Line 6 and State Shirt
Independent solo artist State Shirt maintains the do-it-yourself indie attitude in writing, recording, producing, and promoting his first full-length album, Don’t Die. The 11-song collection was recorded entirely in his bedroom studio in the outskirts of Los Angeles. The self-financed and self- released CD is an emotional and reflective work of melancholic intensity, and Line 6 played an integral part in its production.
State Shirt puts it bluntly, “For me, what was really cool was how my Line 6 stuff inspired creativity. I used the Echo Pro to cut and slice up vocal samples, using the tape echo model and tweaking the time. The PODxt Pro and Flextone III were used exclusively for guitar tones. I fiddled around with my old Blues DeVille but it turns out the Fender models on my POD sounded better than the real thing. And I used the Variax 500 for some elements as well. Come on, there is a sitar in the Variax. How could I not use that?”
Although the name State Shirt may imply the presence of an entire band, he is merely a one-man operation—an enigmatic multi- instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. Influenced by a wide-ranging collection of artists such as Radiohead, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Beck, State Shirt has been playing, writing and recording music since as early as 5 years old. His music has been praised as being “powerful music that almost makes you forget that we’re all going to die someday.”
Even with such intense and gloomy elements running through State Shirt’s music, there is still quite a bit of room for humor and experimentation. State Shirt has been acclaimed for his vocal scratching techniques and beatboxing on several of his songs. “I like to work with weird sounds. I’ll make some stupid sound with my mouth and base an entire song around it. That’s why I used my Line 6 stuff so much, it really allows me to experiment.”
Support this Line 6-lovin’ indie artist and visit www.stateshirt.net. Receive State Shirt’s latest CD Don’t Die for free when you donate $10 or more to The Brittany Foundation all-breed dog rescue through his site www.stateshirt.net. One hundred percent of the donation goes to the charity.