Video: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing Talks Synths and Pedals

We at Reverb had a chance to sit down with Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing during a soundcheck at the band's recent tour stop in Chicago, and we learned a lot about his recording philosophy and touring pedalboard.

Tatum put out the band's first record back in 2009, having done all of the recording himself, so we wanted to ask about why he likes to work alone and whether that's changed over the years. "There's pros and cons to working by yourself, obviously," he told us, "and I really enjoy the process of doing a lot of things on my own, but only up to a point, because it is very isolating."

While creative control is great, Tatum admitted that there always comes a time when he's unsure of how something should sound and that having help in the studio then is beneficial. "On one hand, you really have full control over all of the kind of the obsessive details of the recording process, which is nice for me. But I always hit a wall at some point," he says.

Tatum also talked with us about some of the synths that he used most heavily on this most recent record, Indigo, which was released last year. Though he has a few classic go-tos, like Juno-106 and Dave Smith Prophet-6, this album was full of synths like the Yamaha DX7 and Roland D-50.

Pedal-wise, Tatum would call himself a traditionalist for his relatively standard effects spread, reserving his gear obsessiveness for the studio. A couple of the highlights from his board include a EHX Oceans 11 Reverb, a Boss CE-2 Chorus and BF-2 Flanger, and an EarthQuaker Devices Hoof, among others.

Be sure to check out the full video above to hear more about the gear Jack Tatum uses to perform and record, and browse Wild Nothing's music on Reverb LP.

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