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Joshua Valle // Artist Interview

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Where do you play guitar?

I play in my room, for theOutsiders, ZOE Church LA, Real Life Church Santa Clarita, as well as in various studio and live settings, including with Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Sia, Trey Songs, Mike Posner and more.

What gear do you use?

I use a lot of Walrus Audio pedals. I have a great relationship with those guys, they're just the best. I also use Strymon & JHS. It's a never ending adventure when it comes to gear. I'm big on trying out new combinations of pedals & gear. As far as guitars, I've been using a Hofner hollow body a lot lately. Very inexpensive guitar I bought early last year and it's been great to me. I just recently picked up a NASH T63 that I really enjoy playing.

How long have you been playing guitar?

I've been playing guitar since I was 14. Full time for about 4-5 years now.

How do you take your coffee? Black. I love cold brews, americanos, & expresso. Cappuccinos are as sweet as I'll get.

What are your main influences?

This is always a tough question for me to answer. I go through multiple stages as a musician on what influences my playing & style. I take bits & pieces of whatever genre I'm into at the time & apply it subconsciously into my playing.

What have you been listening to lately?

Bon Iver is always in the CD player. (Is that still a thing?) Honne, LANY, Coldplay, The Japanese House, Mutemath, Novo Amor, love all the stuff from Bethel Music & Gungor. I'm in the process of producing & recording our new album with theOutsiders Music. So I'm listening to our stuff constantly throughout the day.

What Gear Supply Co. Products do you use?

I use the GSCo. 11-48 heavy strings (in the purple pack). I have several of the 15’ right angle instrument cables, and use the patch cables on my board. I really like the toughness & durability of the cabling.

What was your first guitar pedal?

I got a TC Electronics Hall of Fame reverb, a tuner, and a friend bought me a Boss DD-20 GigaDelay. I think I had all those as my first pedals. An Xotic AC+ overdrive followed shortly after that.

What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a piece of gear?

I found an Apogee Duet for a great price on Guitar Center’s used website. Also bought the sickest raincoat for my little brother at a Buffalo Exchange for a heck of a deal!

What is your guilty pleasure?

With music, I'd say it's Drake. He's my favorite artist for sure. I like listening to other hip hop artists that are killing it now too like Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole. As far as gear, hmm, I'd say using anything Strymon can be a guilty pleasure (laughs). I come across musicians that have a negative view on other musicians who use anything Strymon. I've tried other verbs and delays, and their stuff just works best with my area of work. It's really all about preference, comfort, and what's going to work best whatever area of work you're in. I shouldn't feel guilty for using great products but I do.

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