Artist Interviews

From heavy-metal bangers to country twangers to EDM mix wizards, The Hub gets up close and personal with musicians from every significant genre. We ask probing questions about their gear, their inspiration, their strategies in carving out a distinctive sound and style. We skip the fluff in seeking their perspectives about what it takes to launch and sustain a life in music. You’ll find interviews with major recording and performing artists and bands as well as profiles of new, emerging acts. Count on The Hub’s exclusive Artist Interviews for the inspiration and gear intelligence you need to make your own musical aspirations a reality.

Recording Mike Mangini's Drums for Dream Theater's album "Distance Over Time"

Recording Dream Theater's "Distance Over Time"

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We speak to Dream Theater recording engineer Jimmy Meslin about his early years working with the band as well as the sessions, recording techniques and gear behind their latest record, Distance Over Time.

Misha Mansoor Talks Signature Peavey Invective.120 Amp, Gear & More

Misha Mansoor Talks Signature Peavey Invective.120 Amp, Gear & More

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The Periphery guitarist discusses his new signature amp, guitars, effects and music in general. 

Michael Anthony with his Peavey VB-MA Bass Amp and MA-810 Speaker Cabinet

Bass Icon Michael Anthony on His Peavey VB-MA Amp Head & MA-810 Cab

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We explore his signature bass amplification rig and the sonic realities of touring massive venues.

Eric Johnson with his Thinline Stratocaster

Eric Johnson Talks Signature Strat® Models, Touring Rigs and More

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Master guitarist Eric Johnson discusses his new signature Fender Thinline Stratocaster®, amps, live and studio setups, effects and his plans for the future. 

Guitar Icon Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen: Early Guitar Gear, Tone, EVH and more

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As a special gift to our friends this month, we’re excited to present an exclusive interview with one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Eddie Van Halen.

Courtney Barnett with her Fender Custom Shop Jaguar

Courtney Barnett Discusses Writing, Gigging, Gear and More

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We talk to the singer-songwriter about her early years as a musician, challenges getting gigs, the guitar gear she uses and more. 

Geoff Emerick with George Martin (Photo: Phil Dent/Getty Images)

Geoff Emerick: The Beatles’ Legendary Recording Engineer

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(Ed. Note: In light of the recent passing of legendary Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, we have republished our interview with Geoff, originally conducted around the release of his auto-biography, Here, There and Everywhere.)

Laidback Luke live at Exchange in Los Angeles

Laidback Luke talks Gear, Touring, Influences and more

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World-renowned electronic DJ Laidback Luke goes in-depth on his favorite equipment, how he approaches gigs and his lifelong journey in music. 

Szlachetka and band performing at Hotel Café

A Conversation with Szlachetka

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We recently chatted with Nashville-based recording and touring artist, Szlachetka before his show at Hotel Café in Los Angeles.  

Frankie and the Witch Fingers at Desert Daze 2017

Vibing with Frankie and The Witch Fingers

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We grill this up-and-coming garage psych quartet about their DIY work ethic and obsession with the Mellotron. 

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