TALIA FABER'S INTERVIEW WITH GEARS AT 2016 NAMM SHOW!
Talia: Introduce yourself and what you do in the band
Jimmy: I’m Jimmy, and I’m the drummer for Gears
Trip: I’m Trip, the lead vocalist.
Chris: I’m Chris, I slap the bass.
Talia: What kind of music do you guys make and who are some of your biggest influences?
Jimmy: We play hard rock, some people would call it metal, but there’s not a whole lot of screaming in it. It’s got that harder edge to it. As far as influences they go all over from heavy stuff like Alice in Chains to even David Bowie.
Trip: Our music is melodic, and influences are more for me like Prince, James Brown, and stuff like that.
Chris: My influences are from Led Zeppelin to Primus, just anything rock.
Talia: What companies are you guys associated with at NAMM?
Jimmy: I play Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, Evan’s Drumheads. Schecter takes good care of us on the guitar side of things, Beat Buddy are actually good friends of ours. There’s a bunch of different companies.
Talia: What’s your favorite piece of equipment, why?
Jimmy: The Pearl’s masters MCX that I’m playing right now is pretty good, it sounds great live and I get a lot of compliments on that kit from other bands and front of house engineers.
Trip: Anything with Sennheiser, just anything is perfect.
Chris: I’m a Schecter guy, so the bass I have is definitely my favorite.
Talia: How do you go about creating your tone?
Jimmy: Schecter guitars, and Orange Amplifiers makes a dual dark 100 that’s really strong and the cleans are really powerful and the distortion is really ballsy so we like that.
>Are there any specific pedals or FX that go into all this?
Jimmy: Our guitar player uses the HD 500x from Line 6 for effects, it’s really good for modeling, I’ve never tried it with a guitar player to use as a stand-alone cause I like the sound of a tube amp.
Talia: What’s your favorite piece of equipment that you regret selling?
Jimmy: I sold a 1972 Ludwig Red Sparkle Kit when I was 15 to get a Pearl Export Kit, which was a $600 kit. That ’72 Ludwig would be worth quite a bit more these days.
Trip: Nothing really, everything I’ve sold has been for the better.
Chris: I try to keep everything; I don’t sell my gear unless it breaks.
Talia: Do you have a string preference and why?
Chris: Ernie Ball because I’ve always played those strings, they’re a local company. They treat me right, and I get good deals on bulk amounts of strings.
Talia: What’s the first guitar you started out with?
Chris: I had a Yamaha, I couldn’t even tell you the model because I don’t remember.
Talia: How long can it take you guys to write tones?
Jimmy: In the studio we have a bunch of different configurations that we use, it doesn’t take too much time because the studio guy knows his gear really well. So he knows what kind of tones to use on certain songs, and when we get to producing it live you just go in and build your patches maybe with delay, drive and distortion. On the first record we actually used the POD as an interface to do the record, so once that was done all the patches were there. We did it a little differently this time, I like it that way because it sounds like the record, but the guitar player can put his own little flavor on it.
Talia:I know you said Orange Amps, do you just use the amps or the heads or both?
Chris: Our guitar player uses both.
>So what do you use, Chris?
Chris: I use Ampeg.
Talia: Any history about the band that readers should know about?
Jimmy: Not really, we have two records out and just put our latest one out in November. We’re working on getting out there and doing shows, we’ve got some shows lined up for February. We’re hitting the road hard in May, but it’s not really productive to look at the history. Just keep looking forward to developing and meeting your goals.
Talia: How has NAMM been for you guys?
Jimmy: It’s been mostly about band awareness, as being a band full of members that come from other projects we have to treat it like a new band. Like previous success doesn’t matter, it’s about moving forward. It’s kind of getting out here and meeting with cool rock writers like yourself and we’ve been doing a lot of interviews and meeting a lot of people as well as catching up with old friends. It’s so hard when all your friends are musicians cause you’re either recording, on the road, or trying to spend time with family. So that’s pretty much what NAMM has done for us this year.
Talia: Is there anything else you can say about your sponsors and any advice for people trying to work their way up in the industry?
Jimmy: To our sponsors: thanks for making good products. I’m a firm believer in play what you like not because it’s free. Invest in companies and eventually they’ll invest in you.