Here's FXDB's interview with Arbre "Payday" of Mazzette:
How did Mazzette start?
Nico is a drummer and bass player and is very involved in sound in general. He's got great knowledge of electronics, and never found a good enough pedal for him. So he started getting interested in how the pedals are made, and like everything he does, he really went for it and built his first Lowerdrive himself!
That was the beginning of Mazzette in 2007.
Help has mainly come from friends who have been testing our pedals month after month, giving Nico advice and reviews. That was the most helpful. Of course, some good old pedals inspired Nico as well, especially the 70's models.
Mazzette is an old school saying from the South of France that means something like "cool" or "rad". Nico's girlfriend actually found it!
Nico's grandfather handwrote the name with his best pen, very simple.
What sets Mazzette apart from other builders?
I don't really know. I guess we are more or less like a lot of people who are doing things by themselves, with heart, conviction, regardless of the time spent, with the love of the well done stuff.
As a company we keep on working with local people who provide us with good materials. We're trying to prove that making some money without being assholes is possible. Benefits is not all that matters to us.
How do you start on a new pedal?
A new idea comes from a new love buzz. Something Nico heard, liked... He makes a new pedal as a new song!
A pedal is always first drawn on a paper, like a scheme draft. Then a few tries are given to choose the exact way of how it's going to be.
The time spent from the idea to the production depends on a few things, but usually takes between a few months and a year.
Something funny, word plays... Their names are speaking for themselves, sorry we're French!
Can you tell us something about the production process?
We actually use two companies. One is making the PCB since we don't have time to make them ourselves, the other engraves the enclosures. Both are here, in the South of France.
The circuits are made on PCB, assembled by hand, with high quality components.
The enclosures are bought in England, die-cast aluminium, that is then after engraved here in Montpellier, France.
The finish is almost secret, but it's handmade painting and oxidation!
How important is the look of your pedals?
Mazzette pedals are all rusty, each model has its own rusty style. Their look is matched to their sound!
Is parts selection important?
Yes of course! You don't built a Ferrari with a 2CV engine!
Which of your pedals makes you most proud?
Of course all of them! But the Lowerdrive is our best-seller at the moment, and is very popular. Of course we're proud to see Karma To Burn and Radio Moskow playing on this model.
We and our friends all use it all the time. But the Testicular is kicking behind... wait!
The Lowerdrive, because it was the first!
Which of your pedals is the most popular?
Our best seller is the Lowerdrive. This is a very simple and efficient pedal. It has a very wide dynamic range, doesn't lose low frequencies, so can be used on both guitars and bass. That's a good reason I guess.
Of course, the grain is really cool, and this pedal is really faithful to the guitar sound. I use it myself since the beginning, and it's now even placed on my head amp, because it's my basic sound.
Who uses your pedals and for which genres?
Mazzette Pedals are made for people who know what they want. Our customers are generally more into rock in general, from hardcore to noise, from blues to heavy metal... but our products are made to respect the sound of the instruments, so everyone is supposed to find an interest in our products. These are pedals made by rockers for rockers, according to what we think is good (a matter of taste, of course!).In Karma To Burn, both Rich and Will (guitar and bass players) are using our pedals, but Daniel Davis who was touring with them (son of the Kinks guitar player!) took their pedals when he left the band!
The guy of Radio Moskow is also playing on our pedals.
What does the future of Mazzette look like?
We'd like to have time for development. A few models are almost ready to be made, but we have to finalize the production process and marketing step, or something like that!
Are you working on any new products?
A tremolo is almost ready, a new fuzz, perhaps a delay... during the next year or so.