Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
I’ve been playing in bands since I was 11 – at first dabbling in drums and a bit of bass, but never really found my niche with either. I didn’t properly start looking to guitar as an instrument of choice until I was 12; first hearing the likes of Slash, Angus Young, Zakk Wylde and Toni Iommi play with such ferocious and signature sounds and styles. It immediately sparked something inside me to not just want, but NEED to play guitar! From this, I was inspired to form my own band where I could concentrate on becoming a lead guitar player, and at the age of 14 I formed Violet Vendetta. Soon after, I discovered other guitar players that caught my ear due to their strange playing styles and sounds, like John 5, Mick Mars and Josh Homme. This made me want to try to find my own style; my own way of writing and playing.
As well as playing in V.V. since 2004, I’ve also been playing as part of ‘In Tyler We Trust’ for the past 2 years: writing, recording and playing live alongside my life long friend with whom I started playing music with over a decade ago. The story continues…
What inspired you to start playing guitar?
Having a father who is also a musician, I got to see a lot of the musical life growing up; experiencing life on tour and traveling around. From an early age I knew music was what I wanted to do, but discovering guitar as my instrument of choice came when I was about 12, after seeing guitarists like Slash and Angus Young. I said to myself, yeah…that’s what I’ve gotta do!
What was your first electric guitar?
As funny as it seems now – An Epiphone Flamecat…I thought it looked cool!
What are your top 5 favorite records?
Impossible question, but I will try my hardest.
Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses
Pornography – The Cure
Infiltrate.Destroy.Rebuild – CKY
Puzzle – Biffy Clyro
Songs For The Deaf – Queens of the Stoneage
What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve been lucky enough to do so far, and I hope that it continues to grow to bigger and better things. We’ve been lucky enough to headline various festivals near to where we live in the past and that’s been a great pleasure. I just hope things continue in the direction we’re currently aiming – onwards and upwards!.
How did you hear about Reverend?
I first heard about Reverend through my good friend Reeves Gabrels. He was playing his signature Reverend guitar and various others and I was drawn to their epic sound and unique look.
What Reverend guitar(s) are you using?
I’m currently using the Sensei RA.
What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
Where do I start? Firstly, its tone is outstanding – the Railhammer pick-ups give the guitar such a diverse and unique sound – especially when switching between bridges. They are great pick-ups! The locking tuners are fantastic, too – especially for a player like me who uses a lot of bent notes and really vigorous playing. I never found a guitar that can stay in tune through a whole show until I started using the Reverend. The bass roll off is also another great feature – a lot of fun!
What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Amp – Marshall TSL 122 with C212 Cab
Pedals – Boss OC-3 octave, Digitech Whammy, Crybaby Wah, Boss SYB-5 Bass Synth, Boss DD-7 digital delay, Boss BF-3 Flanger and the Boss CH-1 Chorus.
Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
I’m an avid horror film fan. I’ve written, filmed and directed a few amateur films – as well as some short extreme sports compilations. Hopefully these things will also play a part in my future as well as music. Currently, though, the concentration is definitely more music based.
Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
Keep it real, find your own style, work hard, play hard, find new ways, create new ways. Be limitless!
Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
The new In Tyler We Trust single ‘Watch The World Burn’ should be out this month. Keep an eye out for loads more releases and shows next year also! www.intylerwetrust.co.uk