Interview with Mat Sweet of Boduf Songs
Name: Mat Sweet
Bands: Boduf Songs
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QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Mat – It was a demented looking homemade thing that I picked up at a car-boot sale for some very few monies. Sounded like crap, wouldn’t stay in tune for five minutes. I gave it to someone else a few years later when I upgraded.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
Mat – Fender Jagmaster, Peterson Strobostomp tuner, Line 6 Echo Park, whatever amp I can borrow.
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig – guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Mat – Guitar I guess, just because I’m comfortable with it.
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Mat – Nope.
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Mat – The Jagmaster has a sticker on it of a skeleton rolling double snake eyes & it says “let’s roll!”
QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
Mat – As above.
QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?
Mat – Hardware equivalent of a dark-ware bit crusher.
QRD – How many guitars do you own?
Mat – One acoustic, one electric, one bass.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
Mat – On stands around my room.
QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?
Mat – Just something that feels right & special.
QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?
Mat – I usually have a preference for cheaper gear - more costly things just feel wrong in my hands.
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?
Mat – Not much customizing beyond re-stringing & tuning down.
QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?
Mat – I tend to do a lot of research before any kind of investment, but I find that I really need to have something for a while & use it before I can form a reliable opinion on it for myself. I actually had a Jaguar before I got the Jagmaster, & it took me 4 or 5 weeks of usage to realise it wasn’t right for me. I knew pretty quickly with the Jagmaster, which was about a fifth of the price.
QRD – Do you change your rig around often?
Mat – Not really - I have certain bits of hardware & software that I rely on.
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Mat – I like to have a few different options - use lots of VSTs & a Line 6 Pod for recording.
QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?
Mat – It’d be nice to have an amp - Fender Twin would be good. I much prefer combos, even for big heavy riffery.
QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?
Mat – Ability to stay in tune.
QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?
Mat – Nothing springs to mind, but it’s certainly not unusual for me to buy something then resell it a few months later because it didn’t quite work out.
QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?
Mat – Shonky cheapo stuff usually isn’t worth the money saved, for it will be rubbishy & break quickly.
QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?
Mat – Sleep – “Dragonaut.”
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Mat – I used to “play” my dad’s electric guitar when I was 12 or 13, but it was long time after that that I started actually thinking about what I was doing.
QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?
Mat – Still working on my overhand/underhand technique.
QRD – Why do you think a guitar fits you more so than other instruments?
Mat – Uh, it doesn’t really... I started off playing the drums, & feel much more confident behind a kit. In truth I would have a lot more to say if these questions were drum-oriented. Playing guitar was more of a move for the sake of songwriting than anything else.
QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?
Mat – There are a lot of guitarists around because it makes a fun sound & looks cool. I guess it might be interesting if more people started on something else?
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Mat – Ally. Me & my axe against the world.
QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?
Mat – Tony Iommi/Dave Pajo.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly?
Mat – Both. Mainly silly.
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?
Mat – Took apart my first guitar & stripped it without having a clue about the complexities of putting it back together correctly. Gave it away soon after that.
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Mat – Think about Yngwie Malmsteen whilst masturbating.
QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?
Mat – Depends whether I’m recording/rehearsing... maybe 7 hours a week on average?
QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?
Mat – I think it’s a 0.5 - feels right.
QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?
Mat – Big fat ones - they work best with low tuning.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Mat – When they break.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Mat – Not very often.
QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?
Mat – Strumming hand has tricks, fretting hand is pretty lame. Result = shoddy work all round.
QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?
Mat – Pay for a set-up once in a blue moon to keep things ticking over.
QRD – What tunings do you use & why?
Mat – Tuned to B with standard intervals - so, like E but 5 frets lower.
QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?
Mat – Tape recorder.
QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?
Mat – Usually sitting down.
QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?
Mat – Doing finger-tap solos during practice.
QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s guitar playing?
Mat – Drums.
QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?
Mat – Hidden mongoose/darkpalm style.
QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?
Mat – Mastering the hidden mongoose/darkpalm style.
QRD – What’s the last guitar trick you learned?
Mat – F#.
QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?
Mat – G.
QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?
Mat – No sir.
QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?
Mat – Picked harmonics.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Mat – Be fairly crap at playing guitar.
QRD – What’s your take on tremolo systems?
Mat – Too much hassle for tuning.
QRD – What do you see as the difference between lead guitar & rhythm guitar players?
Mat – Finger-tapping skills.
QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?
Mat – Nope.
QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?
Mat – A ludicrously expensive one so I can pay rent next month.
QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative guitar player & why?
Mat – Maybe Creston Spiers (Harvey Milk) for having extreme heavyosity without being dull & cliché or something.
QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?
Mat – In the future.
QRD – Anything else?
Mat – Thanks awfully.