The Tone Mob Podcast

The Tone Mob Podcast

The year was 2015. Show host Blake Wyland intended to start a podcast where he took a deep dive with his guests from the guitar world to explain their rigs. What happened was that, but also a whole lot more. The show quickly evolved into discussions about people's lives. Guitars, pedals, amps, etc. are the central hub of the show, but it really is more about the PEOPLE behind all of it. Both the musicians who use the gear, and the folks that create these magical tools of expression. You can expect chats about songwriting, favorite bands, family, loss, addiction, conspiracy theories, philosophy, and most of all....... food. This podcast goes all over the place. Come take a ride.

Episodes

April 8, 2024 64 mins
In this episode of the Tone Mob Podcast, host Blake Wyland interviews David Greeves from Great Eastern FX. David shares his background as a music journalist and how he fell into writing about equipment from the gear world. He also discusses his journey into pedal design and the challenges he faced along the way. The conversation covers the inspiration behind the name Great Eastern FX and the launch of the company. Also in this epis...
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Markus Reeves from Reeves Electro returns to the podcast! On this episode we discuss how business has changed since he first started, and how his daughter is now building pedals full time as well! We also dig into some rather exciting new adventures that are happening with the progress of Reeves Electro Shop 2.0 on the horizon. Paypal whoas, and how he approaches his work with a "Rick Rubin" mindset, the big lightbulb moment, balan...
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In this episode, Blake interviews Marty Schwartz, a renowned guitar teacher and one of the first music instructors on YouTube. Marty shares his journey of becoming a successful guitar teacher and the early adoption of YouTube for teaching guitar lessons. He discusses the impact of Guitar Hero on teaching classic rock songs and the benefits of video lessons for students. We also get into using YouTube to enhance private lessons, and...
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March 18, 2024 71 mins
In this conversation, Blake interviews Chris and Matt from Driftwood Guitars. This is an EXTREMELY YouTube driven episode. (Thanks Rhett Shull!) As the Driftwood Guitars channel has grown, so has the guitar building business and we talk about their approach, how to balance the guitar building side with the video side, negative troll comments, mental health, and a whole lot more! Head over to the Driftwood Guitars website HERE! http...
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March 11, 2024 77 mins
Tye Tyler (Shock The Fox)shares his journey from the corporate world slinging cell phones to becoming a full time guitar builder. He discusses his background in woodworking and how he got into building guitars. We also go over the importance of sharing the process of guitar building and engaging with folks in a genuine way. He also talks about the joy of opening a guitar and the satisfaction of building for others. This is a banger...
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In this episode, Blake interviews Scott Strange from Templo Audio Devices. They discuss Scott's traveling lifestyle and the challenges of running a business while constantly on the move. Scott shares his approach to finding the right balance and bringing in help to scale his company. They also talk about the importance of specialized skills in business and the human element that is absolutely essential in companies. Finally, Scott ...
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In this conversation, Molly Miller discusses her early start in a family band and her formal education in guitar. She shares her approach to teaching and the importance of balance in her career, which includes performing, teaching, and session work. Molly also talks about her approach to gear and pedals and the challenges of imposter syndrome in the music industry. She offers tips for traveling musicians and emphasizes the importan...
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February 19, 2024 75 mins
In this conversation, Blake and Landon discuss their experiences in making that sweet, sweet content. We also talk about our time at Gear Fest and the importance of networking and building relationships in the industry. (Its always good to have buddies!) We also discuss the evolution of YouTube and the changing landscape of the platform. Landon shares his journey from being in a band to starting his YouTube channel and how he found...
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Summary Justyna Kelley is a "Nashville-by-way of France" recording artist, producer, songwriter, actress, and a whole bunch of other stuff! In this conversation, Justyna and Blake discuss her background in music, her work as a producer, and her love for different genres. Justyna shares her experiences growing up in Nashville and being surrounded by country music. She also talks about her journey as a musician and how she ended up l...
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February 5, 2024 62 mins
Summary In this episode, host Blake Wyland interviews John Dyer Baizley from the band Baroness. They discuss the band's touring rig and guitar setup, the importance of band chemistry, and the role of the song and audience in live performances. John also shares insights into the band's intuitive approach to songwriting and the exploration of ideas that don't fit the band's sound. Additionally, they touch on John's visual artistry an...
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January 30, 2024 73 mins
Nick Loux is a musician out of Kansas City who is best known for being a HUGE part of the widely popular JHS Show on YouTube. You've seen him, you've heard him play, but do you know his story? I certainly didn't! So I figured I should get him on the podcast to find out just exactly how he became a part of one of the most popular guitar gear channels on the World Wide Web! Let's just say that Jack Black was definitely involved. Chec...
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Have you ever heard of ANYONE hitting the road and visiting basically every single guitar store in the United States? Few have done it, and even fewer have done it for a guitar accessories brand. But Charlton Moore of Franklin Strap has, and his efforts were a large part of the reason that Franklin Strap & Glider Capo is carried in well over 1000 retailers across North America. (And the world at this point.) We dive into how he did...
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Are we currently at a place where we can talk about "the old days" of The Internet? Are blogs cool again? Is Generation Y going to flock to the written word? Which Batman is the scariest Batman? My good buddy, published writer, guitarist, gear enthusiast, and YouTuber Jason Mays of Working Class Music has returned to the podcast to talk about all of this and a whole lot more! Check out Jason's new YouTube channel HERE > https://ww...
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Klon. There are few words in the guitar world that will get guitarists clamoring, foaming at the mouth, or shouting hysterically like the word Klon. (I'll let you decide if that is a negative or a positive in your own mind.) So much so that even the best clones of the legendary circuit can send folks right into a frenzy. And if those clones are using some of the same hard-to-source components as the original? Well, people lose thei...
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January 2, 2024 79 mins
It is officially a tradition now! My dude Dewey from the Peer Pleasure Podcast is back on for our annual Year In Review. We dive right in and discuss the WEIRDEST things that happened while we were recording the podcast this year, and trust me when I say there are some really, really weird things that guests have done while recording. Squirrels, clock mechanics, "hitting them where they ain't" and well... I don't want to spoil it. ...
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December 27, 2023 77 mins
Randall Taylor (better known as Amulets) is a Portland based musician who is well known for his very unique approach to ambient/post rock. He records to tape loops and manually manipulates the loops in real time while playing guitar. Its a fascinating process and produces textures unlike anything you've ever heard. He's also a super cool and fascinating dude! We had an excellent chat and I think you are really going to enjoy it. Di...
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December 18, 2023 129 mins
Phil McKnight is one of the most popular content creators in the guitar gear space. He's been spreading his knowledge of gear on YouTube for around a decade now, and yet... There is still a LOT that people don't know about Phil himself. So we dive into the Phil McKnight story pretty heavily on this episode and uncover how all of this unfolded for him. It's a pretty crazy story that not very many people know, so give this a listen a...
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I had the opportunity to sit down with singer/songwriter Calder Allen when I was at Fairwell Fest over the summer. This dude didn't start writing until 2020 and he is already churning out some really incredible stuff. It's a quick one, but we had a really cool conversation about his story, fly fishing and a whole lot more. Enjoy! Check out Calder on his website HERE: https://www.calderallen.com/  The Text Chat is back!Hit me up at ...
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On this Fairwell Fest conversation, I sat down with The Band The Brook And The Bluff. Unlike most episodes, on this one I'm talking to the WHOLE BAND! These Fairwell Fest episodes are recorded in the "green room area' of the festival and it is a much different environment than I'm accustomed to, and I was running around like a maniac for the whole weekend. So you'll notice the vibe is slightly different, but not in a bad way. These...
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Barry is back on the podcast! Barry builds some of my favorite guitars ever, but he isn't just an expert luthier. Barry is an real deal acoustician by trade and has a vast array of experience managing, creating, and controlling sound in almost any environment imaginable. On this episode we talk about his transition to building guitars full time, and some of his more challenging builds as an acoustical consultant. We also talk about...
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