Featured Artist: Camila Meza
Camila’s Meza’s first influences were based in 70’s Rock, including Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepellin. However, Pat Metheny’s music inspired her to buy a hollowbody guitar and started her on the road to jazz.
In her seven years in the United States, the Chilean-born guitar player and vocalist has created a big impact on the New York jazz scene. Her Latin American roots and connection to jazz, fused with her interpretations of contemporary and popular music give her a unique voice.
We spoke to Camila about her Sadowsky SS-15, her influences, and what it’s like to be a professional musician.
How did you first hear about Sadowsky?
I saw one of my favorite guitar players, Jim Hall using his custom made Sadowsky guitar. I’d also heard Lage Lund and Lionel Loueke playing other models and sounding great. I had been looking for a new guitar for a while and then I finally found the perfect fit with the SS-15!
What Sadowsky instruments are you currently using and why?
I’ve had the Sadowsky SS-15 for the past three years. I was looking for a warm sounding yet versatile instrument. I find this particular guitar to be some sort of hybrid in the sense that it lets you experiment with effects and create a deep electric sound. At the same time, it still conserves the acoustic quality of the guitar—its clean tone is round and pure. I was also extremely satisfied with the fact that you can play with this guitar on a bigger/louder stage and not have crazy feedback.
What are your preferred control settings (pan, tone settings, etc.)?
The SS-15 has only volume and tone. I use my tone around 60/70%.