Here's FXDB's interview with André Garcia of Andy Effects:
How did Andy Effects start?
I started making pedals for myself, I had no money to buy them. Then people who came to my house liked the sound of the pedals so I ended up selling them.
I started with the help of a technician here in my town who told me several things related to electronics. After a few years I discovered many sites about DIY pedals.
Where do the name and logo come from?
My name is Andre so I decided to use Andy on the pedals, as a play on my name.
The logo was made by a friend who wanted to make one for me a long time ago.
What sets Andy Effects apart from other builders?
The company philosophy
and pedal components.
How do you start on a new pedal?
I usually don't think about it, I just make what I want to hear.
Can you tell us something about the production process?
All pedals are made in-house. The circuits are hand-wired, I buy enclosures and finish them with decals.
How important is the look of your pedals?
I'm more worried about the ears.
Is parts selection important?
I often use NOS parts in the audio path, but usually circuit design is just as important.
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
Overdrives are really what I like because it is the soul of rock and can help you create a sound close to your idol.
Which of your pedals was your toughest build?
Modulation pedals are the hard to get them to sound right. They always require more accurate adjustments.
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
I have no specific public.
What does the future of Andy Effects look like?
I'm still doing some models and always "playing" with sounds, this is great fun for me.
Are you working on any new products?
I always look for better-sounding pedals and everyone can expect the best of me, because I want the best for me.