Interview: Chas, Pat and Erric of :::Killcode:::

by guitarkadia on August 3, 2009

in Interviews

:::KILLCODE::: – MySpace + ReverbNation

CHAS (guitar)

KillcodeG: Do you come from a musical family?

C: YES, father played guitar/mother performed theatre and was session singer in late 60s

G: Who were your early musical influences?

C: HENDRIX, Zeppelin, Queen, KISS, Sabbath

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

C: KISS ALIVE & A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

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

C: Les Pauls. Wah & tube screamer MARSHALL JCM800

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

a) practice  – as much as you can

b) songwriting  – write from your heart/dont try to sound like anyone but yourself

c) recording  – show up on time-show up sober-buy a metronome and a tuner

d) performing live.  – let it all hang out-have fun-play from your heart and kick some serious ass!

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

The Jimi Hendrix Experience (the master)
Van Halen 1 (guitar acrobatics)
KISS ALIVE (Ace Frehley shooting frockets out of his guitar! Awesome)

ANY AND ALL LED ZEPPLEIN…Jimmy Page RULES!

Pat (Guitar)

Killcode-3G: Do you come from a musical family?
P: No – but I was drawn to music at a very early age

G: Who were your early musical influences?
P: Kiss, Led Zeppelin, the doors, Sabbath.

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

P: Kiss ALIVE! Was the the first real rock n roll record I ever owned.
Kill Em All was the first record I (kinda) learned to play front to back…

I am all about the riffs!

G:What is your primary guitar now?
P: Gibson SG’s

G: What effects/pedals do you use?
P: At the moment, a boss bass distortion, crybaby…Marshall JCM 800

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

a) practice
Be disciplined, it’s not gonna happen overnight. Focus on teaching your ears, as well as your hands.

b) songwriting
Be original, write as many songs as possible, be open to other people’s input, collaborate

c) recording
Remember that you are recording a moment in time, not a career.
don’t over-analyze, record as much as possible

d) performing live.
Find what your good at, stick to what you know

Don’t do what Chas does, you’ll hurt yourself

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

MelvinsA Senile Animal
AC/DCBack in Black
MotorheadOverkill
and
:::KILLCODE:::To Die For

Erric (Bass)

KillcodeG: Do you come from a musical family?

E: My mother plays some piano and is an artist but everyone else in the family is more mechanically inclined. The would rather build a GTO than strum a guitar.

G: Who were your early musical influences?

E: Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Jimi Hendrix

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

E: Definitely Black Sabbath’s first album. I was just blown away. Made my Dad walk me to the store to get it.

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

E: I have been playing ESP but I am very excited to be talking with Warwick right now. Boss bass overdrive.

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

a) practice  – as often as possible and don’t be discouraged because you aren’t a rock star right away.

b) songwriting  – try and keep a pen and paper or digital recorder with you. Even keep it next to your bed at night and record EVERY idea right away. You never know when a hit will pop outa your brain.

c) recording  – be patient and focus. Don’t be afraid to experiment but make sure you get the basics done solidly first.

d) performing live.  – don’t get hammered before you hit the stage. Be hydrated and give it everything you’ve got. You are there to put on a show, not just play the notes.

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

The WhoWho’s Greatest Hits

Iron Maiden Number Of The Beast

PrimusSailing the Seas of Cheese

and if there is a fourth,

:::KILLCODE:::To Die For

Natalie Capuozzo August 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I love KIll Code. They rock. I saw them at Corios last week doing an acoustic set and they sounded really good. I am looking forward to their next show :)
Cheers!

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