmix 2

Peterson Strobe Tuner

ReadyAcoustics and Yamaha bass traps and diffusers

3. If you had to name one guitarist that influenced you the most starting out, who would you say?
Most definitely Tony Iommi. When I was a kid, my dad used to jam Sabbath all the time. When I first heard the low tuned, distorted guitars and those riffs, I wanted to be a guitar player.

4. …and what guitarists do you think stand out today?
Man, there are so many! But some of my favs that come to mind are Wes Hauch, Jeff Loomis, and  Nick Johnston.

5. If you could put together a dream-team of musicians to form a band with, who would they be?
For me, Conquering Dystopia is that band. Jeff Loomis, Alex Webster, and Alex Rudinger. Best guys, favorite players!

6. Walk us through a typical day ”in the life of”.
I wake up around 7 AM and immediately head to the coffee pot. Take a shower, and then start my workday around 8 AM. I work from my home studio. During the day, I am the Media Production Manager for Seymour Duncan, who make guitar pickups and effects pedals. I’m usually working on audio and video projects for them, but also spend a lot of time talking with the artists on the Duncan roster. I have a lot of cool projects going with artists, and that keeps me very busy throughout the day. I finish my Duncan workday around 5 PM, and then I work on various side projects. I’m working on a couple albums at the same time right now, and usually write music or work on video demos for other companies in the evenings (or the weekends). I have dinner with my wife and son, then like to fall asleep in my home theater room binge watching Netflix. I travel quite a bit throughout the year to do clinics and things like that, but what I’ve described is my average day. I couldn’t ask for a better life, honestly!

ADAM DUTKIEWICZ – INTERVIEW

1. A quick gear rundown, please!
Using Caparison guitars, with both Fishman Fluence and EMG 81 pickups for most tones we do for Killswitch.  After that, we use Laney and Mesa cabinets, loaded with either Celestion V30s, or Creambacks. We use a variety of heads in the studio, but live we are using the Laney Tony Iommi heads right now, which sound pretty dang sick.

2. What’s your recording setup like?
Very simple…running Pro Tools 11 on a MacBook Pro. Connected via Thunderbolt is an external process card, which connects to the Avid I/O. Neve, API, and Avalon pres, Urei and Summit compression, and a small slew of mics.

3. If you had to name one guitarist that influenced you the most starting out, who would you say?
For metal guitar tones, I always was more influenced by engineers…most notably Colin Richardson’s work on the Carcass record “Heartwork”.  I chased that tone for YEARS.

4. …and what guitarists do you think stand out today?
There are too many to mention. Most bands coming out today can play circles around my lazy ass.

5. If you could put together a dream-team of musicians to form a band with, who would they be?
I already kind-of have! I got Shannon from “The Black Dahlia Murder” to play drums, and George from “Cannibal Corpse” to sing. Now I just need Les Claypool to play brutal bass and Jeff Loomis to play guitar.

6. Walk us through a typical day ”in the life of”.
Lots of coffee.  Maybe a jog?  Lots of staring at a screen and moving a mouse.  Lots of saying “do it again”.  Then some beer drinking and maybe some yelling at my television, which will most likely be playing a sporting event of sorts.

ANDY JAMES – INTERVIEW

1. A quick gear rundown, please!
Live I use a Blackstar HT Metal 100 head and pro series cabs and I use a DV Mark Multiamp for all my effects. Pedal board has a Custom Audio Wah, Digitech drop tune pedal and a Boss NS-2 and Shure wireless system.

2. What’s your recording setup like?
I’ve used various things in the past. Right now for ease I just use the Kemper with my live rig profiled as a recording setup. But when it comes to the final product it’s normally amp setup in the studio and just play around with it. I also sometimes just use a DI and the Toontrack plugins when I’m on the road to get any ideas down.

3. If you had to name one guitarist that influenced you the most starting out, who would you say?
Slash was reason I started playing guitar, I was obsessed with ”Appetite for Destruction” as a kid growing up.

4. …and what guitarists do you think stand out today?
I have a few favorite guitarists that I like right now. Paul Wardingham, Per Nilsson, Emil Werstler and Jason Hook. Kind of a mixture, but it depends on what I’m in the mood for.

5. If you could put together a dream-team of musicians to form a band with, who would they be?
That’s a tough question lol. Erm, maybe the guys in my band to be honest with you, Wearing Scars. We have a good chemistry. I think I like to hear other guys in bands do their thing without me coming in and ruining it, haha!

6. Walk us through a typical day ”in the life of”.
Get up, coffee from the local shop, come back, grab a guitar and practice, record ideas for sings or film some videos for andyjamesguitaracademy.com, go for a 5/10 mile walk and then either catch up on Netflix or go down the pub.

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