Andrew Jacobs
Model(s) Used: SR
Ibanez: Who were some of your earliest musical influences?
Andrew: On the way to school in the mornings, my mom and dad would play Queen and Michael Jackson. There's some really diverse stuff in there that I think leaked through into our music today. We try to have a little bit of everything. Then getting into metal, I listened to a lot of Children of Bodom, Symphony X, and a lot of other technical bands. As of late, I've started getting into song structure a little more and more Queen-type vocals. I've also been rocking Killswitch Engage and some of the more modern bands.

Ibanez: What was your earliest experience with Ibanez basses and what drew you to them?
Andrew: When I started getting more serious about bass, I got an Ibanez EDC700. I rocked that in Vampire Kiss Red [laughs]. Then, I got another one in black. I loved those basses and played them for about 6 or 8 years. I never was happier and never played a better bass until I got the new SR4000. Now I've played a better bass [laughs]. That thing rules!\r\nWhen we were in Florida recording the new album, they had all sorts of basses laying around. I plugged the Ibanez and got a sound going, which took all of 2 seconds by the way. I turned the EQ off on the bass and it sounded great on its own. Our producer, Jason Bieler, said that was the best bass tone that they've ever had in the studio. That was without any tweaking or any EQ. So I couldn't be happier.

Ibanez: Are there any particular things that you like about the SR bass better than the EDC?
Andrew: I loved the way the EDC looked, and I actually ordered it online before I ever played it. That's kind of a risky move, but it ended up sounding great. The SR series is great, too. The quality is incredible on the new SR4000. I think it's probably the best SR bass I've ever played. The look of it is just awesome. I hate the way natural wood basses look in a metal band, but this has that black stain and just fits.

Ibanez: How did Mutiny Within get started?
Andrew: It was actually a long process. I had the band eight years ago in high school. We went through all sorts of lineup changes, and I sang in the band for a little while. We just really refined the sound and wanted to get the right lineup together. My brother, Drew, and Bill were all in the neighborhood. I was singing at the time, but we really wanted the right singer. So I decided to step aside and we started searching. The first audition on YouTube was Chris, our current singer. He was in England! Our new guitar player is actually his friend from England. So it was a multi-national deal [laughs]. We got the record deal, and they're working on getting their work visas right now so that we can go on tour. Thank you to YouTube, for sure!

Ibanez: What's it like being in a band with your brother?
Andrew: Well he wasn't in the band at first, because he hadn't started playing guitar yet. He's only been playing for about 4 or 5 years now. He really locked himself up and practiced his ass off. So he leaped ahead of our other guitar players at the time. So we ended up having to find another second guitar player, because that guy needs to keep up with him [laughs]. Fortunately, someone with the same drive and work ethic stepped in and ruled. It wasn't just YouTube either. We've emailed songs back and forth for Chris to put vocals on. So the internet has really helped us come together as a band.

Ibanez: How do you guys generally write together?
Andrew: It happens different ways. Chris came over from England and lived in out basement for about a year, so we wrote a lot of stuff on the spot like that. We just try to make the best of whatever situation we have at any given time. Music always gets written and recorded.

Ibanez: Have you guys done any ongoing writing now that the record is done or are you taking a break?
Andrew: We were writing for the better part of about 2 years, and we ended up having about 50 demo songs. Then when we went to the studio we narrowed it down to 20 and then down to 15. Now we have our final 13 songs. It's been great and hell at the same time [laughs]. Now that we have the record done, we're working on getting it mixed properly.

Ibanez: What are you listening to right now?
Andrew: Honestly, listening to albums right now has been more work than pleasure [laughs]. We're trying to analyze mixes right now. So all the albums that I'm listening to right now are albums I've been told are mixed well or that I really like the sound of. The Trivium "Shogun" album is mixed by Colin Richardson, and it sounds great. The new Killswitch album is done by Adam D. and he always has great tones on there. Andy Sneed has some great mixes. So I haven't really had any pleasure listens lately [laughs]. \r\nI've been trying to listen to some new stuff that isn't metal as well. I'm excited for the new Used record. Our drummer gave me a copy of The Devil Wears Prada's new CD, which I didn't think I would like. They've got some cool stuff on there. My brother turned me on to After the Burial, who use Ibanez 8-string guitars. I wouldn't even know what to do with all those strings. You can't beat Necrophagist. I'm definitely waiting for their new record. It better be shred-tastic!\r\n\r\nFor more info on AJ and Mutiny Within, check out their MySpace page @

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