“FOR THE RECORDING OF MY NEW
album, In Avanti, my producer Luigie Gonzalez and I
used a power chord technique that was also used in
the past by bands such as Def Leppard,” says “rocktronica”
guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Alexx Calise.
“To get a really fat sound, I played the tonics, the 5ths,
and the high octaves of each chord on separate tracks,
enabling the power chords to cut through the mix like
a knife. Next, we doubled those tracks with synthesizers
to give them a modern, almost electro feel, and
then we quantized everything.
“Another key to my sound is layering.
We used Stratocasters for most of the main tracks, and Telecasters
for extra bite, both run through Marshalls.
To make them sound really
beefy, we panned a pair of Strats right and left, and then did the same
with two Tele tracks, but using different pickups for each track to vary
the sound. Other than a adding a little delay to some of the
Strat tracks, we kept
the guitars very dry,