[interview] Stomp Under Foot: Matt Pasquerella

Here's FXDB's interview with Matt Pasquerella of Stomp Under Foot:

How did Stomp Under Foot start?

During the late 90s, I starting modifying a few pedals here and there but I didn't really get into it until mid 2004. A friend of mine, who is a pedal genius, really helped me troubleshoot a lot in the beginning.

Where does the name come from?

Years before I launched STOMP UNDER FOOT I was listening to the Led Zeppelin song Trampled Under Foot, changed the first word and thought STOMP UNDER FOOT would be a good name for a pedal company.

How do you start on a new pedal?

All the pedals I make are pedals I use, so first, it has to be something I would want.

How do you name your pedals?

Names are tough. I usually ask my daughter or a friend of mine who has given me a couple of good ones.

My daughter was showing me a picture with a panda in it and Screaming Panda just popped into my head.

The Mean Green Machine came from the old 1978 Green Machine Big Wheel type of bike. Check out the commercial here.

Can you tell us something about the production process?

I build all the pedals in house.

All the pedals and boards are populated, hand-wired and assembled by me. I buy the enclosures drilled, powder-coated, and screen printed.

How important is the look of your pedals?

I want them to look clean but the sound is the most important to me.

How important is parts selection?

One of the things I offer is the Classic Fuzz line. These are part-for-part recreations of originals and I usually have to hunt down older parts or certain values.

One pedal I made was a recreation of a certain Ram's Head that used these big, green, ceramic caps and I was able to find a bag of NOS ones.

Which of your pedals makes you most proud?

My first Stomp Under Foot pedal, the Screaming Panda. After making the prototype and having it work on the first try was great.

Which of your pedals is the most popular?

The Ram's Head and the Civil War are pretty much tied.

Who uses your pedals?

Violet Ram's Head and a 1973 Ram's Head for J Mascis from Dinosaur Jr.
Son Of A Bee for Ritzy Bryan from the Joy Formidable.
Modified TRI-Muff for Michael Johnny Walker from The Love Me Nots.
Red Menace for James French from As We March Towards The Sea.
Modified muff for Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth) Ohm guitarist.

Are you working on any new products?

I have a couple of things in the works. One is THE PI, the re-release of the Mean Green Machine and the Son Of A Bee.

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