If you’ve been paying any attention at all this November, you’ll have noticed that we held our very first Noth Another Fecking Gear Giveaway, and it was awesome! We were able to raise over $90 for the Piegan institute, who are an organization that helps preserve the Blackfeet language.
We also did our second Not Another Fecking Gear Review, featuring the fantastic Native Audio Aakii Chorus and Vibrato pedal. It’s a wibbly-wobbly box of fun, and we found a number of surprisingly haunting textures within it, which you can see/hear here. We’re looking forward to the next one!
But before we get to that, we wanted to share this chat with Mike Trombley, Native Audio’s founder and all around excellent person. We spoke with Mike about a month ago and right away, it was a joy just stop listen to him explain things he was excited about. Mike grew up on a Blackfeet reservation in Browning, Montana, and his conviction is an important part of the Native Audio sound. More than that, Trombley’s dedication to his community runs just as deep – not only do proceeds from NA sales go to the Piegan institute, they’ve also partnered with Browning Public Schools to initiate the Pretty Bird Woman Scholarship, which helps students pursue STEM and music degrees. It turns out, higher education was a big turning point for Mike when it came to the idea of ‘engineering’ and making pedals, and his insight on the subject is pretty valuable if you’re weighing your options.
All of that to say, we’re truly stoked he took the time to chat with us about the meaning, pronunciation, and history of his pedals, and of course, so much more. If you’re into cool sounds and cool conversation, you’re in for a treat. Check it out below.
All of that to say, we’re truly stoked he took the time to chat with us about the meaning, pronunciation, and history of his pedals, and of course, so much more. If you’re into cool sounds and cool conversation, you’re in for a treat.
If you don’t already have a Native Audio device, be sure to check out those weird sounds we were talking about earlier in the clips for the Not Another Fecking Gear Review here . We loved the Aakii, and now, we’re eyeing either the full-on preset version of it, and possibly the Rising Sun. We need a good tremolo and judging from what Mike did with a chorus, we’re sure we’ll be in good hands. Thanks for reading!