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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 15 | volume III | June-July, 2000



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 15June-July, 2000
Sound Reviews

Interview with Matt O'Ree

А SRV Tune Just Hit Me Like а Ton of Bricks

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Vasja Ivanovski

V.I. At what age did you start playing?

Matt O'Ree: I started playing at the age of 9, quit after 2 weeks, then got serious at 13. Been playing ever since.

V.I. Which covers do you play live?

Matt O'Ree: Usually, we try to stick to our originals, but we do like to rock out to covers like:
    – Little Wing, Voodoo Chile, Who Knows, Them Changes, 3rd Stone From the Sun (Hendrix)
    – Mary Had a Little Lamb, Leave My Girl Alone, Empty Arms (SRV)
    – Born Under A Bad Sign, Cross Cut Saw (Albert King)
    – Thrill is Gone, Please Love Me, Baby Get Lost, Everyday I have the Blues (BB King)
    … just to name a few.

V.I. When did you realize that blues is your means of expression?

Matt O'Ree: One day, I was messin around about the age of 15 learning a SRV tune, and it just hit me like a ton of bricks. It's hard to explain but it just fit. Other styles that I was learning at the time always seemed like a forced effort on my part, but blues just seemed to flow.

V.I. What has turned you on to blues which is not so profitable after all, beside  some other more commerial musical genres dominating current scene?

Matt O'Ree: Like I said, blues just fit with my soul. I didn't pick it for a career move. I didn't even care about that aspect of the business, all I know is that it feels right, so that's what I live on. I guess you could say that it picked me. Talent always rises in the end, no matter which genre your in.

V.I. Which guitars do you prefer, how many do you have and what's your basic stage/studio equipment?

Matt O'Ree: I prefer Fender Stratocasters for electrics and Martin's for Accoustics. I mainly use my 1961 Strat and my 1963 Martin D-18. I have around 13-14 guitars right now, mainly assorted axes, a bunch of strats, other accoustics including a 12 string and a classical and a lap steel. My stage setup is the same as the studio which goes like this:
    My guitar goes through my pedal board (custom made from scratch by me) consisting of a '67 Vox Wah, '69 Univibe, Dallas Arbiter Fuzz Face, 70's Tychobrahe Octavia, and a TS-808 Tubescreamer. The signal is then split 3 ways, one goes to a '66 Black face Fender Super Reverb, a 1969 Super Lead Marshall

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