ARTISTS WHO USE SOUND SCULPTURE GEAR
Sound Sculpture gear is used around the globe by the world's greatest musicians. Please note that since we do not have an artist endorsement program these musicians have all purchased their Sound Sculpture gear. Since these musicians can use any gear they like, we are very honored that they have chosen to buy our products as the gear they rely on year after year.
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
The legendary Led Zeppelin bassist is busy working on his fifth solo album but somehow finds time to involve himself in a wide variety of other projects. He just finished performing with and producing Sara Watkins new album and has been working with Sonic Youth to create and perform an original score for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Oh how I wish he'd put back together that power Zooma trio. Live! Wow! John has been using the Switchblades in his rig for many years now for selecting and mixing his wide array of musical instruments and effects. Find out more atwww.johnpauljones.com
Chris Squire (Yes) 1948-2015
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of rocks very greatest bass players. I personally was enchanted by his deeply melodic bass lines and his innovation. Chris was one of our earliest customers and we are so grateful for the support he gave us and for all the great shows. The legendary Yes bassist used a Switchblade in his stage rig. If you are not familiar with the work of Yes, take the time to check out some videos of this legendary band and visit www.chrisquire.com to learn about this exceptional artist.
Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
Annie's 4th album "St. Vincent" was released in 2014 to (not unexpectedly) overwhelmingly positive reviews. This popular avant garde artist reaches levels of creativity that sometimes boggle the mind. Her originality landed her a Grammy in 2015 for "Best Alternative Music Album" and we are very pleased she has chosen to use a Switchblade 8F on her floorboard system. www.ilovestvincent.com
Wayne "Wing" Sermon (Imagine Dragons)
Imagine Dragons released "Smoke and Mirrors" in 2015 reaching #1 on the US Billboard Chart, the UK Albums Chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart. Guitarist Wayne Sermon uses his Switchblade GL to take his stunning guitar lines to extreme heights. You can catch an interview of him talking about his guitar rig, amplifiers, and the GL in this video produced by Premier Guitar Magazine: Wayne Sermon Interview
Check out those pants! Dweezil created the massive Zappa Does Zappa tour about 3 years ago and continues with this tour as I write as a never ending tribute to his father's music. Recreating Frank's sound and music with utmost attention to detail has been Dweezil's goal and dream from the start and he uses Switchblade GL systems to integrate all of his father's original gear to do just that. I was lucky enough to catch his show in SF and Portland and was just astounded. Catch more atwww.zappaplayszappa.com
Colin Meloy (The Decemberists)
Capital Records artists The Decemberists have embarked on an extented tour and Colin Meloy, frontman and the groups key songwriter, has made the Switchblade GL a part of his touring rig to handle the wide variety of sounds required to re-create songs from their lyrically and musically brilliant new release "The Hazards of Love". Check touring dates at
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band)
The DMB is in the middle of yet another full year of touring across the entire mid and eastern US. Who knows how they do it, but it's a testimony to the ruggedness of the gear they use. Dave chose the Switchblade GL to handle all of his instruments on stage and we couldn't be happier that he did. Watch for the new album Big Whiskey and the Groogrux King, slated to be released on June 2, 2009.www.davematthewsband.com
Walter Becker (Steely Dan)
Steely Dan toured in 2003 and their Denver show was one of the most amazing shows I've ever seen. The sound was perfect from the first note and the performance was beyond belief. Walter used a HeadTrip for the entire tour to switch between his stage amps to get his flawless sound. You can see his HeadTrip in action (check out the upper right picture and look just below Walter's music stand in theseconcert photos) and be sure to visitwww.steelydan.com for more on the band.
Robert Fripp (King Crimson)
The man... the legend... the soul of King Crimson. Robert uses several Switchblade GL systems in his US and European stage racks. Need we say more? Visitwww.elephant-talk.com for more on this genius musician.
The Tea Party
The Tea Party, led by the Ontario-born Jeff Martin, use the Switchblade to make sure their gear is as well put together as their music, a unique hybrid of rock, industrial, Middle Eastern, Celtic, and Mediterranean music. Check out their cool web site at www.teaparty.com
Trey Gunn (King Crimson)
King Crimson's heralded Stick player. Trey used one of our earlier switching systems, the MC-8, then later bought a Switchblade 16 when it became available which he has been using ever since. I saw King Crimson perform in Denver and never in my life have I experienced such a complex force of pure musicianship. Many thanks to Trey for his contributions to the product design of the Switchblade. Check out his killer web site atwww.treygunn.com
Don "Buck Dharma" Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult)
The master guitarist behind Blue Oyster Cult. I have been a huge fan of BOC and especially of Buck's neural shattering guitar work ever since a friend turned me on to the first BOC album over 20 years ago. I considered it a great honor when Buck chose to use our MC-8 switching system as his system of choice several years ago in his touring rig. He later upgraded to a Switchblade 16. Look up their website and see this band!
Radiohead has just finished up the first leg of their world tour which will wrap up in August after a short hiatus. This group uses many Switchblade GL units and we're not sure who in the group is using what, but maybe they like to share. We caught some footage of their studio racks and Switchblades in the VH1 documentary about this mysterious and creative band.
Steve Rothery (Marillion)
Marillion have never been as big in the US as they are in Europe, where they are as huge as the universe. Only after I saw them live in Denver did I realize what a void there had been in my musical perspective. Steve used the MC-8 for many years and became one of the first Switchblade owners. www.marillion.com
Paul Crook (Anthrax)
You may know Paul from his work with Anthrax, but this talented multi-faceted guitarist just finished up The "We Will Rock You" tribute show playing with Meatloaf and Brian May. Meatloaf is now currently touring throughout Europe. Be sure to catch them live. You can see his Switchblade GL and read about everything this busy guitar player is doing at:www.metalloaf.com
John Czajkowski (Hectic Watermelon)
I love it when I come across new music that is wholly new and creative but possesses elements of the finest musicians of the past that I have always loved. Hectic Watermelon creates such music. Heavily influenced by Mahavishnu Orchestra, but reaching places they never got to, HW takes me to vast new places. John is a serious sonic technician and musician and does things with his Switchblade GL I'm sure no one else even thinks of trying. Their most recent release "The Great American Road Trip" features Mahavishnu power violinist Jerry Goodman and is simply a masterpiece. More atwww.hecticwatermelon.com
Chris Wolstenhome (Muse)
The fierce and intense sound of Muse Bass player Chris Wolstenhome is a product of his remarkable talent, but we are glad to see that he also depends on his Switchblade GL to help him out. You can see it here:
Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
The renowned singer for the timeless supergroup Supertramp uses a Switchblade. You can catch Roger's next appearance on November 30, 2005 in London. More on Roger atwww.rogerhodgson.com
Bruce Somers (Kidneythieves)
Bruce is a power GL user and was the reason we had to go to 125 presets on the Switchblade GL. Who wants to make that many presets? Who uses that many presets? Well, we think Bruce is great cause he loves his GL and all 125 of his presets. Check out their latest project atwww.kidneythieves.com
Imagine Vai, Satriani, J.S.Bach, Sabbath, and DiMiola all coming together in a single mind and you have Ethan Brosh. This artist doesn't play games and has his craft down to that of a precision watchmaker. His newest release "Out of Oblivion" reflects all of this. This powerful production is nirvanic and I've found myself not knowing where I am when listening to it. One needs to listen to this with caution. Ethan uses the Switchblade GL. www.ethanbrosh.com
Guitarist Faisal Moro
... has this to say about his Switchblade GL. "The first impression is absolutely positive...Really unbelievable. Sound is now clear, defined, in-phase, and can be controlled in real time. Quality is fantastic. Great great great!" Thanks Faisal for the kind words.
Jerry McPherson of Nashville is without a doubt one of the most sought after session guitarists anywhere. His list of credits would take you hours to read. Having recorded with Amy Grant, Reba McEntire, Curtis Mayfield, and more this insightful, intuitive, super talented guitar player is an icon in the business. Recording Magazine selected him as one of the two top session guitarists in the country and we're very pleased to hear Jerry depends on his Switchblade GL for everything he does. Read about his philosophies and his rack system:Part1,Part2, and Part3.
Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger
This duo use the Switchblade for their large scale public sound art installations in Vienna, Berlin, Nice, Benaris, India, Linz, Zurich, and New York. Says Odland "For creating multi-speaker output arrays from mountaintops, temples, clubs and plazas nothing matches the compact size, programmability, and flexibility of the Switchblade". Thanks Bruce!
Mikail is best known for his guitar playing with Roger Hodgson's Rites of Passage project. Mikail uses the Switchblade and can be found saying some very interesting things on his radio show.
That 1 Guy
There is no artist quite like Mike Silverman a.k.a. That 1 Guy. This extraordinary "must see" hi-energy performer has created an instrument that you have to see (and hear) to believe. When he plays, the whole place gets up and dances. Mike uses a Switchblade GL to integrate all of the multiple sounds created by his amazing invention. Learn more at: www.that1guy.com