I’ve been obsessed with music my whole life, singing since birth, piano since age 8, guitar since 12 or 13, and any other instrument I can get my hands on, pending. For the last five-or-so years I’ve been recording and touring in a two-piece band called Wye Oak.
My mom taught me my first three chords on her old Fender acoustic when I was about 12. Other than that I’m entirely self-taught. Something about the instrument clicked with me. I started writing songs around the same time I started learning the guitar.
An all-black, seventies-era Fender Mustang that I still totally love. Odd story about that guitar in particular: although I bought it from a third party before we had ever met, turns out it used to belong to my good friends Chris and Mickey Freeland, two excellent Baltimore musicians and producers who helped to record Wye Oak’s last two albums
I’m sorry, but I’ve always found this to be an absolutely impossible question.
Hopefully yet to come?
Saw a friend playing a Jetstream at a show once and asked about it. Bought my first one on a whim to take on tour the next day. I bought a second one a few months later. They’ve been my absolute top choice ever since.
I own two Jetstream HB’s.
It’s sturdy and well made, easy to play, the pickups are loud, warm, and sound amazing. It’s affordable enough that I can take it on tour and kick the shit out of it, worry free.
I play through a Fender Twin, and my pedal setup is super basic: boss chorus and tremolo, boss dd-6 delay, a fulltone fulldrive coupled with an electro-harmonix lpb-1 boost for good natural tube overdrive, and that’s pretty much it.
If I’m not eating, sleeping, or reading, I’m either playing music, writing music, or listening to music. Or wishing I was. I’m boring. Oh, I fucking love football. Wait–and driving. I’m usually the driver.
If you’re okay with having music as a hobby and you have other skills in life that you can capitalize upon, for god’s sake do that. If, like me, you have no interest in any other life and no plan b whatsoever, give iteverything you have and best of luck to you.
Wye Oak is on tour in the US and Europe pretty much straight through the rest of the year: doing Lollapalloza and some other great festivals, and supporting Explosions in the Sky, The National, and Yo La Tengo, among others. I’m also working on finishing my first record with my new solo project that I’m calling Flock of Dimes.