Jasmine Wynants-Granfelt is originally from Belgium but grew up in Singapore and the Netherlands, and moved to Finland in 2011 because of her love for the Finnish music scene and the nice weather (!).
She’s got a unique, powerful voice, which will captivate and move you & is releasing her new album, In My Mind, March 6th.
She also performs and writes music with/for her husband Ben Granfelt (Wishbone Ash, Leningrad Cowboys, Ben Granfelt Band, Gringos Locos, Guitar Slingers, Los Bastardos Finlandeses).
Jasmine has shared the stage with bands/musicians such as Deep Purple, Green Day, TNT, Supergrass, Candy Dulfer, Skunk Anansie, Mark Lanegan and Adam Kowalcyk, and toured in many different countries around the world.
1.Tell us your name and the band you play for
Jasmine Wynants-Granfelt: Jasmine WG.
2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar
David Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Kurt Cobain, Courtney-Love, Tracy Chapman, PJ Harvey, Sheryl Crow and many, many more.
3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?
I can read tab & also sheet music as I used to play various instruments including the Trumpet when I was a kid.
5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?
With my singing voice & songs, sure. I’m primarily a singer and a songwriter and when I play guitar it’s often my acoustic rather than my electric, so I can’t say I’ve really developed a guitar sound/tone. Fortunately I work with phenomenal guitar players who have amazing tone (my husband, Ben Granfelt - a former Wishbone Ash guitarist - being the top one).
6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )
My main electric guitar is a Fender Telecaster Custom Shop ’53 Relic Butterscotch Blonde.
It’s coveted by many guitarists here in Finland ;)
My favourite acoustic is an Ovation C779LX Custom Legend LX Cherry.
I love Ovations and this is my 3rd since 1994.
I love their sound & the thin necks especially.
7.What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them
Original pickups on the Telecaster: passive.
8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc
ENGL iron ball head & ENGL E112V cabinet
9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy
Voodoo lab power supply, Voodoo lab microvibe, TC Corona Chorus, Boss DS1, Digitech Bad Monkey tube overdrive
10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..
Probably my husband’s pedal board. I’d need his fingers as well though…
Ben Granfelt’s gear: 2x BLU Guitar Amp 1, 2x BLU Guitar fat cab, Nemesis delay, cry baby wawa, captain coconut 2, mad professor compressor, mad professor royal blue overdrive, TC hall of fame reverb.
11.What guitarist can you not stand?
Anyone that noodles away endlessly with no melody or feel.
12. Is tone more important or is technique?
Great tone requires technique but also feeling & touch.
Technique is great but on its own it can be soulless.
So tone wins.
13. Name your top 5 guitarists
David Gilmour, Gary Moore, Ben Granfelt, Jimi Hendrix and PJ Harvey.
14.Who is the most overrated guitarist
15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive?
David Brent: ‘’Learn Guitar with David Brent’’ (youtube).
So factually Ricky Gervais, haha.