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Ax Facts & Stats with Taproot's Michael DeWolf

By Dave B. Roberts (Photo © copyright/Courtesy Taproot - Be sure to check out this interview in its entirety featured in the forthcoming Ax Facts & Stats Volume 2 book, featuring Q&As not featured in the online interviews!

My name is:
Michael DeWolf

My current job is:
Musician/Song Writer/Artist.

My hometown:
Ann Arbor, MI.

My current album or project is:
Taproot - The Episodes.

My guitar influences growing up were:
Edward Van Halen.

The guitars I use are:
ESP.

The strings and tunings I use are:
GHS - A Standard & Drop C.

My current rig setup consists of:
Mesa 3 channel Triple Rectifier, GHS delay, Boss Chorus, Boss Octave, Boss tuner.

The greatest invention for guitars is:
A creative mind.

My normal songwriting process consists of:
Bouncing ideas back and forth with my writing partner Stephen Richards.

My favorite all-time guitar solo (from another guitarist):
Eruption - Edward Van Halen.

Favorite all-time song (any artist) is: According to my itunes:
Katy Perry - "Part of Me."

Favorite song by our band:
"Everlasting."

Favorite song to perform in front of a live audience:
"Poem."

My Career highlight thus far is:
Recently celebrating our 15th year as a band.

My most embarrassing moment on stage:
Too many to mention. I fall down a lot!

Other than my guitar and amps, the one piece of my gear that I cannot live without is:
My pedalboard.

The first song I ever mastered on guitar:
Still working on that!

My first guitar was:
Black Gibson SG.

The first time I ever heard our band on the radio was (when and where):
Hmm… Ann Arbor, MI./U of M Collage radio station.

If I am only sure of one thing in life, It's:
To never stop growing.

The one ritual I always perform prior to going on stage is:
Mental preparation.

The exact moment I knew I would pursue a career in music was:
When I figured out that nothing compares to music/making music.

The one thing most fans don't know about me is:
I am a father first.

The best advice I could give beginning guitarists:
Be creative & never be afraid. Don't ever stop.

CD(s) I'm listening to right now:
Snow Patrol - Fallen Empires, Foo Fighters - Wasting light, Coldplay - Xyloto.

My 3 all-time favorite albums:
That is impossible! Haha!!

Best gig:
Portugal, Spain.

Favorite junk food:
Potato chips.

My biggest pet peeve:
Cats.

The word or catch phrase I say too much is:
"Cha…" or "Durrr" … or Pff.

The hardest part of my job:
Being creative and consistent on a fairly consistent basis.

What I like to do in my "off" time:
Spending time with my daughter/family/people I love. Art, cooking/eating, gardening, running, swimming, politics, music, and sleeping.

The first thing I do when I come home from touring is:
Get hugs from my daughter ;)

Previous or first day job:
Sales at a local office supply store (when there used to be such a thing).

Right after this interview I'm going to:
Pester my girlfriend and go to sleep! .

I couldn't imagine being on the road without:
My band and crew.

If I wasn't doing the musician thing, I could really see myself working as:
A designer.

Favorite movie:
I'm gonna go with Twilight for now... Sue me Haha!

My mission in life:
To never stop growing.

My guilty pleasure band or artist:
Hopefully it is obvious by now that I don't feel guilty for the things I love.

My next goal is:
Getting to sleep tonight.

The greatest contribution guitars/music have brought into my life is:
A creative/productive outlet for my thoughts and feelings. Music literally makes my world go around.

Check out our Website at:
Taprootmusic.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

The one musician I would love to work with that I have not yet had the chance would be:
I'm listening to Kate Nash at the moment, so I'll go with her.

If I could have three wishes, they would be:
I'd wish to give my remaining 2 wishes to my daughter.

When it's all said and done, I want the world to remember me for:
Passing something good along \,,/

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