Friends of the Bear Q&A – John Nathan Cordy

Shortly after our launch we received an enquiry from guitarist John Nathan Cordy, expressing an interest in our cables. He had been searching for a UK based cable business to supply him with instrument and custom cable assemblies for his rig. We’re very pleased he found us, because he’s awesome and we’re very proud that he continues to support us by choosing our cables.

John was the first artist to contact us so it only seems right to feature a friendly Q&A with him as the start to our blog…

Friends Of The Bear

Q: Please introduce yourself. What do you do and where can folk find you?

A: I’m a guitar type person, and whilst I’m not gigging (for obvious reasons) I’ve been mostly living at where I film guitar type stuff – lessons, gear, but mostly just trying to play guitar as much as possible!

Q: At what age did you discover that you wanted to play guitar?

A: At age 4 I was allowed to borrow my Dad’s Japanese Yamaha Acoustic, but I made a small mark on it, so I wasn’t allowed to play it again…Then they bought me a classical guitar for my 8th birthday.

Q: When did your quest for tone begin?

A: I got my first Mesa Boogie amp when I was 17 I think? Before that I thought my Marshall Valvestate was where it was at…..

Q: What’s your current go-to guitar and rig?

A: My go to guitar is the K Line Springfield – unless I’m playing jazz, in which case it’s a Gibson ES165. Go to modelling rig is the Line 6 Helix or HX Stomp, and for amps I use Mesa Boogie stuff. Pedals are a dirty habit.

Q: Offline, where are folk likely to find you playing? (In a pandemic-free world)

A: There are rumours that at some stage there will be gigs with Mark Kelly’s Marathon, until then it’ll be at dodgy weddings and bars….

John takes a look at Eric Johnson’s “Tidal”

Q: How else can people get a bit of Cordy? Do you want to talk a bit about Patreon and what folk might expect if they became a patron?

A: HA! A bit of Cordy. Oh – so Patreon was where I decided to make it possible to grab my backing tracks, and also chord melodies that I write out for my jazz stuff (I learn a new jazz tune every week and try to perform it). Also I provide lick lessons on a Monday and chord chat on a Friday – so trying my hardest not to rip people off!

Q: You’re very prolific. What does a typical day look like in the Cordy house?

A: So – I get up in the morning between 6:30 and 7:30 – and normally head straight to my other bedroom (studio) and just open up Reaper, set a click going, choose a guitar and whatever I’m going to record with – and what happens happens!

Q: Can you give us an outline for what your process is when composing and creating backing tracks?

A: Ah yes – there’s actually a video of my workflow – but it’s basically set a click going, set the camera recording, and layer stuff up like that – everything is improvised, then I build the track (bass/drums/synths) around that improvised guitar stuff.

Q: You discuss modelling effects to a great extent and provide your profiles for a very moderate fee. To what extent does this technology feed into your playing style and composition? Do your ideas come out of working with a particular tone or effects chain, or do you explore the technology to find the right match for your compositional ideas? I of course realise these can also be totally interweaved.

A: I think often the approach is more that the thing is making a sound, and I try to go with that and see what it makes me want to play – that’s what has been so cool about the Helix in particular as there have been some really creative updates and funky loopers, delays and reverbs – so it’s really inspiring to try and create music with those new tools!

Q: You use some pretty tasty cables 🙂 What were you looking for when you contacted us back in 2019 that you couldn’t find elsewhere in the UK and what do you most like about using Loaded for Bear cables?

A: So I’ve used some of the more normal cables that come with a lifetime guarantee, but they never lasted very long, so I was always having to try and find where I bought them from and return them, which got tiresome. Not only did the Loaded for Bear cables look pretty sweet, the specs are decent, but most of all I know that I can get in touch if repairs are necessary (that’s not a regular thing) and I know that the cables aren’t disposable and just getting chucked away – they’re built to last?

Q: How are the dogs? Any updates?

A: One down….But yeh all are good (presume this bit is just for you and me?!) Nemo was born just before the lockdown, and was born with three legs but he’s turned into a proper little character

John uses our deluxe fabric braided ALMA Guitar Cables in Java and Lark colours along with a collection of custom looms and patch cables.

Here’s a typical example of John’s incredible musicianship, using his ALMA Lark cable and trying out the Line 6 Helix’s drum machine…

A huge thanks to John for taking the time to contribute by answering a few questions. I hope they provide a small insight to his work and we encourage you to go check out more of his videos. Buy him a coffee if you like what he does or sign up to his Patreon to gain access to more fantastic tutorials and resources.

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