Can't stand it. Too many amps, too much volume, it's just flat-out ear assault. Speedy guitars leave me not feeling detached but physically upset. When you think of all the subtleties that were built into the guitar and amps for you to discover they completely cover the whole lot with a rack of effects. The guitar doesn't need that.
I got my first guitar when I was 11. It was an electric, and I can remember just wanting to be Avril Lavigne! But I got annoyed with having to plug it in and play with amps and pedals and stuff. Then I got given a cheap acoustic, a Tanglewood, and I thought it was awesome because I could play it anywhere!
There's a very old recording maxim that goes, 'Distance makes depth.' I've used that a hell of a lot-whether it's tracking guitars or the whole band. People are used to close-miking amps, but I'd have a mic out around the back, as well, and then balance the two. Also, you shouldn't have to use EQ in the studio if the instruments sound right. You should be able to get the right tones simply with the science of microphone placement.
I still believe in the old-school show thing no frills, no fancy equipment just a guitar and some amps and some drums, and throw it out there and do it the best you can in a live sense, because it's easy to make records. But the live show is where you really show if you've got the balls to do it.
My first job was in a Bohemian polka band, the Rejcek family polka band in Abbott. The old man in the band had another blacksmith shop in Abbott, but he liked me. All he had was horns and drums, and I was set up over there with my little guitar with no amps or nothing. I would play as loud as I wanted to, and nobody could hear me.
PACK IT UP, PACK IT IN LET ME BEGIN, I CAME TO WIN BATTLE ME THAT'S A SIN I WON'T TEAR THE SACK UP, PUNK YOU'D BETTER BACK UP TRY AND PLAY THE ROLE AND THE WHOLE CREW WILL ACT UP GET UP, STAND UP, COME ON THROW YOUR HANDS UP IF YOU'VE GOT THE FEELING JUMP UP TOUCH THE CEILING MUGGS IS A FUNK FEST, SOMEONE'S TALKING JUNK YO, I'LL BUST 'EM IN THE EYE, AND THEN I'LL TAKE THE PUNKS HO FEEL IT, FUNK IT, AMPS IN THE TRUNK Y'ALL AND I GOT MORE RHYMES THAN THERE'S COPS THAT ARE DUNKIN' DONUTS SHOP SURE 'NUFF I GOT PROPS FROM THE KIDS ON THE HILL PLUS MY MOM AND MY POPS
Oh yeah, I'm the president of the lucky club. There are so many talented people who don't work. And the crop of young actors I'm surrounded by is incredible. When you have people like that around you it amps you up a little bit. Also, Emile Hirsch and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or guys like Ryan Gosling. It's a really good crowd and I feel I'm coming up at a good time. But equally, there's a lot of good young actors who don't get to work who are more talented than I. I'm just lucky.
MONEY AND MULTIPLE GUNSHOTS ARE SHOWN, LARGE AMPS ARE BLOWN NIGGAZ IN LOW-LOWS, PURSUIN MO' HOES, THEN GO HOME THE LIFE OF A CALIFORNIA STAR, AND WHEN YOU SEE ME IN THE DROP-TOP JAG', HOW MANY NIGGAZ WANNA BE ME? GAME IS AUTOMATIC, MANDITORY I SELL TO LIVE OR DIE, I SURVIVE, BUT WITH A STORY TO TELL CAUSE WHEN YOU GETTIN SOME RICHES, WATCH FOR DUMB BITCHES THEY HAVE YOU LABELLED A RAPIST BEFORE YOU GET TO TONGUE-KISSIN IT'S A MEAN WORLD NIGGA YOU STRAPPED, OR BE A THROWAWAY WILL I SURVIVE THE LATE NIGHT, TO SEE DAWN OF DAY? NOBODY KNOWS ME, I'M A SHADOW MY ARMY FATIGUES MADE FOR BATTLE, POCKETS FULL OF AMMO CAUSE WHEN I'M OUT IN THE STREETS, I'M ON POINT, WHERE THE STATIC? TOO MANY DONE DIED FROM SEMIS, SO NOW WE AUTOMATIC I DISSAPEAR WHENEVER HEATED, RIDE WHENEVER NEEDED FOR MY NIGGAZ UP IN CLENTIN GETTIN WEEDED CONTINUE TO ROLL UNTIL I'M OLD, RIDE UNTIL I DIE SUPPLY LONG AS YOU MOTHERFUCKERS BUY MY HOMIES ROLLED BY IN A BUCKET, BUT THEY AIN'T SHORT AND DUCKIN SLAPPIN NIGGAZ KNOWN FOR TELLIN BITCHES FUCK-IT IN THE LATE NIGHT