[vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Rivers Of Nihil-” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:left” google_fonts=”font_family:Permanent%20Marker%3Aregular|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]We’ve worked with Pennsylvania’s Rivers of Nihil for going on 2 years now; mutual friend, Keith Merrow, made the intro and we’re glad he did.
When Brody Uttley started sending us demos of the new material he was recording for the upcoming album- Monarchy– all tracked through the Attack Overdrive, it floored me. It was simply leaps and bounds beyond their 1st release, but never losing touch with where they came from.
That said- we are extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to sit down with Brody and grab some playthrough video footage and answer some questions.
In this 1st play through Brody is using the Attack Overdrive on the rhythm tracks and the Jeff Loomis Signature Overdrive on the solos:[/vc_column_text][vc_video title=”Monarchy Playthrough” link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juBcOTC5jVM”][vc_toggle style=”default” color=”Default” size=”md” open=”false” title=”Read our exclusive interview with Brody Uttley:”]
What is your process for writing riffs/songs
-Generally I will start with a single riff or melody and then build the rest of the song around that. I record these preliminary ideas into Cubase and then experiment with different song structures and riffs that I feel will leave a memorable impression on listeners. Song structure is really important to me because let’s face it, most listeners aren’t musicians and they won’t care how many sixteenth notes at four hundred beats per minute you are playing. After I lay down rhythm tracks and program drums I will go back and add atmospheric overdubs, clean passages, and guitar solos as I see fit. Then I send this out to the rest of the guys in the band to get their input.
Having a home recording setup has made my life SO much easier. On our first album we wrote mostly just by jamming together. It was much more difficult back then to remember how stuff went in between practices. Now I can record all of my ideas right away and remember them forever. Technology!
You have a new record coming out in August. What can we expect?
Tell us about the guitars & amps you used- p’ups, strings, cables, tubes etc… because GEAR NERDS
Knowing that you offer Skype guitar lessons- How does teaching others benefit your own playing?
-Teaching people is a great way to go back and examine things that you may have let slip through the cracks. Whether I am teaching someone how to play Iron Man or going through the modes of the major scale there is always something that I can take away and use to make myself a better player. Being able to go back and dissect simple things allows you to find flaws in your technique that you might have never noticed. Also, I am always finding new ways to approach old ideas through teaching. It is a very rewarding feeling.
There are a million horror stories out there about life on the road… Tell us about your favorite memory from your last tour.
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