Pedal pushers

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 8, 2008

“The way Death by Audio started was this: it took a whole year or so for me to make something that even worked. It took me a really long time to learn how to solder, and I definitely broke a lot of stuff, I broke a lot of amplifiers, too. I’d run a pedal through one and then, BAM!: ‘Man, that amp just doesn’t work anymore!’ But eventually I figured it out, sort of.”

Ackermann’s musical outfit is blowing up in tandem with the success of his pedal company, which has provided noisemakers to U2, Wilco, and Lightning Bolt among many, many others. And he’s done it all his way. He’s recorded all of APTBS’s records himself in his own studio, and until recently, when the success of Death by Audio necessitated employees and interns, all of DBA’s work was done with his own two hands. His is a true DIY ethos, with emphasis on the Y.

“You always want to be creating something exciting for yourself, and you’re always trying to push that barrier, and then having that direct hand on whatever you are doing. I’m not trying to make some Top 40 single, and I don’t care if all of this stuff went away, I’d still be doing the same stuff anyway. It’s kinda cool that people are supporting this at this moment, but if they decide later that they don’t want to, then that’s fine as well. I’d still be doing it.”

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