Weekend Warrior Richard Wilson of the Hype

DAY JOB: I paid my dues for about 30 years in mechanical engineering. I’m very fortunate that I don’t need a day job anymore.
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DAY JOB: I paid my dues for about 30 years in mechanical engineering. I’m very fortunate that I don’t need a day job anymore. That lets me just practice and learn new material.

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HOW I GOT STARTED: When I was ten, a family friend purchased a huge pipe organ. It was disassembled and shipped to their home. We visited them while it was being reassembled. I got to sit at the massive fourmanual console, and something just clicked. I got home and told my folks I wanted an organ. They bought me a red Farfisa Combo Compact organ and a Fender Vibro Champ amp.

GIGS: Most of the Hype’s gigs are San Diego nightclubs and parties, with an occasional charity or corporate gig. We run though about 50 songs a night, from Michael Jackson’s ”Billie Jean” and Deep Purple’s “Hush” to Cake’s “Short Skirt/Long Jacket.”

GEAR: Korg Triton Extreme and Roland V-Combo. Stereo outputs from each synth go into a pair of Radial JDI Duplex stereo direct boxes. Their XLR outputs feed four channels on a Mackie DFX6 mixer, which I’m about to change to an Allen & Heath ZED-12FX. I monitor through a pair of Mackie SRM450s and send a submixed stereo feed to the front of house.

INFLUENCES: For organ, Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. For piano, Rick Davies of Supertramp and Ray Manzarek of the Doors. For synths, Greg Hawkes of the Cars and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran.

WHY I PLAY: It fills a space in me that nothing else does. It doesn’t matter if I’m playing in solitude, or onstage for people.

MORE AT:thehypemusic.com.