This week's edition of the Hi-Fives has us talking to Chase Bliss Audio mastermind Joel Korte. Have a read and get his take on our mini interview of random top 5's.


Top 5 reasons to start your own company

1. “Follow Your Bliss.”

2. You have an opportunity to take a chance on something that is meaningful to you.

3. You can make your own schedule that works for your life.

4. The only people I need to answer to are my customers (and my wife).

5. Makes your brother proud.


Top 5 things about running your own company

1. Work that is typically “not fun” is still rewarding. 

2. I can work on circuits that other companies would be convinced wouldn’t sell. 

3. I love to talk directly to customers who are using my pedals. 

4. It’s fun to see how your hard work directly influences your success. 

5. Beers on Friday. 


Top 5 vintage circuits

1. Mu-Tron Phasor II

2. Foxrox – Paradox (discontinued several years ago, not sure if it is considered ‘vintage’)

3. Maestro – Echoplex

4. Roland – Space Echo

5. Boss – VB2


Top 5 current pedals you wish you’d come up with

1. ZVEX – Lo-Fi Loop Junky

2. Montreal Assembly – Count To Five

3. EarthQuaker Devices – Bit Commander

4. Caroline Guitar Company – Kilobyte

5. Red Panda – Particle


Top 5 pedals you wished nobody had come up with

1. Klone(s)

2. Klone(s)

3. Klone(s)

4. Klone(s)

5. Klone(s)


Top 5 books to read

1. Steven King – Dark Tower Series

2. Jack Kerouac – On The Road

3. Kurt Vonnegut – Player Piano

4. David Mitchell – Black Swan Green

5. Richard Bachmann (Stephen King) – The Long Walk


Top 5 songs people would be surprised to hear you like

1. Kendrick Lamar – Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe

2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

3. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone

4. Christina Perry – A Thousand Years

5. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA (that’s my jam)


Top 5 things people don’t know about your company

1. My name is not “Chase Bliss” – I named my company after my brother, who died by way of a drunk driver in 2007.

2. Even though I sell expensive pedals, I don’t make very much money.

3. It’s a *LOT* more expensive to design and manufacture a complex digitally control all-analog handmade design in limited quantities in the USA then it is to make a clone overseas, and the retail cost reflects that. 

4. My pedals can actually be pretty easy to use/learn.

5. As of right now, I work out of my basement and am largely a solo operation (my parents are retired and they help out a ton). 


Top 5 things to do on a weekend 

1. Go for walks with my baby son and my wife

2. Drink a tasty IPA

3. See a local show, nerd out with like-minded individuals about effects

4. Leave my cellphone behind (need to do this more, secret to happiness)

5. Go to a horse race, drink tasty IPAs at said horse race


Top 5 prized possessions

1. My brother’s favorite shirt

2. 90’s purple mexistrat (first guitar)

3. A good pair of moccasins is key

4. I really like my Salvage Custom Shop pedalboards

5. My wedding ring (it’s cheap, but you know, symbolism!)


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