Right Said Fred interview

Right Said Fred interview

As well as their well documented success as a band, Right Said Fred have had an impressive career on the big and small screen, as well as a series of hits in the dance music and remix charts in Europe and the U.S. They continue to release records and tour as Right Said Fred and this is where we caught up with guitarist Fred Fairbrass, who hit us up recently about Strymon’s BigSky and Mobius...  


MPS
Across your music career you’ve recorded eight studio albums and toured relentlessly, do you prefer gigging or do you find song-writing and studio work more rewarding?

FF
We prefer songwriting and recording but seeing songs come alive in front of an audience is also pretty cool. The journey a song can take an artist on is quite remarkable.

MPS
Touring seems to have made a massive contribution to your success, can you pick out a favourite gig?

FF
In terms of numbers, playing at the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin in front of 500,000 was very special. Spring break @ Daytona Beach and the Bollywood awards in Mumbai were both very memorable for different reasons. We also really like small shows, that up-close-and-personal interaction is wonderful.

MPS
Who do you count among your musical influences?

FF
It’s a real mix. I had a Saturday job in a record shop when I was a kid so I got to hear a lot of stuff not on TV or radio. Everything from Captain Beefheart, to Sensational Alex Harvey band, Kraftwerk, Tubes, Iggy Pop etc. I listened to a lot of glam and bands from the NY 70’s scene like Television and Talking Heads.

MPS
If you could go back to any musical era what would it be?

FF
Late 60’s.

MPS
What was your first guitar and what guitar are you playing at the moment?

FF
I learnt on a Spanish guitar then when my Dad saw me practising everyday he bought me a Takemine. It was from the first batch ever to come to the UK. Currently I use a Duesenberg Fullerton hollow with bareknuckle p90s, Squier JV Strat with slider pups, Fender ’66 Jag with bareknuckle vintage pups. Acoustics: I still have the Takemine plus a Gibson J45 Custom Vine, Larrivee and a Martin 000.

MPS
Tell us about your BigSky and Mobius, what made you chose it? - And what else do you have on your pedalboard?

FF
I wanted a high-end chorus/phase/trem/rotary pedal with MIDI. I’ve had the Timeline for a while and I love it, it wasn’t a difficult decision. I swap pedals around all the time, currently as well as the Mobius, Bigsky and Timeline I have a Moollon Fuzz, Park Fuzz Sound, Diablo Okko plus, Fulltone OCD. I prefer compact pedalboards to the mission control look.

MPS
Is there anything you have parted with that you really miss?

FF
’63 Strat and a Fender Blackface Champ.

MPS
Can you think of anything that really changed things for you?

FF
The Timeline is the first FX I’ve used for writing. I like having different types of guitars as they change the way I write and play.

MPS
Is there any advice you can offer to people starting out on their musical journeys?

FF
Stay independent and own your rights for as long as possible. Write and record stuff you believe in and fingers crossed you find like minded people, it’s not much more complicated than that.

When Billy Joel was asked the same question he said “you only need two things, a lawyer and a gun”…J

 

Find out what the guys are up to: rightsaidfred.com

 

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