60 Cycle Hum
We caught The Twilight Singers frontman, Greg Dulli, with his tongue planted firmly in cheek. A notable Telecaster® guitar player since his early days in Cincinnati, Ohio’s legendary Afghan Whigs, Dulli had much fun rapping with us about his guitars, music and Misty of Chincoteague?
Are you still playing stock Telecaster guitars and/or using any other Fender® gear?
I play Telecasters exclusively on stage. They’s my babies.
If so, what was it about the equipment that you liked?
Liked it all – ready to wear.
You have a definite “style” that is synonymous with Tele® guitars. Did you try other guitars until you reached your sound, or was it just a coincidence?
I play a lot of different guitars in the studio, including Le Tele.
After being in a traditional band setting for so long, how did The Twilight Singers “concept” come together?
After playing with the same very fine musicians for 15 years, I wanted to explore playing with different people on different tracks. I know a bunch of studs and ringers and I loved whoring myself around.
Explain your approach to songwriting in The Twilight Singers.
Write a music track that turns me on. Sing a scat melody over it. Then start reacting to the skeleton. Sometimes it’s so exciting I think I’ll die.
You sing what most of us only think. What caused you to open up so much and what effects have they had on you and your career for better or worse?
I was/am a strange child. Very intuitive and always ready for a free ride to a strange and confusing place.
What’s next for The Twilight Singers?
Aim at target and kill.
You came up just before Sub Pop became a household name and have managed a long and successful career when most of your peers have hung it up. What do you attribute that to?
Delusion and a padlock on my innocence.
Do you still keep in touch with the rest of the Whigs?
They my blood, yo.
Are there any current artists/books/movies that you go to for inspiration?
I run the fields of my imagination, like Misty of Chincoteague.