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A minute’s all it takes to find out what makes a great gui­tarist tick. Be­fore he dived into his limo for the air­port we grabbed a quick chat with Ocean Colour Scene’s Andy Ben­nett, on the launch of his first solo re­lease.

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

GT: Do you have a type of pick that you can’t live without?

AB: I use 60mm Dun­lop picks. I used to use the em­bossed type but they don’t make them any more, or I can’t find them.

GT: You have to give up all your ped­als but three: which re­main?

AB: I don’t re­ally use ped­als much but I do like my wah-wah (Dun­lop orig­i­nal Cry­baby), also my Boss dig­i­tal de­lay (DD-6). But the pedal I can’t live without is my Boss TU-2 turner as I hate be­ing out of tune.

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

AB: I’m not a bad drum­mer and I’ve played drums at the Royal Al­bert Hall for Ocean Colour Scene on one song. But do I love the drums and play them on four or five tracks on my new al­bum, Think­ing Drink­ing Singing.

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

AB: Not a chance! But I would love to be able to do that. Maybe in the fu­ture I’ll go to col­lege and study mu­sic prop­erly!

GT: Do gui­tar ca­bles re­ally make a dif­fer­ence? What make are yours?

AB: I think good gui­tar ca­bles are prob­a­bly the way to go. I use Planet Waves ca­bles at the mo­ment.

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

AB: I am jeal­ous of quite a few gui­tarists, usu­ally friends of mine who I jam with. I love peo­ple like Rob­bie Robert­son, John Fr­us­ciante and Andy Fair­weather-Low – the list goes on and on.

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

AB: I’d save my good old Epi­phone PR350 acous­tic. It’s my main gui­tar and I write on it, gig with it and record with it.

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

AB: My favourite amp is a 2x12 Fender Deville set with the tre­ble and bass around 7, the mid around 5, vol­ume at around 2, gain to about 4 or 5 with a touch of re­verb.

GT: What kind of ac­tion do you have on your gui­tars – any par­tic­u­lar quirks etc?

AB: Not re­ally. I have quite a low ac­tion on all my gui­tars as I just find it eas­ier and nicer to han­dle when they are set like this.

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

AB: Ac­tu­ally, it was Buddy Holly, al­though he was long dead be­fore I was born. But the guy who taught me to play my first few chords played me That’ll Be The Day and I was hooked.

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

AB: I al­ways wanted a Gib­son Les Paul like Paul Kos­soff, from Free. He looked re­ally cool with it and I wanted one in­stantly!

GT: What was the sin­gle best gig you ever did…

AB: With my first band Sergeant as a sup­port act at Wem­b­ley Arena. Just in­sane for a 17-year-old.

GT: …and your worst play­ing night­mare?

AB: Break­ing four strings in one go at an Ocean Colour Scene show at Shep­herd’s Bush Em­pire in Lon­don – it didn’t leave me much room for ma­noeu­vre as my spare was hav­ing a string put on from break­ing one the song be­fore!

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

AB: Jim Kelt­ner, Hal Blaine and Ringo on drums; Rob­bie Robert­son on rhythm gui­tar; Paul Car­rack on or­gan; Paul McCart­ney on bass; Joe Walsh on lead gui­tar; The Mem­phis Horns sec­tion; Dusty Spring­field, Aretha Franklin and Etta James on back­ing vo­cals; Ray Cooper on per­cus­sion; Dr John on pi­ano; and me on vo­cals, acous­tic and elec­tric! Oh... and maybe Ste­vie Win­wood on or­gan too!

GT: Present com­pany ex­cepted, who’s the great­est gui­tarist that’s ever lived?

AB: Prob­a­bly Jimi Hen­drix, just for the way he changed how elec­tric gui­tar was played and could sound.

GT: Is there a solo by some other gui­tarist, that you re­ally wish you had played?

AB: Yes, I love the solo on Strut­tin’ On A Sun­day by Aaron Neville, but I have no idea who played it. It could be the gui­tarist from The Meters Leo No­cen­telli. I wish I’d played that – very funky, clean and classy.

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

AB: The song I’m most proud of on this al­bum is a track called Don’t For­get Who You Are; it has a great feel and I re­ally like the lyrics.

GT: And fi­nally... what are you up to at the mo­ment?

AB: I’m re­leas­ing my first solo al­bum. It’s called Think­ing Drink­ing Singing and it’s out on 25th Novem­ber. The first sin­gle from it is called A Lit­tle Love. We’re al­ready do­ing demos for the next project and, of course, there are loads of gigs, as al­ways.

i’m not a Bad drum­mer and i’ve played drums at the royal al­Bert hall for ocean colour scene

Andy Ben­nett of Ocean Colour Scene launches his first solo al­bum

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