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always been a huge fan of animation, especially
Pixar, and that was my first endeavor writing
a film score. Though it's only six minute long,
it took almost three years of working on and
off to get exactly what they wanted. But the
experience was fantastic. I loved it.
What is your current touring setup?

I usually carry two of my Parker Fly Adrian
Belew signature models. They're alike except
for the colors - one is gold, the other is silver.
My rack fits into an SKB case. It weighs 79
pounds including the rug, the pedals, and
everything that goes with it. The two main
items are the Fractal Audio Axe-Fx amp and
a Boss GP-10 processor. With the GP-10, I
can add a separate sound or different tuning,
so it's very important. On the pedalboard, I
have a Liquid Foot MIDI controller and three
Boss volume pedals - one for the GP-10, one
for the Axe-Fx, and the other for my Roland
EV-5 expression pedal. There's also a DigiTech
Harmony Man I've had for many years. Other
than that, I have a Keeley Compressor built
into the back of the rack and I go into that
before anything else.
The other things that make it all work correctly is a laptop computer that runs Ableton
software for my looper, and a Boss MO-2 unit
that directs everything inside the rack.
The whole thing is very small; you pull it
out, you set it up, set the computer on top,
and you're ready to go. It's getting to where
I want to be.
Do you use any traditional amps onstage?

New Home With Gizmodrome

S

ince the late '70s, Adrian Belew has effortlessly shape-shifted his style while
maintaining "recognizability" on the instrument. The facts don't lie; through the years,
Paul Simon, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Zappa,
William Shatner, Cyndi Lauper, Talking Heads,
Joe Cocker, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, and
King Crimson have all enlisted Belew's talents.
And he remains in high demand, as 2017 saw the
release of the self-titled debut by Gizmodrome,
a band comprised of Belew, Police drummer
Stewart Copeland, Level 42 bassist Mark King,
and keyboardist Vittorio Cosma.
Do you approach playing in Gizmodrome
differently compared to your previous
projects?

No, everything I played in Gizmodrome was
improvised; I didn't plan any parts because

we were moving along quickly. In fact, I used
the same gear I take on tour because I'd just
[finished touring]. So, it's exactly what I'm
doing now.
Is Stewart the leader of the band?

Yes, but I'm not a backup musician. In
Gizmodrome, we look at leadership as whoever
has the best idea at the time is the leader for
the time. It's true, though, that Stewart and
Vittorio put the project together along with
Claudio Dentes, our producer and manager.
But I think it quickly evolved into, "Well, it's
a band." And when you have four musicians
who can do all kinds of things and have other
things to do in life, as well, it kind of runs itself.
You also recently scored a short film for
Pixar called Piper. How was that?

It was an incredible experience, and it won
an Oscar, so it doesn't get better than that! I've

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You've reconciled with Robert Fripp.
Could this lead to a reunion with King
Crimson in the future?

Well, it means it's possible. King Crimson is
a very active band and they've gone in a totally
different direction. Maybe sometime in the
future, they'll go in a direction with me, and
if I'm feeling like I should be doing that, then
we'll do it. My life runs on the basis on what's
up next, and I'm so busy that I can't say what's
going to happen a year from now. - Greg Prato

Adrian Belew: Gary & /Jill Bandfield.

ADRIAN BELEW

I don't. Only in the studio. I have an in-ear
system I use for my own monitoring, and then
we usually have at least one or two full-range
monitor cabinets on the stage, which gives me
the guitar sound, as well. The guitar sound
does come off the stage, so it doesn't sound like
there's nothing there. But basically, I'm hearing
everything through my in-ears. Everything
comes out of the back of my rack, direct and
pre-mixed by me, because there are loops,
snippet samples, stereo guitar, and the GP-10,
and I balance all of them myself ahead of time,
then send them directly to the mixing board.
That way, the person mixing the show should
have no problem doing anything with it.


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