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Artist Spotlight :: Riley George Haynie

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Riley George Haynie

My name is Riley Haynie, originally from Billings, MT. I got started playing music (Guitar) at the age of 11 jamming Black Sabbath and Green Day songs in the basement of a drummer friends house. Began playing live shortly after that. After my high school stint and a few years in a Metalcore band, I joined an already established Rock/ Metalcore band Called Righteous Vendetta and toured with them rigorously for 7 years.

In the middle of that, began crafting my own projects, A Hardcore band called Deathwish and singer-songwriter music released under my own name. After the shutdown of 2020 and live music coming to a halt. I moved from Billings to Nashville, TN where I currently live and work setting up Guitars, as well as write and perform music.

What/Who inspired you to pick up your instrument?

Being the youngest of 4 siblings and by far the least athletic or "cool" in school. I was drawn to punk rock. Like most people my age, seeing bands like Green Day and Nirvana piqued my interest originally. So Kurt Cobain and Billie Joe Armstrong were to first I was where I thought " That's what I want to do".

What piece of musical advice would you give yourself if you could go back in time to the beginning of your musical journey?

Definitely to focus more on songwriting instead of "shredding". Flashy guitar playing can be cool but it is useless if the song sucks.

What keeps you excited about playing?

For me, it is all about playing live. Recording stresses me out, but once I get in front of an audience.

None of that matters, it is all about entertaining the people who paid to see you make noise with a guitar.

Desert Island 3 pedal pedalboard (not including tuner)

Benson Preamp:
Like it says on the Tin, it just sounds like an extremely high fidelity extension of your amplifier. It complements the characteristics of the amp you put it in front of, as well as imparting a very natural dose of harmonics and drive that doesn't sound like a pedal.

A fuzz of some kind:
Right now I'm on a Huge Big Muff kick and I am hunting for the perfect one. I simply need a box to play some Matt Pike riffs through and a Big Muff fits that bill very nicely.

Fairfield Meet Maude Delay:
I recently stepped away from super complex delay pedals. Previously running a Strymon Timeline. I've grown to prefer the dark and organic nature of a simple analog delay and the Fairfield is perfect. Moody and full of modulation and character. No tap tempo is needed.

When you find yourself in a musical rut, what techniques do you do to break out of it?

When I am in a rut, I try to give myself some sort of limitation. I believe that limits force creativity in many ways. Also, taking influence from things you wouldn't normally listen to. There are great ideas in every corner of the music world.

Who is your favorite artist/band today? And who was your favorite artist/band 10 years ago?

It is near impossible to pick one but, currently, Deafheaven. Their newest record "Infinite Granite" has been on repeat nonstop for me since it was released.

10 years ago, all I cared about were the Warped Tour scene of bands, such as The Devil Wears Prada, The Chariot, and Hawthorn Heights to name a few.

I think as I've grown up, I've learned to be a more patient music listener. I can appreciate subtlety and nuance more than I ever could when I was a teenager

When you find yourself in a music store - what is your go-to riff when test drive gear?

Depends on the gear or here is around, to be honest. I have horrible music store stage fright. But I generally keep things pretty tame, unless I'm trying out a fuzz, with which I give my best Sleep Impression.

What is your most prized/charished piece of gear? And why?

It has to be my Custom EGC. I met Kevin Burkette shortly before I received the guitar. It's just cool to know that an instrument was destined to belong to you from the second the machines were fired up to build it, and Kevin's build quality is second to none.

What is the next big musical purchase you're hoping to save for?

I tend to be a bit impulsive with gear, but I'd love to have an original 70's Travis Bean at some point. I would be perfectly happy with one of Kevin's TB builds as well.

Gear Breakdown

Riley George Haynie Gear
Guitars:
Electrical Guitar Company custom 500 (Acrylic)
Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul Junior
Jender Jaguar HH (MIJ)
Gibson J-45 Standard
Fender JMJ Mustang Bass

Amps:
1975 Orange OR80 combo
Orange Terror Stamp
Orange PPC 1X12

Pedals admittedly change very regularly. However, I have come across a few mainstays lately.

Current board in signal order:
Boss TU-3w
Benson Preamp
80's Boss HM-2
Fuzzrocious Lil Fella
Bowman Audio Endeavors "Bowman Drive"
Walrus Audio Julia Chorus
Fairfield Circuitry Meet Maude Analog Delay
Earthquaker Devices Afterneith
Strymon Zuma Power supply.

Rattlesnake Cables in and out of the board. These changed me for the better. Increased signal integrity and durability. I've got my first Rattlesnake cable with over 500+ shows under its belt and it is still going strong. Got me to move away from a wireless system.

Off the Board:
DIY Tone Bender Clone made by Rabbit Hole Effects in Nashville
DIY Bluesbreaker Clone
Fuzzrocious Demon
Miner Glitch Electronics "Deathwish" Super Fuzz (shout out to Mario)
Digitech Drop
JHS Mute


Bands / Projects

Riley Haynie

Deathwish (406)

Righteous Vendetta



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6/21/2022
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