Episode 018

Mike Livesley (Part 1) - Pedal Maker

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them

This week Ben is up in Edinburgh speaking to Mike Livesley AKA ‘Made By Mike’ where we cover all things guitar pedals. In this first of a double header, we cover Mike’s fascination with guitar pedals, building them, and why musicians want to use them.

 
 Ben wandering the streets of Edinburgh with the authority on guitar pedals Mike Livesley (AKA Made By Mike)

Ben wandering the streets of Edinburgh with the authority on guitar pedals Mike Livesley (AKA Made By Mike)

 

We first found out about Mike on episode 003 with Ross Millard of the Futureheads, as Ross gave a nod to the brilliant guitar pedal that he had built for him some years ago. It may only have been our third episode, but Mike was already tuning in, and following a brief Twitter exchange, we agreed an episode on guitar pedals was required.

Another guest with a real DIY ethos, Mike brings a real passion and enthusiasm to the show. As a youngster he went through the same process of pain and elation that many of us experienced when learning the guitar. His story is something easy to relate to.

The part that a lot of us didn't however graduate to, is building our own pedals. As Mike describes how he started down that rabbit hole, he and Ben let their inner geeks out as they cover the variety of reasons for wanting to alter the sound of your guitar.

Mike is a genuine bonus to the music community and we love this double header episode with him. 

A nod to the good cause that will be up next week, is food banks. First covered in episode 001 with Paul Smith of Maximo Park, it's becoming something that the music community clearly feel strongly about. Links as always below.

 

Here are some links associated to the episode:

 

  • Mike's website - Find out more about the pedals Mike builds on his website here. A genuine bloke, and a great person to go to, as per recommended by Ross Millard of the Futureheads.

 

  • Bill Bailey - Watch here the brilliant sketch Bill performs as part of his 'Part Troll' tour showing the hilarious and dramatic effect a pedal failure could have at a U2 gig.

 

  • Food banks - We recommend a web search to find your local food bank. More info on food banks in general can be found here.