Tone Talk with Malina Moye

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Photo by Joshua Shultz

As seen in Guitar Girl Magazine Issue 11 – Spring 2020 – SoCal Inspired

Malina Moye is a unique rocker who blends traditional music genres including rock, soul, and funk into her own unique sound. A left-handed Fender player who plays her instrument upside down like, which is a confusing concept to get your head around, but, she does it, and does in well.

What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?

Tone to me is a voice that identifies who you are. I think I’m constantly on the quest for the perfect tone. That’s a great question, and it varies from song to song. For instance, sometimes I like a buttery, smooth distortion, but fat tone. When I say fat, I mean a warm, full sound with a tiny bit of high end.

Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you currently using and why?

My set up is pretty simple, Boss Blues Driver and Metal-Zone pedals, Jim Dunlop original wah pedal, Dean Markley strings, and my Hot Rod Deville 212 Fender Amp. I love the tone each brings. They’ve become part of my signature sound. I use this simple set up on all my records, but of course, it’s in your hands too.

What about strings?

I use Dean Markley strings( Blue Steel), and I’m excited to introduce my new signature strings with Dean Markley soon – Dean Markley X Malina Moye.

Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?

No, I’ll lay a few solos and then listen back and see what feels right and then figure out what works for the song. I start to construct something melodic and then re-record the solo I want.

How do you keep your sound consistent onstage?

I use the same set up as I did when I recorded the guitars to tape. I also try to look at lead guitar or the rhythm as memorable lines that people can sing.

What does your practice consist of?
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I try to play at least an hour every day, if possible. But when it’s touring season, you’re playing every night, so there really is no rehearsal. On stage, I like to find cool melodies that surprise me in the solos and the songs that the band can jam on.

What is your advice for young women who hope to work in the music industry?

Practice, stand your ground, and get around players better than you and learn. Also, ask questions, and don’t be afraid to fail.

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