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Ax Facts & Stats with Third Eye Blind Lead Guitarist Kryz Reid.

By Dave B. Roberts. Check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book due for release SOON, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Kryz Reid.

My current job is:
Lead guitarist in Third Eye Blind.

My hometown:
San Francisco, CA.

My current album or project:
We have a new record coming out next year, so we're currently on tour, but we'll be going into the studio in January to start recording.

Former bands:
So They Go, Fairuza, Frock.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Prince, Hendrix, Page, Frusciante.

The guitars I use are:
My current guitar boat for this tour has a '59 Les Paul, a '79 Gibson The Paul, '66 Telecaster, '68 Custom Shop Reissue Stratocaster, a Fano JM-6, a Fano TC-6, and two Les Paul Traditionals which are new.

The strings and tunings I use are:
D'addario 11's, but I have some heavier gauge d'addario strings on certain guitars which are set up for different tunings. For example my Fano JM-6 has a heavier G position string, as it's tuned down to E. We have a bunch of different tunings, Open D, FACFAE, DADEAD, F#AC#F#G#E etc.

My current rig setup consists of:
I recently changed to a rack system which Dave Phillips at LA Sound Design made for me. I've an RJM Mastermind GT midi controller controlling an RJM Effect Gizmo Audio Loop system comprising Keeley, Strymon, Way Huge stomp boxes, a rack mounted Dunlop CryBaby, a Roger Linn Adrenalinn III, and a midi controlled Digitech Whammy DT. The board at my feet has the RJM Mastermind GT, an Ernie Ball Volume pedal (working as an expression pedal for volume through the CryBaby rack, a Mission Engineering RJM expression pedal which controls my Whammy in the rack, a second Mission Engineering pedal which Mission custom modded for me to control the CryBaby rack, a Boss TU-2 (don't trust the 3's!), a custom splitter A/B switch (B runs to a redundant board that Dave made for me too-it mimics the rack rig), and a TC Electronics Ditto looper. The Ditto has a send & return to one of the loops on the Effect Gizmo. The whole rig is wired with Mogami cabling and I use Devine Noise curly cables to my guitar. The amps I'm using are two Fender Custom Shop Tone-Masters running through two 2x12 Tone-Master cabinets and two Marshalls-a '67 Plexi and a '69 JMP running through two 4x12 Blackstar cabinets. I run the Tone-Masters clean and the Marshalls dirty.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
Jimi Hendrix's mind.

My normal songwriting process consists of:
Jamming with the guys, or just playing around at my home studio.

My favorite guitar solo from our band:
At the moment it's the solo from "Blade", a track we're working on for the new record.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
Too many I love, but I think "Voodoo Child" is my go-to solo, kinda has everything in it I love.

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is:
Really couldn't say. Maybe John Lennon's "Yoko". There's just something wonderful and unabashed about it. It's uncool in the very best way,heart-on-a-sleeve, I love you, I don't care who knows kinda thing. I think that's really beautiful.

Favorite song from our band:
Changes every week, this week "Say It" a track from the new record.

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:
"Graduate" -the audience reaction is incredible.

My Career highlight thus far is:
Racing Dave Grohl in a golf buggy with Taylor Hawkins hanging on the back at a festival.

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
Falling over on stage in Japan, my tech had to pick me up, pretty mortifying, but I didn't miss a note!!!

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
Falling over on stage in Japan, my tech had to pick me up, pretty mortifying, but I didn't miss a note!!!

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
"Johnny B Goode" haha!

My first guitar was:
A no-name acoustic that my Dad had-I found it in the attic, with two strings on it, that's what I started playing on, just bass lines and riffs till I could afford to buy a set of strings.

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was:
I grew up in Dublin, Third Eye aren't very well known there, so I never heard the band until I joined in 2010

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's:
There is no god.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
My makeup dahhling!

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
As soon as I saw Prince on TV for the first time I was hooked. I was about nine years old, had no clue about anything other than Lego, and I thought to be even ABLE to buy an electric guitar you'd need to be as rich as someone like Prince. But I was hooked.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
... How to pronounce my name, haha!! When I joined Third Eye the fans would call out "Cries"!!!

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Fall in love before you pick up any instrument.

albums I'm listening to right now:
New Arctic Monkeys, latest Smashing Pumpkings record, Some K-Pop and J-Pop and John Frusciante's latest solo record.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
Blood Sugar Sex Magic by the Chili Peppers, 1999 by Prince, Grace by Jeff Buckley.

Best gig:
Probably seeing Prince do an after show in Dublin. I was way down the back and I snuck a camera in. Bono joined Prince for a song, I took a photo but the flash went off. I was taken to the edge of the stage by Prince's security, he exposed the film in my camera and I thought I was gonna be kicked out, but he escorted me to the front row, about three feet from Prince. I was completely in awe. Prince jumped down in front of me at the end of the gig and shook my hand. Pretty good night right?

Favorite junk food:
I don't eat any fast food, but I do love European chocolate.

My biggest pet peeve:
Automatic taps, soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers. The only thing that needs to be automatic in a restroom is the handle on the door out.

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
Ah... probably an impression of Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama.

The hardest part of my job:
Being away from home for long periods.

What I like to do in my "off" time:
Love to cook, read, I'm studying Japanese.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:

Previous or first day job:
I worked as a chef from the age of 15 right through college.

Right after this interview I'm going to:
Eat dinner with Kyle and Kopp in Minneapolis (Prince's hometown)

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
My iPad.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
An actor(?) Or writing movies. Or a hermit living on a mountain in Japan.

Favorite movie:
There Will Be Blood.

My mission in life:
Create and contribute.

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
A nine-piece all-girl Korean band called Girl's Generation.

My next goal is:
To finish the new Third Eye record.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
Wow...what a question. I'm not sure I know how to answer that. Playing guitar is a really personal and special thing for me. I have the life I have today because of that.

Check out our Website at: Follow me on twitter: @KryzReid & I blog on

The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be:
John Frusciante.

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
1. My own Time Machine, 2. Inexhaustible money supply & 3. Keep the third wish, I'll sort everything out with the first two.

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
Can't say...I'm working on that...;)


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