Ben Howard: "I'm always trying to go down that delay rabbit hole – that's just what I like to do when I play guitars"

Ben Howard
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Ben Howard was crossing Portugal’s iconic Vascos De Gama bridge when he made the decision to put in a call The National’s guitarist/producer Aaron Dessner.

Already a fan of Dessner’s work, he denies it was a Damascene conversion. However, it was here, as mile after mile of the river Tagus rolled under him, that he found himself lost in the 17-minute noodles of Dessner’s 37d03d MixTape01 track Santa Agnes.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.