The 2014 NAMM show has concluded and after 2 1/2 days of being there, I left having no voice! The convention was as big as it ever is and they really did a fantastic job of keeping the foot traffic manageable. I think Friday’s turnout was the most hectic but still was easy enough to get around and when you have the PedalsAndEffects team of Scott, Ian, Case and me moving with cameras and gear, it can be a challenge.
Thursday was my favorite day. I performed at the Earthquaker Devices booth at 11am to a good crowd of pedal lovers. Earthquaker was debuting their Terminal Fuzz and their Pitch Bay pedals, as well as showcasing all their pedals on Salvage Custom pedalboards!
There was some really good sounds coming out and I had some great moments, sampling my bass and then looping it and playing over the top while going through various Earthquaker pedals. After my demo, I went to see Dwarfcraft’s booth and Ben’s recently acquired Devi Ever line of pedals. William of WMD Devices had his modular synthesizer stuff rattingling away and I finally got to meet Guillaume from Fairfield Circuitry and play through his new analog delay (more video to come on that!). All the guys at The Deli’s Stompbox Exhibits (Dawner Prince, El Musico Loco, El Rey FX, Fairfield Circuitry, Lotus Pedals, smallsound/bigsound, Stomplabs and Wattson FX) had great pedals!
Friday was intense because I had an Ampeg signing with Dug Pinnick (Kings X) and Mike Inez (Alice N Chains / Ozzy) at noon and then another demo performance at Earthquaker Devices. Dug and Mike are so cool to hang with. I couldn’t have been put with two nicer dudes and all the NAMM goers that came up for the signing were so polite and uplifting. After the signing, I ran to the Earthquaker Devices booth and was met by two guys I used to play with in Racer X, Jeff Martin and Bruce Bouillet. I had seen Paul earlier that day…almost a reunion!
Being super excited to demo again on Friday, I really wanted to capture some of the concepts I had played on Thursday’s performance but the NAMM show was so packed and loud that I opted for more fuzz and distortions. That got me in trouble with the db police at NAMM and I got shut down 4o minutes into my one hour scheduled demo. I apologize to anyone who trekked out to see me play but I can honestly say, it wasn’t just me. I had some help from some of the shredders across the way from the booth, and the drummers banging on snares down the lane from us. But remember this…bass frequencies carry more than those other frequencies and so I figure that is why we got cited.
More to come but here is a video of NAMM and some of my performance from Friday before we got shut down!