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Guitarist Interviews with:
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Kyle Arthur Miller
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Guitarist Interview with Kyle Arthur Miller of Haunter
January 2013
Kyle Arthur Miller
Name: Kyle Arthur Miller
Bands: Haunter, BLACK WØLF, Qualia. Ex: Stubborn Tiny Lights Vs. Clustering Darkness Forever OK?, Followed By Ghosts
Websites: http://haunter0.bandcamp.com, http://www.soundcloud.com/quliapunx, http://futurerecordings.bandcamp.com/album/the-infinite-regress

QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?

Kyle – Squier Strat. It’s still around here somewhere.

QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?

Kyle – Fender Jazzmaster Classic Player, Global LP-70, Boss RV-5, DD-3, TR-1, Line 6 DL-4, Electro-Harmonix Russian Big Muff Pi (black), Danelectro French Toast Octave Distortion, Yamaha 2x12 Combo Amplifier.

QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?

Kyle – They all play equal roles.

QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?

Kyle – Yamaha 2x12 Combo. It gets pretty loud & has some sick built-in trem.

QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?

Kyle – I alternate between a Fender Jazzmaster classic player & an old Indonesian made 70s Global LP-70 guitar with Seymour Duncan humbucker. Usually keep the Jazz in standard tuning & the Global in C# Standard/Drop B.

QRD – If you had a signature guitar, what would it look like & what would some of its features be?

Kyle – I’ve really wanted to build a Telemaster with P-90 in the neck & slanted single-coil in bridge, floating trem, narrow neck.

QRD – If you had a signature pedal, what would it be & what would some of its features be?


QRD – How many guitars do you own?

Kyle – 2

QRD – How & where do you store your guitars?

Kyle – In their cases in my house??

QRD – What do you wish guitar cases had that they usually don’t?

Kyle – Bottle opener? A place for my screwdriver?

QRD – What features do you look for when buying a guitar?

Kyle – Good looks

QRD – How much do you think a good guitar should cost?

Kyle – As much as it does.

QRD – Do you upgrade & customize your guitars or just stick with what you get?

Kyle – I haven’t upgraded the Jazzmaster yet, but with the Global it was necessary. Still needs some work

QRD – How thoroughly do you research or test a piece of equipment before buying it?

Kyle – Sometimes not at all, sometimes a few minutes.

QRD – Do you change your rig around often?

Kyle – Used to. Haven’t for a while.

QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?

Kyle – Lately I’ve stuck with a particular tone.

QRD – What are some guitars, amps, & pedals you particularly lust after?

Kyle – Telemaster, Sunn heads

QRD – What do you think are some important features to be on a person’s first guitar that aren’t always there?

Kyle – Intonation

QRD – What have been the best & worst guitar related purchases you’ve made?

Kyle – Global guitar for $20. Shitty Ibanez SG style for $300 when I was 14.

QRD – What are some effect, amp, & guitar brands you particularly like or dis-like & why?

Kyle – +: SUNNO))) (LOUD). I guess that’s it.

QRD – What’s the first thing you play when you pick up a guitar?

Kyle – C chord with low G octave. Heavy.

QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?

Kyle – 9?

QRD – At what age do you think you leveled up to your best guitar playing?

Kyle – No idea.

QRD – Why do you think a guitar fits you more so than other instruments?

Kyle – Because I can play it.

QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?

Kyle – Maybe piano. I wished I would’ve learned piano.

QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?

Kyle – Ally.

QRD – Who are the guitarists that most influenced your playing & sound?

Kyle – Efrim Manuel Menuck gets some killer tone & has great riffs. Eric Chenaux, same reason.

QRD – Do you think people anthropomorphizing their guitars is natural or silly (e.g. naming their guitar)?

Kyle – Silly.

QRD – What’s the most physical damage you’ve done to a guitar & how did you do it?

Kyle – Chipped paint by dropping (faulty strap).

QRD – What do you do to practice other than simply playing?

Kyle – I just play

QRD – How many hours a week do you play guitar & how many hours would you like to?

Kyle – Not as much as I’d like. What’s a good number?

QRD – What type of pick do you use & why?

Kyle – Heavy so they don’t break.

QRD – What gauge strings do you use & why?

Kyle – 10s mostly. Sometimes with heavier bottoms.

QRD – How often do you change strings?

Kyle – On occasion.

QRD – How often do you break strings?

Kyle – Also on occasion.

QRD – Which do you feel is more proficient, your strumming hand or fretting hand & how does that effect your style?

Kyle – Strumming hand. Need to work on my left hand chops

QRD – Do you set-up your guitar yourself or send it to a guitar tech (or not set it up at all) & why?

Kyle – Never set up a guitar.

QRD – What tunings do you use & why?

Kyle – E standard, C# standard with drop B

QRD – Do you prefer tablature, sheet music, or some other notation system for writing down your own ideas?

Kyle – I usually don’t write down ideas.

QRD – How high do you hold your guitar when playing (strap length)?

Kyle – Midrange.

QRD – What’s a bad habit in your playing you wish you could break?

Kyle – Learn some new scales/chords.

QRD – Playing what other instrument do you think can most help someone’s guitar playing?

Kyle – I learned violin while in middle school through high school. I think that helped.

QRD – What’s a type of guitar playing you wish you could do that you can’t?

Kyle – SWEEP.

QRD – What’s a guitar goal you’ve never accomplished?

Kyle – SWEEP.

QRD – What’s the last guitar trick you learned?

Kyle – It’s been a while...

QRD – What’s your favorite guitar gadget (ebow, capo, slide, string cutter, etc)?

Kyle – Screwdriver.

QRD – What’s a guitar technique you’d like to master, but haven’t?

Kyle – SWEEP.

QRD – Did you ever take guitar lessons & if so, what did you learn from them?

Kyle – A few. I learn better on my own (maybe?).

QRD – What would you teach someone in a guitar lesson that you don’t think they would generally get from a guitar teacher?

Kyle – Be brave.

QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?

Kyle – Get a shitty guitar & improv on it.

QRD – What’s your take on tremolo systems?

Kyle – Floating all the way.

QRD – How often do you adjust your tone knob?

Kyle – Never.

QRD – What do you see as the difference between lead guitar & rhythm guitar players?

Kyle – Social hierarchy.

QRD – If a band has good guitar work, can you ignore the rest of the band not being good?

Kyle – No.

QRD – What famous musician’s guitar would you like to own & why?

Kyle – None. I can’t stand the idea of signature guitars.

QRD – Who do you think is currently the most innovative guitar player & why?

Kyle – Efrim Manuel Menuck gets some killer tone & has great riffs. Eric Chenaux, same reason.

QRD – Where can people hear your best guitar work?

Kyle – Stubborn Tiny Lights vs Clustering Darkness Forever OK? - The Infinite Regress.

QRD – Anything else?

Kyle – Nope!

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