That’s not to say that I’m a natural ukulele player, I’m not. In fact, for the longest time I think I was. In my childhood, I used to play the ukulele with my dad. The first few years I just played the ukulele with my dad, so it was a natural progression.
What instruments did you use?
I played ukelele, banjo, upright bass, fiddle, banjo, and a few other things… It’s mostly old ukuleles and instruments from the 1960s. There are a few new stuff too – some violins, some guitars, but they’re mainly old instruments. My ukulele now is the one that we did the recording of the first single “All or Nothing” with. It’s my ukulele.
And when did you get the idea that you like playing songs in a particular format?
Back in 1997 when we were writing and recording these two songs. When I was younger I never really believed in making good records. I just thought you should make good rock and roll, you don’t need to try to make something special for the sake of making something different. So whenever there were record deadlines I was like “Oh cool, now I’ve gotta make something to make time, I’m gonna make a decent record.” But I’m not the only guy in this city who’s into making records. The fact that I was able to have that type of a music career is just a testament to my dedication. Every song has a unique meaning, and a specific sound. But as soon as I wrote the songs, I was hooked. There was music in the songs that I never heard before and I was like “There’s something special about this song.” So I tried to do what I could to make it sound good and that I could make something interesting and different to that particular song. That’s kind of what led me to writing “All or Nothing” that really stuck with me. I guess it’s why we were able to make the record we did.
How many different instruments did you use in creating the song? In what order?
I never really wrote a song about just one instrument, like a bass, guitar, or whatever. If I was writing something I was going to create a record about the most different instrument, like that guitar. It’s an old-timey ukulele that I still use
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