10 Questions with DevilDriver’s Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann
May 14, 2016 - Supermoon
We recently tracked down DevilDriver guitarists Mike Spreitzer and Neal Tiemann and gave them a “10 questions” treatment. It went a small something like this.
1. DevilDriver’s new album, Trust No One, comes out Friday, May 13, around Napalm Records. What can we tell us about a essay process?
SPREITZER: we started operative on a manuscript on my possess roughly 6 to 8 months before Austin and Neal came on board. Once they were in a rope we spent a large volume of time essay in my studio in Torrance, California. We worked on songs for another year after they assimilated and solemnly sent a demos to Dez and a writer Mark as we finished them. We had roughly 20 songs and eventually narrowed it down to 13 tracks. One of that didn’t make a final cut.
TIEMANN: The essay routine was unquestionably a compartmentalized collaboration. Usually Austin, Mike and we would start with a collection of riffs and strength all out in Mike’s studio in Torrance. Then we shipped all off to Dez to finish adult a vocals.
2. With a new further of Neal to a band, how has a energetic altered between guitarists in terms of songwriting?
SPREITZER: The energetic has never been improved with Neal in a band. He’s a good actor that I’ve schooled a lot from and will continue to learn from over time. He and we spent a good understanding of time jamming together before we started touring. He’s a good fit.
3. What kind of rigging did we use on a new record?
SPREITZER: The categorical guitar tinge on a record comes from an ESP Eclipse installed with Bareknuckle Aftermaths. We used a garland of opposite guitars on a record—mostly ESPs, a Gibson V and a GL JB bass. Almost all of a overdubs and synth-like tones were combined regulating a Fractal Axe FX.
TIEMANN: Gibson Les Paul Standard and a GL JB bass. Amp-wise, some tones were kept from Mike’s Fractal, though all was re-amped by a driftwood nightmare, a modded Marshall JCM 800.
4. How did a singular “Daybreak” come about?
SPREITZER: “Daybreak” was one of a songs Neal brought to a list and was a initial square of strain we collaborated on. We creatively attempted to record in with a seven-string tuned to drop-A though eventually re-recorded it in drop-C
TIEMANN: we wrote a strain bed for “Daybreak” dual years ago. we must’ve been celebration Jack Daniels, since whiskey creates me daub more.
5. What’s your favorite strain from a record to perform live?
SPREITZER: So distant we’ve played usually “Daybreak” and “My Night Sky” live. Both are super fun to play. I’m privately looking brazen to adding “Testimony of Truth” and “For What It’s Worth” to a set.
TIEMANN: We’ve played usually dual so far, though “My Night Sky” seems to be going over unquestionably good with a crowd.
6. DevilDriver will be furloughed a universe this open and summer. What’s your live setup like, and how does it differ from your studio rig?
SPREITZER: It’s fundamentally a same as in a studio: Fractal Axe FX utilizing a Friedman BE-100 amp sim. we use my Axe FX for roughly everything. We used a Kemper to record a guitars and a writer Mark Lewis reamped all with a Driftwood Purple Nightmare before he started mixing. we use a lot of Soundtoys and Steven Slate plugins in a studio.
TIEMANN: My live supply consists of dual tradition Dunable R2’s with EMG’s (one versed with 81/85, a other with 81/60). we run these into a Catalinbread Katzenkonig and Echorec, a JHS Kilt, an Alexander Radical Delay, a Mr. Black Supermoon chrome and Eterna bullion mod. The vigilance afterwards goes into a Kemper powered by an isp stealth. My stroke sound is a modded Marshall JCM 800; my purify is a form of my 1959rr Marshall, and my lead is a form of my Soldano SLO100.
7. How did we get started personification guitar, and how does your work in DevilDriver differ from prior bands?
SPREITZER: we started personification when we was 10. Def Leppard was a initial rope that done me wish to be a musician, though Metallica, Alice in Chains, Megadeth and Pantera were a bands that became some of my categorical influences.
TIEMANN: we started personification guitar after conference Nirvana on a radio. Although I’m not a biggest fan today, they started me on my path. DevilDriver is unquestionably a heaviest and fastest strain I’ve ever played.
8. What’s your many cherished square of rigging and why?
SPREITZER: Probably my white tradition ESP V. It plays beautifully, sounds good and looks killer.
TIEMANN: My many cherished square of rigging is my white Dunable R2. It’s a excellent guitar I’ve ever played.
9. What now active guitarists enthuse you?
SPREITZER: Jerry Cantrell has been a large change for many years. A some-more new collect would be a guys from Gojira.
TIEMANN: Mateus Asato is a usually “new” guitarist who inspires me.
10. Are there any annals that helped figure and change your style?
SPREITZER: Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson is, by far, my favorite record, though it doesn’t play a outrageous purpose in terms of my style. we would contend And Justice for All by Metallica and Dirt by Alice in Chains are dual of my biggest influences. we listen to so many opposite forms of strain that it’s tough for me to slight it down.
TIEMANN: Diary of a Madman by Ozzy Osbourne, Cowboys from Hell by Pantera and Dark Side of a Moon by Pink Floyd.
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