Audio Force One Frontman Tiago Talks 'More,' Their Guitar-Packed Debut Album

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“The traditional song in 2018 has a beat, a keyboard and pretty much no guitar, right?” This is Lisbon-based multi-instrumentalist Tiago on the state of popular music at present; a formula he’s steering away from with his proudly six-string-lifting new project, Audio Force One. While the musician has had the chance to sling licks onstage alongside arena dominators the Black Eyed Peas, eccentric Swedish garage rock crew the Hives, synth-pop originators New Order and more, he’s excited to finally present a few “off-trend” anthems of his own. Interestingly, though, he cut the whole of his self-penned debut set, More, without a single piece of familiar gear.

While living in Sydney, Australia, the Portuguese player lucked into some studio time with engineer George Georgiadis (who also plays drums on More). Though it was an opportunity to workshop some originals, Tiago initially believed that recording the LP with rented gear — instead of his “beloved” Gibson Les Paul and pedal board setup — “goes against everything that makes sense.”

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.