[interview] GreyDressedBoy: Elvis Marangon

Here's FXDB's interview with Elvis Marangon of GreyDressedBoy:

How did GreyDressedBoy start?

Thanks to my neighbor, a TV repairer, I fell in love with old electronics, no SMD or throw away electronics like today. I studied electronics at school between Fugazi's and Sonic Youth's music, DIY attitude, Punx Rules, first bands with friends, etc.

When I was 16 I had my first oscillator with theremin-like sounds in my hands. Time went by, broken heart and tears, I returned to "mother electronics" after 5 years when I bought an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi and opened it: "Damn! I can do that!"

I started following DIY forums and began with a Rat clone and other distortion pedals for my own use and after a few months I could design new effects by myself: Greydressedboy's fx line was born! This was in 2006.

Where does the brand name come from?

I was thinking about which name give to my creatures looking in a mirror while washing my face; I was dressed with a grey overall.

What sets GreyDressedBoy apart from other builders?

Unfortunately I live in a country where big brands of musical gear mean great sound ("wooooowwww!"), while "handmade" means "random" quality. GreyDressedBoy fights against that, with some victories here and there. Thank God
I look elsewhere and see better minds.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I  build the circuits on photo etched PCB's, in die-cast enclosures with handpainted artwork.

How important is the look of your pedals?

Jackson Pollock wins!

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

delays, overdrive, fuzz.. they are nice and popular!

Who uses your pedals and for which genres?

I make pedals by my own taste, mostly for noise, hardcore and experimental kinds of music.

What does the future of GreyDressedBoy look like?

Writer's block. It preannounces a great time to invent...

Are you working on any new products?

Coming soon...

Subscribe to our newsletter

Also check out Effects Database's social media accounts: