Eric Krasno
Model(s) Used: AS
Band: Soulive
Ibanez: Can you tell us how Soulive came together?
Eric: About two years ago, Alan Evans, the drummer of Soulive, gave me a call and said he was putting together a trio with his brother Neal. They were looking for a guitarist. At the time, I was playing with another group and doing some production work. At first, I tried to find someone to refer to them. Later, I decided to meet with them and check it out. The first hour that we played together, it really went well. There was really good chemistry right away. We all realized that it was a good thing so we just kept it going. It was a pretty good decision.

Ibanez: Was the band's plan always to be a trio?
Eric: Not necessarily. At first, there was a vibes player in the group. After one gig, we realized that it was easier musically and logistically to get around as a trio. Also, being a trio, we could choose to play with different people but we didn't necessarily have to have them there all the time. For example, since the beginning, we've brought out a sax player for some shows.

Ibanez: Soulive put out its first album independently. Did the band basically do it all on its own?
Eric: Yeah. On the first day that we really played together, we recorded the tunes on a couple of ADATS. It actually came out really well. We put up a few mics in the room, played together and recorded it. It was actually re-released a couple of months ago because there was some interest in Japan for the record. We always bring copies out on the road with us and also sell it over the Internet.

Ibanez: Your new CD Doin Somethin¡¦was just released on Blue Note Records. How did you come to the attention of that label?
Eric: Our booking agent sent them a CD with a live track and a studio track. Our A&R guy at Blue Note flipped out when he heard the CD and ran around to play for it to everybody in the office. It all happened at once. All the labels came to see us at one of our shows at the Wetlands in New York. Verve and Blue Note were the labels that we were mainly interested in. Both labels made offers but we decided to go with Blue Note. All the people there are really cool and behind our music.

Ibanez: Can you tell us a little about your equipment?
Eric: For both albums, I used my Ibanez GB5 and a Fender Twin. For effects, I use a wah pedal, a volume pedal, a delay, and a Digitech Talker. I really manipulated the sound of my GB5 in the studio. I used it for a warm, jazz tone as well as a bluesy, Hendrix type of sound. I really like that I can get both sounds from that instrument.

Ibanez: Can you tell us who your influences are on guitar?
Eric: It's a pretty wide variety of people. I listen to Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix and Grant Green. I fused all those different influences together.

Ibanez: Were you always interested in jazz and maybe some blues?
Eric: When I first started out, I was more into blues and funk. I was really into James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughn. I got into jazz while in college. I played a Strat for many years and then switched over to the hollow body thing and got more into playing chord changes.

Ibanez: What do you see in the near future for Soulive?
Eric: We are going to be touring for awhile. We're looking to make another record in the late summer or early fall. It will probably come out next spring. But before that, we are going to be touring all over the world. We are going to be on tour with Dave Matthews in May and will be heading over to Europe in the summer. We just want to keep spreading the music to more people.

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