Interview: Peter Hook of Joy Division, New Order, The Light

Interview: Peter Hook of Joy Division, New Order, The Light

I’m very excited to be able to present you with an interview I did with legendary bassist (Joy Division, New OrderThe LightPeter Hook, who has influenced me from my early days of bass playing and and still does today.  Big Sir’s Old Blood was my homage to this great musician; Peter’s high note melodic lines made a lasting impression on me and I will always be in awe of his talent.

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Show Me Your Pedalboard: Wes

Show Me Your Pedalboard: Wes

For this week’s Show Me Your Pedalboard, we have a great one by Wes! Wes' board is small, but practical featuring a few Pedals and Effects staples as well as venturing off into experimental octave territory. Let's take a look at what Wes is rocking:

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Review: The Big Trees by Audio Kitchen

Review: The Big Trees by Audio Kitchen

Here at Pedals And Effects, we're definitely all about the stuff that comes out of left field, the stuff that subverts your expectations. The Big Trees by Audio Kitchen fits that mold perfectly. When you first look at the thing you think, "wow this pedal is huge" but looks can be deceiving, as it's actually a 2.5 watt Class A tube amp that doubles as a really cool preamp.  The homie Jonathan Hisckhe, dropped by and gave us at 5Starr Sound Labs a run down of this very unique piece of equipment. 

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Throwback Thursday: 20 Years of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival

Throwback Thursday: 20 Years of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival

Japan's best rock festival, Fuji Rock, is having its 20th anniversary festival this weekend, and I wanted to share how much this festival has meant to my life and my family. This festival in the mountains 2-3 hours north of Tokyo, is such a breathtakingly beautiful, and awe inspiring locale for the best bands in the world to play.

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Pedal Review: Totally Wicked Audio - The Great Divide

Pedal Review: Totally Wicked Audio - The Great Divide

The Great Divide  from Totally Wicked Audio has arrived, and it’s a “must-have” pedal for bassists (but sounds insane on guitar too!)!  This pedal is part synth, part octave-meets-sub-pedal with the ability to turn your bass into the “bassiest” Moog synth you have ever heard.

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Looking Back: Nick Reinhart's Very First Appearance On Pedals And Effects

Looking Back: Nick Reinhart's Very First Appearance On Pedals And Effects

Today I wanted to take a look back at the very first time Nick was featured on Pedals And Effects! Nick dropped by and gave us a rundown of his massive pedalboard(s), but it quickly became the start of our partnership. Nick has since been my partner in crime and frequent collaborator with the site, so I wanted to commemorate our partnership by looking back at the start:

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Interview: Bassist Simon Francis of Ellie Goulding

Interview: Bassist Simon Francis of Ellie Goulding

Pedals And Effects loves to show how deep the whole pedals scene gets into the pop world, and today's post features Simon Francis of Ellie Goulding's band. Hailing from London, Simon plays electric bass but its not your ordinary pop bass. Mr. Francis plays effected electric bass that is not just effected but heavily effected. He's definitely, one of us!

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Throwback Thursday: Handling Adversity

Throwback Thursday: Handling Adversity

Pedals And Effects is a website designed to help and inform other like minded musicians navigate through an ever changing music industry. Whether it's the evolution of gear, the record industry's decline and modern reinvention, or information on how to handle life while being a musician, Pedals And Effects is here to help other musicians.

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Pedals And Effects 5 with WMD Devices

Pedals And Effects 5 with WMD Devices

The Pedals And Effects 5, builders series, concludes this run with the guys from WMD - William Mathewson and Alex Anderson. I have known WMD's big cheese, William Mathewson, for years. He was one of the first interviews I ever did for Pedals And Effects. He came to 5 Starr Sound Labs when I only had half of my gear in there and three lights and he was the only employee at WMD. These guys are known to make the gnarly stuff for us sound freaks so we're stoked to have them for The Pedals And Effects 5.

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Review: Goya Panther Bass Comparison

Review: Goya Panther Bass Comparison

I am in awe of Goya Panther basses. Ever since Josh Klinghoffer lent me his for the Deltron 3030 tour. I got to borrow and tour with it for two years, and I couldn't get over how easy they are to play, how tight they look, how great they sound and the variety of tones you can achieve with them.

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Throwback Thursday: How To Build A Great Pedalboard

Throwback Thursday: How To Build A Great Pedalboard

Throwback Thursday: A brief retrospective on my pedalboard while in the Mars Volta. How large it got, how I downsized it, and the steps that I took, and that you can take in building a better board for yourself, and your music. 

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