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  • The Second: An Interview with Derrick Hodge

    The Second: An Interview with Derrick Hodge

    As musicians, our main goal is to express ourselves as freely and truly as possible. One listen to Derrick Hodge’s and you’ll know he achieved that, but it goes deeper. Each song has an openness that seems to touch on the listener’s own emotions, like tapping into a social consciousness. The Second is, in fact,... »

  • The Universe Inside: An Interview with Alana Rocklin

    The Universe Inside: An Interview with Alana Rocklin

    Veteran electronic jam band STS9’s latest release, The Universe Inside, is something new for the band. It’s their first full-length LP in nearly seven years and features more vocal songs than their typically instrumental output. It’s more influenced by pop of the ’70s and ’80s. It’s also the first to be anchored by bassist Alana... »

  • Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Turnitup: An Interview with Ida Nielsen

    Ida Nielsen has gone by several names, including Ida Funkhouser and Bassida, but one thing has always stayed consistent: her rock solid funk style. The Danish bassist was building her own artistic empire with her band and a pair of solo albums when Prince handpicked her to be his bassist. Starting in 2010, Nielsen toured... »

  • Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Bass Tendencies: An Interview with Ra Diaz

    Suicidal Tendencies has a legacy of great bassists. Louiche Mayorga, Tim “Rawbiz” Williams, Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo have all held the throne, just to name a few. Earlier this year, bassist Ra Diaz stepped up to the plate to carry on the tradition. It’s been a bit of a dream come true... »

  • Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    Great Is Our Sin: An Interview with Brett Bamberger

    When I had the pleasure of working on a Profiles in Tone interview with metal legend Alex Webster, he sent me a few examples of his favorite bass tones in metal. If I can trust anyone’s ear for metal bass, it’s Alex’s. One clip that particularly caught my ear was a video of a band... »

  • Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Collectables: An Interview with Todd Coolman

    Veteran bassist and educator Todd Coolman has worked with a who’s who of the jazz world. His resumé includes work with Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Tommy Flanagan, Ahmad Jamal, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, and James Moody (with whom he won Grammy), among others. In working with these incredible bandleaders,... »

  • Entheos: An Interview with Evan Brewer

    Entheos: An Interview with Evan Brewer

    After dropping their Primal EP last year, Entheos is returning with their full-length release The Infinite Nothing on April 1st. The band – comprised of singer Chaney Crabb, guitarist Malcolm Pugh, drummer Navene Koperweis and bass wizard Evan Brewer – have spent the year refining their sound in the studio and on the road. Brewer’s... »

  • Back To The Funkture: An Interview With Alissia Benveniste

    Back To The Funkture: An Interview With Alissia Benveniste

    Alissia Benveniste has been turning heads with her fresh take on classic funk for a few years, starting with a viral hit of the video for her song “Let It Out”, but now she’s stepped it up by releasing her debut EP. Back to the Funkture is a six-song, feel-good album tied together by catchy... »

  • Giving Notes: An Interview with Rufus Philpot

    Giving Notes: An Interview with Rufus Philpot

    Rufus Philpot is a bassist that has perspective. Born in London, he cut his teeth in England before taking his career to New York City and all the adventures that entails. A move to L.A. several years ago has further cemented him into an in-demand musical director and session player. Along the way he’s seen... »

  • Let Me Get By: An Interview with Tim Lefebvre

    Let Me Get By: An Interview with Tim Lefebvre

    Tim Lefebvre has a knack for bringing his voice to any musical situation, and it’s a skill that has brought him tons of incredible opportunities. He’s played with the world’s top artists from Elvis Costello to Donald Fagen to Wayne Krantz and more. He’s played in the house band for Saturday Night Live and a... »