Q & A: Ovatus & Locrius of Planetoid

by guitarkadia on September 9, 2009

in Q & A

Name: Ovatus (guitars)     Band: Planetoid

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

Planetoid-6O: My father was an intergalactic traveling musician for thousands years and is probably my biggest influence along with earth bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Black Sabbath among many many others.

G: Do you remember the album that had the biggest impact on you?
O: Nirvana’s Nevermind

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

O: Gibson Firebird V with a custom made humbucker by LA Guitars in the bridge and an Epiphone Wilshire with a Duncan Distortion in the bridge. Pedals I use a Fulltone Clyde wah, Electro Harmonix Polyphonic Octave Generator, Boss OC3, Coffin Blood Drive, Line 6 MM4, and a MXR Carbon Copy.

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

A– Have your guitar in your hands every spare second you have and always be playing non stop.
B– Write what you like because you want to. Make it come from the soul.
C– Close your eyes and imagine you are playing in front of thousands of people.
D– Dont let the small stuff bother you try to relax and enjoy your self and treat your sound guys nice.

G: Pick one song from the current album and tell us your story behind it.

O: Black Miasma is about an ancient slave race on Jupiter’s moon Io who were ressurected and forced into sevitude by the signature riff of that song.

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

Paranoid– Black Sabbath
Badmotorfinger– Soundgarden
Rage Against the Machine– Rage Against the Machine

Name: Locrius (bass)     Band: Planetoid

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

Planetoid-8L: I am the seventh avatar of the Sonic King of New Ionia. His majesty’s power had grown so strong it threatened to destroy all that we know. In an attempt to save the exalted worlds, the builder split himself into six separate entities, each representing an aspect of himself that he felt needed to live on in order to bring harmony back to the universes. His love, strength, honor, compassion, mirth, and empathy were made flesh by his will, and he ceased to be; But as he did so, all of the evil that has nearly consumed him: his hatred, rage, mercilessness, treachery, madness and misanthropy coalesced into a seventh being. A being of pure destruction. Me.

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

L: The Beatles – Abbey Road

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

L: Fender American Standard P-Bass tuned B-E-A-D
Fulltone Bass Drive
Electro-Harmonix Polyphonic Octave Generator
Boss PH-3 Phase Shifter

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

a) Change your environment frequently. Play with a group, play with a metronome, play along with recordings, play at different volumes, and play with yourself. Frequently.

b) An effective sonic composition needs to be enjoyable for you to perform, and for the audience to hear. Neglect either and your repertoire will suffer.

c) Meticulously pre-produce a plan of attack, but stay open to the possibilities that will inevitably arise during the recording process. Spend as much time as you need getting the right headphone mix.

d) Play to the audience, their energy will give you power. Life is happenstance, so to quote the adage, “Play every show as if it’s your last.”

G: Pick one song from the current album and tell us your story behind it.

L: Church of the Overdrive was written after Planetoid was nearly destroyed by the Accord, the dominant super-power in the year 3032. We had just stolen their flagship, the Planetoid. The preceding battle had unfortunately caused significant damage to our pilfered vessel. After some quick diagnostics, we learned that the Planetoid runs on the power of living souls. We opened all hailing frequencies, and with and super-massive grooves, incendiary riffs, and lyrical vitriol, made believers of the dregs and riff-raff of the galaxy: Thereby tapping into enough psychic energy to make our escape.

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

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Living Colour – Stain

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