PAUL REED SMITH at The NAMM Show 2016
“If you’ve never been to a NAMM Show, it´s a zoo”
It´s a huge party and that´s how the game is played
Baritone instruments are sonically between the guitar and bass
These bands want the sound that they hear in their head
Reason for the birds on the guitars: Mother was a birdwatcher
S-S-H on PRS Sudios and 408 (minus middle pickup)
Left Handed guitars:
“They told me that the left handed market was going to be 5% of the business. It’s not.
It’s about 0.2%. It’s really small.”
Question of the Day:
As someone with their own company, how long did it take you from the start of
the company before you saw success?
“Let’s say you’ve raised $500,000 and start a company.
You buy all the machinery. You buy all the wood. You buy all the parts.
Now, you’re down to $275,000 and now you’re making all the guitars.
Now, you’re down to $200,000. Now, you’re starting to ship the guitars and
you’re down to $180,000.And the question is A. if they sold them and B. did
they reorder them and that was the magic day… and I actually just recounted,
true story, it went down to about $160,000 and it stopped and it started to go
back up a little bit. If you run out of money, you’re dead. It’s called “Burn Money”
in a startup. So, the first thing you gotta do is have demand out of a small shop.
The idea that you’re going to start a company without some sort of ground swell…
I don’t think is a good idea. I had a lot of people using our guitars before we ever started.
It’s very dangerous to answer a question the market’s not asking. If the market’s not
asking for your stuff, that’s a much harder road than if you have a real demand for
this stuff. If you’re an amp builder in Milwaukee and all the rock stars are using
your amps, there’s a real demand for them and you can’t fill orders, maybe that’s
the time to start a company.”
“For me, it was the ability to buy a house. A small house to put my family in and
have my kids go to the schools they needed to go to.”
Drummer, Act of Defiance
Album out last August
Act of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick won “Best Guitarist” at the
NAIRMA Awards in Santa Ana.
We had 20 names. We liked the word Defiance. Chris said “why don’t
we do a three word thing like something something defiance”.
He said Act of Defiance and we both liked it and lo and behold no one
had the name registered or trademarked, so we snagged the name.
Left handed, but learned on a right handed kit.
My kit is a right handed kit. The only difference is the ride cymbal
is on the left, instead of the right.
Started using Yamaha bass drum pedals while with a different company.
They’re very simple pedals, but very smooth and effective.
A lot of the guys I’ve admired through the years have been playing
Yamaha for like 25 – 30 years.
And there weren’t a lot of metal guys playing Yamaha,
so maybe it’d be a cool fit.
“I didn’t join a drum company because they have metal guys. I wanted to join a company
that I thought had the best drums on the planet.”
“The thing about the studio is when you are using two bass drums,
if they are not identical… I mean, 99% there… There’s a sonic difference
and that can be problematic for recording. Any good drummer can
tune a drum well and combat that. But, in the studio, I’ve found it
simpler recently using a single kick with a double pedal. It’s one less
input you have to worry about for mixing and all that stuff. I’ve done
both and I like both.”
Specifically likes maple wood snares
*In response to Danny Carey’s brass drum kit*
“Whatever sounds great, go for it. I mean, Carl Palmer used a complete
steel drum kit back in the 70s. It probably weighed 8 billion pounds.
I would hate to have been his roadie on that tour. But, at that time,
it was something that he wanted to do. For him, he thought it sounded amazing.
People have done all kinds of things with wood and I mean certainly with
snare drums, you can have a lot of different kinds of things. There are
different kinds of snare drums than an entire drum kit. I mean,
I certainly wouldn’t use a drum kit that wasn’t wood. But, that’s just me.
But, other people have used all kinds of different things. If you like it,
that’s all that really matters.”
Question of the Day:
Is there anyone that you would really love to work with that you haven’t already worked with?
“Dead, Jimi Hendrix… cause it’s Jimi Hendrix.”
“I would love to do something with Al Di Meola. Just for like a jam…
to do something… which I probably couldn’t do at all, actually…
So, that would last all about 5 minutes before he told me to get
my ass out of there.”
“Ultimately, I would love to jam with the guys of Rush.
Cause we’re playing fantasy question here, I can say that.”
Favorite Rush song:
“Kids out there, support music. Play music, man.
Get off your friggin’ video games and… you know.
Instruments are not selling as much as they did 20…
15 years ago and the reason for that is the younger generation,
unlike myself who… we didn’t have computers or cell phones…
We certainly didn’t have games like they have now.
Really, the internet has taken over a lot of peoples’…
A lot of the young and old peoples’ time. I mean, if you’re
at NAMM, everybody’s on their phone. It’s really kind of replaced…
not to a huge degree, but a big enough degree where it’s
effected the Music Industry. Sales are not what they were.
That’s a fact. So any kids out there watching this, instead of
playing World of Warcraft all day get up and play guitar or
learn how to play an instrument. You’ll grow out games as you get older
But, if you’re passionate about music, this is something you’ll never grow out of.”