|EZTV’S CRUCIAL GEAR
Ezra Tenenbaum used to write about guitar pedals for this very blog. We were pleasantly surprised to see his new band EZTV signed with super buzzworthy Brooklyn label Captured Tracks (home to notable artist such as Mac DeMarco, DIIV, Widowspeak and Wild Nothing among others). Since we had his email, we thought it was time to ask him a few questions about his favorite pedals…
Ezra, when did your love for the stompbox begin? What was your “first time”?
When I was 14, the first pedal I got was a Boss Metal Zone pedal which sounded like Korn. I’ve wasted a lot of money on pedals.
That’s pretty early, lucky you! Is there a guitar pedal that changed your life?
I have a Moog filter pedal which I put a ton of sounds through when I’m recording. It sounds truly great on singing, guitar or nearly anything. I hope Moog will send me free pedals for saying this.
What’s on your board these days when you play with EZTV?
Tell us about your guitar and amp selection and the reason behind it.
I play a Burns Baby Bison. It’s an underrated guitar, well-made and cheap-ish for a 60’s guitar. I’ve got an old Gibson amp I found on Craigslist because I thought it would sound like a Princeton, but cheaper.
Has a sound you got out of a new pedal ever inspired a song? If so please tell us which one and how.
Pretty much any song I write is built around the sounds. How your instrument sounds effects how you’ll play it.
What are the kind of effects you couldn’t live without and which ones you doubt you’ll ever use?
I’ll basically try anything that’s left around. Shane has an acoustic simulator pedal that I hate– it sounds terrible.
Have you ever thought about getting into modding pedals or building them from scratch?
My friend Marshal built an amazing vibrato pedal that I use sometimes. It seems to break a lot. I think I’m too much of a klutz to take up that hobby.