Here's FXDB's interview with Archelaos Vasileiou of Blue Pedals.
Blue Pedals is run by Archelaos Vasileiou. His workshop is located in Thessaloniki, Greece.
How did Blue Pedals start?
The story begins in 2009.With a friend I started thinking how we could built an effects pedal. We didn't know where to search for more information, and as result we were confused and finally we gave up. But, after a few months I found a very simple layout on the internet, which became my first treble booster.
In fact the big goal was to pass the exams to enter the university in the department of electronics. So, that helps me to get all the knowledge I need to improve myself and my pedals.
In the beginning, I got help from DIY'ers via forums and from personal contacts. At the same time, the most important help I got was from some friends, serious guitar players, who were trying my first schematics and help me to understand what a player exactly needs.
I use Blue as a nickname for a long time and I like how it sounds together with the word "pedals", I thought it turned out very well.
What sets Blue Pedals apart from other builders?
First of all, I improve my own schematics, I like to experiment a lot with new overdrive and fuzz sounds that will not have similarities to any other pedal in that category.
I give the best of myself with each pedal I build. I am giving as much attention to the components I use as in the structure/architecture inside the box.
Also, I don't like clones, in case I take an already existing pedal schematic, I will change it wholly to get the kind of sound I like.Can you tell us something about the production process?
I still build all pedals myself, by hand. For some of them I use high quality PCBs because of the complexity of the circuits. Others, such as fuzz pedals, I build point to point on turret boards.
For the standard products I use powdercoating, but for some custom pedals I use spray paint to get the results I need.
How important is the look of your pedals?
The appearance is a very important part. As with a beautiful woman, beautiful artwork will make an impression.
We are still working on it with an experienced graphic artist, having new ideas to achieve the best results.Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
A custom pedal has the soul of the builder inside. A mass-produced pedal does not have soul. So, I am proud about all my builds. Every pedal means something for me.Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Except the classic pedals for rock/blues etc., I have built devices for some experimental musicians friends like "SAKIS" and "Kostis", weird sound generators, bass stations and synth machines.
What does the future of Blue Pedals look like?
One of my plans will be to develop a network with music-stores in some big cities here in Greece, such as Athens and Volos, so everyone who's interested, can try my pedals.
Another plan in the near future is to take part in some exhibitions abroad, such as Musikmesse and others.
Are you working on any new products?
Yes! I am working on many pedals, one of my favorites is a fuzz that is still on the breadboard. It will give such a huge sound to my favorite stoner riffs!!!