El Ten Eleven's Kristian Dunn: "I'm not even a guitar player, I'm a bass player. I'm faking my way through it!"

Kristian Dunn of El Ten Eleven
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Instrumental indie-rockers El Ten Eleven embraced the technological possibilities of the mid-2000s. Using looping, they created expansive, rich compositions despite only being a two-piece. At the same time, they explored new DIY approaches to build their profile and release records. 

In both of these regards they were successful - and influential. You only need to look at the number of two-pieces on the scene today to see the impact that they and bands like Giraffes? Giraffes! have had. 

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Alex Lynham

Alex Lynham is a gear obsessive who's been collecting and building modern and vintage equipment since he got his first Saturday job. Besides reviewing countless pedals for Total Guitar, he's written guides on how to build your first pedal, how to build a tube amp from a kit, and briefly went viral when he released a glitch delay pedal, the Atom Smasher.