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  • Bass Artistry: An Interview with Michael Manring

    Bass Artistry: An Interview with Michael Manring

    The art of solo bass has been steadily growing for the past couple of decades, but one bassist has always been a leading figure in the field. That bassist is Michael Manring. It’s not just his use of extended techniques, his unusual tunings, or his unique gear that sets him apart. Manring consistently presents a... »

  • Song Exclusive: BFI’s “Sugar”, with Miles Mosley

    Song Exclusive: BFI’s “Sugar”, with Miles Mosley

    If you’ve been reading No Treble for a while, you’ve seen the incredibly talented and forward thinking Miles Mosley rip it up on upright. Mosley brings together elements of jazz, rock, pop, and R&B into his style, which he accents with off the wall techniques and effects. The bassist has a new duo with drummer... »

  • I’ll Take You There: An Interview With David Hood

    I’ll Take You There: An Interview With David Hood

    Think about your favorite bass line. Sing it in your head. Picture yourself hearing it on the radio… you’re driving in the car and suddenly you hear this groove pulsating from the speakers. At that moment, you bop your head, tap your fingers, and forget about where you’re going. You don’t worry about the work... »

  • From the Ground Up: An Interview with Michael League

    From the Ground Up: An Interview with Michael League

    When Snarky Puppy snagged the Grammy for Best R&B Performance, it was a victory for independent artists everywhere. Many called the group an underdog but their track “Something,” featuring Lalah Hathaway, is an undeniably phenomenal song. The song’s music video went viral on YouTube with over two million views and has catapulted the band into... »

  • Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

    Sketches of Bob: An Interview with Bobby Vega

    San Francisco in the ’60s and ’70s was a hotbed for bassists. With bands like Sly and the Family Stone, The Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Airplane calling the city their home, the Bay area was fertile with exciting new music filled out by a lot of low end thump. It was in this musical landscape... »

  • Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook

    Seeing the Light: An Interview with Peter Hook

    Peter Hook is a man who marches to the beat of his own drum, and that beat will lead him on a world tour this year as he and his band The Light present New Order’s Movement and Power, Corruption, & Lies in their entirety. The group will dig deep to play all the singles... »

  • Going Up: An Interview with Sandy Beales

    Going Up: An Interview with Sandy Beales

    Behind every major pop star, there’s usually a cast of talented musicians backing them up. This includes the wildly popular boy band One Direction, who get their groove from bassist Sandy Beales. Since 2011, the London-based low-ender has been touring the world with the “What Makes You Beautiful” singers and playing to sold-out crowds. But... »

  • Living the Dream: An Interview with Bryan Beller

    Living the Dream: An Interview with Bryan Beller

    The last time we got to chat with Bryan Beller, it was several months before his freakishly good power trio The Aristocrats released their debut album. With just under two years since the band’s inception, the group has gone from an incredible lineup to a perfect storm of musical minds. Beller and cohorts drummer Marco... »

  • Bass With a Voice: An Interview With Danielle Schnebelen

    Bass With a Voice: An Interview With Danielle Schnebelen

    Trampled Under Foot is making a big splash with their first major label release, Badlands, a thirteen track collection of soulful and gritty blues tunes that groove like no other. The sibling power trio is fronted by singer/bassist Danielle Schnebelen, who pours her soul out in heartfelt lyrics and low notes. “All I really want... »

  • Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    Carrying on the Mingus Dynasty: An Interview with Boris Kozlov

    It’s not easy to fill the shoes of a legend, and Charles Mingus has some huge shoes to fill. The iconic jazz bassist and composer left behind a body of work so massive, so complex, and so uniquely his own that it takes an equally rare musician to convey its spirit. Mingus’ music lives on... »