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Our Gear, Our Voices

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander music makers

Our Gear, Our Voices

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander music makers

This May, and year round, Reverb is proud to amplify the sounds, and voices, of AAPI music makers. Plug into recommendations and stories from artists we love and shop signature gear from Yvette Young, Anderson .Paak, and more.

Meet King Marie

DJ, singer, performer

My family passed down the love and knowledge of music to me at a very young age. I started singing and performing at age 5 & was about 10 years old when I started writing poetry and putting melodies behind it to make my own original music. I'm grateful to have found my voice at such an early age and have music be the outlet to express myself.

Whether recording vocals or DJing, quality equipment is essential to not only making me feel comfortable and confident but being able to produce at high quality as well.

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Meet Sally Kang

Keyboard, Bass, Vocals - Run River North

Music was something I always enjoyed listening to and sharing with whoever would be willing to receive a mix CD from me. I loved being able to share current moods/seasons of life with friends and didn’t think much of it until my time began in a band, RRN. Aside from singing with Alex, the lead singer, I started seeing how sound could also be a different kind of voice in our songs we were creating. Creating parts on the keyboard/piano released a different texture that I felt I could add without having to sing out loud.

Sally Kang's essentials

The Must-Have

This was something that was introduced to me during a writing session with Dave Sitek. He had a plethora of synths in his studio and while he had a drum loop going, I was playing on his Mellotron keyboard and instantly fell in love. (Also, the color changes on the back as you rub it and it lets others know what mood I am in.)

Traveling with multiple keyboards and wanting to run each line through my small pedalboard was a mess until I found this pedal.

My first “real” piece of gear I bought back when we recorded our first album. It’s a staple that has everything you need to play clear piano sounds to a rhodes and wonderful organs.

This was added to my board later on, but I had the most fun running it through my Nord for the chaotic piano parts in some songs we were working on for live shows during bridges that needed some extra tension.

Guitarists who cut through the noise

Meet Yvette Young

Front-woman, Covet

Not to be dramatic, but I think without guitar I would not be here today. At the time I was learning, I was listening to a lot of folk and Midwest emo. I think I was also very influenced by my classical upbringing but I wanted to put like…a rock or punk spin on things. I’m so inspired by all genres- post rock, edm, jazz, metal, emo…to be making music is about celebrating what excites you. I think that’s the only true way to sustain your passion.

Yvette Young's essentials

The Must-Have

I know this is my signature so it’s really a no brainer to list this! I love the single coils I have in it and it just feels so comfortable to me. When I pick up this guitar it always puts me in a good mood.

I use it both as a rhythmic pronounced delay and also a lower mix textural reverb-y pad underneath what I’m playing.

Gotta love the sparkly chorus— come on, it's iconic!!

Adds girth to specific sections and fun for when you’re playing alone and want to sound full.

Meet Tiana Ohara

Producer, Guitarist

My imagination was running wild as a kid, and I started making up songs as soon as I could play open chords on the guitar. I'd sit in my room for so many hours just playing because music was, and still is my safe space and outlet. I got to immerse myself in alternative, classical, and jazz music growing up and then dug deep into R&B music in my late teens. Every musical connection and experience I've had has shaped me into the musician I am today. My creative process is quite simple: I just make things that feel good to me.

Tiana Ohara's essentials

Chorus is one of my favorite effects and this is one of the first pedals I ever bought. I'll usually have it on the multi type with the speed, depth, and mix knobs at about 11 o'clock to get a sweet lush sound. I include this in all my guitar & bass pedalboard builds for myself.

I've been using this as my main guitar for a couple of years and it feels like butter! I love the body contours and the neck profile.

This one really makes me feel like I'm on a playground. You can get such whimsical sounds out of it! I love running all of my instruments through it.

This is a newer addition to my gear collection, but I've become quite fond of it already. I can make musical ideas on the go since it's a super compact standalone synth and it also doubles as a MIDI controller via USB which is a huge plus. Excited to take this one on tours this year.

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Photo credits: Photo of King Marie by Studia Soul. Photo of Sally Kang by Serro Park. Photo of Yvette Young by Eli Chavez.

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