“I never have boundaries regarding the gear I use – my rule is simply to follow my ears”: Dirty Sound Magnet sound like Hendrix meets the Doors by way of Zappa – Stavros Dzodzos explains how analog adventurism fuels their psychedelic sound

Dirty Sound Magnet [L-R]: Marco Mottolini (bass guitar), Stavros Dzodzos (guitar/vocals), Maxime Cosandey (drums)
Dirty Sound Magnet [L-R]: Marco Mottolini (bass guitar), Stavros Dzodzos (guitar/vocals), Maxime Cosandey (drums) (Image credit: Provided/PR)

Swiss psychedelic trio Dirty Sound Magnet have created a unique racket that’s both thrillingly expansive and potently evocative. On their fourth album Dreaming In Dystopia, they combine the sonic directness of Jimi Hendrix and The Doors with the leftfield innovation typified by Frank Zappa.

“I know it sounds old-fashioned but creative liberty in the ’60s and ’70s made music so rich and powerful,” says guitarist/singer Stavros Dzodzos. “We try to keep our music organic, and that’s why people might call it ‘vintage’. We’re not trying to create a big wall of noise with loads of compression and processing. It’s a matter of taste.”

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).