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 Ned Jankovic, the guitarist for Brisbane rock band Awaken I Am.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Kemper profiler.
How did you come across this particular item?
Mainly from a lot of research and watching a ridiculous amount of YouTube gear guide videos. I noticed that more bands were venturing toward Kemper because of their ease of use and how close they can dial their tones in compared to a full rig.
What is it that you like about it so much?
What I like about it is how easy it is to dial in some solid tones, and being able to change settings on the fly. I was using Axe-FX’s for a few years, but I needed something easier that was still on point with tones. Also, I honestly wasn’t using the Axe-FX to its full potential. It had such an extensive range of effects, but I’m pretty simple with my effects so the Kempers were completely up my alley.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
Besides live, I always use it when I’m writing/recording at home. I’ve been quite lucky and have acquired quite a collection of amps/tones and effects, most of them from STL Tones. So if I feel like writing something with a bit of grit, or maybe something super spacey with some nice reverb/delay, I’ve got it already dialled in and can just jam at home or in the studio. Everything I wrote for our new record was writing with my Kemper. It’s just nice to have all my tones right there when I feel inspired and can record as is.
Tell us a little about what you have coming up?
We are about to release our second record Blind Love through Victory Records. We are also touring Japan at the end of September and then just touring until 2018.
Awaken I Am’s new record Blind Love is out on Friday September 29 through Victory Records and can be ordered here.