Musical Rooms

September 22, 2009

Musical Rooms Part 88: HEALTH

Filed under: Interviews,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 10:06 am
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“My favourite space to create music in is not exactly “my favourite”, but it’s the only one. It’s a room in a former textile factory, which is now a practice spaces for bands. It’s owned by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. The room has very tall ceilings and concrete walls. It has a carpet floor, lots of bad smells and gets incredibly hot. But the sound is amazing.
In here, we have piles of all of our guitars, drum kits and various bits of recording paraphenalia. There are stacks of acoustic guitars that are never touched as well as shelves of unused guitar pedals and a vintage Tascam mixer connected to a 2005 iMac.

The most important things to have in here are all of our equipment and a mini fridge for the beer. This place is a 24-hour lockout, so it’s always available at any time. We usually set a time and meet there. Rarely are we there alone. For me, working with a group is most important. My solo time is devoted to finding new sounds with my equipment. We usually start with an idea or concept written and then fleshed out on paper. To record ideas, we use an iMac and an ancient mixer. To play, we use everything that we use live. I don’t want to give away any trade secrets, but my bass is a Rickenbacker.

What I like most about this place is the sound. It’s a great place to record.”

Musical Rooms was talking to John Famiglietti of HEALTH.
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LA noise rockers health started out in LA’s art space The Smell making and their huge wall of sound includes a homemade guitar pedal/microphone called a Zoothorn. The four-piece are fronted by Jacob Duzsik and released their debut album, HEALTH, in 2007. They have also toured with Crystal Castles who they had previously collaborated on a 7″ with. Earlier this month, they released their second album Get Color, on City Slang. They play The Village on Thursday October 1st. Doors are 8pm and tickets are €14 including booking fee from WAV Box-Office (Lo-Call 1890 200 078), City Discs, http://www.tickets.ie and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/healthmusic.

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