Maybe you’ve seen the video of Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) in which he’s making the announcement that he’s selling all his gear. Over 200 synths, samplers, nearly 100 pedals, 30-plus microphones, dozens of guitars, drums, and more will be available December 9th on Reverb.
It’s a great story. If you haven’t seen it yet, please do so before continue reading my post.
After seeing Tom filming his first studio tour my first response at the time was like: what the h#ll!?!?!
Tom now says:
There were so many occasions that I started to feel bad that I actually owned so much gear but was actually not accessing it enough.
So there are two things I could do with it at this point:
Keep it all and keep it as a backdrop for my studio to work in. But I’ve decided actually to get rid off my gear to relief myself of that burden. Which means that these instruments go out in the world and hopefully find a home where they will be a much loved and taking care off as I did over the 32 years.
The story reminds me of David Gilmour selling his 126 (!) guitars last year.
When Tom talks about the creative process often he can be seen sitting behind a computer using a controller to control software instruments. This makes perfect sense to me. Working in-the-box, what else is new?
I am not saying you should not own hardware. The key for me is: how much? Knowing when enough is enough.
For a lot of people working in-the-box is like living dangerously. See for example this recent thread on Gearslutz: Michael Brauer has gone ITB!!! But for me it’s as if you found out Neil Armstrong walking on the moon, 20 years after it happened…