We got a brand new Fender Blues Junior IV Amplifier!
We purchased it from Guitar Czar — a Salt Lake-local shop located in Murray. We also purchased a 2nd identical amp, but it will be available for us to pick up in a few weeks.
The second we got home, we took the amp out & Julia ended up playing guitar on it for over an hour, just loving the way it sounds.
By turning up the volume & turning down the “Master”, you get a nice crunch sound. The louder the Volume & lower the Master, the more distortion you get!
We haven’t wanted to be full Acoustic, because it’s always felt too clean to us. We feel as though the Acoustic Guitars & harmonies in our music make brand new listeners automatically think our music is Country (we get that a lot). We love Country Music. Especially artists like Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Patsy Cline, & the like, but we’ve never seen ourselves as Country artists, even when we have a song like “Nowhere” in our repertoire.
Our goal when we first started writing together was to showcase that we can write in every genre. Now, we’re focused less on what other people think of our songwriting ability & more on what we like to write & want to hear.
In fact, on our debut album Wilshire Royale, we desperately wanted our music to get placed in film, so we asked our engineer at the time to make it as commercial as possible for film & TV. Our reaction to that now? “Yikes.”
We feel as though we’ve come to a point in our career where getting Film & TV placements would be absolutely AMAZING, but on our terms, & with music we feel comes from us & not from our filtered, overly-scrubbed-clean idea of what people want to hear in the background of a commercial.
We’ve also been STRUGGLING financially, which doesn’t go hand-in-hand with overly commercialized Pop Music anyway!
Through having absolutely no money & mounting debt for almost a year, we’ve had to be resourceful. We’ve had to think outside the box with our recordings, & get the equipment we were positive would get us closer to “our sound” — what we’re hearing in our heads while writing the song. It is so hard to translate what you’re hearing, how you hear the Mix, & what instruments you hear in the background when you have absolutely no money to create & delegate those writing decisions.
It’s tried us mentally, spiritually, emotionally, & even physically, but we’re still here, in the depths of humility & borderline shame, making music, & holding each other to our promise to each other to continue with our career & not quit when the going gets not only tough, but brutal.
We're Oskar & Julia Buie!