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w/ Astra Elane

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Astra Elane, the founder and frontwoman of Seattle band The Gods Themselves. I sing and play guitar and more recently am producing and mixing the band’s tracks (new EP Glamour & Grime release: 06/15/18). I am at my most content when challenged to translate what I hear in my head into actual media. Creating noise, invoking emotions and connecting with people through song is my bag, baby!

What hardware do you use?

I’ve got a couple MusicMan guitars that I love, but last Fall I decided I wanted a smaller scale guitar and asked a friend to build me a custom 7/8 size Warmouth. It’s perfect, high shine black and chrome with floating bridge and inlaid star frets. I call him Pablo, he’s sassy.

My favorite pedal is my Strymon Timeline. It’s the most amazing digital delay machine ever built. By far the most expensive thing on my board, but so diverse and optimized when run in stereo.

For live sound I run a stereo set up. Behind me, stage right I play through a Vox AC-30 and to really capture my stereo effects, I also run an AC-15 stage left.

And what software?

I use Ableton for writing, recording and even mixing. I could never afford ProTools so this is the software I learned, and I dig it!

What would be your dream setup?

I’m pretty happy with my rig. One thing I do dream about is expanding our home studio to include a live room big enough where I could track drums and keep a selection of amps and funky organs and strange, cool instruments that would be fun to experiment with for recording sessions.

By Astra Elane, distributed under a Creative Commons CC-BY license.

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