[interview] Crushsound: Jedrzej Lewandowski

Here's FXDB's interview with Jedrzej Lewandowski of Crushsound.

Crushsound is run and owned by architects Jedrzej Lewandowski (Le 2 Workshop) & Lilianna Prus who founded the company in 2011.

How did Crushsound start?

I had this pedal idea since I was 13. Back at the time I thought you just go to a music store and buy an effect that crushes your sound. Well, it turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. I became an architect but the idea had to be turned into reality. All in all I spent a small fortune on developing the idea by committing paid circuitry design to several people. Having tested several prototypes the production model was finally introduced in 2013. Now we are a good team of designers willing to develop the idea over time.

I guess we have inspired a lot of people ;)

CrushsoundWhere do the name and logo come from?

We make the first pedal in the world dedicated to crushing the sound so our name stands for that. Another part of the story is that the pedal name "Farmer's Mill" is a pun on the song named "Miller's Farm" by The Moving Sidewalks (the band Billy Gibbons played in before ZZ Top) - B side track for the Salt Lick record. As a whole it is our tribute to ZZ Top as well as our interpretation of what sound crushing is.

Our "Mill" logo is a mix of a windmill and coffee grinder blades. These both perfectly represent the basic idea behind the Farmer's Mill pedal.

What sets Crushsound apart from other builders?

The company: what we do is all about the music. At Crushsound we crush the sound and our goal is to have people actually using our pedal on a daily basis.

The pedals: only innovative pedals.

Clients: the Crushsound Farmer's Mill is a perfect choice for 60/70's sound lovers and for those who seek new sources of inspiration and musical approach.

How do you name your pedals?Crushsound Farmer's Mill

I had the Farmer's Mill idea over a decade ago.

The inspiration to search for a sound crushing guitar pedal came in mid 90's after listening to the Rhythmeen album by ZZ Top. It took me (a young guitarist) years of searching and pedal testing to realize this sort of gear is not available at all and simply has to be made from scratch.

The name of the pedal is a tribute to an early band ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons played in: The Moving Sidewalks. It is a pun on the song called "Miller's Farm".

Can you tell us something about the production process?

The circuit: custom PCB, SMD/SMT, analog, partially hand-wired, True Random Technology.

The enclosures: custom made, powder coated in white and orange and screen printed.

Crushsound Farmer's MillHow important is the look of your pedals?

It is extremely important. Our "Le 2 Workshop" architectural studio projects have been published by magazines such as Forbes, Newsweek, Daily Beast, AOL, Mark, Frame and many more.

Our priority is to give users a musical piece of art equipment.

Is parts selection important?

We use only high quality components. There is no place for cheap solutions with an idea like ours.

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

Our pedal is very specific. It's the only analog pedal which does the True Random Technology "Mill" sound processing.

Jack White, Rammstein, Mars Volta,...

(So far we are not allowed to share any quotes)

What does the future of Crushsound look like?

Keep the idea spreading! There are so many people interested in our Farmer's Mill pedal that it is a must for us to reach as far as we can.

Are you working on any new products?

Yes, but we can't tell yet.

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