[interview] DMB Pedals: DMB Pedals

Here's FXDB's interview with DMB Pedals of DMB Pedals:

How did DMB Pedals start?

DMB Pedals was founded in the fall of 2007 by Mike Blakemore and Dan Minton. Both had been experimenting in the DIY community for some time before.

Both Mike and Dan both were into the DIY community before DMB officially started. General Guitar Gadgets, Brian Wampler, Indy Guitarist and DIY Stomboxes all were great learning tools for DIY stuff. That knowledge was crucial in making the jump to designing DMB's own circuits.

Where does the name come from?

DMB Pedals comes from a combination of both Mike and Dan's initials. D(aniel) M(inton/ichael) B(lakemore) or as many jokingly refer to us as "Dave Matthews Band" Pedals :)

What sets DMB Pedals apart from other builders?

Hand tossed sparkles :)

When Dan and Mike set out to create a pedal they want it to be practical, functional and inspiring. They do not want to add another copy of something else or something bland. They try to make pedals that will inspire creativity in musicians, producers, etc all over the world

How do you start on a new pedal?

It all depends on how much free time we have, which is not very much considering how busy we are with orders. We try to make time at the end of each year for product development.

How do you name your pedals?

The Lexi is named after Mike's dog, Lexi the boxer.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

We build everything by hand in house.

All modern DMB pedals are PCB, but are hand populated by Dan or Mike. Each wire is then hand cut and soldered to each PCB and component.

Our enclosures are powder coated and then decaled by Mike or Dan, clearcoated, and then the hand tossed glitter is added for the unmistakable DMB look.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Very important.

Is parts selection important?

Yes, we want everything to be as consistent as possible from pedal to pedal. So we stick with quality components that we trust.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

The Stellar Drive has a great place in our hearts because it was our first pedal to design and release. It still is growing in popularity and is constantly getting used on more and more rigs across the world.

The Lunar Echo however has been our flagship pedal since the day it was released. There is nothing quite like a solid analog delay with character and fun buttons.

Which of your pedals was your toughest build?

The Lunar Echo. 100% analog. It is so feature packed that it takes a lot of time to build and plus each one has to be tuned by Mike and the oscilloscope for best results.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Lunar Echo is our most popular pedal. The Lunar stands out because it screams inspiration. It has a lot of character and a lot of attitude and is a blast to play.

Who uses your pedals?

We have made pedals for artists such as Vertical Horizon, Lifehouse, Eve6, Lovedrug, Darius Rucker and many more.

What does the future of DMB Pedals look like?

Opening the 2nd branch in Nashville, TN to be able to cater to more musicians on a local level.

We are also always thinking of new ideas and expanding on pedals we already offer.

Are you working on any new products?

The Spankenstein Compressor. December 2011

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