Meet Dan Nelson, an 18 year old bassist from Wales and our player in the spotlight for March 29, 2011.
I started out on guitar for around six months before a friend showed me a old SG bass copy. From then on, I’ve been hooked on bass. About three years ago I started to get serious and started looking to join some working bands. I also started taking a good look at theory and sight-reading, as having these core skills is extremely beneficial I believe.
Soon after, I joined a cover band who gigs regularly and from there I have gone on to join a Welsh prog rock/pop/fusion band, Godsticks, who gig all over the UK and Europe.
I am always looking to improve my playing to be the best I possibly can, as I like to be available to all styles. I also sub for bands who need someone quickly to cover for them when I can.
I play in a cover band two to three times a week. I also attend college three days a week. Next year I start at BIMM Bristol university.
Bands & Gigs:
My main gig is with Godsticks. We have a debut album out called Spiral Vendetta, that none other than Bryan Beller played bass on. The band then brought me in to replicate that album in a live setting. Ideas for a second album have started, but due to the complexity of the music, it wont be completed until well into 2012.
- Fender Jazz 4 String (Hipshot De-tuner)
- Status Energy 5 String
- Ibanez roadstar 11 precision
- Hartke lh1000
- Barefaced Big Baby CAB
- TC electronic Polytune
- Boss OC-3
- MRX DI
- EBS Multi-Comp
Why I play the bass:
It was probably watching Red Hot Chili Peppers on Youtube and seeing Flea as a real central figure in the band. I believe that was a big factor.
My bass superpower/claim to fame
I’m confident in being able to play many different styles. I like to be as versatile as I can be to allow me to be available to gig/record in as many scenarios as possible.
Bryan Beller, Paul Turner, Chris Squire, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Pino Palladino, Flea, Nathan East… to name a few.