(5 questions we ask artists – the same 5, every time)
Today’s entry for the Pedals and Effects 5 spotlights bass player Bobb Bruno! Best known for his work as with Best Coast, Bruno also produces music under the alias bunny tuff. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist as well, Bruno assumes many roles live and in a studio setting which necessitates sonic flexibility from his pedalboard. Best Coast released their third full length, California Nights in May and are currently on tour in support of the album.
1. What is your number one/go-to pedal on your pedalboard and why?
The Red Panda Particle. It takes anything you play, shatters it, reconfigures it and it comes out sounding better.
2. What is your favorite combination of pedals? It can be a combination of 2 pedals or multiple pedals!
I love distortion combined with a filter. As you can see i have two versions of that: The Loud Button WTF and the Rainger FX Air Space Invader. It’s a sound that is found in so many genres of music that i love.
3. When did you realize a pedal(s) could evolve your playing/sound and what pedal(s) was it?
Probably the DOD FX25 Envelope Filter. When I started playing bass, I was heavily influenced by Bootsy Collins, Andrew Weiss, and Bill Laswell and the FX25 allowed me to get some of the sounds i heard on their recordings.
4. In the future, what would you like to see pedal builders create (from scratch) or modify on an existing standard?
Can we have more modulation switches and less tap tempo ones? Embrace imperfection. Also if someone could make a compact clone of the Ludwig Phase Synthesizer, that’d be amazing.
5. What advice can you give to musicians who are trying to expand their musical horizons with pedals and effects?
Trust your ears/instincts, the sound comes from you and your imagination. Scour the pawn shops/bargain bins/closeouts the way a DJ digs thru the crates of cheap records. So many pedals that are coveted today were yesterday’s throwaways. I paid $25 dollars for my DOD Meatbox cause no one wanted those when they came out. Same with the Korg PME series, Digitech Space Station, Pefftronics Rand-O-Matic, etc.