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Tristan Reynolds // Artist Interview

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Where do you play guitar? 

Anywhere possible. I have been on vacation and went to some kind of store, saw a guitar, and started paying it. But on a kind of every day basis, my room or in my band The Offer.

What gear do you use? 

I use what likes to be called the "generic metal setup" haha. A Peavey 6505+ through a mesa 4x12. That setup is just the best combination for me. Also, I use mostly BOSS effects. They've always been good to me. And as far as guitars go, I absolutely love my ESP LTD EC-1000. Beautiful in every way.

How long have you been playing guitar? 

I've been playing guitar since I was around twelve. I played in my first band when I was around 15 and continued to grow from there. So all-in-all about 8 years. The specific moment I recall saying "I want to play guitar”, was watching some old live Guns N' Roses VHS tapes and seeing how great and how much of a rock star Slash was. That was a big deal.

How do you take your coffee? 

I'm not too much of a coffee drinker, but usually super sweet. If you have smoothies or something like that, I'll take it.

What are your main influences? 

It's always hard to pinpoint certain bands or players to answer that. My biggest musical influence would be Nirvana and the others from the Seattle grunge scene. My biggest influences as a guitarist however would be bands like Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine. They are what really caught my attention growing as a guitar player.

What Gear Supply Products do you use? 

I've had the pleasure of trying out some of the cables and have been happy with those. However I'm SUPER excited to try out the new GSCo. heavy string selection, specifically the 12-56 X-HEAVY+ with wound G, and the 13-60 XX-HEAVY set.

What have you been listening to lately? 

Lately the new Dance Gavin Dance has been on repeat on my Spotify, along with the new Bullet For My Valentine. I've been super happy with those. I've been listening to the old Suicide Silence albums lately too and rediscovering how much I love them.

What was your first guitar pedal? 

Being such a huge Kurt Cobain fan I went and bought a Boss DS-1 distortion.  That has held up since I bought it forever ago and still gets some use out of it.

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

About a year ago I got the best deal on my Mesa 4x12 that they don't make anymore. Under $300, and I couldn't believe it.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I always think if you like a genre of music, you like it. Nothing guilty about it. But honestly I'd have to say my love of bands like Attack Attack! and my equal love of crunkcore. I don't know anyone who doesn't give me a hard time about that.

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