Most of the interviews on The Noise Room are usually conducted in-house however today we are doing something different. A publicist who we’ve worked with in the past sent us this interview with Jeff Hughell noting that it is public domain and we are free to publish it in its entirety. So we decided to do just that. The interview was conducted by Daniel Gonzalez who did a great job and asks many of the same questions we would. We hope you enjoy the interview below.
For 20 years, Jeff Hughell has quietly been gaining recognition as one of today’s most innovative bass players. Equipped with his custom made 7-string bass guitar, Hughell’s arsenal of technique and chops can cover a range of genres stretching from death metal to jazz. Here we sit down with Jeff to discuss his debut LP, Chaos Labyrinth, how it all started, and some future plans.
What inspired you to start playing bass and what were some of your favorite bands growing up?
The first thing that really made me want to play bass was a video of Cliff Burton playing a bass solo. He made it sound so different and had such a cool presence and style. The bands I listened to before I started playing was Metallica, Slayer, and Pantera. Another band that had great bass presence was Suicidal Tendencies. The album The Art of Rebellion came out right before I started playing and Robert Trujillo’s bass tone cut through the mix so well. It was really interesting and different.
If you’re looking for a new audio interface you’re in luck. Today, Universal Audio introduced an all-new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users. With next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and Realtime UAD Processing — all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package — the new Apollo interfaces push the standard forward for professional music recording and production.
Once again, SoundToys is giving away a free plug-in which was introduced at South by Southwest. This year it’s a vocal transforming pitch plug called Little AlterBoy. Soundtoys’ roots are in the pioneering days of pitch-shifting and Little AlterBoy delivers big. It is designed to do a whole slew of classic vocal tricks from past and present, like the ever popular hard tuning, octave DJ FX, Robot voices, gender shifting, and more.
While Little AlterBoy is free right now, if you wait too long, you might not be able to get it. You have until April 1st, 2015 (no fooling) to download it but you will need a code first. Good thing is that we have one for you to use. Here’s the sharing code you will need: 387-1276-043
When I finished my review of Session Keys from e-Instruments last year, I was hoping that they would eventually release an electric piano version of the virtual instrument. Low and behold, last week e-Instruments did just that by releasing Session Keys Electric R. I’ll be installing it tonight and plan to provide a hands on review soon. In the meantime check out the video above or visit the e-Instruments website for more information.
Another highlight for The Noise Room at the NAMM Show 2015 was getting a live demo of the new Cakewalk SONAR product lineup as well as information on their updated model for buying and owning the software. Jimmy Landry was kind enough to demonstrate some of the new features of Sonar along with some of his favorites.