TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Guitar – Mick Jeffery (Aversions Crown)

Australia’s Aversions Crown once again set themselves apart from their deathcore peers with their vocal variety and brutal 8 string technical guitar riffs. New album ‘Hell Will Come For Us All’ introduces us to vocalist Tyler Miller who brings an aggressive yet catchy and relatable feel thanks to clear pronunciation and lyric placement.

We spoke with guitarist Mick Jeffery about the musicians that influenced him, advice for beginners, and the hardest aspects of playing guitar on stage.


INFLUENCES
Some of my favourite guitarists are Kiko Loureiro (Angra/Megadeth), Joe Haley (Psycroptic), Mark Furtner (Lord), Lord Tim (Lord/Dungeon), Brandon Ellis (The Black Dahlia Murder).

Metallica was definitely the first. I started listening to them a lot when I started high school. The riffs on ‘Kill ‘Em All’ especially made me want to pick up a guitar.

FAVOURITE GUITARS
My first real guitar was a Jackson performer PS1. My guitar of choice in Aversions Crown is my Jackson SLAT8FF Soloist. The action is great and the fan frets make it excellent to riff on.

I own about 10 guitars, but I only take one on tour with me. Mainly due to the baggage restrictions when flying internationally. When touring in Australia I’ll often take a backup.

HOW IT STARTED
I started off learning Metallica songs and whatever songs were in the guitar magazines at the newsagency. I was self taught for the first few years. I’d definitely Rex come to aspiring guitarists to take advantage of the material available on the internet. There are so many great ways to learn with apps, YouTube, tabs etc.

TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
I think it’s best to try and play music you are familiar with and enjoy. Guitar is meant to be fun! So find some simple songs you like and begin by learning those and trying to play along. If you’re not enjoying what you’re practising you’re less likely to pick the guitar up.

Always use a metronome when practising at home. Don’t keep practising something when you’re making mistakes, slow it down, work out the sections that are giving you trouble, then get it back up to speed. Otherwise you’ll end up practising the mistakes.

HARDEST ASPECT OF BEING A GUITARIST
I think it’s so important to understand your gear and be able to trouble shoot it on stage. If something stops working you need to be able to identify it and fix the problem as quickly as possible, so the show can go on!

RECOMMENDATIONS
People should check out Miles Baker, Jesse Crofts, Jason Melidonie, Nick Mclernon.

LAST WORDS
Practice, network, go to gigs and watch other bands perform, don’t talk shit on the internet.


Aversion Crown‘s new album ‘Hell Will Come For Us All’ is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.

You can order the album online from the label’s webstore (here), iTunes (here), Amazon (here), and Google Play (here).

Are you in a band? Do you own a label or PR company? Are you a tour promoter? Do you run a festival? Want to share your experience and tips with others aspiring to do the same thing? Get in touch with our features editor, Mike Heath (email or Twitter), and we can share your tricks of the trade.