Portland, OR is one of many cities that have become known as hubs of creativity. The city’s “maker culture” includes a large community of creators of music gear. In fact, you could put together an entire stage set up and backline just using instruments and gear made in Portland. On this episode, we hear about how some of these businesses got started and how the city’s development has affected their industry. Guests include Philip Graham of microphone company Ear Trumpet Labs, Chris Benson of Benson Amps, and Saul Koll of Koll Guitar Co.
Last year, outlets like the Washington Post lamented the decline of the electric guitar and the supposed absence of American guitar heroes. In September of 2017, She Shreds Magazine published an article called “We Are The 50%: The Truth Behind the Supposed Decline of the Guitar,” pushing back against this narrative. On this episode, we talk with the author of the piece, Natalie Baker, She Shreds Magazine editor-in-chief Fabi Reyna, Alicia Bognanno (Bully), and Trade Up Music manager Alexa Marmon about what’s really going on in the guitar industry.