Show & Tell is where we get artists to tell us about a piece of gear that they cherish and use as a part of their live or studio setup. This month we chat to AJ Rebollo, guitarist for Issues.
What piece of equipment do you have to show us today?
My Kemper profiler.
How did you come across this particular item?
I had a few friends in other bands who were so insanely adamant about using tube amps that they were switching to Kemper and swearing by it. It caught me off guard because these guys were so about keeping the integrity of the tone you could get with tubes that you (apparently) couldn't with a digital amp, so I did my research, asked a bunch of Kemper owners questions, and picked one up for myself about a year and half ago. I’ve been using it ever since.
What is it that you like about it so much?
I think my favourite thing about it is the UI and how well it works with the profiler remote. I hardly had to read the manual to get to a point where I basically knew how to navigate my way around it. It's very user friendly, and the profiler itself will get you a lot closer to the sound of a real amp than pretty much any other plug-in I've used in the past.
How do you use it and how has it shaped the way you write music?
I mainly use it for our live show. I've yet to utilise it for writing purposes, but that's only because it lives on the other side of the country with the rest of the band's gear most of the time.
Headspace is out now via Rise Records. Issues will perform in Melbourne as a part of Download Festival on Saturday March 24 as well as playing sideshows in Sydney and Brisbane with Good Charlotte, Neck Deep and Falling In Reverse.