Reinhardt Dias of Indian Band Blakc Leans On HARMAN’s DigiTech Whammy Pedal for Epic Sounds
March 11, 2013
MUMBAI, India – Blakc is a rock band from Mumbai, India whose name alone indicates it’s a little on the unconventional side. “Since we began Blakc has been unable to fit into any genres, and we’ve stopped trying to and simply stick to making music we love,” said guitarist and HARMAN DigiTech Whammy user Reinhardt Dias.
Combining elements of rock, alternative, progressive and grunge with an international feel, Blakc formed almost on a whim as college friends who decided to enter an on-campus music competition after a week of rehearsals.
Reinhardt’s guitar tones run the spectrum from clean arpeggios to crunching rhythms, heavily distorted leads and beyond. “The DigiTech Whammy just kills on my rig,” said Reinhardt. “I can get extremely experimental with it, and it gives me a broad spectrum of soundscapes. I can play a note, use the Dive Bomb setting and get such a deep low end that it makes my guitar sound like some kind of dubstep synthesizer rather than a guitar! Or, I can go so high up with a note that my guitar sounds like a very angry screaming cat.”
Blakc released its debut album Choking On A Dream in 2008 and has persistently kept building its following, graduating from college favorites to national touring act. The band has played shows in 14 cities across India to date and dreams of an international breakout on the strength of its new album MotheredLand.
For Reinhardt the Whammy’s drop tune capability does so much more than just alter the pitch of the notes. “It gives the notes I’m playing a kind of ‘tingling’ sound that I can’t get anywhere else. I also really like the pedal’s Harmony settings – I add just a little delay to the Harmony effects and the notes sound epic.”
“Blakc has always been about two things – the music and the people we play for,” Reinhardt concluded. “We believe that our music is an extension of our personalities – and the Whammy is an extension of my personality”
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