Interview with Brian Elyo of mobdividual
Name: Brian Elyo
Bands: Four-Track Fuckers (dead), Lego Dynasty (dead), mobdividual (current)
Websites: mobdividual.bandcamp.com/releases, Facebook, last.fm/music/mobdividual
Listen to “Alvara Alto”
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Brian – I started on bass, a generic P-Style,
then I bought a Hohner acoustic guitar (new). I bought an electric
Ibanez, used... & got rid of it... replaced it recently with a Gretsch
re-issue... I eventually traded the bass for a sweet electric blue
guitar & I still have the acoustic, & consider it my main guitar.
Brian – Guitar to a stereo delay... L to delay (L-to another delay-Amp - R-Amp) - R to pitch shifter (for some low-end)-Amp-Delay-amp. I use a lot of delays - one of which has some reverb... sometimes I run clean into my Vox so you can hear a clean guitar signal plus the mountains of delays & reverb....
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig – guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Brian – My mind & my hands... but also delays.
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Brian – Well, for years it was my Marshall
65R cause it was loud & raw, but now I have a twin Vox & it sounds
better & is louder...
Brian – My acoustic. All my songs, no matter how wacky, start on my acoustic.
QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?
Brian – It would have a built-in dual delay
that would be able to feed into itself & have four outs (2-left &
2-right). It would probably look pretty traditional, like an SG or
something like Cobain where I would cut two in half to make one
Brian – Delays & loopers.
Brian – 4, I gave a couple away... so now I just have my acoustic, my Gretsch electric, that blue guitar I traded my bass for, & a pawn shop guitar for noise making... & a Daion bass - I also play drums, so I have a 4-piece Gretsch Catalina.
QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?
Brian – Basement in cases.…
QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?
Brian – A recording device.
Brian – Feel & range of sound.
I don’t play a “style;” I like to capture sounds, so... I like guitars
that can go from metal to twang in a heartbeat.
Brian – I’d balk at anything more than $600.
QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?
Brian – Out of the box.
Brian – Ad nauseum.…
Brian – Yes, but trying NOT to much more.…
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Brian – I change my tones & tunings constantly... but I like to lock it in & balance different tones against each other.
QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?
Brian – Some of the old school tape delay
pedals would be sweet if I could be able to afford. I’d like a really,
really nice Tele & Princeton amp, classic, vintage P-bass, any high
quality vintage tube amp, like a Vox or something; man I’d love an SG like
none other & a full Marshall stack, rock that shit!
Brian – My first electric Ibanez had a tuning lock; which was really nice for a beginner, because it went out of tune a lot less.
QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?
Brian – My best was catching a guitar store
going out of business. I picked up like $450 worth of stuff for like
$150. No horror stories, I’m pretty conservative when it comes to
spending money on equipment... & a “purist” in that sense... creativity
Brian – Boss, you can’t go wrong.…
Brian – A C chord or an A minor... I have no idea why, it just happens, then I run through some scales & start working o the song I was playing last.…
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Brian – 22.
Brian – 30.
Brian – The range of expression that an
audience can feel also.
Brian – No, piano.
Brian – Ally - I think I make guitar music,
but I’m also disillusioned.…
Brian – Originally... Billy Corgan, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd (Syd in approach & Gilmore in style) & John Fahey; now I would add Omar Rodriguez.
QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming their guitar)?
Brian – Natural, but I don’t nor probably ever will.
QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?
Brian – I haven’t ever doe anything fun (like smashing one). I cracked the head on my Ibanez while getting emotional while experimenting
QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?
Brian – Smashing Pumpkin songs & scales
Brian – 16-20. 80.
Brian – I actually just started to feel
the difference & I really like Dunlap 60s, they just feel good, &
I drop them less for some reason.
Brian – Heavy... I tune low & I like the thicker sound.
QRD – How often do you change strings?
Brian – Not as often as I should.
Brian – Not as often as my music may express.
Brian – Strumming... I do a lot of strum/beat
Brian – All by myself.
Brian – Standard down about 1.25 steps...
it seems to be better in tune with my voice/body resonance... but I don’t
sing so go figure.
Brian – I created my own notation system
for myself; but if I have to deal with someone else, I use tab.
Brian – John Lennon.
Brian – Getting stuck in the same old runs
& I probably don’t have the best fret-hand positions.
Brian – Piano, drums (mostly to understand
Brian – Classical. I wish I was classically
trained so I could throw it all out the window.
Brian – Properly learning some of the songs
I’ve set out to.
Brian – I’m not very adept at many tricks,
so I usually do those as overdubs, just started getting into finger tapping
Brian – Capo, then my ebow.
Brian – Two - 12 bars blues in the form
of black magic women.
Brian – How to make up their own chords
& the variety of ways they can be used.
Brian – Not know how to play! &
get really good at beats & rhythms.
Brian – Meh... I use them once in a while,
Brian – Never.
Brian – Usually the ability to understand
chords & then the ability to understand “beat” separate from “rhythm.”
Brian – No, absolutely not.
QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?
Brian – Syd Barrett... kind of off-the-wall.
Brian – Omar Rodriguez... the creativity that spews out of his fingers is just unmatched... from record to record, consistent & constantly different, not afraid of his “style”’ versus his “sound” versus “the song.”
QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?
Brian – My latest EP, but I haven’t really
done a ‘guitar centric’ album... yet.…