Marillion have sold over 15 million albums worldwide and continue to be successful having just released their 17th studio album ‘Sounds That Can’t be Made’. Guitarist Steve Rothery is an incredible player whose phrasing and warm tone have influenced and inspired countless guitarists, (he’s also one of the nicest people you could meet). Dave recently caught up with guitarist Steve Rothery and he kindly answered a few questions.
Which players do you think influenced you the most?
My three main influences are Dave Gilmour, Steve Hackett and Andy Latimer.
Regarding your tone, is there a recording that influenced your guitar tone?
Shine on you crazy diamond by Pink Floyd and Spectral Mornings by Steve Hackett
How much time do you dedicate to practising in a day?
When I’m not touring, recording or rehearsing I play around an hour a day part of which will be scales and finger exercises
Which current players do you like or inspire you?
I still find Jeff Beck a source of inspiration. That guy Dave Foster is pretty good too….
What’s your desert island album (and you can only pick one)?
Wish You Were Here, ironically.
What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ album?
The Monkees greatest hits – I love some of the guitar riffs (probably played by LA legend Tommy Tedesco)
Can you tell us about your Jack Dent guitars and do you have a favourite?
I started working with Jack Dent a few years ago and he’s made me some incredibly inspirational guitars which I’ve used on tour and on our new album “Sounds that can’t be made”. I love the signature guitar and the Raven P90 guitar especially.
Can you tell us about your live rig?
My live rig on our last consisted of:Rack 1: Groove Tubes Trio pre-amp TC 2290 Delay and effects controller Lexicon MPX G2 Roger Linn Adrenalinn Hughes & Ketner Rotosphere MythFX Triton Modulation & Reverb pedal Sound Sculpture Switchblade Ebtec Hum Eliminator Groove Tubes Dual 75 power amplifier Fryette Two/Fifty/Two power amplifier Rack 2: TC 2290 Delay and effects controller Alexis Quadraverb Rockman modules Boss CE-300 Chorus Analogman DS-1 distortion Pedalboard :1 Voodoo Lab Ground Control midi controller Ernie Ball volume pedal Strobostomp Tuner Analogman Prince of Tone Electro Harmonix Micro POG
Pedalboard: 2Musicom EFX Mk3+ Boiling Point overdrive pedal Digitech Whammy DT Effectrode Fire bottle boost pedal Effectrode Photo Optical tube compressor
Guitars:Jack Dent signature SR model Jack Dent Stratocaster with Lindy Fralin vintage pickups Jack Dent Raven with Lindy Fralin P90′s Blade RH4 Stratocaster with Lindy Fralin vintage pickups Custom Steinberger double neck (three single coil pickups on each neck) Squire Stratocaster with EMG SA pickups and Kahler locking tremolo Takamine 12 string acoustic Farida Steve Rothery model acoustic 6 string Ebow G7th and Planet Waves capos
Is there an effects pedal that you couldn’t live without?
Analogman DS-1 distortion, it’s what I use with the JC120 for the early solos.
Who would make up your dream band?
Peter Gabriel, Steve Gadd, James Jamerson and Rick Wright