Meet Gerald del Campo, our bass player in the spotlight for June 1, 2010.
I was born in Argentina. I have been playing bass since I was 13 years old. I started with the classical guitar when I was 6 years old, but when I was introduced to rock music I had to make the switch. I wanted to move people, or cause people to move their bodies.
Portland, Oregon, US
I am a technical consultant
Bands & Gigs:
I am currently involved with two projects. One is a band called Trick Sensei. It is described as being psychedelic-rock, probably due to the fact that we have a theremin player, but I would liken it to hard rock and pop. It is a five piece band, with two guitar/singers, a drummer, the theremin player and me.
My other project is called Ego and The Ids. This is more of a goth/avante garde project in which I play all the instruments. Everything I write begins with the bass: everything. Once I have recorded that I layer the keys, guitars, and other instrument over it until I have a song.
I have a Spector 4-string bass and I play that out of a Fender 300 Watt combo with a 15 inch speaker. I also keep a couple of speaker cabinets on hand in case I need them: a Working Man 2X10 cabinet with a horn and a Cerwin Vega with an 18 inch speaker.
In terms of effects I tend to be pretty traditional. In most of my applications the bass should be smooth and punchy. It’s function is pretty mercurial: it helps to blend the percussion with the rhythm instruments. Having said that, the most valuable pedal any guitar or bass player can have is the noise suppressor. I use a Boss NS-2. I also have a Boss DD-6 delay pedal, a Boss Bass Equalizer GEB-7, a Tech-21 Sans Amp, and a Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner.
Why I play the bass:
It had to be the HAIR sound track. There were some delicious bass lines in that play’s music. Punchy, powerful. There is nothing like thumping your bass and feeling the instrument vibrate against ones body.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I use a three-finger plucking technique I learned from John Entwistle when I had the opportunity to sit with him at a NAMM show. I used to be a rep for a musical company that used to sell Ken Smith and Staccato Basses, so every year John would come up to see what was new, and if we were nice to him he’d play one of our basses for people walking by. He was an awesome player and a very nice guy.
Of course, John Entwistle of The Who; Geddy Lee of Rush; Pete Trewavas from Marillion; Billy Sheehan from Talas; Roger Waters from Pink Floyd; Justin Chancellor of Tool and Simon Gallup of The Cure.