Features One Question Interviews What's That Noise? EarthQuaker Devices

What's That Noise?

One Question Interviews: EarthQuaker Devices

Jamie Stillman (EarthQuaker Devices - President/Product Designer)

SPB: EarthQuaker has a reputation for high quality, versatile builds that artists can use in the studio, live, and in experimental environments, ie writing. What did the collaboration with Sunn O))) mean to Earthquaker on a personal level, and did you approach this project with goals related to a specific aspect of the Sunn O))) tone, or is it mean to capture something else about Sunn O)))? 

Stillman: Life Pedal came about after I was introduced to Greg Anderson by our mutual friend Jim Tuerk from Reverb. Jim thought we would hit it off, so we scheduled a quick call to see if there was a mutual interest in working on a project together. That “quick call” lasted two hours. It turned out Jim was right! Greg and Stephen have a similar background; coming up in the DIY punk/hardcore/metal scene and having strong interests in obscure artists and gear. We really clicked.

Doing artist pedals was something I never considered as I’ve always just worked on things I would personally like to use. To me, SUNN was the perfect artist to break out with. They are serious about what they do and they have forged their own path and gained a large devoted following the hard way. They have a highly unique approach to their aesthetic and an unmistakable sound and vibe. I think it parallels how [EarthQuaker Devices] operates as a brand.

With Life Pedal, I set out to capture exactly what the band wanted. Every aspect of this was directed by the band and carried out between the both of us. The circuit is an amalgamation of the gear you would typically find on their personal pedalboards, all housed in a single enclosure. It wasn’t meant to be a pedal that would emulate the sound of Sunn O))) live, it was designed to be used by SUNN and give others access to their tools. The packaging was designed and laid out by Stephen O’Malley and the box was even manufactured in the same facility as the LP jackets for Life Metal. The design process embodied the DIY spirit that we both came from and it was an extremely cool project to be involved in!

Credits

Words by BJ Rochinich on Aug. 25, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment
EarthQuaker Devices

Posted by BJ Rochinich on Aug. 25, 2019, 2:13 p.m.

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil

Series: What's That Noise?

One-question interviews with artists where we find out about the gear and equipment they use to achieve their sound.

More like this

Dwarves

One Question Interviews Dwarves

Posted Sept. 17, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Blag Dahlia (Dwarves – vocals) SPB: What is the most important vocal element when doing sound check for a Dwarves show?  Blag Dahlia: A sound man ...

Nastie Band

One Question Interviews Nastie Band

Posted Sept. 8, 2019, 10:28 a.m.
What's That Noise?

Roddy Bottum (Nastie Band - keyboards) SPB: With Nastie Band, what keyboard do you play and how did you make this choice? Bottum: I play an ...

Starless Domain

One Question Interviews Starless Domain

Posted Aug. 14, 2019, 8:08 p.m.
What's That Noise?

AEF (Starless Domain) SPB: What electronic equipment/synthesisers do you use and what led you to those in particular? AEF: On the album EOS I ...

Vandoliers

One Question Interviews Vandoliers

Posted July 23, 2019, 8:43 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Josh Fleming (Vandoliers) SPB: Take us through your gear setup from your last tour?  Fleming: We roll around the country as a six-piece band, stuffing ...

Anthem Grief

One Question Interviews Anthem Grief

Posted July 21, 2019, 9:46 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Anthem Grief SPB: The two of you recorded the album on your own. How does the band’s live setup work? Anthem Grief: The two ...

Martin Bisi

One Question Interviews Martin Bisi

Posted June 24, 2019, 9:31 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Martin Bisi SPB: What is your preferred guitar model for personal playing, and how has your production work affected that choice? Bisi: I started way ...

Batshit Crazy

One Question Interviews Batshit Crazy

Posted June 23, 2019, 2:21 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Chuck (Batshit Crazy – guitar) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use, and how/why did you choose this one?   Chuck: For the Batshit Crazy ...

Reunions

One Question Interviews Reunions

Posted June 4, 2019, 9:05 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Eric Saylor (Reunions – guitar/vocals) SPB: Can you walk us through your guitar gear? Saylor: I have two pretty distinct setups I like to run ...

The Contenders

One Question Interviews The Contenders

Posted June 2, 2019, 11:42 a.m.
What's That Noise?

Fotis Tzanakis (The Contenders – guitar) SPB: Can you walk us through your guitar gear? Tzanakis: Here's a more detailed way of how I come ...

Bullet Treatment

One Question Interviews Bullet Treatment

Posted May 28, 2019, 8:31 p.m.
What's That Noise?

Chuck (Bullet Treatment – guitar) SPB: What kind of guitar do you use, and how/why did you choose this one?   Chuck: My main guitar is ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.