Almost 100% of the time I use heads I own into impulses I've made myself. Cuts down on the nonsense.
Hell, I sit here in my studio and fuck with arrangements and tones, wasting MONTHS, because I don't catch myself from thinking ".....but is anyone going to dig this?". It's the rare times I get out of my own head that I actually get shit done and end up happy enough with it that other's appreciation doesn't even enter my head. And shit, I'm already long done caring about guitar heroics, so that's one thing off my plate. The reality is, I know there's maybe 10 people who I know will listen to what I do, then there's 10 I know will listen to it only to bash it (former band members and/or guys I replaced in bands). Why I still let it get to me, I don't know.
The other aspect of that is that I've gotten so fucking picky since I got my AxeFX. When I was playing through that shit Peavey XXL or even the XXX, I'd turn it on, spend 15 minutes mic'ing it and start recording. Now I record for 10 minutes and tweak...."too much treble"...record 5 minutes..."too much mids, I should buy another IR pack". I need someone to lock my fucking AxeFX so I can't tweak.
Interesting subject with good points, particularly around what the kids have to deal with these days (and it applies to everything with social media being such a big deal now - “are my shoes cool enough to get likes?” “Will this pic make me seem cool or like a fool?” A friend who studies trends for a living recently told me anyone under 30 these days lives to get paid in little red hearts (social media likes). Crazy.
I just play and record what I like, secretly hope y’all dig it too (but don’t admit that cause - psssh #Metal) and drive myself crazy chasing the heaviest tone I can get with ears that aren’t as good as I wish they were and a sinus issue that jacks with my hearing. :lol:
Where’s Ced to tell us just to rock out when this happens? :lol:
I obsess over my bass tones needlessly, but I'm pretty lax when it comes to guitar sounds :lol:. But now I find I want things to sound a little bit better because some people are actually paying money for my music.
If someone has the means to have a room full of crazy gear, power to 'em.
(I'm so glad I don't make videos :lol:).