Gotham Rocks: Diablo Royale

by guitarkadia on July 12, 2009

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June 6, 2009. Crash Mansion. Q&A with Eric Choy, Jason Leaf and Gerard Steixner follows the pictures.

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Q&A


Jason Leaf (bass)

G: Do you come from a musical family? Who were your early musical   influences?

JL: No but my influences were Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen – I just wanted to play fast

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?

JL: Satriani’s “Surfing With The Alien” and Metallica’s $5.98 EP changed my life

G: What is your primary bass guitar now? What effects/pedals do you use?

JL: I use a Guild B-130 that I traded to some guy for some lasersics that I stole from Tower Video.  It is named THE METAL WARRIOR and it lives up to its reputation.

Pedals?  I don’t need no stinking pedals

G: What one tip, each, would you give to beginners on a) practice b) songwriting c) recording and d) performing live.

a) Learn the songs you love by ear – it will keep you interested and train your ear so you can learn songs on the fly

b) Write for the garbage can – that way you don’t stress yourself out trying to come up with the most perfect song ever

c) Learn from others before spending a lot of money on equipment and trying to do things yourself

d) Make sure you have your fingers on the right frets before you start headbanging

G: Recommend 3 essential albums all bass players should listen to.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Mothers Milk
Metallica – Master of Puppets
Spinal Tap’s Black Album just for “Big Bottom”

Gerard Steixner (Guitars)

G: Do you come from a musical family? Who were your early musical influences?

GS: My Great Uncle George played sax with Benny Goodman back in the day, and there’s a running theory in my family that I’m related to the 19th Century German composer Robert Schuman, but I somehow doubt it. lol  My Dad also claims to have been quite the accordion player when he was a kid…..
My earliest music influences were Metallica, AC/DC, Sabbath, Pantera, Pearl Jam, etc…but it all stated with Zeppelin.  I saw “The Song Remains The Same” and 2 days later I got my first guitar.

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?

GS: I would have to give that to “Appetite For Destruction”; it was my first hard rock album and really got me into that kind of sound.

G: What is your primary guitar now? What effects/pedals do you use?

GS: My primary guitar is Leslie.  She’s an overly beat-up ’95 Gibson Les Paul Studio which I’ve swapped the pickups out of in favor of a 500T in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan JB59 in the neck, both of which are rigged for coil tapping which I often use. For pedals, I like to keep it as simple as possible so I use a Cry Baby Wha, and a Boss Chromatic Tuner and that’s it.

G: What one tip, each, would you give to beginners on

a) practice – although scales and other rudimentary exercizes are important, I suggest spending more time jamming along with your favorite bands.  Don’t play every little nuance of the solos note for note either, but rather learn the basic movements and improv over them which will help develop your own style.  Also be sure to practice standing up; like you will be when you perform live.

b) songwriting – write from the heart. Usually I just hit record and jam away for a little while, then listen back to what came out and try to find a few good riffs out of it.

c) recording – practice, practice, practice.  When I’m getting ready for a session I record the songs at home over and over again using only a metronome.  I listen back to the recordings, find my weak spots, and try to fix them.

d) performing live – Jimmy Page put it best when it comes to playing live: “Shit or Bust. You Do it! No Nerves, You Just Do it!”  I used to be stage fright, and still am a little bit, so I do get nervous, but I channel that nervousness into energy and just let myself go and let my fingers do what they’re practiced to do.  I sort of go on autopilot……

G: Recommend 3 essential albums all guitar players should listen to.

That’s a hard one….GnR’s “Appetite”, Metallica’s “Metallica”, and any pre-’75 Zeppelin bootleg.

Eric Choy (guitars)

G: Do you come from a musical family?

EC: Yes, my mom’s side was the musical side (although my Dad was king of the karaoke!).  My mom along with her sisters all sang and played the piano and were even part of their church choir.

G: Who were your early musical influences?

EC: Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton (solo and Cream), The Allman Brothers…basically all the 70’s guitar rock.

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?

EC: There were a few but I’d have to say Appetite for Destruction.

G: What is your primary guitar now?

EC: ’95 Honey Burst Les Paul Standard, got it when I was in 9th grade and spent all my money on it…I’d say it was worth the investment!

G: What effects/pedals do you use?

EC: I try and keep things simple, I use a Vox Wah-Wah, Boss Overdrive/Distortion, Boss Super Chorus, and Boss Chromatic Tuner.  I also just got a Line 6 wireless.

G: What one tip, each, would you give to beginners on

a) practice
-I’m not the one to sit around and play scales, how I learned to play was just jamming along to the radio and to CD’s.  I find that it helps develop your ear and sense of rhythm.

b) songwriting
-This one is hard, I definitely learned basic elements of songwriting in an academic environment but I’d say just listen to your “inner ear” and try and create and feel the sounds that come from your head and translate them to your instrument.

c) recording
-Don’t get frustrated if you can’t nail a part for whatever reason, especially if you’ve been recording for a long time.  Get up, walk away, have a beer or whatever and then come back to the part at a later time.

d) performing live

-If you mess up a part, keep going.  Don’t stop and make a face or if someone else messes up don’t make a big deal out of it.  Keep going as if you meant to do it and try and stay in rhythm.  It’s a live situation, you’ll never play a 100% perfect show.

G: Recommend 3 essential albums all guitar players should listen to.

EC: There are so many but if I have to name three: Appetite for Destruction, Physical Graffitti, Dirt

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