Music & Audio Podcast 24: Jake Pitts of Black Veil Brides

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While a lot of people may write Black Veil Brides off as their little sister’s favorite band, I have a feeling that they’re going to go down as one of their era’s biggest and most respected hard rock bands that inspire a generation of kids to become shredders — like the heirs to Avenged Sevenfold’s crown.

If you’ve listened to their music with an open mind, it’s obvious they can play their asses off, but what you might not know is that they actually have a big hand in the production side of things.

Guitarist Jake Pitts is not only one of the band’s main songwriters, but actually engineered all the guitars on their latest album. Given that it was produced by the legendary Bob Rock (producer of Metallica’s black album), that is pretty damn impressive

My personal favorite BVB song “Shadows Die,” which is has a Swedeath-meets-A7X kind of vibe and some very tasty lead playing

If his work is good enough for Bob Rock, that is serious business.

The band is huge, so obviously they don’t NEED to engineer things themselves, they did it because they WANT to, which I think is really cool.


We caught up with Jake and got nerdy about guitar tone, how he learned to record, what it was like to work with legends like John Feldmann and Bob Rock, and of course why CreativeLive is better than recording school.

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