Joe Pitter
Model(s) Used: SR, ICB, BTB
Band: Evans Blue
Did you come from a musical family growing up?Yeah, my Dad actually played the accordion growing up [laughs]. So that was kind of kicking around the house when I was growing up. My first taste of musical instruments was playing around with that. I am glad that's not what I stuck with though [laughs].Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up?I started out playing guitar, and my first musical influences that way were bands like Metallica. I think the intro to "Fade to Black" was one of the first songs I learned to play. Everyone could play guitar, but there weren't many people around playing bass. So I decided to give it a shot and didn't turn back.What do you look for in a good bass sound?I prefer a more round kind of sound. When we set up my rig, I normally kick the bass up, bring the mids back a little bit, and kick the high end up slightly just for some definition.What were some of the things that drew you to the BTB basses?It was pretty simple. I was at the NAMM show and picked one up off of the wall. The action was perfect and the necks were nice and thin. The six-string was the first one that I tried out, and I had no problem reaching all the strings. Being a larger scale than the SRs that I'm used to, it wasn't even a problem to get used to. It just felt like I had been playing it for years.How did Evans Blue come together?It was the beautiful thing called "the internet"[laughs]. Mattison and I grew up in the same town, so we had been in different bands together for about 9 or 10 years prior to Evans Blue. We saw a posting online for a band in Burlington that needed a singer, so Mattison called and asked if they needed a bass player too. They were still looking for a bass player, but decided to give me a shot [laughs]. We ended up just jamming with Parker, because our original drummer was working that night or something. So we kind of sat around and jammed with Parker and got one song roughly together. Within a couple of practices, we had 2 or 3 songs together. It was never really official that we were in the band, it was just kind of like, "Well when are we practicing next?" It just kind of developed from there. We decided about a month later that we needed another guitar player, so we found Vlad on that same internet site.What aspects of playing music do you find the most rewarding?Actually just talking to the fans and getting a personal connection with people is the best thing. We just played in Detroit a couple of days ago. One of the reasons we decided to go on at 10:45 with an hour and a half set was so that we would have some time afterwards to meet people. If they wanted to talk to us, they could. If all they wanted was the music and to be on their way, that's fine too. We were there right up until they kicked us out [laughs] talking to people. What do you guys have coming up over the next few months?We're kind of taking it easy and writing right now. Over the summer we only have a couple of shows. We have Edgefest in Buffalo coming up in a few weeks. Other than that, we're just kind of writing and trying to prepare for the next record. That way when we get into the studio, it should go fairly quickly. We already have about 10 or 20 song ideas and half of those are already demos. Right now I think we have more songs demoed than we actually need for a CD, but we're the type of band that continues to write all the time. So do you usually write a bunch of songs and pick the best ones for the album?Well, this is actually a different approach for us. The first album was almost entirely written in the studio. The second one was kind of the same way. We only had about half of it written ahead of time. We've never had this many songs to work with for an album. It's kind of weird. We don't really know what to do with them all [laughs]. I think it might be a triple album this time [laughs].What are you listening to right now?Right now I'm actually going back a few years in my CD collection and listening to stuff like Soundgarden "Superunkown". I've been listening to that one a lot lately.

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