Bluduh: Too much to mention. There’s a truckload of excellent guitar players that I already knew or learned to know by YT. I like to listen to George Thorogood, Joanna Connor, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Gary Clark jr., Erja Lyytinen, and the really outstanding Samantha Fish. Brian Setzer still amazes me. Joe Bonamassa, Marcus King and Christone Kingfish Ingram are also beyond competition. And then there are also some awesome singing bass players like Lemmy and Les Claypool that give me the shivers…




A visit to BluDuh
by Guyt R. Slynger

We arrive in the early afternoon at the
Bluduh estate to have a talk with the guitar player and songwriter of Bluduh - as far as we know a side project of the widely unknown surrealistic painter andREVANbuuren. After a firm knock on a worn out wooden door a sleepy looking, not too friendly old geezer, welcomes us. We expect him to call his son or grandson, but it turned out the old man is the real Mac Coy. After a few cups of rather strong and barely drinkable coffee he seems to be ready and able to talk…

GS: What is Bluduh, and what does it mean:
Bluduh: Bluduh is the name that I use when I put on my musical hat. I play a bit of blues guitar, write songs, and record them in my home studio. As far as I know it’s just a gasp, doesn’t mean anything…

GS: Will you introduce the band?
Bluduh: Eh… not really.

GS: Why not?
Bluduh: In fact it’s only me at the moment. I never succeeded to keep a band together. No one with a bit of talent wants to play in a band with a nasty guy with stupid ideas, a guitar that's always out of tune and a voice like a rusty nail. And who knows, maybe they are right.

GS: Eh… But when we visit Bluduh at Hearthis.at you try to make us believe Bluduh is a band. Why not admit you’re just one guy playing all stuff by yourself?
Bluduh: I guess it’s the surrealistic painter in me thats’s pulling the strings. I’m always making things up. And to be honest, I only upload my tracks because I can add some weird cover pictures to it. And it is more fun to draw a bunch of weirdo’s than only one...

GS: How did it start, your musical “career”?
Bluduh: In the eighties, after I was kicked out of my last band, I started recording my songs on a 4 track Tascam. Made a drumtrack, played the bass and guitars, mixed them to two tracks and added solo guitar and vocals. By that time you heard more hiss than music - I think I invented lo-lo-fi - but it was fun to do.
And then came the computer. It took me some time - about ten years - to figure out how those stupid things could be useful, but now I’m able to record a song with even a hundred tracks if I feel the need. And no tape-hiss. The funny thing is there are plug-ins now that you can use to add tape flutter and distortion to your tracks. But I think you will only do that if you never worked with a real tape recorder. Of course, if someone wants to make his music sound like it was recorded on a worn out tape, be my guest.

GS: But what did you do when a song was finished? Writing, playing and recording songs is real fun of course but in the end every one who makes music - talented or not - wants to be heard.
Bluduh: Back then there was no easy way to reach an audience if you did not play live gigs. I stored my songs on a cassette, later on CD, and that was it. I never had the ambition to amaze the world with my music. Lucky world. Until...

GS: ?…
Bluduh: ...there was the internet…

GS: Can you tell me what your songs are about?
Bluduh: Even if I could I would not tell. Just listen and find out yourself. But don't feel upset if you don’t get it. As you can tell my English is rather poor. I always try to write a few lines that sit well in the groove, sound good enough and hopefully are not too much nonsense. All I can say it’s a lot about that in blues songs so common troublesome thing between man and woman. Not from my own experience though…

GS: Glad to hear. Do you practice a lot and what do you practice?
I never practice, I just play. After I learned my first three chords I realized I could play as much blues songs as I wanted, I learned some more chords on the fly - every day after breakfast I play some blues and Dylan songs - but I never sat down to practice difficult chords or riffs.. I’m probably the only guitar playing guy of my g-g-g-eneration that can’t play the intro to Little Wing…

GS: Can you tell us something about your studio and gear?
Bluduh: Yeah. My studio: A fifteen years old iMac, a 2 channel Presonus Audiobox. And a Shure mike that was already old when I bought it in the sixties, but is perfectly suited to my voice. Then there is my first acoustic, a real handcrafted Spanish piece of art. A little bit out of order at the moment, but when my set of new wild cat gut strings arrives it will be cutting through the mix on my new recordings again. This one here is my electric, a Japanese piece of junk. I bought it in the late sixties when the Nippon guitar builders had obviously never seen a real guitar and imitated it from pictures on LP covers or something like that. I believe it was called
Fneder and it’s a little wonder it had the usual six strings. I customized it a bit through the years and now it sounds and plays like a real guitar. I don't use an amp, the guitar goes directly in the audiobox. My bass guitar is home grown, also in the late sixties. The neck was factory made, I can’t remember where I got it, and the body is made of some pieces of wood stashed in the barn. And my drumkit is a tambourine that suffered a lot from my beating but still keeps smiling.

GS: Real state of the art…
Bluduh: Yeah. I'm proud of it...
(More about The Gear...)

GS: Have you any favorite guitar players?
Bluduh: Yeah, the usual suspects of course: Hendrix, SRV, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Freddy King, Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Eelco Gelling and so on. But my all time favorite is Rory Gallagher, his guitar playing still moves me. He played guitar like there was more than one hellhound on his trail. I think he never got the credits he deserved. And deserves…

GS: Are there any living guitar players that you like?
Bluduh: Too much to mention. There’s a truckload of excellent guitar players that I already knew or learned to know by YT. I like to listen to George Thorogood, Joanna Connor, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Gary Clark jr., Erja Lyytinen, and the really outstanding Samantha Fish. Brian Setzer still amazes me. Marcus King and Christone Kingfish Ingram are also beyond competition. And then there are also some awesome singing bass players like Lemmy and Les Claypool that give me the shivers.
I must admit sometimes it pays to practice…

GS. Enough. One last question, when I read your family name I wondered if you are related to Armin van Buuren?
Bluduh: No, I'm sorry.
For
him too...

If you want you can listen to BluDuh on Hearthis.at