Interview with Lee McKinney of Born of Osiris
August 4, 2017
Name: Lee McKinney
Bands: Born of Osiris, In Motive
Websites: http://www.facebook.com/BornofOsiris, http://www.facebook.com/InMotiveMusic, http://www.LeeMcKinney.com
QRD – What was your first guitar & what happened to it?
Lee – Gibson Flying V 3/4 size! I got it when I was ten. I still have it to this day; I plan to make a display case for it.
QRD – What’s your typical set-up from guitar to effects to amplifier?
Lee – My signature Kiesel LPM model guitars, into an AXE FX. Our computer that runs the click track changes my patches for me.
QRD – What’s the most important part of your rig - guitar, amplifier, or effects?
Lee – My Signature Kiesel LPM models! They are perfect!
QRD – What’s your main amplifier & why?
Lee – Axe FX! It’s everything I need it to be & you can travel anywhere with it.
QRD – What’s your main guitar & what are the features that make it such?
Lee – My Kiesel LPM models. Six & seven string usually. The piezo is what really makes the guitar go from the meanest sounding guitar to the prettiest sounding guitar.
QRD – Do you change your rig around often?
Lee – No I don’t. The AXE FX is so versatile that I don’t need to do much outside of it.
QRD – Are you after one particular guitar tone & locking into it, or do you like to change your tone around a lot?
Lee – I actually like to stick closely to what I have at least for live, I can develop a close relationship with our sound guy & he knows what he’s getting day in & day out. The studio on the other hand, constant experimentation!
QRD – How old were you when you started playing guitar?
Lee – 10.
QRD – Do you think guitar should be people’s first instrument as often as it is?
Lee – I’d say play piano first.
QRD – Do you see your guitar as your ally or adversary in making music?
Lee – Both! There’s a love/hate relationship at times.
QRD – How often do you break strings?
Lee – Never.
QRD – What tunings do you use & why?
Lee – 6 string DROP C, 7 string DROP G.
QRD – What’s something someone would have to do to emulate your style?
Lee – Try to sound like a keyboard!