David Knudson on how sobriety, home recording and an unending love of the Line 6 DL4 helped him create his first-ever solo album

David Knudson
(Image credit: Press)

David Knudson’s debut solo album, The Only Thing You Have to Change Is Everything, arrives more than three years after the dissolution of his previous group, beloved Seattle indie-rockers Minus the Bear. The guitarist suggests, however, that the seeds of a solo career had been sown well before that, while he was working out extra-curricular riffs during soundchecks. 

“I think the solo record has always been something that was on the table, [but] I’m kind of bad at doing multiple projects at once,” he explains. “There was a ton of material that I would bring to Minus the Bear that wasn’t suitable. For a long time, that was what I thought the solo record would be.”

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month**

Join now for unlimited access

US pricing $3.99 per month or $39.00 per year

UK pricing £2.99 per month or £29.00 per year 

Europe pricing €3.49 per month or €34.00 per year

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Prices from £2.99/$3.99/€3.49

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.