Thanks to Jeff Brown from The Love Is Loud!! for posing for us with this amazing newly-released Blackstar Artist 30 guitar amp! We gave Jeff the amp for a week so he could check it out and let us know what he thought and we’ll have video demo’s from him coming real soon!
RUST Magazine thanks the very talented, and beautiful, ZALE for braving the cold morning weather to take this shot with the brand-new Blackstar Artist 30 amp. We’re in the middle of shooting video demonstration videos and sound tests with it right now and we’ll have videos, and more photos published soon!
Hey RUST fans we just got a new video here from an artist we’ve been following and appreciating for a minute already. Dina Regine is a performer with a classic sound, a contemporary smartness, and a timeless sensibility for song composition and elemental balance. We’ve got mad love for Dina Regine and you will too as soon as you watch this video!
Thanks to Brandon Payton-Carrillo from The Love Is Loud!! for playing his new song The Minimum for us in Decatur, Georgia on December 11, 2015. If you haven’t heard any of Brandon’s fantastic music, we have several more videos posted on our YouTube page. Brandon is a profoundly talented songwriter and here his music is captured with a Zoom H4n and a pair of Lewitt MTP 440 DM microphones. We’ve been using the Lewitt MTP 440 DM’s on some of our recent shoots, and we’ve been getting excellent tone and volume from them. They sound fantastic… even in an abandoned lot!
Hey RUST fans, we have a suggestion for stocking-stuffing this holiday season, the Pignose HOG 20 battery-powered mobile amp. It gets our endorsement as a quality, well-built piece of gear that’s got a very economical price, and we’re saying this because we’ve been testing one of them lately and we really like it.
Pignose makes a variety of fun, stylish gear and we’ve had one of these HOG 20 amps in our gear kit for a minute now, and we particularly like it because you don’t need to plug it in to turn it up. We’ve been shooting videos and photos with it, it’s got plenty of power and volume, and the big dial tone controls give players enough variety of sounds to satisfy on the stage, in the studio or in obscure places like the abandoned warehouses where we usually get loud.
The Pignose HOG 20 sounds groovy, but for us the “killer app” of this thing is the rechargeable battery packs. You don’t need to buy batteries, you just plug it in and you’ve got hours and hours of music making capability anywhere, any time. The combination of 20 watts of loud and hours of cord-free play make this something that will last and satisfy for years… we love ours!
On December 14, 2015 we met up with the Alex Guthrie Band, winner of the 2015 Georgia Music Awards Americana Artist of the Year at Atlanta’s 800 East Studios for a session featuring some microphones from Lewitt including their amazing LCT 940. We’ll have videos on our YouTube channel soon and we thank Lewitt for helping make this recording session sound extra great. If you haven’t heard about Alex Guthrie yet, this is a very talented artist crafting the true sound of our time, and he’s definitely worth investigating. We love him so much, this was actually the third time RUST Magazine has shot him, and we’re ready for a fourth any time, Alex!
NJ’s The Stolen just took a tour through the east-mid-west and down into Nashville and Florida and RUST Magazine was supposed to hook up with them for a photo shoot in Atlanta, but that was derailed by traffic and weather. Luckily Rob from the band took a few minutes to chat us up here and give us this post-tour wrap up interview:
RUST: So you just got back from a pretty involved tour, what was the vibe like in the tour bus?
Rob: Our tour was actually done in a Conversion van! The vibes were consistently positive. We have a TV but we never really watch movies. We spend the majority of the time finding new artists to listen to on Spotify and talk about life.
RUST: Your recordings have such an intimate feel, how well do you think the band did at transporting that feeling to all the different stages and crowds? Were you able to take the different moods and pull people into your space?
Rob: I think the honesty of the songs comes back to us as people. Your music is a true product of your self expression. Live music is such a symbiotic thing where a true connection is made with the audience and performers. Something you can’t get through a pair of headphones. Whether it is an audience of 10 or an audience of 1000, we try to make that crowd feel the same way.
RUST: When bands work their local scene people get to know them, the bands gets to test what works best, and both the audience and performers get a feeling for what to expect… How was it different playing to people that might not have had expectations coming in?
Rob: From being around the country on tour you learn that different cultures appreciate music in different ways. If we are having a good time on stage, we try to transfer that positive energy. It isn’t about going to a show and judging if a crowd will like you. At first, it’s intimidating not knowing that different people appreciate music different than people from New Jersey. Someone may seem sheltered in a crowd but after talking to them after the show, you find out he/she loved your band.
RUST: Do you think you gained some fans on this tour, what were people saying to you after the shows?
Rob: I would say we have. We were lucky enough to team up with some amazing bands. Both The Big Time and We Are Forever are great people and it was a beneficial tour for all 3 bands because musically, we all have a common ground but are different enough to make each set interesting. Think it was a tour we all walked off making new fans.
RUST: Was there a favorite night on this tour?
Rob: It’s always biased to say we love playing New Jersey but being it’s where we got our start, it’s always a warming feeling to have a taste of home in the middle of tour.
RUST: It looks like the band is pretty good at getting stuff online, like on FlippenMusic, how important is it for you to get on the social pages and keep in touch with your supporters?
Rob: Social media is a great tool to reach out to new potential fans as well as stay connected with the old. As great of a tool it is, the most important thing to us is the grassroots personal connection. Going out and meeting people face to face. People will remember an IN PERSON conversation/experience far more than a tweet or message.
RUST: Rob, thanks so much for talking here, last question, now that the tour is done, what’s next? Into the studio? Some writing? Planning the next tour?
Rob: We’re working on a record this winter. We’re taking the time now to polish up the songs before recording them. Definitely tours to follow!