Brian Loyd: Currently my tastes are very abstract. I prefer to view my music as another art form, that of sound. In my early development, I never viewed my playing as a potential money making machine, but rather fame and notoriety were the issues.
As far back as I can remember the desire to play guitar possessed me! So many great guitarists and composers have influenced my style, such as Frank Zappa, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Morse, Al Di Meola...on and on...
Brian Loyd: Ahh, the 'searching for the "holy grail" of sound' question! What do I mean? Well, every piece of equipment used is an integral part of a person's sound. The only part of your sound you can't change is what is in your hands. The goal is to find the equipment that enhances it and brings it to life! I know
this is a controversial topic but remember when Eddie Van Halen played Ted Nugent's guitar and rig and he said he still sounded like himself?
To enhance my playing I use Paul Reed Smith guitars, Marshall 900's, and Marshall cabs, Boss pedals, a Peavey Addverb II effects processor and a Digitech Whammy pedal. I'm looking to upgrade my amps to the VHT "Pittbull" 200 watt Ultra Leads soon.
Brian Loyd: I guess what I've always sought, to be heard and continue being heard.
Brian Loyd: Unfortunately, "Gutted" is a few years old now. That release and my first EP, "Guitaronics", drained me financially as well as emotionally. I still have a long term goal of what I want to accomplish with recording and that's what still drives me--the creative process! I am currently working on a new instrumental CD that will hopefully be done by early 1999..
Brian Loyd: I write the rhythm tracks first. I try to wait until I am inspired, if I try too hard it comes across as sounding contrived and not holistic. All the lead parts and melody lines (hooks) are written after the rhythm tracks are on tape.
Brian Loyd: I don't do any home recording, although I am looking into it. My first two releases were done at Morrisound in Tampa, Florida. I am currently looking into a new recording facility to perpetrate a new feel and sound (yes, where you record affects your sound also!)
Brian Loyd: I knew what I wanted to do but there were no labels dedicated to the guitarist as the artist, but only to the guitarist as a shred meister. I read an interview with guitarist Glenn Phillips, who has released ten albums independently. I realized from his comments (about the music industry) that the only way to reach my goal was to follow his example. So, I formed Octopulse Records and off I went!
Brian Loyd: Some disadvantages include: a budget (not having one) and the right connections (not having
Advantages are not having to bow to a record label and take advice from a "wanna-be musician", label-appointed producer.
Brian Loyd: You have to advertise! But choose where you advertise carefully, especially if you have a tight budget like mine!