indie-gear

I need some more gaming blogs to follow so like/reblog if you post;

Tales from the Borderlands

Transistor

Metal Gear

The Last of Us

Bioshock

Legend of Zelda

Bastion

Resident Evil

Silent Hill

Fire Emblem

Dark Souls/Bloodborne

Literally every indie game ever

margotandthenocturnals  asked:

Your NPR tiny desk concert was the first time I've ever heard you and it blew me away. It was so powerful it had me in tears. I had two questions, first, what kind of gear do you use, pedals and such? (As a classically trained violinist it feels like trying to break into a boys club when trying to learn about those things.) And second, how did you go about finding your voice?

aw, thank you so much for reaching out!

gear doesn’t essentially matter to me. what I own right now is what just came to me, whether a friend was selling it, or it was gifted, or what I owned broke while on tour + I got what the local store had. for the NPR set I used my drummer’s guitar, my 1 distortion pedal that I use for my bass (I was on tour playing bass in my band), and NPR’s guitar amp.

there are artists whose specific gear is an intregal part of their art, or who are just very into gear, and that’s not my approach. I have my songs, and I arrange them according to what gear/instruments are available to me at the time. I think this comes from my growing up being moved from place to place and never really having things, so I don’t naturally make “things”-based music, or music that relies on having things.

Obviously there’s nothing wrong with being into gear; my partner is a recording engineer + I’m in awe of how their brain works differently than mine. I’m just so over the pissing contest of gear knowledge, where you’re not a “real” musician if you don’t know about or own gear, and how lack of knowledge of gear is a reason to exclude you from, yes, the “boy’s club” of indie music. lack of gear knowledge is very much a feminized thing that’s used against non-boys, when often times girls have a hard time gaining access to that knowledge *because* they’re excluded and ridiculed, which then creates a fucked up cycle of exclusion. Anyway, I hated this, so I actually furiously studied gear in studios and from other musicians, just so I wasn’t treated like an idiot anymore, and after all of it realized that I’m just not passionate about gear after all, and most importantly that it doesn’t make me less of a musician.

Sorry this got long, but it connects to how I found my voice. Finding my voice was about slowly but surely making distinctions between what music i truly want to make, or what naturally comes out of me, and what genres/sounds/styles/attitudes towards music I was putting upon my music because of what I thought i was supposed to make. My suggestion to you is to figure out what you actually want to say in your music right now (it doesn’t matter if this changes later, you’re a human being and you’re always changing) and think about what tools you’ll need to make that music come out of you.

If this means you need gear, then get an idea of what sounds you want, then straight up ask someone who’s knowledgable of gear what kind of gear they think makes those sounds. if they then treat you like an idiot or don’t answer, then don’t fret, just ask the Internet. Or if you hear a sound you like in another artist’s music then again do some internet research and figure out what gear they used, and go from there. This will be a series of trial and error, and the process itself will also be a way you’ll discover what is and isn’t your voice. Just whatever happens, don’t let people who literally do not matter keep you from digging out the art in you.

Hope this helps, thanks again.

I have a vivid image in my head of Taylor buying $50K worth of bohemian indie grunge gear, clicking ‘Add to Cart’ on random senselessly expensive chokers while Cage The Elephant blasts through her sound system.