About Martin

Here’s me looking at gear

Well… hello there, my name is Martin… and I am a recovering Gear-A-Holic and Music-Gear-Junkie. It began many years ago with a mild case of G.A.S (G-ear A-quisition S-yndrome)… and it all went downhill from there.

You see, I was the drummer in my school punk rock band. And while the others wanted to ‘score chicks‘ (we were 12!), I just wanted to have tons and tons of tom-toms… a swarm of cymbals and a stampede of bass drum pedals.

But of course guitars, of the electric kind, were all the rage at the time. These were the heady days of grunge, pop-punk and shoegaze, where fx pedals were part and parcel of proper ‘guitaring’, so these too, became my obsession.
And so, the infinite soundscapes that lie within each fx pedal, always seemed so much more alluring, than practicing scales. Alas, neither drumming nor guitar-ring were something that I got any good at… but I did enjoy myself.

As the years went by, more genres piqued my interest. My college years were full of electronic wonders, IDM Tripped Hopped into Drum’N’Bass and spat out Folktronica. So samplers and synths captured my attention and meager finances…

… but the worst was yet to come.

My darkest period came as an adult. I got a job and a steady pay, but also much less time to actually make music. Therefore endless browsing through online music gear shops was so much more entrancing, and quick fix videos by gear reviewers eventually became my sole point of human contact.

This combined with a severe lack of time to indulge in self-expression, resulted in my attempt to replace being creative with many, many bits of music gear. Everything from soundcards to microphones, preamps and compressors…. and so on… and so on. All the good stuff in life.

Today, well… nothing has changed really, and no real progress has been made. But thanks for stopping by and reading about my tragic tale.

At least this music gear blog is a more productive waste of my time.

All the best & Tudeloo,

Martin


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