We want to build products with no compromises. We want to push the limits of technology in music. We want to redefine what is possible with music gear. We want to use exceptionally great components and ridiculously powerful processors. We want to make gear that sounds better than anything you’ve ever heard. We want to make our customers happy. We want you to be inspired to create amazing music.
We’re a small company and we’d like to stay that way. We do this because we want to create gear that is fun to design and fun to play. We want to experiment and try new things. We don’t want to work for the man. We don’t like authority. We don’t want to grow up. We want to work hard and have fun doing it.
Damage Control was founded in 2004 with the release of our line of tube-driven effects pedals, which earned critical acclaim and became favorites among guitarists across the globe. In 2009 we began developing products under the Strymon name, and the rest is history!
Sounds like Chelly – it’s Sicilian – arrivederci
Does Young Frankenstein count?
Actually, the one that freaked me out the most is The Exorcist.
I worked a temp job for the board-game maker Parker Brothers where I sorted thousands of little plastic game pieces into giant bins labeled GOOD and BAD.
Due to my tendency to mumble, the answer is in the tens of thousands. Seriously.
“Where is pancakes house?” from the movie Fargo.
Vox hand-wired AC15. Highly recommended.
I make a mean Bloody Mary, and get many requests for Margaritas. Cheers!
First guitar was a el cheapo steel string acoustic. First electric was a wine colored Les Paul Custom.
Kiss in the Paramount theater. 1974 Led Zeppelin in the King Dome 1977. Van Halen opening for Black Sabbath in the Arena 1978.
When I was about 8, I wanted to make a wrist watch voice recorder with a loop of wire and a hover craft out of a vacuum cleaner. Needless to say, those projects are still on the drawing board.
I’ve been to about 400 games at every possible level for the 11/12 year old group and at least 1000 from t-ball to college. I still have not seen my oldest play professionally.
Sweatshirt, real men don’t wear sweaters. As long as it is one piece. An engineer never throws out a fully functional item of clothing – ever. This was the problem that plagued aerospace engineers in the 60’s and 70’s. Their polyester wouldn’t wear out and were forced to wear it for waaaay too long.
Four 15″ so far.
This is Spinal Tap
The classic Volcano project. Baking soda, vinegar and food color. I got in trouble for staining the carpet.
Thirteen that I recall.
An Ibanez RG550. Sounds like nice guitar, right? It was florescent nuclear yellow.
Gregg, he’s the clever one. Possibly Ethan, he’s the talented one. No, definitely Pete; he’s the accountant.
Yes, he lives in South Park.
Just saw it recently, Midgets vs Mascots.
Let’s just say it’s on par with what I shot the last time I played a round of golf.
Just a few. I usually stick with my el cheapo Fender Toronado and my Gibson J-30 acoustic.
I use the crap out of Circular Labs looping software on my MacBook.
Two doggies from Los Angeles shelters, Edison and Emma.
First song, or first good song? I recorded several hundred terrible vocal and casio keyboard ideas when I was 10. My first not entirely terrible song came about when I was 16.
Radiohead, especially during the OK Computer era. Fugazi and Drive Like Jehu are also pretty big influences.
Pretty sure it was either Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet or Yes 90125.
Weird Al In 3D.
I like my shirts cheap. Dumpy thrift stores is how I roll.
I must get bored too easily. I’ve owned 29 cars and am actively looking for my 30th!
I’ve lost count. I would have to approximate two a month on average. That’s not counting all the parties my wife goes to alone.
An Audi R8.
“The Black Mamba”
(and stop blaming your wife Memory!) Munchkin, came with the package.
My cheap acoustic guitar I play for the kids.
The Accordion. Played the accordion from age 9 -12, was forced by parents.
Dad called me Rey (means king in Spanish).
During the breakdancing era, I owned several colored Converse All Stars. Some colors are too embarrassing to mention!
It was a bass amplifier cobbled out of the parts of an old stereo and stuffed into a Vans shoe box. Not the most impressive engineering, but it didn’t sound half bad driving a homemade 15” speaker – and it got great FM reception too.
Bass player Alan Spenner, RIP.
Hard question, so the first thing that comes to mind was a local community theater production of “Spring Awakening.” Amazing music in that show, and the bass book calls for both double and electric bass.
If we count the Lego robots too, lots.
Replace, no, but enhance, absolutely! I would probably leave the higher reasoning à la neo-cortex untouched, but adding a lower-brain “co-processor” would be pretty helpful. Nothing too intrusive, just a little something to augment motor function and suppress all those “oops, those were inside words,” moments. But on second thought, the only function I would really need is “undo.” Say something stupid, blow up your car, or catch your house on fire – no problem, think “undo” and you’re golden.
SG copy. I traded a pair of moccasin boots.
My 70’s BC Rich acoustic.
It’s a hybrid. Mason Bernard body; custom neck by Fender/BC Rich luthier; Anderson pickups with Floyd.
Tachyon Anti-telephone. Now that would make a really cool pre-delay pedal.
Spherical Bessel Functions. Oh, and all that other math stuff.
A lot of people may say that the Triumph Spitfire doesn’t have the manliness of the Mazda Miata, but it doesn’t cost as much. Also you can tell people you drive a British sports car.
Is it weird that my first kiss was with an open-source 3D printer? It was gentle with me, and didn’t move too fast. I remember one day when my dog ran away, the Maker Bot just held me. It didn’t try to take advantage of me or the moment, it just held me…
Obviously my favorite cocktail to imbibe is the sweet concoction of Strymon’s limitless drive to push music technology forward without compromising.
I like to eat Sushi for lunch and then catch a matinee movie.
Seafood for sure. Crab, oysters are my favorite. Just some salt, a bit of lemon and some habañero hot sauce. And wash it down with a cold Tecate.
I worked for the Grove of Anaheim. I was a Beverage Manager/Catering Manager. Pretty much an Operation Manager. I would run events of up to 5,000 people making sure everyone was eating some good food and had a cold beverage in their hand.
Yes, for 7 years. I would work the Food and Beverage side at the Convention. Also we hosted large parties at the Grove of Anaheim. It was insanely busy.
Of course Jorge.
A Peavey Predator strat knock-off that I got from a pawn shop when I was 13 after working with my dad for a few weeks that summer. Still have it and still love it (after some upgrades).
I love music that gets people dancing like Daft Punk, James Brown, !!!, and Chromeo. Passion and soul like Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield and Sade. In-your-face loudness like Comets on Fire, Death From Above 1979, and The Mars Volta. King Crimson, GnR, LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead…
None at this time, thankfully. It’s only been a year though.
My first CD I bought myself is actually 2 that I bought at the same time: Nirvana Nevermind and Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle 🙂
Telemarketing job calling people up to take surveys. People can get pretty mad when they get unsolicited calls.
I loved Electric Lotus in LA for indian food when it was open, but that’s gone now. Los Toros Mexican restaurant in Chatsworth just for the margaritas!
Yep! All I need is a vegetarian taco truck on my island with a lot of jackfruit options.
I really am. It’s called Cold Urticaria. Even if it’s summer and the A/C is on I can start to get hives. Luckily for me it’s not life threatening (for some it is), and living in Southern California doesn’t hurt either.
I can’t get enough of Instagram. A simple interface, and I love posting and viewing photos. Second is Vine. The creativity that exists on Vine is remarkable and can keep me entertained for hours.
I guess I have to go with Hamburger Lady by Throbbing Gristle. The song travels back and forth in your head with all these David Lynch style images popping up. It’s a bit disturbing.
You can see amazing whales off the coast of Malibu. Go to Point Dume State Beach between the end of February to mid-April and you have a good chance of seeing Gray Whales migrating north from Mexico. Many of them are traveling with babies, so they are going slower and stop at this location to bottom feed. There is a good chance you might catch me there. Here are some of my pictures from past visits.
Relaxing with some good friends, watching some sports preferably with some beers.
All time fav would have to be Meat Locker in Thousand Oaks. Classic.
Gotta go with the crazy Cuban. Puig is my boy.
This list is very long. Since I’m not very funny on my own, I’ve gotten pretty good at quoting funny movies. It’s a close tie between Wedding Crashers and Mean Girls, but I think I could do both movies from start to finish.
Keep it clutter free!
Tear It Down!
Learn guitar music theory first. When you understand what you are doing you will advance and learn in less time.
Meet the Beatles, 1964.
I bought my Telecaster in 1980. It is American made and it cost about $325.00 new.
My tap shoes! I was three years old and literally felt like I was making music with my feet. I still have them—satin bow and all!
Yes and no. In a past life, I worked for NASA (yes, that NASA) and one day I had the opportunity to sit inside the 70-meter dish that communicates with a spacecraft in interstellar space known as Voyager.
April Fool’s Day. Pranks are my jam.
Danced with Ellen. Royal Family expert. Everything has to happen in threes (I even have three dogs).
Yellowtail with jalapeno and yuzu sauce. I could eat this every day
Not yet, but that’s a great idea!
Right now, my favorite is probably snowboarding. I’m not very good but I really enjoy it.
I think it all started with my dad’s job. I remember visiting him as a kid and being amazed when I saw how airplane parts were made.
Definitely skeet shooting.
RC cars! I really enjoyed doing this with my dad.
Q&A coming soon 🙂
I have to give you for each of the iconic sounds: STRINGS: The Rain Song – Led Zeppelin, FLUTES: Strawberry Fields Forever – the Beatles, CHOIR: Exit Music (for a film) – Radiohead
Probably, but my Ricky Nelson impression is better.
Studio version of “Ode to Lethargy” by Jason Falkner
King Crimson (1973-1974 John Wetton era)