60 Se conds with... Tosin Abasi

A minute’s all it takes to find out what makes a great gui­tarist tick. As he dashed for his limo to the air­port we grabbed a quick chat with the amaz­ing of An­i­mals As Lead­ers...

Guitar Techniques - - Q&A -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live with­out? (Make, gauge and why)

TA: Planet Waves Black Ice .55. I like a pick with flex­i­bil­ity, but I also like the di­men­sions of th­ese as they’re small, closer to a jazz pick. It’s hard to find a jazz pick that’s thin, so th­ese have those two fea­tures I like. The Tex­ture is also a Matt satin, so quite easy to hang on to.

GT: If you had to give up all your ped­als but three, what would they be?

TA: Com­pres­sion and noise gate for con­trol, and de­lay for its cre­ative po­ten­tial.

GT: Do you play another in­stru­ment well enough to be in a band - and have you done so?

TA: Yeah - I’ve played drums in punk bands!

GT: If a mu­sic chart were put in front of you, could you read it?

TA: Yes, I read to a ba­sic level.

GT: Is there any­one (past or present) whose play­ing you’re slightly jeal­ous of?

TA: Yes, Guthrie Go­van - he’s sim­ply amaz­ing.

GT: Your house is burn­ing down: which gui­tar do you sal­vage?

TA: My Rick Toone ‘Blur’ gui­tar as it’s one of a kind.

GT: What’s your favourite amp and how do you set it?

TA: The Bou­tique Bogner model on the Frac­tal Audio Ax­eFx, I re­ally like the semi-dis­torted tone.

GT: What strings do you use?

TA: D’Addario .09-0.42 be­cause they’re con­sis­tent and sound and feel great.

GT: Who was your first in­flu­ence to play the gui­tar?

TA: Kurt Cobain.

GT: What was the first gui­tar you re­ally lusted after?

TA: A Les Paul. I had a Gib­son

poster of one on my wall as a kid.

GT: Do you have a pre-gig warm-up rou­tine?

Is there any­one whose play­ing (past or present) you’re slightly jeal­ous of? Yeah, Guthrie Go­van - he’s amaz­ing!

TA: I do some metronome-based prac­tice wher­ever I’m per­form­ing that night.

GT: If you could put to­gether a fan­tasy band with you in it, who would the other play­ers be?

TA: The dream trio for me would be Vin­nie Co­laiuta on drums, and Jaco Pas­to­rius on bass.

GT: Is there a solo by some­one else that you wish you’d played?

TA: Al­lan Holdsworth, City Nights.

GT: What’s the solo or song of your own of which you’re most proud?

TA: On Im­pulse, from our self-ti­tled de­but al­bum.

GT: Can you tell us what are you up to at the mo­ment - any gigs, tours, etc?

TA: We’re head­ing to the UK on tour with Tesser­act for seven dates be­gin­ning 3rd Novem­ber. Hope to see you there!

The in­cred­i­ble Tosin Abasi and his eight­string Ibanez axe

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