Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to Jon Deiley, guitarist for Northlane.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
The Strymon El Capistan tape delay pedal.
How did you come across this particular item?
I had bought the Strymon blueSky and got hooked instantly on the Strymon stuff. While I was looking for a new delay pedal on their website, I realised they had just announced a new delay pedal, so naturally I checked out the preview videos and I think I bought it that same day.
What is it that you like about it so much?
It has a knob called wow and flutter which adjusts the modulation of the repeats of your delays producing a very warm, warbling sound that wavers in pitch, creating these easily loveable imperfections that you would expect from a traditional vintage piece of tape gear.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I mainly use it on guitars and synth sounds. I love the characteristics you get out of old analogue gear, and I’ll try to get as close to that sound with anything I make. The El Capistan allows me to create deep, rich and evolving sounds when paired up with further modulation or reverb, which I will then use to set up the foundation or atmosphere of an idea, whether it’s a pad or guitar line.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
My band Northlane is touring in Australia off the back of our latest album Mesmer in October, and then we will be touring all across Europe mid to late November with some new writing exploration in between.
Mesmer is out now through UNFD. Northlane will be performing in Melbourne as a part of Download Festival on Saturday March 24.
(Photo: Daniel Neucom)