Solo sounds, construction and inspiration with a modern British leg-end!
Welcome to the show! It's our great pleasure to welcome back musician, composer, producer and all-round leg-end, Steven Wilson. Dan’s been doing Steven’s touring pedalboard for, ooh, ages, and so he’s dropped in with guitarist Niko Tsonev to tell us about new release, The Harmony Codex, alongside a chat around life, music and everything that goes with it.
Steven and Niko also play through five guitar solo sections from the new record to help us understand a little bit about the process that informs their creativity. Loads of great stuff here, including some fab advice around being a pro player. Enjoy the show!
56:13 The new record is called The Harmony Codex, not Economies Of Scale. Sorry!
Interesting bits & go-to sections
0:00 Intro & welcome
1:50 Impossible to pigeonhole?
4:00 Hello Niko!
5:28 Steven’s needs for a guitar player
9:30 Great pop melodies
11:40 Demos as final takes
16:45 Solo 1 - Time Is Running Out background
18:53 Solo 1 performance
21:24 Recording apart, directing from afar
22:49 Solo 2 - Rock Bottom background
26:28 Solo 2 performance
29:40 Dry signal, or effected?
31:28 Solo 3 - What Life Brings background
34:03 Solo 3 performance
37:15 HK Tubemeister 5
39:25 Solo 4 - Staircase background
40:15 Solo 4 performance
44:48 Solo 5 - Actual Brutal Facts background
46:23 Solo 5 performance
50:00 Advice for budding pro guitar players
• Gibson SG Special
• Fender Stratocaster [bitsacaster that Niko put together]
• PRS Single Cut Trem
• Squier 40th Anniversary Jazzmaster
• Hughes & Kettner Puertone and HK Vintage 212 with 2 x Celestion G12M Greenback Speakers
• Hughes & Kettner Tubemeister 5
• Matchless C-30 & 212 ESD with one Celestion G12M Greenback and one Celestion G12H Anniversary