Tone Talk with Ice Johnson

Photo Cred: @chrizdigital

Issielle Johnson, better known as “Ice”, has been playing guitar for 8 years. Her videos showcase her talent which has led her to being endorsed by Ormsby Guitars, LK straps and Stringjoy. She recently released her debut album, “Reclaim” in July 31st, 2019 and will release her second album “Solitary” on September 20, 2020. You can keep up with Ice by visiting 

What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?

Tone to me is simple; it’s your “feeling” in that moment but I feel that tone will always evolve. I use different pedals, amps and digital software to communicate my story to my audience. My tone went from just using an amp and morphed into something unique by adding pedals and now using digital software for effects.

Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you currently using and why?

I use the Earthquaker Transmisser pedal (which is very heavy), Neural DSP pedals, and Fortin Amps A LOT. Recently, I’ve been digging the Beetronics SWARM pedal. 

What about strings?

 Stringjoy is my baby, I use 10’s all the time. 

Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?

I am very simple when it comes to recording. You may hear some imperfections here and there but hell, I am human. I usually try to record things in one take but I have learned so much from people I have recorded with so I try to take those tips and add them into my recording process to make sure everything is right. I am learning the more I do so I continue to grow and am on the path to getting better and better. 

How do you keep your sound consistent onstage?

I learned a lot early on in my live playing experience that lead me to keeping it simple. I try to use a maybe one to two pedals and stay in tune. That’s all you need! 

What does your practice consist of?

Chromatic scales, hammer ons, pull offs, stretching the hands and fingers. Jamming to random tracks.

What is your advice for young women who hope to work in the music industry?)

  1. BE CLEAR with what you want! I had to discover this along the way but learned that it definitely pays off in the long run.
  2. Being nice can be dangerous at times There is nothing wrong with loving people and being nice but you do have to remember to keep your best interest at heart in everything you do.
  3. Be CLEAR with what you’re looking for and how you want to sound.
  4. Be yourself! Don’t listen to the naysayers. Believe in yourself and mean what you play. You got this.